External hard drives - http://harddrive-external.net

Western Digital Mybook




Western Digital Mybook Essential Edition 3 Tb Usb 3.0 External Hard Drive - Bookshelf


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


1000 GB and Up Directory

Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 1 TB USB 2.0 ...
Are you running out of hard drive capacity? Do you need to archive some important digital documents, photos, or music? The Western Digital WDH1U10000N My Book ...

Western Digital My Book Essential USB 3.0 External Hard ...
Western Digital My Book Essential USB 3.0 External Hard Drive 2TB, External hard drive features ultra fast USB 30 interface, Compatible with Windows PCs at Office ...

Amazon.com: WD My Book 3 TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Backup ...
My Book Desktop Storage – Complete backup and storage. Secure your precious memories on My Book desktop storage. This USB 3.0 drive is optimized for the fastest ...

Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB Desktop External ...
Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility WD SmartWare automatic backup software Password protection with hardware encryption Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ...

Western Digital 4TB My Book External USB Hard Drive
Western Digital 4TB USB Hard Drive * 4TB Hard Drive pre-formatted as NTFS ** Capacity in Windows: 4,000,751,546,368 bytes 3.63 TB * USB 3.0 * USB Cable ...


ADVANCED PRODUCT FINDER

    Don't see what you're looking for?

Editor's picks

  • Western Digital

    WD My Book 4 TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Backup

    Personal Computer (Western Digital)
    List Price: $189.99

    Ultra-fast USB 3.0 connectivity
    Works great with Windows 8
    Password protection with hardware encryption
    WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software


  • 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.THIRD UPDATE: Writing now in October 2014. Same nine drives. Still no problems to report.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... 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: $169.99
    Password protection and hardware encryption
    Up to 4 TB capacity
    2-year limited warranty
    Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
    Automatic, continuous backup or file backup option


  • Western Digital

    WD My Book 3 TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Backup

    Personal Computer (Western Digital)
    List Price: $169.99

    Password protection with hardware encryption
    Each country has a specific AC voltage. AC input voltage -100 - 240V
    Ultra-fast USB 3.0 connectivity
    Works great with Windows 8
    WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software


  • Western Digital

    WD My Book 2 TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Backup

    Personal Computer (Western Digital)

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    Western Digital

    Drive works fine, but beware included utility software

    Based on the drive itself and the backup software, I would have given this product 5 stars--it is very quiet in operation, quiet enough to be left running full time on your desk. The easy-to-use included backup software can continually backup files each time there is a change or you add a new one (or you can choose to do periodic backups), and even automatically can keep up to 25 earlier versions of files that you've modified (you set the number archived). Why then only 3 stars? Because the drive comes with drive utility software that has a glitch. After installing the drive, before doing anything else, I ran the drive diagnostics; it passed the SMART Status and Quick Drive tests (both very quick to run), but about 30% of the way through failed the Complete Drive Test, which takes hours to run. I ran all the tests again, got identical results, then called WD tech support. Based on my results, they said the drive was defective, and that I should return it to Amazon, which I did... 3/5 Footprinter - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Book 2 TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Backup (Personal Computers) Based on the drive itself and the backup software, I would have given this product 5 stars--it is very quiet in operation, quiet enough to be left running full time on your desk. The easy-to-use included backup software can continually backup files each time there is a change or you add a new one (or you can choose to do periodic backups), and even automatically can keep up to 25 earlier versions of files that you've modified (you set the number archived). Why then only 3 stars? Because the drive comes with drive utility software that has a glitch. After installing the drive, before doing anything else, I ran the drive diagnostics; it passed the SMART Status and Quick Drive tests (both very quick to run), but about 30% of the way through failed the Complete Drive Test, which takes hours to run. I ran all the tests again, got identical results, then called WD tech support. Based on my results, they said the drive was defective, and that I should return it to Amazon, which I did... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 25, 2013

