Western Digital HDD's

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by atak93, May 19, 2009.

  1. atak93

    atak93 Newbie

    May 24, 2008
    United States
    I need help on choosing an external HDD. From Western Digital there is the My Book which is a larger drive which uses a power outlet and the My Passport drives which simply use a USB cable to the PC. I bought the My Book 1TB but i have also read reviews that say they crash and fail more frequently. i dont know if i should exchange this for a My Passport 320GB HDD. I dont want to have the 1TB and then watch it fail in a few months, if it does fail. The only thing i am considering is the reliability, should i exchange or stick with the 1TB. I will never fill up 1TB and the power outlet doesn't bother me at all. I dont plan on moving it around. If the Passport drives fail as often as the My books, i rather stick with the my book. I checked many sites with customer reviews but each gives different ratings. Some customers say its perfect some say it failed in however many days/weeks/ months. HDD's fail, but these seem to more than others.

    People with either drive give me your advice please.
    If you can provide personal experience feedback or a site with consistent customer reviews it would be great.
    So should i get the My Book 1TB or the My Passport 320GB?
  2. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    I have had the My Book 1TB one for a month or so, I never had any problems.
    Works like a charm.

    What will you use it for? For you Wii too or just for PC things?
  3. Doc.X

    Doc.X Advanced Member

    May 4, 2009
    United States
    New York
    I have My Passport Essentials 400GB HDD for about 3 months now and it works flawlessly . I have it hooked up for 2 partitions one for my wii and one for personal storage and i havent had a problem to date .

    If your looking for something reliable , and that you can easily store , go with My passport

    Also it doesnt even heat up so you dont have to worry about keeping it kool.
  4. [M]artin

    [M]artin .

    Nov 7, 2006
    United States
    I bought a 500GB My Passport USB Powered drive off Ebay for $120 shipped. Jokes on me, though, since I just found one for $106 Shipped. Bottom line is, 500GB is the biggest size you can have USB Powered without need for an A/C Adapter, if you're obsessed with portability like I am and Ebay has some nice deals on these behbehs. [​IMG]
  5. dark42

    dark42 GBAtemp Regular

    Nov 13, 2007
    United States
    That's because USB powered drives tend to contain 2.5" laptop HDDs inside, and there aren't any laptop HDDs over 500GB yet. It has nothing to do with AC adapters.

    OP, have you thought about building an external harddrive? All you need is a regular internal drive and an enclosure that use the same internal interface. You can get all sorts of enclosures with many different features like Firewire, Ethernet, eSATA, several USB ports, and any combination of those. You could probably build a drive for cheaper than you can buy pre-built. Look on newegg.com for parts.
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