It's not the cable it's the the whole idea of the WD USB plug/cable that's so frustrating:
- It's smaller (but what for? Even the Passsport is not that small that the plug would make a difference)
- It's hyper-sensitive to any movement on the calbe (and hence bad for the HDD inside when it regularily gets disconnected on a whim every so often)
- It's unreliable
- It's easy to break
- It's imcompatible with the standard Mini USB cables.
- It's look and feels says fragile trash
It is important to address this issue to WD as a community because we aren't the only ones who struggle with this new plug.
I guess the policy of WD to be "innovative" has been pushed a little too far by abandoning established (and proven!) standards in favor of trying to bond their customers to WD-specific cables.
Although I was usually very staisfied with WD my personal consequences in this matter are to not buy any more WD products until the issue is resolved or there is an option to decide between products with regular Mini USB and WD-USB plug & cable. Let the market decide. And we all know where this is headed.
Thanks for reading. I just had to let off some steam