Pros Stylish and accessible
Cons Slow to perform, reading and writing, stopped after warranty expired...
Summary I wish I had read the previous two reviews... they were spot on regarding this product! I bought the 160GB model specifically for photo storage, and talk about slow! Also, it sat by my monitor and never moved, it was never handled... and it stopped working at 13 months... with a warranty of 12 months. Nothing but clicking, the apparent sign of a defective drive. Interesting though, it was purchased in Dec 2006, yet WDC stated that the warranty expired in April 2007. What? Also interesting that at both Best Buy and Staples I was warned to stay away from WDC products. Now I know why. I will never purchase another WDC product (knowingly) again.
Pros Nice when it works
Cons Doesn't work reliably and its a known issue
Summary Well, the Western Digital My Book looks cool. Backing up to a USB/Firewire drive sounds like a good idea and it is too. The problem with these is, they are known to have problems shutting off unexpectly, even during data copying which renders them unreliable and worse than useless. Take a tour of the Western Digital support forums and see for yourself. There are many users reporting that USB connected My Books do not operate reliably. I own the 160 GB drive and sure enough, I can't even backup my iTunes folder with a simply file copy operation in Windows XP because the drive shuts itself off before the copy (about 10 gigabytes worth) can complete. I tried searching the WD KB for ways to fix this. I tried turning off Legacy USB support. I made sure delayed writes were off (smart idea with these lemons) and no joy. The only cure now is going to be breaking open the case, removing the enclosed IDE drive and actually putting it into my system. So much for external backup drive. I thought you should know this if you are shopping for these. I now trust none of them. At least go and visit the support forums for hardware you plan to spend your hard earned money on, because those forums will tell you the ugly, not just the good and bad many reviews do. And in this case, the ugly is mighty ugly. I've used WD internal drives for many years and never had a problem until I bought this book which might as well be a book since its no hard drive that I can use as of now. And if you go to the support forums you will see, there IS NO FIX for this that WD offers. Be careful out there.
Pros Aesthetics - nice looking on the desk.
Cons Doesn't work as promoted - when it works at all. Waste of time and energy in trouble shooting the thing as it never correctly works - do not rely on it as your single back up.
Summary If you have a WD do not rely on it - it will fail. If you don't have a WD, run away.
"Buyer beware"on by ielzco
Pros it's pretty
Cons not reliable
Summary Read MikeLyons500 as he speaks truth. I'm on my third My Book replacement with no hope of a refund. The first I sent back within a month of purchase for replacement (bad sectors diagnosed), the second two weeks after that (bad sectors, plus shutting down for no reason). WD upgraded my third replacement with a 400GB model, which is currently exhibiting the same intermittent shutdown problems. I will chalk this one up to experience and eat the $125 I spent, and avoid Western Digital. Buyer beware.