Overall performance is slow
Western Digital's 4TB My Book World Edition II NAS device is an easy and reasonably cheap way to store large amounts of data in a central location. Its overall performance is slow, but for tasks where speed isn't critical this NAS device is a decent choice.
Speedy file read times
The competitively priced Western Digital My Book Live Duo is a two-drive network attached storage (NAS) device that offers an astounding 4TB of storage capacity. It's very easy to use and offers speedy file read times, but it does lack some features and the latest USB 3.0 connectivity.
Works well so far, with minor quirks
After doing a lot of on-line research and reading review upon review, I decided I didn't need a portable backup hard drive, I didn't need it to match room decor, wasn't going to be impressed by its sleek styling, etc, etc-- I just wanted a backup hard drive that could back up my Macs. Period. It had to be for Macs--not PCs. I didn't want the hassle. Western Digital looked to be just what I needed and I'm not in the least disappointed with this product. In fact I purchased two, the other a 2TB.
This drive has been performing very well for about a month. The performance is excellent and the setup of the actual drive was very straightforward. However, the setup required for Windows XP to keep it from banging the drive to death is HORRENDOUS! There is a lot of info online about how to do it, but a comprehensive collection is difficult to come by. As always, remember, it's not IF your hard drive will die...it's when. Solid product...so far.
Testing of the Caviar SE16 750GB drive showed strong overall performance.
The Western Digital Caviar SE16 may not have the highest storage capacity on the market, but it makes up for that with a more affordable price and strong overall performance. This is an excellent choice as a primary or secondary storage drive for those looking for good overall space, solid performance and low noise operationg.
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