Western Digital WDH1U10000AN My Book Mac Edition 1TB External Hard Drive
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- This Western Digital Wdh1U10000An External Hard Drive Can Either Replace Your Current Drive, Or Be
- Used As A Secondary Drive, To Add More Space For Your Documents, Photos, Music, And Movies. This
- Drive Requres An Available Usb Connection And Will Add 1 Tbs Of Hard Drive Space To Your Computer.
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Also, this drive is whisper quiet which is great since I keep it in the living room. Don't notice it at all!
Aesthetic: Small, does not take up much desk space at all. Sleek. I like the narrow white/light blue activity light. The drive also shuts off when the computer shuts off/goes to sleep, which is a) an energy saver and b) prevents the light from glowing at night when I am sleeping.
Value: 1 TB for $119 and pre-formatted for Mac? Waaaaay better than Time Machine, which is both a hard drive and a wireless router. Why pay for a wireless router when I already have one?
Con: I am on OSX 10.5 with a 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 1 GB of memory in a MacBook Pro. The *only* complaint so far: my computer slows down a bit when the automatic back ups run sometimes. I may get the pinwheel for 3-10 seconds, especially when I am switching between applications. I usually have no more than 2-5 apps running at once. But nothing freezes up or crashes. Just slows a bit.
Besides that, highly recommend for ease of setup and seamless use with Time Machine.
I just bought one of these drives for personal use. Foolish, I know, since I had problems before. I figured I could deal with occasional hick-ups. The drives are inexpensive and easy to find, aferall.
In the middle of copying files to the drive, the drive "unmounted". OSX popped up its warning message. I checked the cables, all were seated properly. I unmounted the drive and changed to a different USB port on the computer and tried again. The drive unmounted repeatedly while writing files. It unmounted about 5 times within 3 minutes, each time popping up the OSX message warning you against unplugging a drive without unmounting it first.
I ran disk repair on the drive and restarted the computer. The next time I attempted to copy files to the disk, it said it would take 12 hours to copy 40 GB of data. I restarted again. Then the time dropped down to 1 hour.
What I am saying is this: these drives are flaky at best. I've used a number of them. Yes, you may have no problems with them, but it is a gamble buying these drives. They are not very reliable. I'm not sure I can recommend alternatives on Amazon, but I have been much happier with the OWC Mercury Elite Pro line of drives. They are robust, well-made and reliable. I Know video editors who swear by them. They also have great customer support. I guess you get what you pay for. I will never buy a WD drive again, seriously.
The only question is will it last the course or pack-up in a year or so's time? Judging by other comments on the Internet, Western Digital drives are among the best for longevity & reliability so there's good reason to believe that it won't... time will tell.
First, how it works: set up is easy. The drive plugs into an outlet (make sure you plug it into a surge protector) for power and through a USB slot to connect to the computer. Two bright blue bars alternate to show that the drive is working; when at rest, only one blue bar remains lit. Since I first bought this several months ago, it has been working without issue, doing Time Machine backups as scheduled. It does have an annoying low frequency hum that pulses during use. My other external drive, a Seagate ST302504FDA1E1-RK FreeAgent Desktop 250 GB 3.5" USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, is completely quiet.
I have one concern which may not show up until a year or more: the case has numerous open slots and holes, presumably for ventilation, along the top and back, exposing the interior almost entirely. I'm afraid that dust settling in through these holes might compromise the device. So far, so good, but I wonder what will happen in the future. Consumers should take this possibility into consideration when purchasing.
The box is chunky: 6.5" tall, 5.25" front-to-back, and 2" wide.
In general, I'm pleased with this drive's performance, but I removed one star for the hum and for the potential for issues that I may have to face in a year or two.
-- Debbie Lee Wesselmann
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I'm very happy with this purchase. This hard drive has held up for over a few years with a lot of streaming to my TV. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Teagan Mago
I have had two of these so far and both of them have crashed. The first one was under warranty and the company replaced it but i lost everything because they won't pay for... Read morePublished on February 3, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Worked well out of the box and continues to do it's job a year later. Not a lot to be said but it does what it's suppose to do - hold your digital files & have a reasonable... Read morePublished on July 2, 2011 by Floyd Hendry
I bought this item over a year and a half ago with a fair bit of trepidation given my previous experience with external drives and a number of less-than-complimentary comments here... Read morePublished on November 12, 2010 by Jacques Talbot
Installation is really simple and easy: you just connect it to the Mac and start the time-machine.
It did backup my machine for a year and a half, but I have never needed to... Read more
I bought this drive in March of 2009 and it sat on my desk in its original packaging for 8 months. In November, I started storing photos and music on it, only using it for file... Read morePublished on February 9, 2010 by Karmatastrophe
I needed a new drive for my Mac and this one was what the doctor ordered. Hook-up couldn't have been any easier. Just plug n play. No software to download. Read morePublished on February 5, 2010 by JunkDrunk