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Western Digital My Book World Edition WDG1NC10000N 1TB Home Network Storage with Remote Access

  • 1TB
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
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Western Digital takes network storage to the next level with the My Book World Edition hard drives. This 1TB drive attaches to your network with a Gigabit Ethernet connection for fast data transfers. A capacity gauge on the front lets you know how much space you have left on the drive. For added network storage you can attach a USB hard drive to the drive.

Data OnHand lets you use Windows Explorer on any PC anywhere to access, edit and save files. WD Anywhere Access ensures access to your data even when your local system is powered down. As long as the drive is powered up and attached to the network you can access your data.

  • newegg Gigabit Network Connection The Western Digital My Book World Edition (model WDG1NC10000N) features a Gigabit Ethernet port for up to 10X the speed of most 100M network connections and excellent usability for office and home networks.
  • newegg Huge 1TB Storage Capacity The Western Digital My Book World Edition (model WDG1NC10000N) provides an ultra-large 1TB storage capacity for storing or sharing your movies, music, applications and documents and even backing up your system.
  • newegg USB 2.0 Support The Western Digital My Book World Edition (model WDG1NC10000N) features a built-in USB 2.0 port for convenient storage capacity expansion with external storage devices.
  • newegg Powerful Backup Software The bundled powerful backup software EMC Retrospect Express includes full system backup and recovery functions as well as easy scheduling and encryption.

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5 out of 5 eggsA very portable drive

Pros: The WD My Passport 1TB hard drive is a high capacity, good performance, and very portable solution to transport or backup your files.
1. S.M.A.R.T. data.
Model: WDC WD10JMVW-11S5XS0
Firmware: 01.01A01
LBA: 1953458176
Cache size: 8192 KB
RPM: 5400
SATA Gen2 3.0 Gb/s: Supported
2. Very portable.
The drive is quite small (4.4" x 3.3") and light weight. The drive is powered by USB (no separate power supply/cable to carry around).
If you attach the drive through a USB hub, assure the hub is independently powered. The drive draws under one watt of power, but multiple devices connected to the same hub can create power issues.
3. Two year warranty (with 30 day free phone support).
I'd prefer 3-5 years. Register your drive on the WD warranty web site. Just enter the drive serial number, the site does the rest. For every drive you register, it lists: when the warranty expires, direct links to software and manuals for each drive, etc.
I also own a 750GB WD drive (bought over a year ago) which is still working fine. It is the same physical size, but weighs more, and has a significantly lower maximum data rate of 45MB/sec (vs. 70MB/sec for the 1TB).
4. Physical appearance.
My old 750GB is all black with a high gloss finish. Every fingerprint is visible on my old drive. The new blue/black 1TB drive by contrast is textured and hides most fingerprints, a noticeable improvement.
I find the blue/black color scheme useful to identify the different drives at a glance.
5. USB 3.0 (2.0 compatible).
Drive performance is good (exceeds USB 2.0). I measured USB 2.0 performance at 25MB/sec Read, 29MB/sec Write.
All hard drives are faster when empty than full. This is simply because the circumference of the Outside diameter (OD) of the disk is larger than the Inside diameter (ID).
With Verify, I measured 70MB/sec on the OD (empty) dropping to 40MB/sec on the ID (full). USB 3.0 can expect a speed increase of 2.5X (empty disk) to 1.5X (disk about full).
Drive temperature was reasonable (not fantastic). I measured 45C while writing 500GB to the drive (ambient was 25C).
6. Drive is formatted for Windows (NTFS) but can be reformatted to FAT32, or to Mac.
Reformatting the drive (e.g. for Mac) wipes out the software which is packaged on the drive. You can either copy the software off before format, or download the software from the WD web page after format.
7. The drive includes the following software. You can choose what you want to install.
- WD Drive Utilities
- WD Security
- WD SmartWare (not available on Mac)
You should install the WD SES Device Driver (a tiny 15KB file) the same version came with my 750GB drive. Both drives passed all the WD diagnostics.
The various WD software packages allow you to exploit many optional features of the drive. For example, you can set the Drive Sleep Timer (duration of inactivity before the drive spins down), Password protect the drive, etc.

