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267 pages

The IPod Book, Doing Cool Stuff With the IPod And the ITunes Music Store

Creator: Scott Kelby | Computers - 2006

Describes how to get the most out of an iPod and iTunes, covering such topics as customizing the menu, creating a playlist, using the iPod in a car, using the iPod photo, and using the iTunes store.

About this book
There are basically two kinds of iPod books: (1) The "tell me all about it" kind, which includes in-depth discussions on compression algorithms, debates about analog vs. digital equalizers; and tutorials on how to export your playlist in Unicode format. (2) There's this book. It's not a "tell me all about it" book, it’s a "show me how to do it" book.   Award-winning author Scott Kelby shows you step-by-step how it's all done, using the same casual, plain-English style that has made him one of the world's best-selling technology authors. You'll learn how to do only the most important, most requested, and just plain cool things you're going to want to do with your iPod–so you can start having fun with it today. Right now!   Each page covers just one topic, complete with full color photos, making it easy to find just what you're looking for fast. Plus, it shows you how to get the most from the iTunes Music Store, how to integrate your iPod into your car, which iPod accessories are hot, how to use photos with your iPod, and everything you need to know about the latest addition to the iPod family, the new iPod Nano! It's all here–in the only book of its kind–and you're gonna love it!  



272 pages

Cop Hater

Creator: Ed McBain | Fiction - 1999-12-01

"The murder of three detectives in quick succession in the 87th Precinct leads Detective Steve Carella on a search through the city's underside and ultimately into the murderer's sights"--NoveList.

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

About this book
THE HEROES OF THE CITY'S STREETS BECOME THE HUNTED -- IN THIS CRIME FICTION CLASSICED MCBAIN'S FIRST 87th PRECINCT NOVELSwift, silent, and deadly -- someone is knocking off the 87th Precinct's finest, one by one. The how of the killings is obvious: three .45 shots from the dark add up to one, two, three very dead detectives. The why and the who are the Precinct's headaches now.When Detective Reardon is found dead, motive is a big question mark. But when his partner becomes victim number two, it looks like open-and-shut grudge killings. That is, until a third detective buys it.With one meager clue, Detective Steve Carella begins his grim search for the killer, a search that takes him into the city's underworld to a notorious brothel, to the apartment of a beautiful and dangerous widow, and finally to a .45 automatic aimed straight at his head....



500 pages

Hacking TiVo, the expansion, enhancement, and development starter kit

Creator: Jeff Keegan | Technology & Engineering - 2003-10

After completing this book, readers will enjoy being able to say that they have enhanced their TiVo, that they have larger TiVos than can be purchased, and that they have features that don’ t exist for others.

About this book
Written by an avid TiVo hacker, and active TiVo community member,   "Hacking TiVo appeals to both experienced tweakers and curious observers alike by walking them through the steps needed to do everything from increasing the storage capacity of their TiVos to connecting them to the internet.  After completing this book, readers will enjoy being able to say that they have  enhanced their TiVo, that they have larger TiVos than can be purchased, and that they have features that don’ t exist for others.  They will also know where to look for the latest developments, and know enough to start some serious tinkering on their own.Topics covered include: Secret TiVo backdoor codesIncreasing recording time with larger hard drivesGetting access to the TiVo operating systemTransferring files to and from your PCControlling your Tivo from the InternetAdding sports scores, stocks and weather featuresDisplaying your own photos and graphi cs on your TVHooking AOL Instant Messenger into your TiVoSeeing who is calling you on your TV screenReceiving your email from your TiVoDistributing TiVo video throughout your entire house


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    WD My Book 3TB External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 File Backup and Storage

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    Extremely flimsy usb3 connector design - BUYER BEWARE

