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When you plug in the new "My Passport" drives, you are prompted to install drivers for "WD SES Device" This means that new "My Passport" units requires a non-built-in drivers that makes the disk not portable anymore.
We demand the hability to disable "WD SES Device"
I really like with design of WD My Passport Studio, but with a little touch of it would be perfect. Here is an idea for improvement:
Advanced Universal Connection
To be widely used on PC and Mac, the WD My Passport Studio must have one USB 3.0 (for PC) and two FireWire 800 (for Mac). Will be much better if it is compatible with Thunderbolt (which one will come soon with Intel's Ivy Bridge).
As described StorageReview: "the My Passport Studio may be one of the rare cases where users could swap out the drive pretty easily for something else". It's a great idea, maybe later I can replace it with faster (7200 rpm) or larger HDD, even Hybrid HDD/SSD.
Provide the WD My Passport Studio with special rugged case simiar to WD Nomad.
With a beautiful view of this, WD My Passport Studio "Perfect Edition" will successfully become the world's best portable hard.
Disable SES when no password protection is used on the drive, so Windows does not try to install the device driver. It can be seen as a problem when the drive is connected to a PC of an other person or company. Also there is an unnessesary delay because Windows starts looking for the SES device driver, that was not found automaticly on any of my systems.
i want to use the buildt in virtual to add a iso of an OS like linux or windows to boot from the harddrive.
just an option to add an iso and then the drive sets it up.
when i boot op the pc and have the drive pluged in i can chose the ses drive so that would be nice.
it could even contain several types of bootable iso
Whilst industry-standard portable external drives in the 2.5" form factor typically have either 2 or 3 platters, is there any reason why there could not be an external drive with 4 platters?
It would presumably be 15.5mm thick (drive without the cover) rather than the current 12.5mm for a 3-platter drive, but it would crank up maximum capacity to 2TB, based on 4x500GB platters. I work in media and the bigger the disk, the better it is. However I can't lug the 3.5" disks which are way too heavy and unwieldy with their power supplies.
So a 2.5" solution would be ideal, and I believe there would be a market for it particularly among people working in media (movies, digital photography, music etc.) who require tons of data space.
Since 9.5mm 2.5" 1TB drives are now available, my conclusion is that 500GB per platter is a reality. This means that 1.5TB drives at 12.5mm are just a matter of assembling them.
I travel with about a dozen 1TB portable drives (media etc.) but I can't keep lugging more drives as my storage needs expand. My ideal portable drive size right now would be 3TB but I realize this is not yet realistic (although a six platter disk would do it, of course).
Still, 1.5TB should be available in stores anytime now, given that 500TB per platter appears to have been reached. When can we expect this?
I really cannot believe that WD did not pick up on this years ago.,,,
Nowdays the size of multi-pixel photos, RAW photos, and the use of memory cards to shoot HD video just screams
GIVE ME A PORTABLE STORAGE SO I CAN SHOOT MORE ON MY VACATION WITHOUT TAKING A LAPTOP !!!!!
Well... some companies used to do it... and not always in a good way or way way too expansive more then some laptops....
I would like to see a 2.5" portable drives with 300GB-1TB capacity containing popular card memory support
such CF, SDHC, XD etc with USB connectivity and rechargable battery (replacable).
I would also expect the drive to be able to charge the battery using a USB cable and an IPhone like power-to-usb adapter/charger.
The drive should allow simple one click backup of the memory card contents to the portable drive.
You could provide also a few levels of products:
1. Consumer class: 320GB-500GB external SATA with simple LCD for file transfer indication.
2. Mid-range class: 500GB-1TB external SATA with 2.7-3" LCD screen which also able to review photo / video
3. Pro Class: SSD external drive with 3" screen which also able to review photo / video, zoom in... maybe even features such as OTG usb for direct camera to drive transfer, mini-hdmi for external screen playback, wifi for uploading to
online sites such as picasa/flickr/youtube etc.
I'm sure that WD ability at media serving and high quality drive technology can produce a line of products that no photographer will go without. This could be a multi million dollar product line !!!