Cons: 1. The drive inside the enclosure is SATA, however from what I've read, WD packages the SATA/USB bridge directly on the drive controller board (note: I did not open the enclosure to verify this).
This means the SATA/USB bridge is not a separate card that can be removed from the drive. The up side is physical space savings (and likely WD production cost). The down side is you can not remove the drive and plug it directly into a SATA connector in a PC, Laptop, or third party enclosure.
This also means you have no easy way to recover your data if the USB hardware (only) were to fail. I had the USB hardware on another (non WD) drive fail. It wasn't a big problem since I could move the drive to another enclosure and install the drive directly into my PC to access my files.
I was close, but did not deduct an Egg for this.
2. The length of the USB cable is relatively short (16"). This is due in part because the drive obtains all power through USB. The up side is there is no need for a separate power cord (or power supply) which improves portability.
3. WD does not include a case with the drive. The manual (softcopy pdf file on the drive) refers you to WD web site to purchase accessories separately. Prices start around $5.00. I found it useful to purchase a case with an internal pocket to store the USB cable.

Other Thoughts: 1. Backup software.
There are numerous Backup software solutions for PCs. I prefer to just "drag and drop" files from my PC to my various external drives (I own many drives from different vendors). The down side is you must manage the backups yourself (and remember to do them periodically). This is my own personal preference (and why the focus of my review has been the hardware).
Always remember any PC hardware can fail (e.g. hard drive, SSD, Flash drive, memory stick, DVD, CD, etc.). If you don't want to loose your your precious files, maintain (at least) two copies on different media. Its unlikely both copies will fail simultaneously (excluding a fire or flood). Focus your backup on the files you created yourself (e.g. text files, spread sheets, tax returns, photos, etc.). Most software and operating systems files can be restored from the original installation disks.
2. All hard drives have delicate moving parts inside.
This WD drive is very portable while powered off, but never move any hard drive while its in use. Moving a drive while it is powered on can cause the drive to fail (e.g. head crash). Copy (don't move) files to any new drive for the first few weeks (to assure you didn't get a lemon drive). Run the WD Lifeguard Diagnostics Utility to initially check out the drive, and again later, if you suspect the drive may be failing.
3. At the risk of stating the obvious, if you password protect your drive, do NOT forget your password.
The only way to unlock the drive (without the password) is to reformat the entire drive. All your files will be lost. The up side is you have confidence nobody will have access to your files without the password (not even you).
4. A common drive capacity misunderstanding.
The capacity of this drive is 1953458176 (LBAs) * 512 bytes = 1,000,170,586,112 bytes (do the math yourself). Windows reports the capacity as 931GB (not 1TB). This is because Windows reports drive capacity in binary, but drive vendors use decimal.
In Windows, 1KB = 1,024 binary (not the decimal 1,000 used by drive vendors). To convert the decimal capacity above to binary (what Windows reports) just divide the 13 digit decimal number above by 1024 three times (to convert to GBs). You'll get: 931.4814453125. Do the math yourself, but use a scientific calculator (or the one on your PC) not an 8 digit pocket calculator.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/18/2009 10:38:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood NAS

Pros: I really like the fact that it has a 10/100/1000 LAN, but unfortunately I have not yet been able to utilize this. I found that the setup was easy, at least if you set it up through a browser. I've had this drive since November of 2008 and it works, no problem as of writing this mid-Jan 2009.

Cons: I think that the software bundled with this device is for the most part useless, one of the reasons I picked this up was that it was on sale for 179.99 which I think was very reasonable considering its a NAS (network attached storage "device") and a 1tb drive. Right off the bat the software would not recognize my drive plugged right into my router, even after changing out cables and being able to access it through the browser.

I also think that the USB extension is useless, I tried plugging a 500gb western digital my essential drive I picked up a couple years ago that I had. I found that the drive would see the extension with no problem, but (and this may not be the drives fault but I'm not a network expert) it seems that when it would access the "extended" drive through the network it was just too slow for me, this may be related to the fact I'm running the 10/100 base and not 10/100/1000 that the unit is capable of, but I'm not sure.

Other Thoughts: When setting this up you really need to set the ip address to manual, or a DMZ with the MAC ID. But overall with my setup it is a very good drive, I had really wished for a cheap RAID 1tb external but the prices are just too high right now for me, but still who can place a price on data now'a days.

I also think that if there were a USB B connection available for setting up through USB while connected to a computer would be better, or a hard wired software setup utility, that would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Thomas N.
  • 1/14/2009 1:21:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks

Pros: Quite simply, you plug it in, open a browser window to it, tell it to upgrade and start using it.

I never used the CD that came with it, so I can't attest to any of that. (Do you really use the CD that came with your router either? If so, good luck.)

Cons: None.

Wait, the blue light does things sometimes for no rhyme or reason. In fact, the overall design sometimes makes me think I was cool enough to own an iPod or anything from the Apple store at all.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/13/2009 9:02:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDrive Sucks

Pros: The 1TB and I can return it for a REFUND!