    This applies to the My Book USB3 2TB drive.First the good stuff -It is a nice fast drive. HDTune showed and average speed around 90-100MB/s when connected to a USB3 port on my Lenovo W510 laptop. That is why I bought the thing, and it works well. I had NO trouble accessing the drive (but then I reformatted it completely and did not see any issues with the CD partition etc..).Note: I needed to update the USB3 drivers on my W510 to get it to be recognized consistently by Windows 7. That is likely an issue with the Win7 NEC USB3 drivers preinstalled on my Lenovo, and nothing to do with the WD drive.Now the awful part:After about 4 months of usage, the USB3 female connector in the cabinet came loose - and was stuck to the USB3 cable when I removed it!I have owned close to ten different WD external USB drives from ~320GB and up to 2TB drives. I have *never* had any such issue with any previous drive (my only real gripe has been... 1/5 INGE STUBDAL "Inge" (Oslo, - Norway) - See all my reviews This review is from: WD My Book 2TB External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 File Backup and Storage (Personal Computers) This applies to the My Book USB3 2TB drive.First the good stuff -It is a nice fast drive. HDTune showed and average speed around 90-100MB/s when connected to a USB3 port on my Lenovo W510 laptop. That is why I bought the thing, and it works well. I had NO trouble accessing the drive (but then I reformatted it completely and did not see any issues with the CD partition etc..).Note: I needed to update the USB3 drivers on my W510 to get it to be recognized consistently by Windows 7. That is likely an issue with the Win7 NEC USB3 drivers preinstalled on my Lenovo, and nothing to do with the WD drive.Now the awful part:After about 4 months of usage, the USB3 female connector in the cabinet came loose - and was stuck to the USB3 cable when I removed it!I have owned close to ten different WD external USB drives from ~320GB and up to 2TB drives. I have *never* had any such issue with any previous drive (my only real gripe has been... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 21, 2011

    How to set up your WD My Book Essential 3TB 3.0 USB drive

    I have six of these drives. I have had no serious problems to date, the oldest I've owned for about four months now. I will return to edit this review should a drive fail in the future.UPDATE: I wrote the above in October 2011. Writing now in October 2012, I now have eight of these drives. No problems to date.SECOND UPDATE: Writing now in November 2013. I have nine of these drives at this point. No problems to date.Here is my recommendation for how to set up the drive, out of the box. I've done this a bunch of times now, so I'm getting routine at it, and thought I'd write it out for others.Some caveats, for what it might be worth:--I am running Windows 7 64-bit.--I use both 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity, depending on the computer I hook these up to.--I have no use for the included backup software, so I can't speak to that. If you are buying this for the backup software, skip this review, because I'm going to be describing... 4/5 Scott Saccenti (Colora, MD USA) - See all my reviews, October 12, 2011

    A little pricey if you just need the space, but...

    There are 2TB drives out there for less money and if all you need is a huge space, you might consider one of those. The value added in this package is the backup software that is bundled with the drive (actually, delivered right on the drive).WD Smartware is a backup/restore suite that, once installed, boots with your machine. If the MyBook is attached via your USB port, it will constantly monitor activity and make backups accordingly in the background in near real time without any action on your part. It also maintains multiple generations of files (you choose how many), so you can go back to, say, three versions ago if you need to recover a spreadsheet or other data file.You can also use it on multiple computers. Backups are stored under folders with the same name as the PC they're created on.I tested on a Win XP Pro laptop and a Win7 laptop and detected no system slowdowns at all. Every now and then the activity light on the drive would... 4/5 Jeffrey Pittman "Jeff" (Durham, NC USA) - See all my reviews, November 2, 2010
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    WD My Book 2 TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Backup

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    Ultra-fast USB 3.0 connectivity
    Works great with Windows 8
    Password protection with hardware encryption
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  • T-Power®

    24W AC Adapter Power Cord for Western Digital Dual-option USB external hard drives

    CE (T-Power®)

    Rating (43 reviews):
    (3.9/5)
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    Product is NOT compatible with what description says

