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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but faster data transfer would be better, 16 Nov 2010
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I bought this drive as a Home Office NAS and also as a media server for the family. As a storage device, it works fine, though as plenty of other reviewers have noted, this drive isn't as fast at transferring data as it could be, which makes the first backup or sync you do a somewhat lengthy process. However, once done, subsequent syncs/backups are obviously much quicker. This is my third WD drive and the one thing I have learnt is that the drives are fine but forget the software they bundle with it - get yourself some well rated third party software and use that instead. The first WD drive I bought used Mionet and WD Anywhere Backup software - three years later I'm still paying the price for using them as the drive is riddles with files and folders I can't delete, and problems with writing to it as well. The second had WD SmartWare - worked OK, but the hard disc was spinning all day long, so I ditched the software and now use a free third party download. Ditto with this third one.

As a media server, it seems to work OK too. My PS3 picks it up fine, and although I get some pausing and stuttering on playback, I put that down to the fact that I'm streaming wirelessly from one room to another and signal strength at the PS3 end isn't great. Plus, I'm trying to stream 720p or 1080i movies, so no doubt the amount of data being transferred is an issue too. It's definitely better when I stream .avi files in Standard Definition. Everything I read says that streaming via network cable is the way I should be doing it and that's what I'll go for when circumstances allow.

Overall, I'm very happy with it, and I haven't seen anything else at this price that offers so much.
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