I would like to see WD's response to Seagate's GoFlex Satellite portable HDD.
I would suggest WD to have tri-band GBit WIFI connection in 2.5" Element portable form factor (with built-in Lithium Polymer battery).
'Qualcomm recently released the AR9004TB chipset. This tri-band wireless setup adds 60GHz WiGig to the usual 2.4 and 5GHz dual-band 802.11n formula for "multi-gigabit in-room performance." Though far from finalized, the 802.11ad standard being pushed by the WiGig alliance should be able to hit speeds of 5Gbps."
At 5Gbps, it will be as fast as the new USB 3.0 standard! But now WD don't have to worry about the "weak cable problem"
inherited in all of its product.
The slogan would be "completely cable free!"
i am owner of Mybook Studio ii (1TB RAID1) and Mybook Studio 2TB
for using them, i need to install WD drive manager for Mybook Studio ii ...
and WD Quick View (WD smartware) for Mybook Studio 2TB
if we think many factor thats not efficient and good for performance, its just no good point
i don't know whether WD having issue mixing all together in one Drive Manager
but i think it will great if WD can just make one kind of software that act as drive manager
imagine, if we have multiple external drive, all listed in one drive manager
rather than drive manager for each external drive
I had brought the My Passport Essential SE (model number: WDBABM0010BBK-PESN). I had installed WD Smartware Software just for WD Drive Lock function.
After I had installed it in my computer (with locking with passport for My Passport partition), then I try to connect it to another computer (with Windows XP SP3 OS). Then appear an error message about its drivers not found, because its driver there are in My Passport partition (in folder "..\Extras\WD SES Device Driver"), not in UDF partition, while My Passport partition is locked with a password.
To resolve this problem, here I suggest you to put its drivers to UDF partition.
I have another idea/suggest. I suggest you to add two options for unlock drive function. The options are "Unlock with WriteProtect-ON" and "Unlock with WriteProtect-OFF".
Why I suggest it? Because we are sometimes just to copying files (from My Passport Essential) to another computer. With the WriteProtect-ON function so My Password Essential is safety for viruses.
Please apply these my suggests to the next firmware update.
Yes, I just bout a 320Gb Passport Essential. Like so many others, I'm disgusted that I can't retrieve the space wasted on the Virtual CD Image.
But then I thought: If I'm stuck with it, can I at least make it work FOR me?
In brief - can I over write the contents? Specifically with a Live CD?
Ubuntu Linux is the first that comes to mind...
...then there's Hiren's Boot CD...
So tell me please! How do I burn an ISO image to the VCD partition ?
I need to move 50 Gig from one share to another in my MyBookLive. Obviously, the only way to do so is by Windows Explorer!! It takes about 14 hours to move the files. Cause: the process writes the files from the WD to my local laptop, store it temporally and write it back to another share on my WD.
I will be very pleased, and other users as well, when the UI will be extended with functions to move files quickly. It might be not so difficult to add this function.
With kind regards,
Any ideas when the WD devices will support Chromebooks? Right now I use Chromebooks for everything except managing the files on my NAS, where I use my Mac. I'd like the ability to use the Web interface on my Chromebook to browse and copy files to the NAS, however that requires a plugin (and Chromebooks don't run plug ins).
Any chance WD could write a Chrome Web Extension to allow this?
You NEED to have a downloadable emulator that will allow for the SmartWare software to allow for recovery of files after component failure (specifically micro-usb port). With the emulator the owner of the drive would be able to unlock it and recover the files using the same password that they set up. As long as you refuse to make a provision here you are effectively stating that when this part fails the owner's secure data is no longer secure as you are REQUIRED TO MAIL IT IN TO A THIRD PARTY THAT YOU APPROVE OF TO OPEN OUR FILES, ACCESS OUR DATA, COPY OR DATA, AND ALL WITHOUT THE OWNER BEING PRESENT. I ask you Western Digital if you would allow this to happen to your protected data? If you do you are mentally challenged and we should consider replacing you as a decision maker for the corporation. If not then take action to fix this immediately.
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