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Love it but it doesn't wanna let go!
on 14 July 2014
I've been buying these WD hard drives for years and with one or two exceptions they haven't let me down. I prefer to buy the smaller capacity (ie 500GB - 750GB) and back up my files to two of them just in case of failure of one - though that hasn't happened yet (where's a bit of wood to touch when you want it?!)
A couple of things about these drives. On an old O.S. like Windows XP, even a high speed drive will be slow. That's not the fault of the external drive but the operating system and the computer's probable lack of enough RAM. Also the fact that it's unlikely to have USB 3, so you have to be patient. Personally I'm happy to wait providing the end result is good and with these Western Digital external drives, it is.
One thing though that I have noticed with these is sometimes they don't like to disengage. I don't know if this is a fault with the drive or the computer, but I'd suspect the drive as it's happened on more than one computer. On Windows pcs (I can't say anything about Macs as I don't use them) there's a little icon you can click on to get the system ready so that you can remove hardware attached by USB (there's probably a technical term but I don't know it, sorry) and if you don't it can do something dastardly to your computer (apparently). Advice on how to persuade your computer to let go is to restart the computer with the drive still plugged in to the USB drive, then when it's loaded all its stuff, click to remove it. So far I've not had a problem doing it that way.