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WD Dual-option Combo 320GB USB 2.0 / Firewire400 3.5" External Hard Drive WDXB3200JBRNN

  • USB 2.0 / Firewire400
  • 3.5"
  • 1 year limited

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Anonymous
  • 12/26/2006 3:48:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap, even cheaper 8 months later! Had no issue with it, stores data and work as desired. It survived in Iraq and came back to tell the story.

Cons: It could be a little smaller.

Other Thoughts: Wished it came with 6-4 pin connector for firewire.

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  • Michael R.
  • 11/11/2006 2:15:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsvery loose power cable is dangerous

Pros: Good cost/gig at 320G for $xxx. Very quite, and comes with complete set of cables & a stand.

Cons: It's power cable is so loose that it doesn't really plug into the back of the unit, but moreso just lays in the hole. If you knock the power cable out during a write, you could wreck the drive pretty easily. It's a pathetic oversight on WD's part.

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  • Steven B.
  • 10/5/2006 9:19:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThought it was DOA

Pros: Combo, I love that I can use Firewaire or USB 2.0. I find FireWire to be much faster, 30-40% faster but at least I can fall back on USB if I need to. I was getting 1,300+ MB/min on FireWire during a RetroSpect backup. Included Retrospect backup software is decent for SOHO pc backup, offers drive image functions too. WDC reputation, fast drive, TONS of storage.

Cons: It's been said enough but I have to say it again, the power chord connection to the drive chasis is terrible. It wouldn't turn on at first for me, I thought the drive was DOA. I wiggled the connector a bit and it works now. If it weren't for that, I'd give it an excellent rating.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/28/2006 10:44:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat product

Pros: Not the best in terms of Gigs/$ (I have seen up to 3, this is 1.7), but I have had good experience with WD in general, and these drives in particular (have had 2 for 2 flawless years).
As for the loose power cable - it is true, very loose. I just used one of the 4 included twist ties to twist-tie the power cable to the usb or ieee cable plug - both of which hold strong. Haven't had a problem with it twist-tied in 2 years, and the power cables get yanked around a fair bit.

Cons: Never even looked at the backup software or tried using the one-touch button. Maybe they are as bad as some say - don't know, don't care.

Other Thoughts: Have used 2 of these for 2+ years on windows and linux. Just purchased 2 more.
For linux, check out (google udev howto gentoo) to get consistent drive letter (/dev/hdxx) assignment

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/18/2006 1:36:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHigh capacity, USB and Firewire

Pros: Stackable case, front panel backup start button, included software, uses visible WD3200JB drive, so 7200rpm and 8MB buffer

Cons: Not the performance I expected. Still ok, but not as fast as others I've used.

Other Thoughts: Deeper enclosure meant for horizontal layout - oppposite of new WD MyBook enclosures, which I think look cooler, and offer the same capabilities.

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  • Mark E.
  • 3/15/2006 3:30:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well in Mac or PC setting.

Pros: Pretty easy to partition thru the firewire link in MacOSX with Mac native partitions and a FAT32 for Windows compatibility.

Quiet, good value
Hard Drive can be removed from Case with a modest effort.

Cons: As mentioned earlier the rear power plug is not very secure and could disconnect unintentionally. I have it backed up against the wall behind the computer. I hope this is changed in future models.

Other Thoughts: A friend who purchased a similar WD model lost the drive after her kid pulled it off their desk while active. It fell onto a carpeted floor and the case looked undamaged . However, even with the drive removed from the case I could not get past the "Track 0 not found" error. The drive electronics still ID'ed itself OK to BIOS but even Linux tools (at least in my hands) could not coax data from the drive. Removing the outer case to get at the internal drive took a few minutes of puzzle solving. Trick - first slide the two longer silver edge trim pieces back 1/2 inch toward the rear of the unit. This helps expose molded plastic tabs in the sides of the unit which then must be disengaged with a small flat blade screwdriver to release the ribbed plastic sides from the intermal case frame. I was able to snap things back together ok afterward without obvious marks on the case. Note that this may void your warrantee however. In my friends situation this was not a consideration.

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  • Benjamin M.
  • 2/15/2006 11:35:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Product

Pros: This is my first external hard drive, and I couldn't think of anything better about it. I didn't install the software, I just have it as another 320 gigs of hard drive space. The transfers are fast, it looks great, and it holds an amzing amount of data.

Cons: None that I know of

Other Thoughts: I read a review that said that the power cord comes out easily. From my experience, that is not true at all. It stays in there fine.

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  • Timothy G.
  • 1/31/2006 6:03:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDead Drive After 2 Months

Pros: Very Good when it worked

Cons: Died Completely After 2 Months

Other Thoughts: Ticked me right off.

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  • Kristopher M.
  • 1/9/2006 6:23:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsThe power is in ... no one breath

Pros: The hard drive itself seems to do exactly what it is supposed to do. It seems to be very solidly built and has a nice look to it. Ordering through Newegg, as always, was a pleasure.

Cons: There are two problems with this hard drive. One is very well documented and that is the power. I can not express how easy it is for the power on this thing to come out. The weight of the cord alone is enough to pull it out. You have to place it in a spot where the cord and unit will never be touched. When I read the reviews I thought the people had to be exaggerating. They are not. It can be horribly frustrating to keep this thing plugged in. The second problem is the drivers. For those people who do not wish to install the backup software, yet would like the drivers installed, you will have to dig through the CD. It didn’t take me too long but I rather enjoy when drivers are well identified. These are not.

Other Thoughts: I can’t say that I would buy another if I had the chance. It is a nice looking product and has worked well but the power problem kills it for me. Keeping it plugged in is a balancing act and I would rather not have such frustrations.

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  • Lane K.
  • 12/26/2005 7:22:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBad Software Good External HD

Pros: Seems to work well and transfer quite quickly on USB or Firewire. Windows recognizes it right away when you turn it on.

Cons: Power cord pulls out too easily. Software is very unreliuable. If the "back up" button stays lit all the time. If I tap the case the Retrospect software launches. I think the button is stuck or something. When I burn dvd files that I store on the external hd, retrospect software launches and causes the system to freeze up, ruining a 50 cent disc in the process.

Other Thoughts: The hard drive is good but the software is terrible. you will need to buy new back up software if you buy this external hd.All in all Im still happy with the HD, minus the software issues.

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