Pros A hard drive should perform one thing without fear... store your data that you know you can access at any time. Nothing else matters if you can't retrieve your data.
Cons Very temperamental and unstable. Your data will be at risk. Thus, there's no point in purchasing this product.
Summary Despite minimal use, my MyBook 2TB self-destructed after I tried to access it when my laptop was woken from sleep mode. Apparently, it is common for WD drives to mess with their partitioning when not properly shut down. So, if a laptop goes into sleep mode or you have to force it to shut down, you risk the My Book self-destructing? I can't access my data and now have to spend $500 to $2000 to recover it. THINK TWICE BEFORE PURCHASING ANY WD PRODUCT. HEED THE WARNING OF ALL THE BAD REVIEWS ON CNET> THEY'RE THERE FOR A REASON!!!
Pros easy to set up
Cons failed after 7 months - all data lost and I could not recover it. no utilities were available with WD Smartware to aide recovery.
Pros Lots of storage space. Option to mirror drive (500GB each) for auto back up, or run as 1TB. Removable drives.
Cons Nothing, other than size which can't be helped since it holds 2 drives.
Summary Great hard drive for video editing and storage on Apple computers.
Pros Fast with esata, firewire and USB. On esata RAID0 read write was faster than my internal drive.
Cons Works with WD drive only. Not really a con if you use WD drives only.
Summary Fast reliable backup drive
Pros Worked out of the box. Easy to reconfigure RAID.
Cons Poor documentation. No way to disable or configure power save timeout.
Summary I recently purchased this drive for use with my PowerMac G4 Quicksilver 2002. It worked right out of the box and after setting it up for RAID-1 I was able to transfer a few test files. However after copying 27GB of data to it, it stopped showing up as a device. I tried both Firewire and USB.
It also was not recognizable on a PowerBook G4 FW800. The problem might be heat related as I was able to get it working for a short time after it was powered off for an extended period. However it soon disappeared again.
For only having it a few days I have no confidence in the quality of this device. This might be a case of you get what you pay for. In a word - Junk