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3 out of 5 eggs Not as convenient as expected 12/02/2016

This review is from: WD 8TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBFJK0080HBK-NESN

Pros: It is fast, shiny, and *almost* ready to use out of the box.
The included diagnostics and other software work quite well.
As a bonus, it even comes with a USB and power cable too.
Considerably more durable than other makes; however, see cons. . .

Cons: The factory format's sector size is too small for many computers to succeed in using such a large drive. The trouble is that speed drops way down (that can include zero) while doing backups. So, that may appear broken, even if it isn't. This inconvenience could cause returns. Read on, because there is a fix.

Other Thoughts: You can format NTFS and choose a larger sector size. The default setting is too small. To fix this, I reformatted with "64 kilobytes" sector size (as found on the format menu in Windows). Formatting a large drive can take a while. After that fix, it runs at expected speeds most of the time and doesn't drop the speed to zero for either small or large files.

Table of NTFS sector size (for optimal formatting to accommodate hard drive size):
64K 8TB
32K 4TB
16K 2TB
8K 1TB
4K is the default size, but most suitable for drives of less than 1TB
Notes:
Nearby settings also work fine. That table isn't usually mandatory, but it is for eliminating slowdowns. The bigger your drive is, the less suitable the default 4k will be. That issue will occasionally make a 2TB slow down to half or a 4TB slow down to 1/4 or make an 8TB halt. It probably isn't broken--just format it correctly to fix it.

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Pros: The price and durability are the main pros.
It is lighter weight than a hard drive.
Runs cooler than some of the hard drives.
There is fair chance of a faster startup than a hard drive can do.

Mainly, it is noteworthy that this is quite a bit more durable than most of the economy SSD.

Cons: Upgrade success requires a SATA 3 or better controller; However!, with SATA 2 and SATA 1, you may get speeds same or slower than a hard drive. The on-drive cache is just not big enough to realize high speeds with older controllers (older computers). True of all SSD, hibernate and resume features that are used for laptops, will be slower than a hard drive; so, if you use those features frequently, an SSD, any SSD, might not be an upgrade.

Other Thoughts: A firmware update, two rounds of Shutup10, and ONE dose of O&O Defrag Free, were really helpful to make this SSD run Windows 10 reasonably.

For a laptop with windows 8, 8+1 or 10, disabling Fast Startup (settings) and disabling Hybrid Suspend (power plan) and disabling USB power saving (power plan) allows the computer to boot up with all of the parts working, rather than having to restart because some part mysteriously doesn't work. Fast Startup and Hybrid Suspend are hibernate-like technology, involving writing big files to your SSD frequently. Those features are for hard drives, not SSD. In this case, Disabling Fast Startup and Disabling Hybrid Suspend, will help your SSD last longer; and, also, your SSD will start running better when you're not trying to kill it several times a day.
For your laptop, alter your settings to rely on suspend and power off features (lid close, etc...), and set hibernate to be used only when the battery drops below ten percent. I'm just saying to use hibernate sparingly--try for never. Be prepared for 3~20 minutes for resume (quite a bit slower than a normal startup). It will achieve a resume eventually; so, be patient while you wait, and try to avoid using that function often.

For a desktop (or a laptop that stays plugged in), the command to disable hibernate is (administrative command prompt): powercfg.exe /hibernate off
Problem solves straightaway! And that's recommendable for your office computer too. That command turns off Fast Startup, Hybrid Suspend and Hibernate too, which are all abusive to an SSD. After issuing that command, mystery problems take a hike and stay gone.

This SSD seems to be quite suitable for newer office computers and appliance computers--the combination of high durability, vibration/shock resistance, low heat output and low maintenance (yearly if any, using O&O), are the ways that it actually beats a hard drive.

It is also quite likely to work for new builds, especially if you do: powercfg.exe /hibernate off
Assure that your new build has at least a SATA 3 or better controller, so that the speed claims can be realized.

If you use hibernate your laptop, every time you close the lid, then check out Newegg's selection of faster hard drives (with 7200RPM or higher and 16MB or 32MB on-drive cache) and Hybrid hard drives as well. Those options may cost more; but, they'll get both your hibernate and your old SATA2 or worse laptop moving faster than this SSD can do. No need to leave bad reviews on a good SSD, just because it isn't a hard drive. Inspect the functionality differences before you buy an SSD; and, if it happens that a faster hard drive is what you needed, then Newegg has plenty.

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Pros: It is easy to use and extremely fast in both USB3.0 and USB2.0.

Cons: Although the thick cord and durable plugs are lovely, it seems to be necessary to flip it the right way around (despite identical plugs) and choose a USB port on your computer that isn't chock full of dirt. On first glance, the endcaps don't seem very durable, so I guess that's why they gave us a padded sack for it.

Other Thoughts: The backup and restore tasks. . . especially the restore tasks get done at such speed that you might even get thrilled.
Momentarily, there's a few seconds workout on getting a good connection so that the drive is recognized. (see cons, flip cord or choose a less dirty port). After that, the work gets done at thrilling speed. Once it makes contact, it keeps contact even though reboots. THIS! You need this.
My review not posted? Ima call somebody's mom. This is an important device. Cloning/restoring a lab? Yeah, that's when this device gets necessary.

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Display Name: Daniel H.

Date Joined: 11/11/04

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