    4TB on my Xbox One

    I bought this specifically to use it as an external storage option for my Xbox One, which was down to less than 10% available when they released the update that allowed external storage in early June 2014. If you are considering this drive as an external drive for your Xbox One system, I can assure you it handles the task quite nicely! When I plugged the drive into an available USB 3.0 slot on the back of the Xbox One, the Xbox One immediately recognized it as an external storage device, and asked if I would like to format the drive. Formatting was very straight forward and very quick. The Xbox One OS also gives you the opportunity to name the drive, which I kept at the default "External" so you can tell internal storage from external storage. Another nice feature is that the Xbox One gives you the option to always install new content to the external drive until it is full. If you select this option, then anything that is installed from this point forward will be... 5/5 Bobby Graham - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Book 4 TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Backup (Personal Computers) I bought this specifically to use it as an external storage option for my Xbox One, which was down to less than 10% available when they released the update that allowed external storage in early June 2014. If you are considering this drive as an external drive for your Xbox One system, I can assure you it handles the task quite nicely! When I plugged the drive into an available USB 3.0 slot on the back of the Xbox One, the Xbox One immediately recognized it as an external storage device, and asked if I would like to format the drive. Formatting was very straight forward and very quick. The Xbox One OS also gives you the opportunity to name the drive, which I kept at the default "External" so you can tell internal storage from external storage. Another nice feature is that the Xbox One gives you the option to always install new content to the external drive until it is full. If you select this option, then anything that is installed from this point forward will be... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 11, 2014

    Another solid WD product

    I purchased this drive largely based upon a specific need for a USB 3.0 product with 4TB of storage. I've owned many WD internal and external HD products over time and have not had any drive failures to date over many years. I purchased this drive specifically as a backup storage drive attached to a Synology 1813+ NAS unit. This required a reformat to EXT4 as the drive comes natively formated in NTFS. The Synology NAS schedules backup to this drive of selected folder shares using the "Time Backup" software available from Synology. I'm not utilizing any of the software included from WD with this drive (backup, cloud, etc.) as the Synology NAS has its own software for each of these purposes.The drive itself is similar in size to other My Book drives. The plastic casing is certainly not as nice as the aluminum finish on the WD My Book drives that I have for my Macs, but it is similar to the black of the Synology unit and overall looks good. The power adapter is... 5/5 Joe (Midwest, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Book 4 TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Backup (Personal Computers) I purchased this drive largely based upon a specific need for a USB 3.0 product with 4TB of storage. I've owned many WD internal and external HD products over time and have not had any drive failures to date over many years. I purchased this drive specifically as a backup storage drive attached to a Synology 1813+ NAS unit. This required a reformat to EXT4 as the drive comes natively formated in NTFS. The Synology NAS schedules backup to this drive of selected folder shares using the "Time Backup" software available from Synology. I'm not utilizing any of the software included from WD with this drive (backup, cloud, etc.) as the Synology NAS has its own software for each of these purposes.The drive itself is similar in size to other My Book drives. The plastic casing is certainly not as nice as the aluminum finish on the WD My Book drives that I have for my Macs, but it is similar to the black of the Synology unit and overall looks good. The power adapter is... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 19, 2013
    List Price: $139.99
    Password protection with hardware encryption
    WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software
    Ultra-fast USB 3.0 connectivity
    Works great with Windows 8


  • Western Digital

    WD My Book 3TB 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.THIRD UPDATE: Writing now in October 2014. Same nine drives. Still no problems to report.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... 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: $149.99
    Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
    Automatic, continuous backup or file backup option
    Up to 4 TB capacity
    2-year limited warranty
    Password protection and hardware encryption


  • Western Digital

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

    CE (Western Digital)
    List Price: $114.99

    Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
    2-year limited warranty
    Automatic, continuous backup or file backup option
    Up to 4 TB capacity
    Password protection and hardware encryption