    I purchased this adapter because the description said it was compatible with the WDPS037RNN, which is what I needed. When the adapter arrived, the plug would not even fit in the drive! What's more, it didn't even come with the described pouch (not that I really care, just another example of how it didn't match the description).I emailed the seller and she requested that I NOT leave negative feedback, and I could return the item. I asked for my return shipping to be reimbursed too, since the mistake was clearly their fault. This is Amazon Prime's policy on returns, and I think it's fair, so I asked for it, and the seller agreed.Well, when I received the credit, it did NOT include return shipping, so I emailed the seller to point out the error, and this was her reply: amazon's return policy is standard that the buyer pays the return shipping, and also no negative feedbacks may be left after the refund has been issued --- Original... 1/5 M. Friedman (Los angeles, CA United States) - See all my reviews, September 11, 2012

    will not be what you expect

    0 1/5 Fiver - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: 24W AC Adapter Power Cord for Western Digital Dual-option USB external hard drives (Electronics) I purchased 3 of this item. Packaged arrived very fast, but these are not Western Digital AC adapters as advertised. They are knock-offs and do not fit any of my drives. I have reasonable suspicion that the seller knows this, as I also received a set of 5 extra adapter wires so that they might fit something, but not the way they were intended to be powered. With something as sensitive as a hard drive it is not a recommended practice to use AC adapters in this way. I also did not receive the felt bags. If you are shopping for a true, Western Digital adapter for your external drive, keep shopping. You will get rude customer service and you are expected to eat the cost of the shipping to you and then pony up again to return it. I only left one star because it is the least amount of stars you can leave. Do not trust this seller to give you the product that is featured, or to assist you in any way. You will get junk adapters. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 24, 2013

    Don't bother... not compatible with part # listed

    0 1/5 Critiquette - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: 24W AC Adapter Power Cord for Western Digital Dual-option USB external hard drives (Electronics) Didn't work/not compatible with P/N: ADS-24S-12 1224GPCU. Not worth the cost or hassle to return. I write it off to the risk one always takes with cheap products made in China: win some, lose many... 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 13, 2013
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  • Western Digital

    WD My Book 2TB External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 File Backup and Storage

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (3.7/5)
    Western Digital

    Extremely flimsy usb3 connector design - BUYER BEWARE

    This applies to the My Book USB3 2TB drive.First the good stuff -It is a nice fast drive. HDTune showed and average speed around 90-100MB/s when connected to a USB3 port on my Lenovo W510 laptop. That is why I bought the thing, and it works well. I had NO trouble accessing the drive (but then I reformatted it completely and did not see any issues with the CD partition etc..).Note: I needed to update the USB3 drivers on my W510 to get it to be recognized consistently by Windows 7. That is likely an issue with the Win7 NEC USB3 drivers preinstalled on my Lenovo, and nothing to do with the WD drive.Now the awful part:After about 4 months of usage, the USB3 female connector in the cabinet came loose - and was stuck to the USB3 cable when I removed it!I have owned close to ten different WD external USB drives from ~320GB and up to 2TB drives. I have *never* had any such issue with any previous drive (my only real gripe has been... 1/5 INGE STUBDAL "Inge" (Oslo, - Norway) - See all my reviews This review is from: WD My Book 2TB External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 File Backup and Storage (Personal Computers) This applies to the My Book USB3 2TB drive.First the good stuff -It is a nice fast drive. HDTune showed and average speed around 90-100MB/s when connected to a USB3 port on my Lenovo W510 laptop. That is why I bought the thing, and it works well. I had NO trouble accessing the drive (but then I reformatted it completely and did not see any issues with the CD partition etc..).Note: I needed to update the USB3 drivers on my W510 to get it to be recognized consistently by Windows 7. That is likely an issue with the Win7 NEC USB3 drivers preinstalled on my Lenovo, and nothing to do with the WD drive.Now the awful part:After about 4 months of usage, the USB3 female connector in the cabinet came loose - and was stuck to the USB3 cable when I removed it!I have owned close to ten different WD external USB drives from ~320GB and up to 2TB drives. I have *never* had any such issue with any previous drive (my only real gripe has been... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 21, 2011

    How to set up your WD My Book Essential 3TB 3.0 USB drive

    I have six of these drives. I have had no serious problems to date, the oldest I've owned for about four months now. I will return to edit this review should a drive fail in the future.UPDATE: I wrote the above in October 2011. Writing now in October 2012, I now have eight of these drives. No problems to date.SECOND UPDATE: Writing now in November 2013. I have nine of these drives at this point. No problems to date.Here is my recommendation for how to set up the drive, out of the box. I've done this a bunch of times now, so I'm getting routine at it, and thought I'd write it out for others.Some caveats, for what it might be worth:--I am running Windows 7 64-bit.--I use both 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity, depending on the computer I hook these up to.--I have no use for the included backup software, so I can't speak to that. If you are buying this for the backup software, skip this review, because I'm going to be describing... 4/5 Scott Saccenti (Colora, MD USA) - See all my reviews, October 12, 2011

    A little pricey if you just need the space, but...

