208 of 217 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mybook 3tb usb 3 Next Generation.
I decided to pick up the new Western Digital 3tb drives with the new usb 3 interface before the Vat rise.
Initial impressions of the drive is that it is the exact same size as the previous Mybook. However, the difference is the new usb3 cable going into the drive has a flat head. Also the drive for the first time for along time comes with a u.k power plug. No more...
Published on 29 Dec 2010 by Mr Black
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The second one just died
I bought this to back up using Time Machine. The first one died after about four or five months, leaving me unable to recover the data. I was still under warrantee so got a replacement. The second one has also died after three months - or at least frozen and I am apparently unable to repair or reformat it. I don't normally bother reviewing items, but am so annoyed with...
Published 15 months ago by alcooke
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208 of 217 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mybook 3tb usb 3 Next Generation.,
Initial impressions of the drive is that it is the exact same size as the previous Mybook. However, the difference is the new usb3 cable going into the drive has a flat head. Also the drive for the first time for along time comes with a u.k power plug. No more swapping out and clicking in the u.k plug for the European one or finding the u.k plug connector missing.
The drive i received was stated as been made in Thailand. The connectors were in line and the power on button though in the same place felt more solid clicking in. Hopefully the poor quality control of the drives in the old usb2 Mybook drives has been fixed with these new drives.
On powering on the drive a single light comes on which is a lot less distracting then the previous drives.
The drive has Smartware software on the drive but is not installed completely you must initiate it if it does not autorun.(Smartware is for backups, content gauge and password data protection. You can choose to install only the data password protection in the options separately without the other parts of the software if you want. The smartware software for Windows and Mac also includes a control to change the sleep time of the drive hibernation times which will be useful those who don't like the drive sleeping to quickly when idle.)
I use these Western Digital Green Drives for data storage backup for video, music and photos. So i did not install this. However you must click and install this software first, even if you don't want the software. It will give you the option to uninstall smartware on initalisation and will install the SES driver. You will need this otherwise if you format the drive, your windows operating system on reboot may search for the missing driver. If you forget to do this and it can't find the drive. You can manually install it. Make sure you back up the software somewhere else before formating the drive. (the driver is in the extras folder.)
If you wish to format the drive there is a quick format exe file on the drive. On initiating it, it will give you the option to factory format or format with XP compatibility. This is important for XP users because drives over 2.1TB will not work via plug and play on a XP computer. If you format it with XP mode it will change the block size so it will work.
This drive is compatible with Macs and the software is similar to the Windows one. It also has a turbo mode that can be installed in addition to improve speed of the drive on the Mac. I am unsure if this makes a difference without it.
On testing of transfering a 1.89gb video file on USB2 (Windows 7) i got approximately 30MBps on USB3 I got approximately 89MBps for the same file. These speeds may vary on different specification systems.
However, you can see even on my system speeds are at least 3 times faster on USB3.
In conclusion if you have need for a large 3tb (real size 2.72tb) storage drive this is the drive to get. Its quiet, low powered and stays cool. An alternative to this drive is the Seagate 3tb Goflex external drive which is prone to overheating problems and is not recommended.Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 3TB Desktop USB 2.0 External Hard Drive with Capacity Gauge
Please note this drive is not recommended for gamers, graphics 3d users or photoshop editing or even for a boot up drive due to its low speed and power. It is however perfect for a secondary storage drive and has the bonus of been future proof due to usb3.
However, if you are a business user I would not recommend this drive. If the controller on the drive fails, you can not simply remove the drive from the case and connect it it to sata in your PC or through a USB enclosure. Western Digital have an encryption on the drive which is used whether you want to or not, which means if the controller in the Mybook fails. It is very difficult to get your data back. Other brands such as the Buffalo or Samsung drive enclosures do not have this problem. You can remove the drives and the PC will recognise the drive and data. If you do this with the Western Digital it will simply look like gibberish.
p.s I will post reliability of the drive after more use. (UPDATE: drive still working 12.04.13)
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleased but not perfect,
There is backup software included with the drive if you want to use it. The drive was recognised by both XP and Windows 7 immediately and it runs cool. I had it on for a couple of days copying my collection over and there was no heat to speak of.
The only problem is that the unit is not silent. I have it sat next to a silent Shuttle XS35GT PC with an SSD and the My Book is noticeable. Not offensively noisy by any means but noticeable. It goes to sleep fairly quickly if you do not need it and then you have silence. Using the included management software you can set the inactive time to sleep mode. I have it set at 10 minutes which is the minimum.
Great product and I only wish I had some USB 3.0 hardware that would really let me take advantage of it.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The second one just died,
This review is from: WD My Book 2TB External Desktop Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0) (Electronics)I bought this to back up using Time Machine. The first one died after about four or five months, leaving me unable to recover the data. I was still under warrantee so got a replacement. The second one has also died after three months - or at least frozen and I am apparently unable to repair or reformat it. I don't normally bother reviewing items, but am so annoyed with this that I hereby issue my warning.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't mount after restart,
This review is from: WD My Book 2TB External Desktop Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0) (Electronics)The drive seemed fine, and good value for money, and I'd been happy with mybook external drives previously. Unfortunately I've found that each time I restart my computer (Mac Pro running OS X Snow Leopard) the drive doesn't mount. Unplugging it and plugging it in again solved the problem, but I didn't want to have to do this every time. I read about other people having the same problem in the Western Digital forum, and support staff weren't able to solve it. Therefore I'm returning this and I'll be trying an alternative.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good drive shame about the software,
This review is from: WD My Book 2TB External Desktop Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0) (Electronics)I wanted a drive with a capacity to backup my PC.The drive can do that easily.It's an extremely quiet drive ,it looks robust and well built and it comes from a trustworthy manufacturer.
