What an awful hard drive is the MyBook Essential 500 GB external hard drive! A co-worker and I each bought Western Digital external drives recently and both of us agree the software that WD tries to install every time we plug in our drives is a crapware virus. Worse yet, WD tech support says there is no way to get rid of it because it’s built in to the drive electronics!
I went to buy a new drive yesterday and the only brand I avoided was Western Digital. I will NEVER buy a Western Digital again because of the crapware they strong arm you to install on your computer. This is a shame because Western Digital used to sell good product.
I just wish I had checked the web before I bought the MyBook Essential 500 GB hard drive. I recommend you avoid this drive like the plague.