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WD Mybook Essential 2TB External Hard Drive USB2.0 Retail Box

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   Part #: WDBAAF0020HBK-NESN
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Features    [ Edit | History ]

Our best-selling My Book external drive is an elegant, high-capacity storage solution for all the chapters of your digital life. Our latest edition now features visual, easy-to-use, automatic, continuous backup software and drive lock security protection. At last, beauty, brains, and simplicity together.

Quick Specs:
Host Interface USB 2.0
  • USB 1.1
  • Plug n Play
Storage Capacity 2 TB
Drive Type External
Drive Width 3.5"

Specifications    [ Edit | History ]
Drive Performance  
     Maximum External Data Transfer Rate: 60 MBps (480 Mbps)
General Information  
     Brand Name: WD
     Manufacturer: Western Digital Corporation
     Manufacturer Part Number: WDBAAF0020HBK-NESN
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Package Type: Retail
     Product Line: My Book Essential
     Product Model: WDBAAF0020HBK
     Product Name: My Book Essential WDBAAF0020HBK Hard Drive
     Product Type: Hard Drive
     Host Interface: USB 2.0
  • USB 1.1
  • Plug n Play

Physical Characteristics  
     Drive Type: External
     Drive Width: 3.5"
Technical Information  
     Platform Supported: PC
     Storage Capacity: 2 TB

Western Digital WD Retail WDBAAF0020HBK-NESN Customer Reviews

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Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Easy to use
2TB is big enough
Lock feature
sometimes slow to respond
pretty standard external harddrive Ithink, the software that came with it is pretty easy to use and understand, I like the lock feature it has

Experience: 30 Days
 Verified Owner
Reliable, quiet, no bad clusters.
Slower then expected, some issues turning it off.
Your standard drive.
The transfer rates are a little to be desired.
Write: 15MB/s, read:45MB/s.

I've had a odd problem with the power. Sometimes it won't turn off. I've had the OS lock, and the drive will stay on.
Pushing the power button did nothing (Yes, i held it in for 10 seconds). Removing the USB did nothing.
I had to remove both the power and USB cable before it turned off.

Experience: 30 Days
 Verified Owner
2TB Disk drive.
Slow downs
I bought this for the space obviously, it is a decent drive but nothing special about it. Storing data and thats it. I do experience some slowdowns and some downtime when it wakes up..
other then that works great

Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
Large Capacity (1.87TB usable formatted)
Small Footprint
Non-Volatile Smartware software is Firmware embedded on the disk, is unremovable and format proof.
Requires software drivers to work (which are included)
Proprietary USB device; not shared easily among machines
Non-Volatile Smartware software is Firmware embedded on the disk, is unremovable and format proof.
Smartware permanently occupies 500+MB of drive space and detects as a virtual cdrom.
I purchased this expecting a nice looking "generic" type portable external HD with some added "bells and whistles" (ie. optional) software.

What isn't fully disclosed (or perhaps explained) is that this generation of drives are wholly proprietary and modified at the firmware level from traditional "drives in a box".

This drive may or may not be for you. For casual Windows/Mac users needing gobs of space, this is a nice drive. However you should consider these three caveats:

Western Digital's "Smartware" software is embedded in the physical drive's firmware. Forever.

You cannot format, remove or modify it. You lose 500MB of drive space to a Virtual CD-Rom, which will detect and populate every time you attach the drive.

As the consumer I will always insist on having a choice on such things!

Being proprietary, the drive and enclosure cannot be separated. In the event of an enclosure failure, you cannot simply pull the drive and expect to recover data by installing in your pc or a generic enclosure. You need another WD enclosure.

For me the biggest issue was compatibility among platforms. I often share data between windows laptops and my ubuntu desktops, in which generic USB drives fit the bill perfectly. I could not get the empty space to detect on ubuntu with NTFS enabled (nor would i want to jerry-rig it to do so. It should just work. My other 4 other enclosures do.) Only the Smart ware CD will detect and mount.

The bottom line - if you just need to use it on a windows box, go for it.

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