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WD My Book Home 500GB USB 2.0 / Firewire400 / eSATA 3.5" External Hard Drive WDH1CS5000N

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  • USB 2.0 / IEEE 1394a / eSATA
  • 3-year Manufacturer Warranty

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Western Digital's My Book Home is the latest evolution in their long history of back up devices. This 500GB drive has a triple interface for maximum connectivity. The USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 interfaces allow you to connect to virtually any modern Mac or PC. If you need maximum data transfer rates then you can attach the drive to your system through the eSATA interface.

A capacity gauge on the front panel lets you know how much room you have left on the drive when it is connected to either a USB or FireWire port. The rest of the housing is designed to vent heat away from the drive to keep it cool and save your data. The auto standby mode will save your power bill by kicking in after 10 minutes of inactivity but will be ready to spring back into action immediately.

  • newegg High Performance Hard Drive The Western Digital My Book Home (Model WDH1CS5000N) features a high performance 7200 RPM, 500GB hard drive so you can store your movies, music, applications and documents for easy sharing with your friends and even back up your system.
  • newegg Triple Interfaces The Western Digital My Book Home (Model WDH1CS5000N) combines three industry-leading external hard drive interfaces (IEEE 1394a, eSATA and USB 2.0) for maximum performance and universal connectivity.
  • newegg WD Safe Shutdown The power button is equipped with WD's exclusive Safe Shutdown to ensure that all the data is safely transferred prior to shutdown.
  • newegg Power/Activity and Capacity Gauge The unique Power/Activity and Capacity Gauge LED on the front panel indicates power/activity status and space used on the drive so you can easily know how much space is available on your storage system.

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1/ 5
Lost everything! 6/8/2011 7:41:14 PM
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
2/ 5
Died in under a year 9/14/2009 10:45:34 AM

Pros: Drive seems quiet; was plug and play on the Mac (which should be the norm anyway but isn't always due to manufacturer silliness)

Cons: I recommended this to my mom for use as a backup disk with her iMac. The drive died after about six months. While it would be under warranty, mom can't find the receipt or order info - so I can't speak to the quality of Western Digital's repair/warranty service. Incidentally this is why I'm giving this two stars instead of one, since it's possible WD has stellar repair service.

Overall Review: Since she's out the money anyway, I'm recommending she replace this with a LaCie external disk. I've owned a half dozen of those over the past few years, and have never had a problem.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
3/ 5
Works via USB 9/11/2009 6:44:29 AM

Pros: Looks good, lots of ports, economical price.

Cons: Still haven't been able to get the eSATA port to work. Seems like a problem with drivers and my mobo.

Overall Review: I did try the firewire port, but the windows would loose the drive after a couple minutes and the only way to get the drive back was to unplug the power cord and restart the computer.
Wish the World edition ones wern't so expensive.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
5/ 5
One Great Buy 9/4/2009 12:55:17 AM

Pros: Transfer Rates! Theyre fast, I use both Firewire and USB, Desktop and Laptop respectively, and they are not slow whatsoever. I keep all my music on the HDD and I can listen to it for hours. Has a built in Fan, most people don't know its there, but it operates very quietly whenever the heat starts to rise, it usually only gets hot if I'm watching a movie, or listening to music. The morse code design of the case is brilliant! It works great to dissipate heat and looks amazing. Information light is handy, it allows you to know when the drive is gathering info, how much space is left, and when its on standby, and usually turns off when the computer does.

Cons: Not a 1Tb. Really wish I would've gone with the 1Tb because now I only have 50gigs left on my 500, and I've had it for only 8 months now. The info light in the front can tend to get rather annoying at night, its really bright, I just usually cover it with a shirt or something when I go to sleep listening to music.

Overall Review: Its a solid drive. I have recommended it to friends when it comes to performance, but, it is rather pricey when up against other contenders. But nevertheless, I would recommend the drive any day. One of the best buys Ive ever had. IF you do decide to buy the drive, I recommend formatting it when you get it, since it comes standard with the FAT32 system, which is ok, but you can't put a file larger than 4Gigs on it, and since I backup my DVD's, i commonly put +4Gig files on there. Recommend formatting it to use the NTFS system. Also, the onboard software, is basically dirt, don't keep it.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
1/ 5
All Bad 8/26/2009 11:56:13 PM

Pros: Looks nice. Packaged well. Fast as an internal when and if it works on e-sata.
Usb works as it should.

Cons: Died in less than a year. Disk motor stopped turning. heads still work. Using e-sata, Drive turns it self on with your computer power up. But when in sleep mode it may not turn off or turn back on when coming out of sleep mode. Will do the same when turnig computer on and off. If it turns off when you are using computer it will cause windows to hang up or just dissapear from windows till you power up the drive again and windows will not detect it anymore . This is the second drive I have that does this, The other is a 750gig model. I know the problem is related to the my book because I took the 750 out of the plastic housing and put in a 3rd party esata enclosure and it works flawlessly. I am very disapointed WD support claims no problems with these drives at all. After a combined 2 years experience with these drives I say the controller in this my book is poor at best. This drive was always kept in a clean well ventalated area and not abused in any way

Overall Review: These drives seem to be WD Green drives.
If you want to use this for usb it should be ok. but save money and get the usb version it is cheaper.
If you want a excelent external e-sata drive buy a internal drive of your choice and a 3rd party enclosure for e-sata. It will save you tons of headaches.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
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3/ 5
Difficult to use with a laptop 8/10/2009 4:53:56 PM

Pros: Works well.

Cons: Extremely short USB cable. Has to be plugged into an outlet. Inconvenient to use with a laptop because it's not USB powered.

The hard drive activity light is huge and much brighter than it needs to be.

Overall Review: I haven't used the eSATA port, so I can't comment on that.

I also own a My Passport external drive, which is much smaller and USB powered. Get one of those instead.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5/ 5
Real Nice HDD! 8/6/2009 11:25:02 PM

Pros: Sleak, small, the blue light on the front panel which indicates how much room is left on it is a very cool feature. Very easy to install and use. This is my 3 WD HDD and they all work perfect!

Cons: The software included on the drive is useless. The eSata connection is still not working, I guess that is a COMMON issue on WD HDD! I am still searching for a eSata cable that will click in place. I am using USB and that is perfect for the time being.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
3/ 5
Been through 3 in 1 year 6/2/2009 9:16:05 PM

Pros: Holds a lot of information. Quick data transfer rate. Customer support is decent with 1-2 business day responses.

Cons: Poorly made, high chance of bad drive

Overall Review: I bought the 500GB external HDD back in January of 08 to keep as a backup for my desktop and laptop. After about 8 months of use the drive will no longer turn on. Tried different power cables and everything. The solder holding the plugin to the board broke off and there I was with a drive that worked, just a broken plug in. I emailed WD giving info about my case, and they said to do an RMA and get it replaced under warranty. Okay that's great that you will replace it, what about my data. Well, unless you go to one of those authorized dealers of theirs, your data is history. Taking one of these babies apart without them knowing you did, is nigh impossible as well. I said the hell with it, lost all 376GB of data I had, pics, music, and movies, to get a new one.

The new drive lasted a whole two months before it went bad. They wanted me to do another RMA. Which I did, only to receive another drive and have it be DOA. WD did a poor job creating this drive.

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