1TB Western Digital USB/Firewire/eSATA external Ha
by kron45 on 11/30/2007
I received the "My Book" Western Digital 1TB eSATA external Hard Drive within 2 days of ordering it via UPS. It only too 3 minutes to hook it up via an eSATA express card to my laptop computer. The eSATA card had to be purchased separately. The drive was immediately recognized; however, if needed, it also included installation software on the drive itself. So far I had it for a month as it is almost filled to capacity. I have 800GB of data (videos, pictures, and music) stored on it. The transfer time from either external USB, Firewire, or internal hard drive (laptop) is EXTREMLY fast. USB only transfers data at an advertised 400MB/sec; Firewire 400 at 480MB/sec; Firewire 800 is much faster than Firewire 400 but I do not have that connection so I could not "test" it. I transferred 12GB of files via USB within 30 minutes, about the same on Firewire, on eSATA the same data took less than 7 minutes to transfer. I am very happy with my purchase, this drive will serve as a back-up drive for my other external drives.
My experience with Buy.com extremely positive; the order was secure, I saved a lot of money over competitive sites, and the delivery was 4x faster than I expected, despite picking the slowest (and cheapest) delivery option. I will continue to use Buy.com for all future purchases.
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Easy Setup, Great Price, Lightning fast shipping
A snap to set up. Just connect it and let the computer (WinXP) recognize it. After that...just copy the data you want to store. It couldn't be easier.
This is actually my second drive and my 4th purchase from Buy.com. I got it at the absolute lowest price by taking advantage of the Buy.com Visa card the for the first purchase and the Revolution Credit Card the second purchase. It was easy to apply, on-line approval and I saved $50 both times.
The shipping through Buy.com was free, although I forgot to check the right shipping method, their customer service was very friendly and accommodating and refunded the erroneous amount. The credit posted within 3 working days. I ordered the drive on a Monday afternoon and it was delivered to my on Tuesday (the following day). I was IMPRESSED. The drive was very well packaged preventing any shipping damage and was very easy to connect. I will make any of my future computer and peripheral purchases from Buy.com. You can't beat the price, shipping, or service! (I tried, LOL)
I purchased my first drive of this model (Model #: WDC WDH1CS10000N) about 7 months ago and have been "hooked" on the eSATA performance ever since. It is blazing fast. I love it!
The difference in speed between firewire and eSATA is amazing. My previous drive was a USB/Firewire 400 and seemed slow at best.
The drive connects via an eSATA cable to an Express Card, which I purchased for my laptop. The performance increase was immediately apparent. I am very happy with this purchase and have not experienced any problems since I purchased the first one (Oct 2007).
The complaint I have is when the drive goes into powersaving mode, it takes a good 60 seconds or so to wake up. This may be only because of my type of connection (ExpressCard on Laptop), but I am happy to endure this wait time if that is all that I can find wrong with this drive.
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