Pros The disk itself works fine
Cons The MioNet software is terrible. How WD bundled it?
Summary The only way to work is to map MyBook as a network drive. I worked with MioNet support team for days. E-mails and phone calls. They were very responsive but they couldn't help me at all! The MioNet software turned "offine" and that was it! It was a torture! I spent hours on hours on this! In the end, MioNet support helped me do a direct mapping and that's how it works for me.
Even when the connection was active via MioNet it disconnected every few minutes.
Files that you copied via MioNet are readonly when you access through direct mapping.
I don't understand how a respectable company such as Western Digital put their faith on this lousy software. If you just put the CD in and click 'next-next' you end up with something that doesn't work. Or works for one day. and disconnects.
I have never seen something like that in my whole life.
I also can't understand CNET review which praises the MioNet software (WD Anywhere Access). You should work with more than three minutes! I will not believe your reviews anymore!Updated
I don't understand how a company such as Western Digital bundled this awfull software. If you put the attached CD in, click next,next - it may seem to work - but then it turns offline, and disconnects every few minutes.
The only way to work is do a network drive mapping. I worked with MioNet support team for days and they could do nothing.
WD are going to get into real trouble with this MioNet adventure.
It's a pitty. Because I now use the disk over LAN and it works great.
Pros It's purty white case matches my old iPOD
Cons Software sucks and data transfer abysmal
Summary I bought this drive to back up a failing 1 TB Lacie - talk about dissappointment. Reads/writes are abysmally slow - I was under the impression that the additional memory was supposed to speed up things - instead it seems to be doing the opposite. I can transfer 2 music directories in less than 2 minutes from 2 USB Lacie drives. Same files from a Lacie to the MyBook takes 16 mintutes - what a joke. I very much DO NOT RECOMMEND this this drive.
Pros Ethernet connected - USB piggyback available
Cons Software installation is not very user friendly
Summary I just got my "MyBookWorld for Ethernet 500 GB" and is awesome. To use it, you don't have to install the software which comes with the item. To customize the hard disk so that you can map a network drive to it, you need to first install the software and then follow the instructions from Western Digital's website. Search for "mapping network drive" in their support website and you should be able to get the instructions, or go to the following URL.
When I tried to install the "WD Anywhere Access" software, I had to do it atleast 3 times before it showed me "Manage MyBookWorld..." option under "File". Then it is fairly easy to map the drive. Once you install the software and register, you get 30 days free World Access. - i.e., you can login into their website with your registered userid and password and it allows you full access to your home network, your PC (if it is ON). You can even open a window where you can see your home PC's desktop. Once you are done, you can Shut it down too. My PC is running XP Professional Edition.
It even lets you piggyback another external USB drive, where you can "see" this other drive from any computer in the house - cool feature. I am very happy with this product.
If you shop around, you can get it for as low as $208.00
Pros Looks cool in the box.
Cons Very Slow, need to install software to recognize it on network.
Summary "Mio Net" (the software that comes bundled with the My Book) is terrible. You have to install it on every computer on your network that you want to access the Hard Drive. Western Digital then tries to market upgrades to the software for remote access and remote control of other computers on the network. It took me a while to figure out what the software was for and what I needed.
I just wanted to add this baby to the router, give it a password, and go! Is that so difficult?
I just added some photos to the MyBook and my computer locks up trying to read them from it. How am I supposed to share large amounts of data like this?
This product seems a total waste of time and based on what others have written here I will now try to get my money back.
I was very disappointed with this product.
Pros Size and concept, construction all are top notch
Cons Slow, Slow, Slow performance, cumbersome interface
Summary This should be a terrific piece of hardware from a 'reputable' manufacturer. It is instead patheticaly slow operating at LAN speeds no better than 1/20th of its advertised performance.
While simple use as NAS is doable, finding out how to do this is not simple at all and the interface is very minimalist and not user friendly.
The Mionet nonsense is definitely to be avoided, usesless really for anything more than small text documents. Subscription required!? Put that on the outside of the box please. I have turned of the "Anywhere Access" four times now as it seems to keep turning itself on. I don't want the extra network activity or public access to my device... EVER!!!
Seeing as the interface/controller is running Linux to manage the box, why can't we have a little more manageability? How about moving files from one folder to another require that they be moved from the box to the PC and back to the box!! Some simple file management would really help here. WD... get a grip!!
Burned by WD twice this month as my Raptor 10K rpm based RAID0 drive had a drive failure within three weeks of purchase/set-up.
Tsk! Tsk! is WD trying to become the new Fujitsu? Wait until they get this thing working before you spend your money on a paperweight! Think twice before buying a WD product as quality is taking a turn for the worse.
A day later and 43.5 minutes on the phone waiting for a second level tech support rep at Western Digital to tell me that "3 or 4 MB/sec is all you can expect from these drives, they are slow" a direct quote. That of course translates to (3 or 4 time 8) 24 Mb to 32 Mb transfer rates!! Hardly the advertised 1 Gb LAN that is all over the box. A further quote "These things run on a Linux system internaly and there is NOTHING WE CAN DO to speed them up". "I'm sorry sir but that's how it is". My system back up consisting of 450 GB of data uploaded at Gb speeds.
Now that I have to restore it, do the math, 1 GB is ~1,000,000,000 MB so 450,000,000,000 x 8 (for bytes) is 3,600,000,000,000 bytes divided by 24,000,000 or 32,000,000 is between 112,500 and 150,000 seconds or 31 and 42 HOURS!!!
That is if it doesn't choke on some of the larger files (over 2GB) like it has done already.
Avoid this drive at all costs as it is not a practical place to store and retrieve large amounts of data. Now to figure out how to get that data back... maybe Seagate data recovery services...