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2TB Western Digital My Book Essential Only £99.99 From Amazon

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#1
I stay well clear of WD products now, after the fiasco with their pocket essentials drive and the embedded software. It lasted a couple of months, and now it comes up with the 'usb device not recognized' message, about 9 times out of 10. Even if it is recognised, touch it with a feather and it disconnects during data transfer. The net is full of complaints over this utter piece of rubbish, that just can't be used. £70 down the drain.
#2
every make of HD has its lovers and haters.
i actually agree with u about WD :) i find seagate the worst
i have made the move to samsung now and seems to be ok
#3
The net is full of people who complain far outweighing the positive experiences experienced by many. Do not be put off by the earlier posters, everyone has bad experiences with certain products and I believe the issue mentioned has been resolved now by WD but always remember there are many people out there who have no problems at all.

I myself have in the region of 10 different WD drives varying in size from 250gb to 2tb and style (Passport, MyBook etc) and never had anything go wrong with any one of them. Granted I probably need to sell some and stop backing up back ups but I have only ever had positive experiences. The only time I suspected something might go wrong was when a hard drive occassionally made a clicking noise when first connecting (still worked fine), I sent it to WD who replaced it with a newer model. Go figure

Good deal OP. I think 3tb's are being released soon so was waiting for 2tb's to come down!

Edited By: cjblfc on Oct 08, 2010 09:25: typo
#4
My WD passport sometimes clicks, was yours in warranty when you send it back?
#5
1Jim0
My WD passport sometimes clicks, was yours in warranty when you send it back?


In all honesty I am not sure. On the Western Digital website there was some advice saying that clicking can mean nothing but in some cases it can lead (long term) to connection errors. I just thought send it back and see what happens. I am assuming that it was in warranty but would be worth getting in touch with WD, they were very swift in sending me a new drive.
#6
SOSAGES
every make of HD has its lovers and haters.
i actually agree with u about WD :) i find seagate the worst
i have made the move to samsung now and seems to be ok


haha! I see what you mean, i love my seagate freeagent!
#7
i agree wd and seagate have really gone down hill i too have changed over to samsung drives
#8
The best hard drive I've had is their My Book Studio II 2TB. I want a second one soon.

iTunes library is on it with it backed up to 4 X 500MB WD Elements. All bought over time.
#9
I happen to own four of these My Book series drives (500GB to 2TB). No complaints so far from me, but that's not to say that they're all perfect.

What's useful for me, is that they power up and down with my net-top PC without the need to manually power on and off with a switch. I paid only a little more for the same capacity My Book last November, but I suppose this is still hot for now. Good to see the £100 mark being broken.
#10
I have 4x WD External USB drives (350, 1TB, 1.5TB & 2TB) and have had them for years. Not a single one has failed or caused any problems. When looking for a drive i just go straight for WD.
#11
is this

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002T4EO8E

the newer version of this, what I already own.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-MyBook-Firewire-External/dp/B0016M2824/

and the first link, has what benefits over this deal, firewire and the screen display?
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sparc
is this

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002T4EO8E


the newer version of this, what I already own.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-MyBook-Firewire-External/dp/B0016M2824/


and the first link, has what benefits over this deal, firewire and the screen display?


The first link is the newest version I believe, I have one of these. The screen is not actually that useful, its only real use is that it shows the space left or if you have 5 of the same drive lined up next to each other, allowing you to see which one is which. Although saying that the drive itself is better IMO because of the finish, it is a matt finish rather than the shiny finish advertised in this deal which does scratch. Not £45 better though.

The second link made me lol a little. I have a wide hd like that and it is only 500gb but is bigger than my 2tb drive!

Edited By: cjblfc on Oct 08, 2010 10:42: .
#13
another question if anyone can help, the new iMacs only have one FireWire. My current iMac has two but will eventually upgrade.

is it possible to daisy chain the My Book Studio Edition II (bulky one) to the My Book Studio (display one) and have one back up the other using one FireWire on the new iMac.
#14
sparc
another question if anyone can help, the new iMacs only have one FireWire. My current iMac has two but will eventually upgrade.

is it possible to daisy chain the My Book Studio Edition II (bulky one) to the My Book Studio (display one) and have one back up the other using one FireWire on the new iMac.


Don't quote me on this, but I believe you can, however I have only seen this using Firewire.
My friend did this with his although the effect of firewire seemed minimised on the second drive (the one not connected to the computer). The drives appear separately on your computer as if they are both plugged in direct
#15
cjblfc1 person likes this
The first link is the newest version I believe, I have one of these. The screen is not actually that useful, its only real use is that it shows the space left or if you have 5 of the same drive lined up next to each other, allowing you to see which one is which. Although saying that the drive itself is better IMO because of the finish, it is a matt finish rather than the shiny finish advertised in this deal which does scratch. Not £45 better though.


yeah I wouldn't ever look at the display but as my iMac has two FW400 ports and I've read it's faster.

Macworld’s lab testing, which found, for instance, that with a Western Digital My Book Studio 2TB Western Digital My Book Studio drive connected to a MacBook Pro, copying a 1GB file took 23 percent less time over FireWire 400 than over USB 2.0, while duplicating that file using FireWire 400 on the WD drive took 10 percent less time than when run over USB 2.0, and that FireWire 800 proved 35-58 percent faster than USB 2.0 in various tests on the MacBook Pro with the My Book Studio. Similar comparative results were noted using a compact Verbatim portable drive with the MacBook Pro.


new iMac's have one FireWire 800 port. USB 3.0 isn't out yet.
#16
Is this one of the ones that have DRM restrictions
#17
#18
welshman10
Is this one of the ones that have DRM restrictions


No. Those are the white World Books with ethernet ports for use as network drives

And this is the new version with USB3. The 3TB drives will be out in this version soon.
#19
looking at hard drives and cant seem to decide, so many offers seem to be on the top 2 pages of hotukdeals, can anyone recommend a good one. i dont really need a lot of space just for films and music etc to plug into my laptop, 500gb would be enough but i want the best deal possible so wouldnt mind paying extra for more memory as i love a bargain :) any ideas?
#20
noob123
looking at hard drives and cant seem to decide, so many offers seem to be on the top 2 pages of hotukdeals, can anyone recommend a good one.


My advice would be not to take too much notice of comments that this or that make of drive is best avoided, if you do a search I doubt you will find a single HD maker who is not condemned for one reason or another, there are always going to be a small percentage of drives that go faulty but the vast majority work without problem and you won't often hear about these!

I have several external drives from different makers and all have been trouble free to date. I would say decide what capacity you want (always go for a bigger drive than you think you will need) find the best value one and buy it. :)
#21
1-3 months wait now... :-(

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