Pros Looks good, good performance, capacity gauge.
Cons None, so far.
Summary If someone is considdering an external hard drive please let it be the My Book Premium. It looks good (that can be important), the performance is very good. Transfer rates are really good. Although I have to say that I only use the My Book in combination with the FireWire cable, I haven't tried the USB cable yet. The capacity gauge is cool. But what I like about this thing is that I use it as a media hard drive. I've put all my movies, images and music on the drive and now I can acces the files frommy 2 Windows-based desktop PC's, my MacBook and even my Xbox 360 can play the music files. Sweet!
Overall I'm really happy with the machine. I don't hear the My Book(it is positioned 50cm away from me), it is fast and it looks good. No bad things discovered yet!
Pros Good value, good design
Cons Firewire daisy chain very slow.
Summary I got this disk because it was on offer at Circuit City for $150 after rebates.
Got it home and tried it with another disk connected to the second FW400 port. Transferring data between the two was hideously slow - about 5Mb/second.
I wondered if it was the firewire passthrough that was the problem , so switched the two disks (using my other disk as the hub). This brought perfomance up to where I expected it - about 30Mb/s.
So. Good disk. Bad firewire hub.
Pros Simple to use...plug in and copy files, it is that easy
Cons None yet...will report if different in 30 days
Summary Overall a good value (I backed up multiple laptops and home desktop computer files). I purchased the WD 320GB external drive at Circuit City for $169 with rebate. -- Peformance, I timed two file transfers internally and externally:
- 360MB file: 1 min 7 sec external & 48 sec internal
- 2.5GB file: 6 min 30 sec external & 7 min 18 sec internal
For what is worth below are my System specs
- VIA Apollo Mainboard / 553hz FSB
- Pentuim 2.41 GHz Processor
- Windows XP Home Edition w/Service Pack 2
- 40GB Internal Drive (5400 rpm) WD
- 60BG Internal Drive (5400 rpm) WD of course
- Inexpensive Timex to clock the transfer times
Pros None that I can think of
Cons Extremely Unreliable, Poor Build Quality, Slow Write Speeds
Summary I bought this drive about 4 months ago. The first one I bought did not work at all. I took it back and swapped it out with a new one. The second one I got powered up, but none of the firewire ports worked, and since I was using the drive for video editing, I needed fast transfer speeds, so I couldn't use USB. I took the drive back yet again and got a new one. Surprisingly, the new drive seemed to work perfectly. Since my computer's hard drive was full, I started several video projects on the drive and also put vacation photos on it. After a little over a month, it simply stopped working. I called Western Digital and they told me to send it in and they would replace it. But I still have to pay for postage and pack it in a certain box with special 2 inch thick padding with the correct labels or they will not accept it. And now I also just lost all of my video projects and vacation pictures. This is without a doubt the worst product I have ever used in my entire life. LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE, PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS DRIVE!
Pros Lasted three years. Blue ring glows nice.
Cons Runs hot! Had to completely power off and back on, unplug and replug cables to get it to mount sometimes. Finally wouldn't mount at all. Emailed WD and they said go to talk to one of our data recovery partners.
Summary Thankfully I received some timely advice from a colleague, stripped the drive out of the My Book case, installed it in a desktop with SATA, and booted the desktop from a Puppy Linux CD. I can see all my data there. Now I just need to get a replacement external drive and I can copy my data over. Yes, I should have backed up my data to DVDs on a regular basis instead of relying on this as my primary backup. Lesson learned well!