    There are 2TB drives out there for less money and if all you need is a huge space, you might consider one of those. The value added in this package is the backup software that is bundled with the drive (actually, delivered right on the drive).WD Smartware is a backup/restore suite that, once installed, boots with your machine. If the MyBook is attached via your USB port, it will constantly monitor activity and make backups accordingly in the background in near real time without any action on your part. It also maintains multiple generations of files (you choose how many), so you can go back to, say, three versions ago if you need to recover a spreadsheet or other data file.You can also use it on multiple computers. Backups are stored under folders with the same name as the PC they're created on.I tested on a Win XP Pro laptop and a Win7 laptop and detected no system slowdowns at all. Every now and then the activity light on the drive would... 4/5 Jeffrey Pittman "Jeff" (Durham, NC USA) - See all my reviews, November 2, 2010
    List Price: $114.99
    Password protection and hardware encryption
    Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
    2-year limited warranty
    Up to 4 TB capacity
    Automatic, continuous backup or file backup option


  • Western Digital

    WD My Book 1TB External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 File Backup and Storage

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (3.7/5)
    Western Digital

    Extremely flimsy usb3 connector design - BUYER BEWARE

    This applies to the My Book USB3 2TB drive.First the good stuff -It is a nice fast drive. HDTune showed and average speed around 90-100MB/s when connected to a USB3 port on my Lenovo W510 laptop. That is why I bought the thing, and it works well. I had NO trouble accessing the drive (but then I reformatted it completely and did not see any issues with the CD partition etc..).Note: I needed to update the USB3 drivers on my W510 to get it to be recognized consistently by Windows 7. That is likely an issue with the Win7 NEC USB3 drivers preinstalled on my Lenovo, and nothing to do with the WD drive.Now the awful part:After about 4 months of usage, the USB3 female connector in the cabinet came loose - and was stuck to the USB3 cable when I removed it!I have owned close to ten different WD external USB drives from ~320GB and up to 2TB drives. I have *never* had any such issue with any previous drive (my only real gripe has been... 1/5 INGE STUBDAL "Inge" (Oslo, - Norway) - See all my reviews This review is from: WD My Book 2TB External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 File Backup and Storage (Personal Computers) This applies to the My Book USB3 2TB drive.First the good stuff -It is a nice fast drive. HDTune showed and average speed around 90-100MB/s when connected to a USB3 port on my Lenovo W510 laptop. That is why I bought the thing, and it works well. I had NO trouble accessing the drive (but then I reformatted it completely and did not see any issues with the CD partition etc..).Note: I needed to update the USB3 drivers on my W510 to get it to be recognized consistently by Windows 7. That is likely an issue with the Win7 NEC USB3 drivers preinstalled on my Lenovo, and nothing to do with the WD drive.Now the awful part:After about 4 months of usage, the USB3 female connector in the cabinet came loose - and was stuck to the USB3 cable when I removed it!I have owned close to ten different WD external USB drives from ~320GB and up to 2TB drives. I have *never* had any such issue with any previous drive (my only real gripe has been... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 21, 2011

    How to set up your WD My Book Essential 3TB 3.0 USB drive

    I have six of these drives. I have had no serious problems to date, the oldest I've owned for about four months now. I will return to edit this review should a drive fail in the future.UPDATE: I wrote the above in October 2011. Writing now in October 2012, I now have eight of these drives. No problems to date.SECOND UPDATE: Writing now in November 2013. I have nine of these drives at this point. No problems to date.Here is my recommendation for how to set up the drive, out of the box. I've done this a bunch of times now, so I'm getting routine at it, and thought I'd write it out for others.Some caveats, for what it might be worth:--I am running Windows 7 64-bit.--I use both 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity, depending on the computer I hook these up to.--I have no use for the included backup software, so I can't speak to that. If you are buying this for the backup software, skip this review, because I'm going to be describing... 4/5 Scott Saccenti (Colora, MD USA) - See all my reviews, October 12, 2011

    A little pricey if you just need the space, but...

