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  • JOHN M.
  • 3/16/2015 2:30:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGot my money's worth

Pros: Have been using this for about 4 years, but original drive died after 3 years of service. However, I swapped the HDD for another WDC drive on my shelf and it detected and operated just fine. Still use the enclosure on a regular basis. Respectable transfer rates for a USB 2.0 enclosure.

Cons: Original drive failed after 3 years of solid service with heavy read/writes and semi-annual low-level formatting.

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  • David P.
  • 1/30/2015 12:31:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill working

Pros: I've had this External HDD for 2 yrs now, and it still works. I'm worried the USB port is going to wear out soon as the cord seems to be a little loose when hooked up, but I haven't had any issues so far. No data loss or anything, and it travels with me every day in my backpack without issue.

Cons: USB connectors need to be sturdier

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure the USB plug is WD's issue as I notice this for almost all of my USB devices with detachable cords.

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  • Marsha R.
  • 1/3/2015 6:27:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: it has never given me a problem ever. also very large capacity at least when I bought it

Cons: None

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  • Mr. W.
  • 12/17/2014 6:55:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsexternal drive stop working

Pros: easy install

Cons: quit after 3 years windows 7 will not reconize it windows 8.1 or linux
but getting a lot bad sections

Other Thoughts: good external drive but did not last near as long as inter wb drives

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  • Jordan F.
  • 12/1/2014 8:56:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGet an internal

Pros: Large drive, not a huge cost, decent read/write speeds. Can handle some punishment due to its casing, but it's still just a hard drive.

Cons: Large, unstackable, and not even supposed to place on a desktop case. Also was a bit overpriced for an external drive, but the WD brand name was alluring.

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  • Aaron E.
  • 11/15/2014 10:34:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs18 months later...

Pros: Quiet
Low Maintenance

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: most times, I don't feel like writing a review of a product, unless im bothered by it. With this drive, and the comments about another WD drive being so bad, I thought I would share my view about this product.

I bought this drive 18 months ago from newegg, and have done nothing. It backs up my server 2x a day and has for the last 18 months flawlessly.

Im happy with it, although the time has come to replace it with a larger version, and in researching my options I noticed a lot of hate toward WD external drives, which I have the opposite opinion.

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  • Kailiang J.
  • 10/12/2014 6:39:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsjunk

Pros: no

Cons: dead after 2 months

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  • Ricardo S.
  • 9/14/2014 12:24:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent external hard drive

Pros: The external hard drive has worked great for over a year now. I use it to keep backups of my photos and raw video camera footage.

Cons: The only con I can think of is that it requires an external power supply. I knew that when I bought it though.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/22/2014 8:37:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsHappy with it

Pros: Three years into this as a backup drive for a relative. It's on 24/7 and has never had an issue. Quiet, quick enough for it's purpose and survived a 3' drop onto a brick floor on more than one occasion.

Cons: Nope

Other Thoughts: Does what it was bought for, day in and day out. Rock solid reliable

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  • Jacob M.
  • 8/10/2014 2:34:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood drive. Need new AC adapter

Pros: Solid build, functions as it should. Had no problems

Cons: The AC adapter cord ripped after extended use. Went on WD website and bought a replacement. However, it wasn't the same model and some numbers didn't match. I got the slow blinking light and it doesn't appear in device manager. I need a replacement GPK Systems AC adapter

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