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WD My Book 4TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN

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  • Kenneth D.
  • 12/7/2014 3:58:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as advertised

This review is from: WD My Book 4TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN

Pros: Works as advertised. High transfer speeds, sleeps when not in use and has storage for days!

I use this to store media and as a secondary backup device. What more can I say? I have yet to have a WD device fail me. I had gone out on a limb and purchased a HD from another manufacturer. That device failed and I am back to WD again. Way to go WD!

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: WD bundle software is pretty much worthless if you want any kind of custom backup jobs. Not sure why they provide this as the included software other than it is probably cheap or free license to WD. I wouldn't waste my time with it.

Because there are so many other options out there for backup software and are easily obtained, no egg hit here. Not a big deal to me.

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  • W. G.
  • 10/20/2014 5:27:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsI was living in a fool's paradise!

This review is from: WD My Book 4TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN

Pros: Large capacity storage, but I really know because I got to store 992 gb before everything went kablooey.

Cons: Started flashing format drive after 6 months of use.

Other Thoughts: This isn't my first rodeo with an external hard drive; I've had two previous. The first one failed and I lost almost everything. With my second external, I took extra special care of it and three years later it is still working, but nearing capacity, so I bought the My Book on the recommendation of a computer tech I know, who had turned his nose up at my 2nd external hard drive, which was not a WD. Seven months later the WD My Book is not working, and says I need to format it. After a minor heart attack, I called WD support and was told that I can reformat and the My Book should work fine, of course I lose everything I have stored in the past seven months. I've got an RMA from WD, but after this I cannot seriously consider using the My Book again.

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  • Jared R.
  • 10/19/2014 5:00:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFree the beast

This review is from: WD My Book 4TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN

Pros: Lots of room
WD Green inside
Works just fine for me.
Cheaper than an bare internal

Cons: Not enough air flow inside the caddy.
caddy not reusable, but I wouldn't anyway.
I removed an egg because while the bare drive is fine the bit encryption makes this drive impossible to restore data if caddy fails, and it will.

Other Thoughts: This drive had mixed reviews when I bought it, but it was really cheap, and I needed a 4TB so I took a chance. I immediately removed mine from the caddy, and formatted it. I have been keeping an eye on mine and haven't received any errors. External caddies are failure prone (heat, power fluctuations), so I am hoping the bare drive is just fine.

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  • Marlene S.
  • 10/11/2014 12:31:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWrite Protection Error

This review is from: WD My Book 4TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN

Pros: Cheap Price - But you get taken every time! LOL

Cons: Major Issues with this drive, I bought it on sale and did not use it until over a month later. Can't return it. Worked, but would not show up all the time. Flaky, then got a write protection thing going. Can see the drive under manager, but windows does not see it under computer, and it says write protected, can't do anything with it. Can't reformat it, nothing. Online many people report this same issue with many WD external drive. They are junk, be very careful putting anything on them you might need, short of paying big bucks, once this error happens your data is gone. WD should be sued for this. They know it, its why the a 4TB drive is $99! Too good to be true, yep Newegg needs to remove these from their site ASAP, stop selling defective stuff people! They all know its bad, they sucker us in to clear out junk!

Other Thoughts: Don't buy this drive, you will be sorry. Save all your stuff and then its gone! WD knows it, research it, they won't even respond about this issue, blow you off. Junk drive, cheap price. Spend the extra money for quality. Or build your own backup system.

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  • Victor S.
  • 10/8/2014 6:59:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDoes its work.

This review is from: WD My Book 4TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN

Pros: Does what it's supposed to. Got it when was on sale, and so far been running fine. Nice little back-up storage with a sleek design.

Cons: None at the moment--hope it stays like that.

Other Thoughts: Been running with WD for years now and even though there's a couple of things that could use improvement, nothing significant that needs immediate addressing.

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  • Paul S.
  • 10/6/2014 5:35:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSimilar story--failed after a few months

This review is from: WD My Book 4TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN

Pros: High Capacity, Low Cost

Cons: Started going bad around four months, now essentially dead. Ran CHKDSK, ran WD's Data LifeGuard (Quick Test would not complete, threw status code 07, failure checkpoint 105), was fortunate to extract about 30% of my files before it went bad.

Other Thoughts: First indication of trouble was when backup programs (I tried 4 different ones) were unable to backup a good portion of the drive. Then, I started looking at the drive itself as the culprit.

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  • Boris V.
  • 10/4/2014 8:18:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsdead

This review is from: WD My Book 4TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN

Pros: Large drive capacity and price.

Cons: Drive dead under a year. Used a few times per month to copy movies.

Other Thoughts: Always used WD products. Very disappointed.

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  • Terry H.
  • 10/1/2014 8:51:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsShockingly poor ratings

This review is from: WD My Book 4TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN

Pros: Big

Cons: Dead

Other Thoughts: Lasted six weeks, now fails Data Lifeguard Quick Test. These are shockingly poor Newegg ratings, WD. You have some clear quality control issues with this drive. Until you acknowledge and address the defect(s), I can't bring myself to trust my data to your drives again.

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  • STEVEN W.
  • 9/21/2014 10:44:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot So Good

This review is from: WD My Book 4TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN

Pros: None

Cons: Drive Failed Full Media Test. Just got the 4TB HDD a few days ago. After backing up roughly 700gb to this drive which took forever over USB 2.0, I had issues opening some of the files, so I ran a Full Media Test and after about 4 hours, it failed the test. Returning and getting another brand.

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  • Mark C.
  • 9/9/2014 6:14:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed after less than 5 months

This review is from: WD My Book 4TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN

Pros: 4 TB Large Capacity, illusion of Western Digital reliability, Reasonable price at the time of purchase.

Cons: I had backed up a ton of personal files and documents when I upgraded a SSD boot drive to a faster one. I forgot my rule of redundancy and sure enough this drive failed to read or copy files. I benchmarked it using HDtune Pro 5.5 and the graph showed spikes going up and down on a large section of the drive. Quick scan showed nothing but a deep scan revealed lots of bad sectors that S.M.A.R.T monitoring had failed to detect and reallocate. Maybe this lack of system oversight is due to the USB 3.0 interface and the equivalent bare drive might have gave warning of imminent failure. Regardless, I lost important data. Now I'm gonna have to pay $69.99 for some data retrieval software and hope that it works.

If I weren't angry about losing important personal data I would give it more than one egg. If I had a backup there wouldn't be much to fret about, so in that scenario I would give it 3 eggs due despite the fail due to my 20+ years of owning reliable Western Digital drives. I might gamble and buy this same drive again. I know it comes with a 2 year warranty but I don't utilize warranties on hard drives, I mean would you want some stranger having access to your personal data after you send it in for repair??? I wouldn't think so.

Other Thoughts: My system pertinents:
Intel P67 chipset
Inel i5 2500K CPU
Windows 7 SP-1 64-bit

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