    There are 2TB drives out there for less money and if all you need is a huge space, you might consider one of those. The value added in this package is the backup software that is bundled with the drive (actually, delivered right on the drive).WD Smartware is a backup/restore suite that, once installed, boots with your machine. If the MyBook is attached via your USB port, it will constantly monitor activity and make backups accordingly in the background in near real time without any action on your part. It also maintains multiple generations of files (you choose how many), so you can go back to, say, three versions ago if you need to recover a spreadsheet or other data file.You can also use it on multiple computers. Backups are stored under folders with the same name as the PC they're created on.I tested on a Win XP Pro laptop and a Win7 laptop and detected no system slowdowns at all. Every now and then the activity light on the drive would... 4/5 Jeffrey Pittman "Jeff" (Durham, NC USA) - See all my reviews, November 2, 2010
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    Up to 4 TB capacity
    Password protection and hardware encryption
    2-year limited warranty
    Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
    Automatic, continuous backup or file backup option


  • Western Digital

    Western Digital My Book Essential 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (163 reviews):
    (2.7/5)
    Western Digital

    What in the hell is wrong with Western Digital

    If you are just looking to add an additional drive for storage, don't buy this new version of My Book Essential. Especially if you plan to buy more than one (which you of course should unless it's purely a backup drive). You will regret it unless you are a newbie who only wants a drive that will back up your system (and even then you should get a Seagate now instead).Western Digital is now installing a "virtual drive" software that CANNOT be disabled, ejected (unmounted) or deleted. You will have an extra drive entry for each one of these you install. If you use up to 8 drives, as I have, that would mean 16 separate drive entries. WD has flat out said you cannot remove this functionality. Even reformating won't do it, because the included software is in firmware. If you do use the backup and security functions, they are part of this software, and your drive capacity will ONLY be about 770GB, not the full 930GB that is normal (you can still access the drive directly via... 1/5 SweetDaddy "Darkmaster" (The Darkside) - See all my reviews This review is from: Western Digital My Book Essential 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) If you are just looking to add an additional drive for storage, don't buy this new version of My Book Essential. Especially if you plan to buy more than one (which you of course should unless it's purely a backup drive). You will regret it unless you are a newbie who only wants a drive that will back up your system (and even then you should get a Seagate now instead).Western Digital is now installing a "virtual drive" software that CANNOT be disabled, ejected (unmounted) or deleted. You will have an extra drive entry for each one of these you install. If you use up to 8 drives, as I have, that would mean 16 separate drive entries. WD has flat out said you cannot remove this functionality. Even reformating won't do it, because the included software is in firmware. If you do use the backup and security functions, they are part of this software, and your drive capacity will ONLY be about 770GB, not the full 930GB that is normal (you can still access the drive directly via... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 4, 2009

    Beware of WD's SmartWare software!!

    BUYER BEWARE....This is a great hard drive, except for one fatal issue. Western Digital includes their backup software, "SmartWare" on this drive. That's normally not an issue, you reformat and partition the drive and it's gone. However, WD included a special virtual CD (VCD) partition as part of the enclosure or firmware, which is NOT accessible to the user. I've tried all the utilities in OS X, Windows, and Ubuntu Linux to destroy this VCD, but no luck. I contacted Western Digital inquiring about a removal utility or firmware flash, and they gave me a run around answer and basically said no, we have no plans to do that.The VCD automatically mounts on your machine when the drive is inserted, which gets annoying very quickly. I found a workaround in OS X and Windows, to keep the VCD partition from mounting, but it shouldn't have to be this way.If you've ever had to deal with the horrid U3 software on a SanDisk flash drive, then you'll know what I'm... 4/5 ACL (East Coast, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Western Digital My Book Essential 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) BUYER BEWARE....This is a great hard drive, except for one fatal issue. Western Digital includes their backup software, "SmartWare" on this drive. That's normally not an issue, you reformat and partition the drive and it's gone. However, WD included a special virtual CD (VCD) partition as part of the enclosure or firmware, which is NOT accessible to the user. I've tried all the utilities in OS X, Windows, and Ubuntu Linux to destroy this VCD, but no luck. I contacted Western Digital inquiring about a removal utility or firmware flash, and they gave me a run around answer and basically said no, we have no plans to do that.The VCD automatically mounts on your machine when the drive is inserted, which gets annoying very quickly. I found a workaround in OS X and Windows, to keep the VCD partition from mounting, but it shouldn't have to be this way.If you've ever had to deal with the horrid U3 software on a SanDisk flash drive, then you'll know what I'm... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 16, 2009

