WD 250 GB USB 2.0/Firewire External Hard Drive with Dual Option Backup and USB ( WDXB2500JBRNN )
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- Instant addition of massive data storage capacity for PC or Macintosh
- Dual-option backup--automatic or on-the-spot
- One conveniently located on the front for easy connection of USB peripherals such as a keychain drive, printer, keyboard, or mouse
- 7200 RPM rotational speed and 8 MB cache for maximum storage performance
- Includes Dantz Retrospect Express backup software
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Western Digital's high-capacity WD Dual-option Combo hard drive includes a USB 2.0 hub with front and rear ports. A convenient front-mounted power button is equipped with Safe Shutdown , a WD-exclusive feature that ensures all data has been transferred before shutting down the drive. Dual-option backup buttons let you choose how and when to back up your data--automatically or on-the-spot. The elegant, stackable case can be positioned vertically or horizontally. High-speed storage, conveniently placed buttons and ports, and easy-to-use backup features make the WD Dual-option Combo drive an ideal solution for that much-needed additional storage and a perfect place to back up your valuable data, music, photos, and movies.
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Western Digital's high-capacity 250 GB WD Dual-option Combo hard drive includes a USB 2.0 hub with front and rear ports. A convenient power button is equipped with SafeShutdown, a WD-exclusive feature that ensures all data has been transferred before shutting down the drive. Dual-option backup buttons let you choose how and when to backup your data - automatically or on-the-spot.
- Dual-option Backup -- choose how and when to back up your data, automatically or on-the-spot
- Includes both USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces giving you your choice of high-speed connectivity options for maximum flexibility and throughput. Built-in USB hub
- Front-mounted power button -- equipped with WDs exclusive Safe Shutdown feature that ensures all data has been safely transferred before shutting down the drive
- 7200 RPM rotational speed
- Preformatted; simply plug it in and go
- Designed for near-silent operation with WDs whisper-quiet hard drive
- Fast, easy connection to PC or Macintosh computers
- Cool, heat-dissipating case
- Stands vertically or horizontally
- Back up your existing hard drive
- Archive the music stored on your MP3 player
- Add plenty of space for digital video capture and editing
- Save and organize your digital photo collection
- Back up your valuable data from notebooks
- Easily share files between computers
- Add virtually unlimited storage with multiple external hard drives
- Available USB port
- Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP
- Available USB port
- Mac OS v9.2.2 or Mac OS X v10.2.8+
- 250 GB USB 2.0/FireWire external hard drive with USB 2.0 hub
- 6 foot (1.8m) USB 2.0 certified cable
- Software CD including Dantz Retrospect Express backup software
- AC adapter with power cord
- Vertical stands
- Feet for horizontal placement
- Quick Install Guide
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Having unpacked everything I saw that a USB cable was included but no firewire despite the drive having a firewire port. The drive works as advertised but it is not exactly fast so anyone looking at this as an add on drive should keep this in mind.
Set to perform complete backups in the dead of night speed isn't really an issue and for this purpose it does its job.
I reason I used the title flakey was that there are several aspects to this package which have not been thought through.
The a/c adaptor connects to the drive with a plug that looks like the old din plugs that were popular for Hi Fi back in the 70's and 80's. This does not form a secure connection to the drive and it feels like it will fall out if someone sneezes near it (near being within a mile or so.)
The "Retrospect" back up software leaves much to be desired.
It prompts the user to register the software via email but everytime I tried it failed to find an internet connection despite the fact that I have been on several occasions browsing the web and have an "always on" broadband connection.
It somehow lost it's schedule and has failed to perform any backups since october 1st. Obviously I will have to reinstall the software or find something else.
Overall as a backup drive this unit will do the job as long as the buyer takes into account the problems detailed above. With a decent power connection and software I would have been more than happy to give it 5 stars.
Comes formatted as FAT, which works fine for my purposes, no need to create a partition as NTFS because I'm only copying over smaller files (<4Gb).
In Win2K Pro, XP Home & Pro and MAC OS X, the dismount/eject/unplug hardware option will not shut down the drive - it always returns an error, so we need to hold down the drive's power button to shut it down.
No lost data as yet. But then even if I did, I have most the stuff on CD anyway...
The unit looks ok, seems quiet enough, transfer speeds with USB1 are slow, but what do you expect. USB2 & Firewire work like a charm. The power cable is not that secure in the back of the unit, so keep your eye on that.
Oh, and... there's a couple of USB ports and firewire ports on this thing. I thought I would try and see if you could access the drive 'two at a time ' - you can't. One connection will run this drive. Plug another PC (or MAC) in, and control goes to that machine. Not both.
It was easy to use. Plugged in the USB and the fireware cables, turned it on and having already loaded the software backed up my hard drive.
I've got only about 10 GB on a 250 GB drive and it took about 20 minutes.
I still get a few minor errors with certain files changing (logs, etc)but it's nothing that matters. I turn off and shutdown everything I can but there are always a few that will change. So, when it compares all the files there are a few discrepancies. Since it's USB, I can't back up in Safe-Mode the way I used to on CDs but the time spent backing up has improved light years. The incremental backups are extremely short.
I can do a straight backup or a duplication of the hard drive. Plus, you can use the software for CD or DVD backups if your drives are compatible with the software.
The only thing that would improve it is if I had the latest software. Then all my drives would be compatible . However, since I bought the drive originally to avoid disks and sitting here to back up, I really don't need it.
This external hard drive can't be beat for available capacity at the $100 price paid. It's been reliable and reasonably fast thus far. I was so pleased, I bought a second unit for another computer and shifted an older external hard drive to laptop backup while at home. This should be high on the BUY list.
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