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Damm WD My Book 500GB Essential Hard Drive

I've had this piece of **** for almost a year. Mind you I only have 10 days of warranty left on this piece of *&%$@.Well, now that I have all my pics, music, programs, videos, well, life into this piece of junk, now is useless and unrecognizable in both of my computers. I've browse the WB knowledge online database that is as usefull as this piece of **** that i bought from them. I don't really know what to say. I'm really mad. Just to think that all of my file are going to be gone, unless i decide to unleash some serious cash. IF YOU ARE GOING TO BUY A HARD DISK, REFRAIN FROM PURCHASING THIS PIECE OF JUNK. BE WARNED, IT WILL FAIL YOU WHEN MOST YOU NEED IT. BY the way, since so many people are having the same problem, the people at WD must have known this would or will occur, but they still decided to keep on selling this ****, we should seek to file A CLASS ACTION SUIT to this bastards, so we can recover our money and compensate our time spent looking for answers on how to fix and regain our data. ohh how I hate corporate crooks......

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  • jerome73 May 28, 2008

    Hi, currently Im in Irqa with the my WD extrenal hard drive. Today was my first time having problems with it. For some reason the WD is not reading my information onto my computer. At first I thought it could be the case, I change out the case, still the same problem.

    As you brother, I have extremly important information on my WD. Im a firm believer you get what you pay for. I was really under the inpression I got a good deal. This is my first and last WD. My warranty just went out last month. I have emailed Western Digital concerning the problem, I have not received a reply back yet. If you need to contact me concerning this matter

  • cheersjc Sep 25, 2008

    I have 4 units and all all them acts up the same way. They must realize this problem since 05-06 and they are still selling the same **** at Costco. Very disappointed. I will not buy any product from WD any more for sure.



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I have had 2 in 3 months, both broke after I put on all my pictures!!! Complete waste of cash... i suggest you blow it up...

Posted on Mar 16, 2008

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First of all, this is how you spell damn. That said, with some warranty period left, why you take advantage of it? If by the time you read this post your warranty has expired there might be another option. Maybe the the USB to hard drive circuitry has failed & the HD is OK. Have you seen the HD enclosures you can buy that adapts internal HD for use in an external application? That's essentially what your MY Book is. You can purchase those enclosures for around $30. You would need to gain access to the HD in the My Book enclosure.

Reply to this post if you require additional assistance.

Good luck.

Posted on Mar 14, 2008


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If you purchase an adapter & need further assistance respond to this post. Good luck!

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