    Meant for the most basic of users only

    Update (as of 10/11/09)=============================Instead of returning the drive I thought I would do a favor for a somewhat computer-illiterate friend by selling her the drive along with assisting her in installing and configuring the SmartWare software to backup her data.The laptop running WD Smartware is about three years old and contains a single-core chip. Well, I discovered that this software is a resource PIG. WD advertises the fact that SmartWare is always running in the background to backup any files the moment they changes. The trade-off is that the SmartWare background service routinely spikes the CPU to 95%-100%, bringing a single core Windows computer to its knees. It's just not worth it.In the end I uninstalled Smartware completely from the laptop (the 1TB drive is still accessible despite the Windows XP Device manager complaining of an unknown device) and built a backup job that runs daily using the free Comodo Backup... 1/5 Peter R. (Fayetteville, NY USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Western Digital My Book Essential 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) Update (as of 10/11/09)=============================Instead of returning the drive I thought I would do a favor for a somewhat computer-illiterate friend by selling her the drive along with assisting her in installing and configuring the SmartWare software to backup her data.The laptop running WD Smartware is about three years old and contains a single-core chip. Well, I discovered that this software is a resource PIG. WD advertises the fact that SmartWare is always running in the background to backup any files the moment they changes. The trade-off is that the SmartWare background service routinely spikes the CPU to 95%-100%, bringing a single core Windows computer to its knees. It's just not worth it.In the end I uninstalled Smartware completely from the laptop (the 1TB drive is still accessible despite the Windows XP Device manager complaining of an unknown device) and built a backup job that runs daily using the free Comodo Backup... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 4, 2009
    List Price: $99.99
    Automatic, continuous backup
    Password protection and 256-bit encryption
    Visual drive control center
    USB 2.0 interface
    Illuminated capacity gauge


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  • Western Digital

    WD My Book AV DVR Expander 1 TB USB 2.0/eSATA External Hard Drive

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (741 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Western Digital

    30 seconds later mission accomplished!

    0 5/5 wiscy - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Book AV DVR Expander 1 TB USB 2.0/eSATA External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) I received my 1TB WD My Book AV Expander today. Here's how it went down:Unpack, plug into back of DVR with included eSATA cable, plug WD HDD into wall outlet, turn on DVR and TV. See prompt on TV about new attached storage. Look for and find remote that kids misplaced. Then Press A on remote to format. Wait 30 seconds. Now when I press List it shows 5% Full (used to be 40%). It didn't even interrupt the current recording. No more taping over my World Cup matches. How easy is that?So far no heat from new hard drive and it's whisper quiet. Drive also comes with a USB cable (not needed for this project as the Scientifc Atlanta 8300HD supports eSATA only for adding storage.) From WD's website this drive is on the list of supported drives for Time Warner SA8300HD but it was still a relief to see it immediately recognized. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 13, 2010

