Excerpt: I bought this product to backup 100GB or so of photos on my Macbook Pro and to move a 160gb itunes library off a LaCie drive that was formatted as a Windows drive so i can't copy to it from my Mac. I installed the WD on my network with no problem.
Summary: Tried to set up a "Safepoint" using a WD My Book attached to the device's USB port. After several hours of backing up, during which only a few gigs were copied, it just stopped. Same thing when I tried to create a "Safepoint" to a shared drive. Simply unusable. Installed firmware is v04.04.00-303.
Pros: Reasonable cost, drag-and-drop through Windows Explorer, transfer speed over high-speed Ethernet is acceptable, lots of storage space.
Cons: Transfer speed through it's on-board USB is very slow, directory structure is not flexible, no drive backup S/W included ("file or category" only).
Summary: Using the WD software to install the unit is optional, as it works fine just plugging it in to the network, where you can access it through Windows explorer. A much better option for storing movies, photos, music and video that you want to share among your home computers, because you don't have to...
Pros: Installation is a snap...plug it in to a network switch or router, power it up, and you should be able to access it from any Windows computer on your network. Very fast file transfer, I've been getting between 60-80 MBS over the netwoark which is very respectable and gets those multi-GB folders t...
Cons: I haven't found any real "cons", but it doesn't come with the installation software, if you want to use the software you'll need to get it from the WD website, which is easy to find. You do need to access through the RJ45 network connection rather than the USB port, which is for adding a drive, n...
Excerpt: I purchased this hoping to log onto it via the web with any PC from anywhere and retrieve files and add files. It was not as easy to set up as I expected and it was not designed to work as I hoped.
Pros: Large Capacity
Cons: Difficult To Install, Difficult User Interface
Excerpt: Setup was as simple as stated; user help from WD website was useful. My only issues was with Apple operating system, and with that, iTunes worked well, but after much research and study, I will have to wait for Apple to support the storage of photos remotely, and still use iPhoto interface.