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  1. INGE STUBDAL "Inge" says:
    style=”margin-bottom:0.5em;”> 618 of 650 people found the following review helpful:
     1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely thin usb3 connector design – BUYER BEWARE , 21st June 2011

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    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 with a USB3 port on my Lenovo W510 laptop connected. That’s why I bought the thing, and it works well. I had no trouble accessing the drive (but then I’ve completely formatted and no new problems with the CD partition etc..)
    . Note: I needed to update the USB3 drivers on my W510 to get it consistently recognized by Windows 7. That’s probably a problem with the Win7 NEC USB3 drivers preinstalled on my Lenovo, and nothing to do with the WD drive now
    the terrible part.
    After about 4 months of use, the USB3 connector in housing came loose – and was stuck in the USB3 cable when I removed it
    I have almost ten different WD external USB drives from ~ 320 GB and up to 2 TB hard drives owned!. I had * never * be such an issue with an earlier trip (my only real complaint was the fickleness of the tiny USB connector that often not much in the way of movement to cause the machine to lose contact with the drive -. quite annoying)
    inspection of the board where the connector was – it seems that on this drive, it’s just straight soldered joints with 5-6 -. none of which fall on the table This is quite unlike their 2TB USB2 My Book where. The tiny USB2 connector of two plastic spikes, which is supported to go through the circuit board . And the power supply is both USB2 and USB3 go with pins, even though the board and an additional thicker plastic bolts
    So if you stay there and let the cable stationary want the thing soldered – you will likely have this is not a problem.
    However, if you plug in and do a lot of you must be very careful or you will most likely cancel the plug at some point.
    The shop I bought it from had one raving review when I bought it from them -. But when I return to my problem, there were 7-8 other people with the exact same problem

    Sun definitely looks like a horrible design that would never have to be implemented, and can not by any kind of real tests passed. I am quite open to the QA process, the disgust something like this can go in the retail chain.
    If you google WD MY BOOK USB3 BROKEN connector or similar you should find people both on Tomshardware and on Western Digitals own community who have experienced this.

    — Be aware that, if a hard disk fails, you will probably not any help / compensation for your data. They will replace the defective unit in the majority by a new one. Make multiple backups.
    And I can not really say that I do not agree with this policy.
    The problem here is that Western Digital has developed a unique product that has an extremely weak point – and I hope that they show the corporate responsibility to fix the design and offer to replace the drives. The quality of this connection is totally unacceptable and I will certainly never buy anything like it again. And I was very happy with my earlier WD purchases: (
    Western Digital. I look forward to your reply to this post Show us that you care about your customers

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  • Jeff Pittman "Jeff" says:
    style=”margin-bottom:0.5em;”> 384 of 407 people found the following review helpful:
     4.0 out of 5 stars A little expensive when you … only the space, but , second November 2010

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    There are 2 TB hard drives are for less money, and if all you need is a huge space, you might be one of those to be considered. The value added in this package is the backup software that came with the drive (actually, delivered right click on the drive) products.
    WD Smartware is a backup / restore suite that, once installed, boots with your machine. If the MyBook via your USB port is connected, it will constantly monitor activity and backups accordingly in the background in near real time, without your intervention. It also maintains multiple generations of files (you choose how many), so you can go back to, say, three versions if you need to restore a table or other data file. You can also
    it on multiple computers. Backups are created in folder with the same name as the PC they are stored. I
    on a Win XP Pro laptop and a Win7 laptop tested and found no system slowdowns at all. Every now and then the activity light on the drive would flicker, otherwise the backup operations were not recognizable. The drive itself is very quiet.
    Stark consider copying the software to the hard drive to a CD included, before you do anything. I can imagine situations in which you could delete everything from the MyBook, and if you do that, you will no longer have the software installed on another computer (the manual gives instructions on where to look online).

    Plug the power supply and then the MyBook to a USB port on your computer, then turn on the computer if it is not already on. The MyBook will not turn on until it into a USB port on a running computer, which is actually virtually connected – if you turn off that computer to the MyBook turns off with it, then come back when you secure the computer.
    my Win7 machine saw the drive quickly but complained that the driver could not be installed. The drive worked fine, but – I was able to create folders, copy stuff to it, and delete stuff from it using Windows Explorer
    My XP machine saw the MyBook and started the Found New Hardware wiz .. It asked if it could connect to Windows Update to search for drivers. The drive is not visible in Windows Explorer, so I said yes. After a long search for “WD SES Device USB Device”, and was installed what it needed, and the balloon said my new hardware was installed and ready for use.
    I then installed the software (all of them) on both machines without incident by (blue icon), the WD SmartWare executable file on the drive. During the installation I was asked to perform my first backup, so I did. When I was with the two machines I had two presumably complete backups on the MyBook, one for each machine. For each PC, the support you with the MyBook, this first backup is the baseline and changes to it from this point on will be tracked
    . NOTE: these are not drive images. As we can tell, is WD SmartWare supports creating drive images or recovery boot discs, so you have to rely on other tools to do things like that create, if desired. I did not see this as an error because it is not sold as a system recovery utility. It will save your rear end if you blow a file or folder, but if your whole machine dies, have many other problems to solve before you start worrying about individual files. Of course it is a great place to store drive images, but be aware that the software is designed to create them.
    I am regularly pointed out that a software upgrade for the MyBook is. As another reviewer, I found that the installer with additional USB devices connected, whether connected or not complained. The drive works fine so I asked just released update. Maybe I’ll fight for it later, or maybe not.
    It just works. I put the MyBook and then edited files, create new files and deleted existing files on both my XP and Win7 machines. Then I connected the MyBook to each machine in turn. On both machines, a few minutes after connecting the MyBook, the new files appeared in the backup and edited versions (2nd generation) appeared in the backup without my doing anything. Deleted files (I had actually deleted, not sent to the Recycle Bin) were still there in the backup.
    Multiple generations and retention of deleted files is a good thing, but it will also cause bloat after time on machines that are used frequently. I can see the need to do housekeeping every so often, all my machines to get to a stable point, cleaning off the MyBook entirely, and then begins again with a new backup / baseline of each computer.

