Pros Small, very small, and works so far (had it for one day) as a traditional copy/paste/drag/drop hardrive.
Cons Software wasted a lot of my time. 16 hour backup for 160BG? yes. Couldn't retrieve data from software as I gave up waiting for it to 'load folder structure' under retrieve tab. Frustrating. Both my PC and laptop are modern machines so...
Summary I wasted many many hours today trying to use the WD SmartWare backup software. Firstly the software is slow to interface. Secondly, it took 16 hours to backup 160GB data (YES i do have USB 2.0). Thirdly, I tried to retreive some stuff so I could copy to my laptop... I waited 2 hours for the software to initialize the folders... and it just couldn't load. FAIL.
So I just dragged some folders on to the remaining space so I could at least transfer some important files to my new laptop. That seems to work fine, but having read the reviews here, its going straight back to the shop tomorrow and I'll buy a better one. Probaby Samsung or Seagate.
Pros Cool design.
Cons The Mini USB connector feels loose and keeps disconnecting.
The software has poor resources.
Pros Sleek design, 320GB capacity, fair pricing, easy to use, quiet
Cons No protective case
Summary I was originally deciding whether or not to purchase a separate 2.5" internal drive and buy a case for it, but went with this option because it was not much more expensive and has a much nicer look and feel to it.
There is not a whole lot to say about it. The drive comes with a single usb cable. It works fine directly through 1 cable from a laptop. The cable is kind of short-ish, but that is probably a good thing since most of the time you probably won't want to be carrying around a long cable anyway.
There are two negatives. One is that I couldn't get this drive to work on one of my old PC's (I think I need a service pack upgrade or something, and haven't bothered to do it). There is probably a way to get it working but I didn't keep trying. The second, which is more minor, is that this drive doesn't come with a protective case. There are cases which are sold separately, but I think that a protective case is something that should be included with the drive.
The speed is fine, and the drive is relatively quiet. It is easy to use, as with most external hard drives. The capacity is quite good for a small portable external drive.
There is software that comes with the drive but I didn't find the need to use it. I have just plugged it in and drag+drop to the drive.
Another model (elite) comes with a different finish and a few other software options and display lights, but for most people it's probably not worth the extra money. I think this drive will suit most people's requirements.
Pros I just bought this today, 1tb, $150 thought i was a great deal... too good to be true.......
Cons Where the USB cable connects to the hard drive is loose. This means you have to fit the cable into a 'sweet spot' for it to connect properly. This also means that if the drive moves at all it unmounts.
Summary Piece of trash that I'll be returning first thing in the morning. Good luck backing anything important up with this drive. For myself, I won't be putting a bit of data onto this glorified drink coaster.
Pros everything about it
Cons the usb cord length but who doesn't have a longer one
Summary This is the best hard drive out there and me and 16 other people I work with have one and we all say its the best