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Old Apr 23rd, 2008, 04:25 PM   #1
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WDMy Book [email protected] Costco, Good or bad product?

Good day all,
I will be buying an external hard drive this week. I have searched the site for recent updates. I am considering the western digital my Book home 500gb, at Costco for $139.00.
Any one suggest not doing so? I know some of you on the board have one. Any updates on problem or issues? Is it very noisy?
Any other recommendations for the same price?

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Old Apr 23rd, 2008, 04:33 PM   #2
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I've had one for about a year, no problems whatsoever performs beautifully. I mostly use it for backups and it is very quiet!
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Lacie has nicer 500GB drives at Future Shop / Best Buy for the same price (at least last time I checked).

Both of these drives are USB2 only. I would spend a little extra for the increased speed and reliability of Firewire.
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Lacie has nicer 500GB drives at Future Shop / Best Buy for the same price (at least last time I checked).

Both of these drives are USB2 only. I would spend a little extra for the increased speed and reliability of Firewire.

If you get the Home edition version : http://www.costco.ca/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=10306518&whse=BCCA&Ne=4000000& eCat=BCCA|84&N=4008631&Mo=74&No=14&Nr=P_CatalogNam e:BCCA&cat=1333&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-CA&Sp=C&topnav=
you will get USB2.0 and Firewire 400 for $149.99

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you want firewire...trust me.
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you want firewire...trust me.
I second that. Get a Firewire compatible drive.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2008, 05:24 PM   #7
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Firewire - for sure.

I have read some complaints about the MyBook here on EhMac, but I do not know anyone personally that has ever bought one. For about the same money, the Seagate Free Agent Pro is a pretty good drive as well, and I have been using two of them since Christmas...

But again, make sure to get Firewire, even if it costs a little more and is a little more of a hassle to purchase - it is well worth it.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2008, 05:58 PM   #8
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I purchased the MyBook Studio -- it has Firewire 800 and came pre-formatted for my iMac. The iMac has limited USB2.0 ports and I didn't want one permanently taken up with an external HD.

It's not the quietest drive in the world, though I have one of the early 1TB drives; perhaps the smaller capacities are more quiet.

The fact that it puts itself to sleep is a mixed blessing. I like the peace and quiet along with the energy savings, but I don't like waiting for it to spin up again when the OS decides that it needs to have access, such as when I go to save a file, launch a new finder window, etc.
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I have the 1TB version with Firewire and USB. It is currently partitioned into four different drive spaces so that 3 computers can use it with TimeMachine and the fourth partition is for media files.

The only complaint I have is that it spins down and goes off-line when attached to my AirPort Extreme. Connected via firewire and even USB it is just fine (but Firewire is way better).

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Old Apr 23rd, 2008, 06:05 PM   #10
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I have both a WD my book (USB only) and a G drive Q (firewire). While my WD my book has never failed me and works very well for what i purchased it for (large storage of home made videos) I love the speed of my G drive. The firewire works at lightening speed. But cost wise, You can't beat the 1tb for $199 on the WD my book.
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