  • Western Digital

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

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (173 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
    USB 2.0 interface
    Automatic, continuous backup
    Illuminated capacity gauge
    Visual drive control center
    Password protection and 256-bit encryption


  • T-Power

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

    CE (T-Power)

    Comes with Microfiber Adapter Pouch, Stone Power Exclusive
    Input 110-240V
    output DC 12V 24W
    100% Compatible Part #: DA-24B12 AC, ADS-24P-12-2 1224G, ADS-24S-12 1224GPCU, WA-24C12U, S018BU1200150


  • Western Digital

    Western Digital WDH1U10000N 1TB My Book Essential External Hard Drive

    PC Accessory (Western Digital)

    Rating (454 reviews):
    (3.9/5)
    Western Digital

    Western Digital MyBook 1 TB - Great Capacity But Shorter Lived Than Other MyBooks

    The has great capacity but might not be well suited for this design. I've had great luck with my Western Digital drives, but may have bitten off more than I could chew with this 1 TB model. The bottom line is I now think that 1 TB might be too much capacity for a USB-only connection. Even though it might not be because of the size I did experience a hardware issue with the 1 TB model that had to be repaired. That was the first HD failure I've had with any of these WD external drives.The larger capacity means that the disk geometry has to work harder for the same form factor. When you consider that neither the speed nor the buffer were improved with this model, it's easier to see why the performance is slightly less than the 500 GB model.Ultimately I think it might... 3/5 Mark "Technology, Music and Movies" (East Coast) - See all my reviews, June 13, 2008

    A data center on a shelf

    It is very hard to argue with the amount of storage that one of these drives offer. If you have been in the industry for awhile, you can remember when a terabyte of data meant an entire data center of storage!These drives are quite and they format to NTFS quickly as long as you remember to specify quick format!! I have been pleased enough with the drive that I now own 6 of them. My laptop now has 6 terabyte of storage to work with! Since I do a lot of music and video work, that is important to me. Considering the fact that these drives now run about $229 when on sale, why would you not buy one?Keep in mind that if you connect multiple drives, you will want to use different controlled ports on your computer; not just a USB hub (the reason is each dedicated port of a USB 2.0 can only work at a total of 400 MB/S. That means if you have multiple drives on the same controlled port that they are sharing that speed (this will really show up if you are moving... 5/5 Ralph Furlong (Tacoma, WA USA) - See all my reviews, February 4, 2008

    Sleek and quiet

    0 5/5 Michael (Vancouver, WA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Western Digital WDH1U10000N 1TB My Book Essential External Hard Drive (Electronics) My expectations were beyond met when I plugged this in. It amazes me that a 1 TB external hard drive can be so quiet. I had returned a 1 TB older version of Western Digital's external hard drive because it sounded like a jet engine. Western Digital clearly fixed that problem with this model.The design is sleek and stylish, it is perfectly silent, and it transfers quickly with a 2.0 USB port. I'm not so technically knowledgeable that I can provide speed test, but it has transferred a couple gigabytes within a minute.I highly recommend this product.UPDATE: I've had the product for 7 months now and I still stand by my original review. It has never given me any problems or crashed.UPDATE: I've now had this product (which is no longer manufactured) for over 3 years and it still performs exactly the way it did when I first bought it. I love products that stand the test of time. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 30, 2007
    List Price: $380.04
    Fits right in: Takes no more space than a paperback book. Collect two or more and they nest neatly together like volumes on a shelf.
    Our environmentally-friendly drive is designed to save power by going into standby mode after 10 minutes of inactivity.
    Installation is a snap because you don't really install this drive, you just plug it in and it's ready to use.


  • Western Digital

    WD My Book 1.5TB 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.THIRD UPDATE: Writing now in October 2014. Same nine drives. Still no problems to report.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... 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: $189.99
    Password protection and hardware encryption
    Automatic, continuous backup or file backup option
    Up to 4 TB capacity
    Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
    2-year limited warranty


1000 GB and Up