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I recently bought WD MyBook essential and it was delivered to me safely.
But there are two things that bother me.
1) My PC has only USB 2.0 ports and I can't use USB 3.0. My average transfer speed from internal HDD to MyBook is around 28MB per second. Is that normal? Can you check your transfer speeds using USB2.0?
2) How do you power down that thing? The manulas says that after you eject it from windows tray, it is powered down. I eject it from Windows tray,it isn't displayed in MY Computer anymore, but LED light stays on.

Any thoughts on this will be appreciated.
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Hey I can answer your question. I have/had a mybook 1tb I ended up ripping the drive out. It was a 1tb green drive and get up to 100mb but usually around 80 and that is hooked up to Sata. So my suggestion to you is 2 things.

First run a benchmark program on it to see if your laptop hard drive is limiting that transaction speed or maybe even if they where a bunch of small files. I seem to remember that over usb I got up to 50MB/sec.

If your laptop has esata you may want to get a usb/esata enclosure. If it only has usb and it has usb 3.0 go buy a 3.0 enclosure I think you can get one for $15-20. You will get near the max capabilities of that drive on usb 3.0.

The bigger that drive is the faster it should be able to transfer. Especially when it is not fully loaded. So if you have an empty 3TB drive then there is no reason you shouldnt be able to hit 80-100mb all the way up to 2TB of storage with usb3 or esata.
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The only way I have ever been able to power it down is to unplug it from the computer after safely ejecting it through the taskbar. Otherwise, I know theres a button on the back but that never works.
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Hey I can answer your question. I have/had a mybook 1tb I ended up ripping the drive out. It was a 1tb green drive and get up to 100mb but usually around 80 and that is hooked up to Sata. So my suggestion to you is 2 things.
First run a benchmark program on it to see if your laptop hard drive is limiting that transaction speed or maybe even if they where a bunch of small files. I seem to remember that over usb I got up to 50MB/sec.
If your laptop has esata you may want to get a usb/esata enclosure. If it only has usb and it has usb 3.0 go buy a 3.0 enclosure I think you can get one for $15-20. You will get near the max capabilities of that drive on usb 3.0.
The bigger that drive is the faster it should be able to transfer. Especially when it is not fully loaded. So if you have an empty 3TB drive then there is no reason you shouldnt be able to hit 80-100mb all the way up to 2TB of storage with usb3 or esata.

Thank you for your answer. My PC has only USB 2.0 ports, but that's okay for me. So do you suggest running benchmark tool? Why couldn't I think of this myself?
But I don't understand what laptop drive are you talking about. My MyBook Essential has desktop green drive and my PC has Desktop WD Black drive.
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its fine as is, just use it for network backup.. doesnt need to be super fast and pulling these WD mybooks, wd myessentials etc tends to void the drive warrantee.. you may not know that until you try to rma the drive.. so keep as is and as network file storage/back up is perfect thumb.gif
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Thank you for your answer. My PC has only USB 2.0 ports, but that's okay for me. So do you suggest running benchmark tool? Why couldn't I think of this myself?
But I don't understand what laptop drive are you talking about. My MyBook Essential has desktop green drive and my PC has Desktop WD Black drive.

I'm sorry I thought you said you had a laptop but you clearly didn't. Laptop drives can be very sluggish sometimes but if you have a PC I doubt that is the case. Still though go ahead and benchmark the drive with http://www.hdtune.com/ you will get to see the drives max throughput and you will also get to see when that tapers off. For example my 1TB drives taper down drastically around 700gb. I have them raided together so thats about 1.4tb and they are almost useless after that.

There is another benchmark app that focuses on transfer speeds of certain file sizes. It is bench32.exe and it is made by ATTO and ATTO calls it ATTO Disk Benchmark.

That would give you an idea of how fast your drive can transfer certain smaller sized files. So for example if you are moving 1000s of pictures then you could expect a much slower transfer rate than a 4gb iso file.

Anyways, as far as the external enclosure that is in there. Well if you just go this thing and you can still return it then I would recommend to do that and build your own otherwise if you are the kind of person who keeps his receipts forever in case of a warranty claim and you are in fact worried about the drive failing then don't take it out of the case. However, inside that case is a normal WD Green the chances of it failing are slim to none I can honestly say that out of maybe 100 HDs that I have owned over 15+ years I have only had 1 fail and that was 13Yrs ago and it was a Maxtor Big Foot 5.25" 4gb HD and well they where well known for failing.

So you have to ask yourself is the performance worth it. That is up to you. If you are going to be doing a lot of transferring then yes it probably is.

Here is a usb 2.0 and eSata drive enclosure http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=esata+enclosure+3.5&hl=en&safe=off&prmd=imvns&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1920&bih=946&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=17208090320488549790&sa=X&ei=r7xET77BGIqFsgKq1qnDDw&ved=0CKsBEPMCMAU#scoring=tp

Also one other thing is I tried out this new product and have been absolutely AMAZED bye it. It would require that you have a gigabit lan and if you dont you can do what I did and plug your router into a gigabit switch and then plug all your computers and this thing into the switch as well. But I bought this http://www.iocellnetworks.com/neo/index.php/2011-07-07-08-11-37/netdisk-solo
I am absolutely AMAZED bye it I easily achieve 80-100MB/sec on any of my machines while they are plugged in. It will work with my wireless laptop but since that is being choked by the connection between the router and the switch I only see ~12MB/sec which is the max for 100tx. If my router was actually gigabit capable I would see ~30-40mb over wireless.

Also if you DO NOT have an eSata connector then fear not. Neither did I. You can purchase a eSata port that just takes up one of the expansion slots and then you plug it into the motherboard. I went a step further and took the 2 eSata ports out of the part that goes into the expansion slot and I cut out areas in the front and back of my case so that I now have eSata on the front and the back of my computer like it came with it from the factory.

Well hope this all helps
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