Pros Cheap, large capacity
Cons Died within 6 months; Terrible software
Summary The MyBook world edition sounded like a good idea. 500GB, network connection for under $100? Sounds great.
I used this primarily as a storage drive. The drive would get fairly warm (on 24/7, but not in constant use), but nothing out of the ordinary for an external drive. I had the drive for about 6 months, then I couldn't connect to it all of a sudden.
I read later on that other users have had this same problem. The USB/Ethernet PCB has some major issues apparently. Lots of field failures. After removing the drive from the case, I tried to read it through another external case and connecting to a PC directly. The drive was recognized, but could not be read. I ended up having to reformat the drive, and now it works fine.
Buyers beware on this one.
Pros Who cares if it doesn't back up your data.
Cons Failure rate--2 out of 2
Summary The unit I bought at the Apple store failed. They sent me a replacement (procedure is not too difficult) that didn't even turn on.
They sent me another shipping label, but now I am making another trip to ship the 2nd one back. Tiresome.
Pros Yep, it holds 500 gig
Cons You ain't sharing with anybody!
Summary Great idea, not a good product. Setup is awful,and is inconsistent from user to user. Interface is rediculously inadequate. MioNet provides sketchy service and the documentation is NIL. Skip this and wait for a better solution.
Pros pretty white color
Cons Bad, bad, bad
Summary We purchased 3. The sharing software hard rebooted 3 different XP machines (serveral times all at the same point). Support offered no solutions for this. 2 units had to be setup manually, one of them had to be hard reset. The 3rd unit didn't register on the network at all even after a hard reset. I would not recommend this product to any one let alone a home user.
Pros Looks pretty...
Cons should be removed from the market as defective.
Summary Bought it last night at Best Buy. Installed smoothly. Realised right away that it is slow to transfer files. These are critcal files for business purposes. Drive crashed and went "offline" and I reset it. Files disappeared. Copied files again overnight. Crashed. Reset. Files missing, disappeared. Then the Mionet software asked me to go to my email and verify my email address or it wouldnt let me use drive? Afterwich MioNet began failing again. Drive remaines "offline" whenever it feels like it. Also it runs really really HOT. Likely this will burn itself up, or burn down my house. I didn't trust it right away so I lost nothing off my C:. Deleted copies of my files on external drive. Pacakged up up in the box. Returned it in afternoon. Took 14 hours to get rid of this piece of total junk. I sould have just smashed a brick on my forehead and called it technology. Western Digital is the drive I trust with my whole business and I've never had a problem. This is a full blown disappointment. And I'm not the only one here saying this. DO NOT BUY THIS. If you see it on the street, run the other way. You will waste you time and life and never be able to get that back!!!