    Works with TIVO HD DVR

    Connection is about a 5-minute job, but initial boot-up takes awhile. Western Digital instructions are incomplete and fairly useless--just diagrams.Unplug the Tivo power cord. Connect the SATA cable between WD Expander and Tivo. Power on Expander (check for white light in front). Plug in the Tivo power cord. Go to Settings menu on Tivo, then External Storage, then Add. Then, BE PATIENT! It took my unit about 25 minutes to boot and reconfigure everything. A couple of times I thought something might be wrong but I continued to wait and it finally completed and worked. You can also find instruction on Tivo's Web site. These are basically the same as given here.The Expander box only shows compatibility with Tivo Series 3 and Premiere. But, that is wrong. I suspect that reviewers who say it does not work with a Tivo HD unit had a defective unit or cable, powered off and on in the wrong sequence, or were impatient and bailed out while the Tivo was still... 3/5 drifter yank (Richmond, VA USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: WD My Book AV DVR Expander 1 TB USB 2.0/eSATA External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) Connection is about a 5-minute job, but initial boot-up takes awhile. Western Digital instructions are incomplete and fairly useless--just diagrams.Unplug the Tivo power cord. Connect the SATA cable between WD Expander and Tivo. Power on Expander (check for white light in front). Plug in the Tivo power cord. Go to Settings menu on Tivo, then External Storage, then Add. Then, BE PATIENT! It took my unit about 25 minutes to boot and reconfigure everything. A couple of times I thought something might be wrong but I continued to wait and it finally completed and worked. You can also find instruction on Tivo's Web site. These are basically the same as given here.The Expander box only shows compatibility with Tivo Series 3 and Premiere. But, that is wrong. I suspect that reviewers who say it does not work with a Tivo HD unit had a defective unit or cable, powered off and on in the wrong sequence, or were impatient and bailed out while the Tivo was still... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 10, 2010

    Works with FIOS

    I received the item and unpacked the HD. Plugged the power supply into the surge protector and the other end into the drive. Plugged in the eSATA cable into the FIOS DVR and the HD. Turned on the FIOS box and tried to get it to recognize that the drive was plugged. I noticed no lights on the front of the WD HD. I then rechecked the eSATA cable it was good- then I had that sinking feeling (oh no bad HD). I then rechecked everything again and discovered an ID10T error (Idiot error from my time working on a help desk). I had not plugged in the power adapter all the way into the HD. Fixed it and followed the onscreen directions to format the drive. It is working great.So what you see in the directions is what you get. HD, USB cable, USB converted, eSATA cable, felt pads and power supply. This HD can be mounted either vertically or horizontal. The unit comes with stick on felt pads for horizontal mount. You need to remove the felt feet from the backing and stick to the HD... 5/5 Robert A. Kippes - See all my reviews, October 6, 2011
    List Price: $169.99
    High-capacity DVR expander
    USB and eSATA interfaces for maximum flexibility
    AV-optimized for smooth playback on your TV
    Small enough to fit in your entertainment center
    A convenient storage companion for your camcorder


  • Western Digital

    WD My Book Studio 3 TB FireWire 800 External Hard Drive

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (342 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    Western Digital

    REVIEW UPDATE July/2013

    This is an UPDATE from my initial review.-----------------------------------After more than a year-and-a-half since my initial review (below), I can happily say that all is still quiet on the Western (Digital) front - which is great news - for me, at least.The "My Book Studio 1TB" drive still earns 5-stars from me. The drive is still as dependable and quiet as when I first purchased it. In my experience, this external drive has lasted the longest, and I certainly put them (I bought a second about 9-months ago) through their paces, and have nearly maxed to capacity one of the drives and it still and has always worked like a charm.That drive holds all of my video content, and copying to a from as well as playback has been without incident, as all drives SHOULD work. Ditto for the second drive: no incidents, no problems, no worries.For the record, my two drives are of the Firewire variety, and each is connected separately to my desktop computer (Mac Pro/... 5/5 DineKur - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Book Studio 1 TB FireWire 800 External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) This is an UPDATE from my initial review.-----------------------------------After more than a year-and-a-half since my initial review (below), I can happily say that all is still quiet on the Western (Digital) front - which is great news - for me, at least.The "My Book Studio 1TB" drive still earns 5-stars from me. The drive is still as dependable and quiet as when I first purchased it. In my experience, this external drive has lasted the longest, and I certainly put them (I bought a second about 9-months ago) through their paces, and have nearly maxed to capacity one of the drives and it still and has always worked like a charm.That drive holds all of my video content, and copying to a from as well as playback has been without incident, as all drives SHOULD work. Ditto for the second drive: no incidents, no problems, no worries.For the record, my two drives are of the Firewire variety, and each is connected separately to my desktop computer (Mac Pro/... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 2, 2012

    Warning if you need a bootable backup...