    OTHER CONSIDERATIONS This would be ideal to have a desktop computer connected and just sit there quietly doing its job. I have three laptops and do not have a desktop, so for me the … Read more

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  • Scott Saccenti says:
    style=”margin-bottom:0.5em;”> 97 of 105 people found the following review helpful:
     4.0 out of 5 stars How to set up your WD My Book Essential 3TB USB 3.0 drive , 12 October 2011

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    This review is from: Western Digital My Book Essential 3 TB USB 3.0/2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (Personal Computers)

    I have six of these drives I have no serious problems. . to date, the oldest I’ve owned for about four months now, I will return to edit this review should drive in the future, not
    UPDATE:.. I wrote the above in October 2011 letter in now October 2012, I now have eight of these drives. no problems to date.

    Here is my recommendation for setting up the drive, out of the box. I’ve done this a few times now, so I I always thought routine, and I would write it, for other
    some restrictions, 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 this up
    . – I have no use for the included backup software, so I can not speak to that, if you buy this. for the backup software, skip this review because I describe how I set up the drive by wiping the stuff off
    -. Am I using these drives as primary storage media HD, access them directly via USB or over. Ethernet with my Dune Smart D1 media player
    – My media player initially had trouble “seeing” this drive until I found out the following order:
    – Out of the box, Plug the power cord, and then connect the drive to your computer using the supplied USB cable. For what we do, it makes no difference whether you have connected a 3.0 or 2.0 USB port on your computer , the drive will fine both
    -. Your computer will begin to automatically install 3 drivers, and almost certainly will not need to install any of them This is not to worry about this, we will. “SES driver.”. that get in the next step. Well, if this is your second (or sixth!) drive that you bought, it will not fail to install this third driver, because you will have already done the following steps, and your computer will Already the SES driver installed 🙂
    -. Inhale All you should have done now is plug it in and sit back up your computer might have an AutoRun message about what to do with the new drive. set. If so, simply close the message box “X” it out. The drive should now appear on your computer. You could use it now, absolutely. But we have to do more work to get a real clean start with this drive. Handbook have said that you bloatware all the one that comes with this drive to have the SES driver to get install. Fortunately, this is not true. What you now need to decide whether you are with the SES driver want to care. If you installed it, things will go more smoothly go every time you plug it into the computer that has the driver. Your computer will recognize the drive immediately and there is no error messages. If you do not install the SES driver, you have to put up with the small irritations with, there to sit for a few seconds each time, if you have it out and return it to recognize the two drivers that it is successfully installed, and hit the error on the SES driver is not found. For me that is enough for an irritation that I need to install the SES driver. But you absolutely do not have to if you do not mind putting up with those few seconds on each .. Plug in your call Will you install the SES driver, follow the next step if you do not, skip and
    no damage -.. I do not want to sit there for a slow driver install to go every time I put these things in, that’s not the right path for me. So I install the SES driver. BUT, I will not put the WD bloatware on my computer. And I do not know. SES driver is available as a download from Windows Update automatic OPTIONAL. So you need to start Windows Update from your computer, and you need to check for the latest updates again to refresh the list. now you have connected in this new drive They are among the optional Windows updates an SES driver listed. Install this update in the usual way. I do not think you need to reboot, but it never hurts. So after downloading and installing the Updates, remove the new drive from your computer, “Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media” the usual safe way through 🙂 reboot. Now plug your new drive again. you should, it is just a bit faster now discovered and without mistake .. Large
    – Alright, now we need to clean up drive I want a clean, formatted drive, but I want to do it right, and these new 3TB drives are a problem Does the way they assign… . to do chunks of memory You can not just reformat the normal Windows way Well, you can, but then you will end up with less than 3 TB for a partition is not what we want the good news… WD has only the software that you formatted right The bad news. put the software on the drive itself Well, this is actually good news to deal with a less CD or DVD BUT I do not want the software on my… KEEP drive, I just want to use it for a second. It could not be easier. What you need is to simply copy the files and folders that come … Read more

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