I purchased a new WD My Book Essential 2TB / USB 2.0 (white lights + lock) and attempted to use it. (Compaq Presario running Windows XP) As soon as my computer acknowledged it as “new hardware”, my computer crashed- complete with the infamous blue screen of death and warnings about “memory dump.” (Hard to tell exactly what it says, since the screen only flashes for a second). Computer goes right into re-start mode and re-boots on its own. With the My Book plugged in, it repeated the scenario twice. I removed the WD drive,and my computer worked fine. Ran full virus scan with Norton 360 (it’s updated as of today) and found no viruses on my computer. My friend has the older (and much bigger) model of the WD 2TB drive (blue lights) and it worked perfectly fine when hooked to my computer…yes, using the same USB port.
I talked to my resident network folks and described my problems. They suggested the WD software is the cause.
I returned the drive to the store, and traded for another. Same exact problem as soon as I plugged it into my computer.