WESTERN Digital has upgraded its My Book Studio Edition, My Book Home Edition and My Book Essential Edition 2TB external hard drives, and the My Book Mac Edition 2TB drive series of external hard drive to 2TB of storage. The new external hard drives will cost around $375 and are available to consumers now.
The new external hard drives are small in size, but large in capacity. According to Western Digital, they are the largest hard drives on the market that don’t require a RAID system. Being in hard drive recovery, we see a lot of external disks that overheat. WD is taking on that problem by putting the new drives in standby mode if they are not accessed after 10 minutes. This power saving function could increase the life span of these external hard drives.
The only drive that I haven’t tested is the MAC edition because I just don’t do Mac’s. I had no problem getting the My Book to work with Kubuntu or Vista, the two operating systems that I use. I like the price, but am still concerned over the vast amount of heat that external hard drives use. Heat kills hard drives!
If you need huge amounts of storage, your best bet is to get 2 of these and back one up to the other. If you think I am being paranoid, remeber that we do hard drive recovery for a living, and hard drives all fail!
I have been using Western Digital Hard Drive which had been running for quiet a while, but then I could not access anymore. It is about 650GB with seriel No: WCASY1960312, MODEL No: WD6400E035-00. I could not get it running. My computer continues to tell me, install the program for it, but I don’t have the the proper software for it. At the moment I can’t use it. I need some help.
Br. Michael Pendekos:
Just let your hard drive relax for a couple of days
before you try it again. Mine did the SAME thing,
and now it works like a charm.
Thing is, the externals do overheat, but that
doesnt mean that they DIE or are screwed up.
Just cool the hard drive in some cool place,
and the drive will mate with your computer perfectly.
Í’m having troubles with my WD6400E035-00 too, it’s not running anymore.
Cooling down won’t work, it’s been cold like a dead body for a few days now… No heat, no warmth, no lights, no sounds. Plugged it in and out several times.
Support.wdc.com (if it works at all) doesn’t give any sollutions… quite concerning to me.
It sounds like yo have the hard drive sudden death. More than likely the electronics or motor are dead which is why it won’t power up. Before jumping to conclusions you will want to pop the hard drive out of the case and hook the drive up as a slave to see if it is actually the drive or the case.
Here is a video on how to slave a hard drive in a desktop
You could also use another USB hard drive enclosure and plug your drive up to that.
My poblem hasn’t been solve as yet. The external WD hardrive is still not working.
My laptop continues to demand for software to be install. Maybe I lost my computer needs program that reads the external WD – 650GB. I dont know what to do.
If your hard drive begins to overheat and stop showing up on you computer, take heed and make sure to back up any data on it. As we speak, I am transferring data to another drive, while leaving an ice pack against the drive. It had gotten to the point where anything over about a gig at a time would slug up my machine, and kill the communication between my computer and the drive.
I have read that the life of your half life will likely decrease by half for each 10 degrees above recommended temperatures.
You are correct that heat is a drive killer.. BUT .. puting an ice pack on it is not the way you want to go here. You can cause condensation to get on the inside of the hard drive which in turn will also kill the drive. Removing the drive from any enclosure and setting a fan to blow on it is the best course of action. If the driveis still over heating trying turning down the AC in the home to a balmy 60.