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Works Well for My Needs
Pros: Transfer Speeds over a LAN connection for my system have been acceptable. Using a PC and an Ethernet connection the transfer speeds I get are usually between 7.0 to 8.75 MB/second. As far as I can tell there is not an option for a wireless connection between the router and the drive although you can access the drive by Wi-Fi with other devices once the drive is connected to the router with a cable. Getting files remotely is very slow with my setup, probably because of my internet connection. Downloading files on a good day I get speeds of about 375 Kb/Sec. With upload speeds typically being half of download speeds…
Cons: It may be my computer, but the transfer speed drops below 5 and sometimes 4 MB/sec when several hundred 200 KB files are transferred in a row. This happens with 32 kbps MP3 audio book files when there are around 100 files per disc.
Other Thoughts: This review is limited to my experience with a PC. Several reviews by people having Macs have been very negative about both the software and customer support received. If you have a Mac you might what to look for recent views by Mac owners to see if those issues have been resolved. The original PC software
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Be Wary of these Recertified Drives
Pros: First off, I love Newegg and have purchased often from them and will continue to do so. This review is NOT about Newegg, because NEWEGG DOES EVERYTHING RIGHT! I ordered the drive and it was here in a day, free shipping, taking a chance on a recertified drive.
Cons: The recertification by Western Digital claims that the drive has been checked and tested by WD and it performs as new. However, this is not so, and it was verified by their tech support. The drive had been used by a prior owner and was still registered to that owner, who had configured it with secret passwording. Using the pin to reset the drive to default factory settings, as WD claims did not work, the drive still maintained its prior user settings. Western Digital tech support for the MyBookLive drives (a specific service) is great. I was able to reach them in short order and the technicial took me through all the same setup attempts that I had previously already tried --- the network saw the drive fine, but it had a 169.254.xxx.xxx IP address that could not be accessed regardless of the attempts. This address should have been cleared by resetting the drive to factory defaults. The dashboard of this drive could not access, any attempt yielding an HTTP: 403 FORBIDDEN result that could not in any way be bypassed or eliminated. Western Digital was understanding of this and the drive is going to be replaced by WD at no expense to me. I applaud WD for their service and acknowledgement that a recertified drive, was not really recertified. By the way, the cosmetic condition of this drive could not be distinguished from a brand new one (I have a brand new one that I have been using for 4 months). Cosmetics were perfect, it looked brand new.
Other Thoughts: Fortunately the time I spent, (being a network trained tech myself, and familiar on network installations of all kinds as I own a small computer sales/services business) was not excessive for attempts to install this drive, I knew immediately what the problem and issues with it were. Western Digital understood this once I had a brief conversation with the tech support guy and we proceeded, for his benefit to recheck out the drive. Ultimately he came to the same conclusion that I had, and respectfully is replacing this drive. I have purchased many WD drives and prefer them in my business over the other brands, I have had few problems with any of them and replacement of a faulty drive is seldom needed, but WD has always corrected and replaced anything determined by their tech support to be defective. I will continue to buy WD products.
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paper weight as is
Pros: makes a good paper weight
Cons: Can't do a thing with this unless you buy proprietary software, and subscribe to Smartware, no wonder everyone returns these things!!!!!!!
Other Thoughts: $100 wasted............ I hope I can bust the hard drive out and get an external enclosure to at least make some use of this.
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