WD My Book Essential 2.0 500GB

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  1. jscalt macrumors newbie

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    Any comments good or bad? I'm planning on using for Time Machine back-up to two iMac G5s (PPC, w/iSight) and a 2007 MacBook Pro, via Airport Extreme. Have heard different things about reliability. Any comments appreciated. Need quiet (in bedroom).

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  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Everybody's opinion will vary based on their personal experience. Some will curse them, others will praise them. I have had good success with LaCie and with WD both, so no worries from me. I have the 1 TB MyBook and it has performed flawlessly for me.

    Most drives are reliable, but you have to understand, they WILL fail eventually. It is just a matter of when. Hopefully you will get a good one, regardless of the brand you buy.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. mac88 macrumors 6502

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    These are all the drives that I use. I have never had any problems (knock on wood) with them. Buy and enjoy. The noise on the My Books are alright. The Passbook drives that I use for AEBS and Time Machine make no noise at all. Good luck!
     
  4. lostime macrumors regular

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    are you sure 500GB is enough for 3 computers? My 500GB time capsule filled up quick with just my MBP going to it.

    I do like the MyBooks though, I like the "World" editions that come with Firewire 800 and eSata.
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Firewire is definitely faster than USB 2, and if it is an option... go for it. It is more expensive, but to me, it was worth it.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  6. jscalt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've been wondering. The hard drives on the computers are not that big. And the MacBook Pro would only be backed up during breaks from college. If I go for the 1TB, then my reading says the my book essential may have problems - maybe runs too hot for not having fan?

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  7. jscalt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My understanding is that I have to go with USB if I'm accessing the HD through Airport Extreme. Right?
     
  8. ErikAndre macrumors 6502a

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    Ha... I had two of these die on me out of the ten I purchased. All of them Firewire. Do I curse them? No. After diagnosing the issue, it was the Hard Drives that went kaput and not the interface. Also, shipping and handeling often plays a large role when it comes to Hard Drive. Ever since I changed my hard drive shipping option to FedEx overnight, I haven't had a single problem... that is, not yet anway. :rolleyes:
     

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