That's where my praise ends.I also purchased this particular drive because the manufacturers "blurb" gave the impression that backup was so easy that left to it's own devices the drive would continually backup as and when it was necessary I was wrong and from the feedback on the WD website and other forums most purchasers feel the same way.
The problem is the WD SMARTWARE software that the drive uses it is absolutely rubbish ..the main problem being the resources that the software hogs (and my machine is only 3 months old !)
it uses CPU sometimes up to 100% of it and therefore I cannot use the PC for anything else.Even with the drive switched off the software runs sorting files which can take hours and I kid you not.WD are well aware of the rubbish software and a recent release was supposed to address the problem but if you look on their own forum you will find it hasn't.
I actually feel that I've been duped and would not recommend this drive to anyone until WD sort the software problem.Surely with all the knowledge they have it can be done ? Failing that
sell the drive with specialist software brought in.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Hardware. Dodgy Software.,
This review is from: WD My Book 2TB External Desktop Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0) (Electronics)I am using this on a newly built PC with USB 3 interface. It was easy to set up and is very fast BUT so far I have only managed to use it with Windows backup software. The hard drive on my PC is split into two partitions which are configured with the Windows system and all other programs on C:// and all user documents on F://. WDSmartware analyses the C:// drive correctly and finds a few files of the type it can backup. When I select the F:// drive, however, it claims that all 21 GB consists of "System Files". It does not analyse them and so does not back them up. So far I haven't found a way round this. If WDSmartware worked I would have given it 5 stars.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WD 3TB USB 3 hard drive,
I wanted everything in one place, as it would save USB ports and power supplies all being tied up at the same time. I've connected the 1TB drive to my TV via USB so I can watch all my AVI videos on it.
I also got the USB 3 pci card for £ to go with the unit. I transfered 930GB from the old USB2 drive in 13 hours which worked out at 1.2GB a minute, it probaly would have been faster if I did it folder by folder!
I transferred a 103Gb video folder to the drive in 1 hour, which worked out at 1.7GB a minute.
A sinlge 1GB video transfered in 27 secs which is 37MB per second.
The USB2 drive took 41 secs, 24MB sec (in both the USB2 & 3 ports).
A 1Gb picture folder with RAW/JPEG's transfered in 35 secs which is 28MB per second.
The USB2 drive took 53 secs, 19MB sec (USB3 port). and strangely 58 secs in the USB2 port.
Overall, I'm very happy with this 3TB hard drive, highly reccomended.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice drive, awful software,
The drive itself is visually identical to the older My Book drives, indeed I have a 2tb My Book already which I purchased around a year ago. The older drive however does have one nice advantage - it has 4 lights on the front which give an idea how full the drive is. This new drive lacks these lights, and only has one small access LED which blinks when in use.
The drive also comes with WD's own backup solution, which is truly abysmally. It's clearly designed for idiots, as it is restricted to an automatic, cursory scan of your drives, which it then uses to choose which types of data it will back up. You have no option to actually tell it what to back up, or to look a little harder (it managed to miss my 1.5tb iTunes library in it's scan!). It's completely useless for all but the must ultra casual of user, but I have to wonder if users such as that would ever buy such a large drive. If you want to use this for back up then, find another software solution. (there are numerous free ones you can find online which are streets ahead of WD's effort).
A good drive then, but sadly bundled with atrocious back-up software.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this drive,
This review is from: WD My Book 2TB External Desktop Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0) (Electronics)I have 8 other WD drives two internal and 6 external and all have been working fine over a number of years; I also have recommended WD drives to a number of friends, so I was a "fan" of them. Alas, this drive is only 15 months old and was working fine yesterday, but today it comes up with a notice asking for a password, which I might add, I have never created. It just wont work any more without a password and there is no master password to bypass it. After reading the WD users forum I see it is a well known problem and has happened to hundreds of others on that forum, which only represents a tiny fraction of world wide usage I imagine. What you are left with is a very expensive door stop and you will have lost all your precious data. This is my 2nd My book essential drive and it seems the only one that is prone to this happening to. The other MB Essentials drive had some problems with fittings not being aligned which I commented about in a review. I won't ever buy or recommend another Essentials drive but will still buy the elements and studio drives.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Died - unrecoverable,
This review is from: WD My Book 2TB External Desktop Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0) (Electronics)These seem to die with a worrying frequency, it's worth doing a search for "WD Essential recovery" and seeing how many actually go pop.
The double whammy problem though is this: the drive encrypts the data in hardware, so you can't pull the drive out and image it to recover your files. I don't see WD are willing to reveal the encryption codes anytime soon.
I'm going to configure something more robust. Nothing wrong with WD drives, but their MyBook hardware is suspect...
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WD My Book 2TB External Desktop Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0) by Western Digital