Others have said it and now it is my turn. I bought a 2TB MyBook Essential external drive for archiving data and while I am happy to leave it in NTFS format, I find it extremely disappointing to read of people’s frustrations with WD’s lack of support for linux.
No one is asking for WD to suddenly announce official support. But I think it is not unreasonable for WD to unofficially provide support in the way of some information about using ext3 and ext4 and partitioning using gparted. From experience I know that a number of WD technical staff would be running linux in their homes. It is almost certain that some of them will be using WD products. Let them post some decent feedback on using linux even if you have to post a disclaimer about voiding the warranty and so on.
Do the right thing for once instead of living up to the usual nasty cold, corporate image of big companies. Linux is popular enough to justify it. We don’t want smartware software because most linux users just want the freedom to use the drives the way we want.