Cons: Interface is bad, the thing wont even get off of Eastern Time soon which is STUPID WD NEEDS TO FIX THAT. Very slow even running on the Gigabit Connection(Which I know my stuff is gigabit, router, cables etc.) It overheats, first time I had it on maybe an hour and it overheated gave me flashing blue lights and shut off. AND LAST THE SOFTWARE IS B/S PERIOD PERIOD!! AND IF U WANT THE MANUAL U HAVE TO GO TO SUPPORT.WESTERNDIGITAL.COM AND DOWNLOAD THE PDF! AS THE MANUAL THAT COMES WITH IT IS GARBAGE!

Other Thoughts: DO NOT BUY THIS DRIVE PERIOD!!

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  • Chris B.
  • 1/8/2009 3:27:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsas expected

Pros: exactly what I wanted and at the lowest price. I didn't install the software....just contected through network connections, I don't need the remote access. Just using as a NAS for laptops around the house

Cons: none so far except I wish it was a 10 TB drive

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  • Lisa I.
  • 1/6/2009 11:19:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSUCKS

Pros: 1TB of Storage

Cons: The software that they bundle with the hard drive sucks. It will not install on mac os x 10.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy this product!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/6/2009 8:51:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWestern Digital Drive

Pros: Good compact storage space. Good access speed. Has control software built in so you can create user lists and password protect files.

Cons: The documentation that comes with the drive is to be blunt horrid. It is basically a brochure for using the MioNet CD that comes with it. My recommendation to anyone purchasing this, throw the CD away and the documentation and goto Western Digitals website and download the PDF for the menu driven system on the MyBook. The CD that comes with it isnt even the full version of the software its a trial package for Western Digitals version of PC Anywhere which is a huge network security risk and could allow outside entities access to your network storage.
XP64 users do not attempt to use the software as it will corrupt windows and require you to re-install windows (unless you like the blue screen of death).
The internal time settings on the drive need to be improved by WD. They should have simply put America/Central or America/Eastern instead of using America/Detroit, becuase regardless of what I chose, the drive remained on Eastern Time.

Other Thoughts: I will say up front this seems like a good drive and I would recommend purchasing this drive for network storage.
For those folks using Giganets that have complained about the speed make sure your infrastructure (cables, etc..) is designed to support a giganet. You would be surprised the effect this can have on your system, it only takes one little bottleneck to bring the whole system to a crawl.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/30/2008 12:52:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsSlower than a Glacier

Pros: I can return it for full refund.

Cons: Slooooooooooow. First three levels of WD tech support were slower than the My Book. Does not perform as advertised. Review the WD Anywhere Access application capacity closely; for a family with two or more internal PCs its remote sharing is very limited.

Other Thoughts: Did not install the WD Anywhere Access (midget MioNet). The marketing WD group just plain lied (anywhere access, gigabyte speed, reliable, WMD). WD should be ashamed. Have several very good WD HDs but will have to think hard before buying another one in the future to be sure it is not another MyBook performer.

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  • Sarah K.
  • 12/22/2008 9:13:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsI trust this name and am sure the unit will perform within expected perimeters

Pros: 1 TB NAS!!! Free shipping!!! Less than 200 bills!!! Trusted Name! Comes with ethernet cable... And apparently comes will a frisbee the same size as a cd! USB to quickly load that TB!!!

Cons: As will most tech the price I payed today will no doubt be alot less in just a few weeks??? In 1990 CIA would have kill us all for this tech??? It needs soft curves and breasts??? Santa had to pay for this???

Other Thoughts: Have you ever downloaded a terabyte off the internet? Well that should clue you in on how fracken fast this NAS is! Sure some of you may have a liquid nitrogen cooled OC48 gaping an hole in your living room wall but most of us don't. So we'll never see the greatness of this networked file server except local. You's do know fileservers just have it tough todays inpatient, click happy, GUI spoiled, wireless network no jackin, all gamer no programmer world. I'm sure this will be sweeter than a sugar coated bellybutton ring.

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  • Patrick O.
  • 12/22/2008 3:45:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWorst external HDD ever

Pros: When it worked, it worked alright...slower data transfer rates than I expected.

Cons: The thing died on me. I have 2 friends that had the same problem.

Not only does it die, but the actual HDD works....only problem is getting the data off of it. If you want to just format the situation is simple, but I had data on it that I could not lose. So it'll cost ya.

Other Thoughts: I would not buy this HDD. It's WAY cheaper to buy a HDD housing and buy a decent drive off this site than to deal with this company's formatting problems.

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