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Slow WD World Edition HD

I own the WD My Book World edition (it happens that I have the 1TB version).
I hate it. It cannot be connected directly to a computer, rather only through a network.
My thought was to take apart the WD drive, take out the HD and connect it to a regular HD enclosure. Would there be any reason that this would not work?
Do you know what type of connection the hard drive is so I can buy the proper enclosure?

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Michael

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  • yschlussel Feb 08, 2009

    Thanks... I ended up pulling it, formatting it, and sticking it in a 2-bay RAID enclosure with another 1TB drive... works great and fast!

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I understand your pain. Mine was always slow, but it's by design. I am sure the limitation is the amount of RAM it has, because everytime it needs to access data, the RAM is so small that it will have to go back to the drive just to re-read an index. When mine died after 1.5 yrs, I took it apart and found a WD5000AAKS SATA 7200rpm drive. Performance of the drive should be excellent, but in that little plastic box that is acting like a stand-alone NT server, performance is s-l-o-w. As a MyBook, it's best used as a backup unit, but be sure you have a backup of that, since it is highly unlikely it will live much more than 12 months, if that, because it has no forced cooling. See other issues on this site with regard to other MyBooks.

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Indeed you can pull it out and put it in another case, i have done just that with one of mine. though you have to format the drive in the new case because of the os of the mybook, it has its own proprietary formatting or something or other that nothing else likes. but once you stick it in a usb enclosure and format it it runs beautifuly and quite a bit quicker on a usb 2.0 as compared to the 100Mbit cat five alternative. now the my book world is Gbit cappable so if you stick a Gbit card in your computer and run your cable to it in the case it comes in it is insanely fast for some reason, but only when you plug it strait in and not into a hub or network. 1000Mbit is retarded fast so thats your best option. you are probably for some reason or other running on a 10 Mbit and that sucks. Good luck!

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These drives are network drives, I would recommend that if you don't have a network, then you should get a 10/100 Mbit network card and connect a cross over CAT 5e cable, connect to your network card and the 1Tb drive running at 100Mbit. You need configure the network as per the manual.
If you want to use a hub instead of a cross over cable, get a 100Mbit hub.

You can put this drive in a USB enclosure but it will be slower that over the network. The drive could be ATA (IDE connector) or most likely a SATA connection (it might be SCSI, most likely not), you have to remove it to identify the connection on the drive.

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