    I'll cut to the chase. This would have been a 5-star review, but as I learned, this drive might not be for you if you need a Firewire bootable backup. If this is a concern, read on...I bought this drive intending to partition it into two 1TB partitions- one for a bootable backup and one for a Time Machine backup. I do my bootable backups with the application SuperDuper, which is outstanding for this purpose. I have used it to create bootable backups on 3 different Maxtor external Firewire drives, and they have all flawlessly booted all my Macs. I expected no different from this new Western Digital (WD) 2TB drive. Unfortunately, the WD would not boot 2 out of my 3 Macs when connected via Firewire. It would NOT boot an Intel MacBook (Late 2007 edition) or an Intel iMac (Mid 2007 edition). It does boot our Intel iMac (Mid-2010 edition). Strangely, the WD booted all 3 Macs when connected via USB, though needless to say very slowly in all cases. If you need additional... 3/5 Dave K - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Book Studio 2 TB FireWire 800 External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) I'll cut to the chase. This would have been a 5-star review, but as I learned, this drive might not be for you if you need a Firewire bootable backup. If this is a concern, read on...I bought this drive intending to partition it into two 1TB partitions- one for a bootable backup and one for a Time Machine backup. I do my bootable backups with the application SuperDuper, which is outstanding for this purpose. I have used it to create bootable backups on 3 different Maxtor external Firewire drives, and they have all flawlessly booted all my Macs. I expected no different from this new Western Digital (WD) 2TB drive. Unfortunately, the WD would not boot 2 out of my 3 Macs when connected via Firewire. It would NOT boot an Intel MacBook (Late 2007 edition) or an Intel iMac (Mid 2007 edition). It does boot our Intel iMac (Mid-2010 edition). Strangely, the WD booted all 3 Macs when connected via USB, though needless to say very slowly in all cases. If you need additional... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 8, 2012

    Great Mac external hard drive

    Being in the market for an external hard drive for a Mac in my household, I naturally turned to customer reviews to read what others thought of the various drives on the market. What I found is that for every brand that I researched, including Western Digital, Seagate, LaCie, G-Technology and others, there are those that love the drives along with a few that reported multiple failures of the drives along with a promise to never buy that brand's hardware again. This made my decision process that much harder, especially since I am more familiar with the PC environment and wasn't sure about what might be best for a Mac. In the end, I went with what I knew from my prior experience.I'm an IT guy and have a lot of hardware in my household, which has expanded from PCs to include Macs in recent years. My plan was to use a rarely used Mac Mini as a media server, to stream music, DVD movies, family photos and home movies to other devices, including Apple TV. I needed a large,... 4/5 Chris McCreevey (Maryland, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Book Studio 2 TB FireWire 800 External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) Being in the market for an external hard drive for a Mac in my household, I naturally turned to customer reviews to read what others thought of the various drives on the market. What I found is that for every brand that I researched, including Western Digital, Seagate, LaCie, G-Technology and others, there are those that love the drives along with a few that reported multiple failures of the drives along with a promise to never buy that brand's hardware again. This made my decision process that much harder, especially since I am more familiar with the PC environment and wasn't sure about what might be best for a Mac. In the end, I went with what I knew from my prior experience.I'm an IT guy and have a lot of hardware in my household, which has expanded from PCs to include Macs in recent years. My plan was to use a rarely used Mac Mini as a media server, to stream music, DVD movies, family photos and home movies to other devices, including Apple TV. I needed a large,... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 22, 2012
    List Price: $179.99
    Pure performance for Mac with FireWire 800, Fire Wire Cable Included (4 Feet Length)
    Compatible with Apple Time Machine
    Password protection with hardware-based encryption
    Cool-to-the-touch aluminum enclosure complements your Mac
    WD SmartWare automatic, continuous backup software


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