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Old 11 December 2007, 17:40   #11
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Yes that's right. They are fine but WD need to be taught a lesson - one day it could be emmbedded in the firmware!!!
Ah.. I see .. you did say that.. my interpretation of a remote drive initially was one accesed from other than a local pc or network and not a stand alone drive.. All the same .. what the Fook does WD think they are playing at ??? Basically its a DRM issue.. and they've shot themselves in the foot
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I'm assuming this just refers then to remote stand alone WD units that have an extra bit of code made for using the remote drives..in a box externally and not their bare ide drives for internal installation?
Yes I think it is a slight bit of over reaction by cod! The drives (hardware) work and can be used to store the files - but the software that is bundled with the drives won't allow certian file types - presumably because WD are concerned they may be prosecuted for enabling copyright breaches.

It is certainly melodramatic to suggest that they would ever restrict the data you could save on you local WD drive.

In fact if I understand the situation correctly - the user who uploads data to the drive CAN access their own files - it simply stops sharing (on internal or external network) of media files - using the provided software.
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one day it could be emmbedded in the firmware!!!
Really? does drive f/ware actually "see" files, and file types or is that not applied at the OS level?
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Yes that's right. They are fine but WD need to be taught a lesson - one day it could be embedded in the firmware!!!
Trouble is WD drives are very keenly priced. I'm buying 500 GB WD drives at the moment and the only thing that can beat them on price is the Samsung offerings. Anything else similar is a good few quid more. Its a tough call but going OEM should mean that you get a HD with no idiosyncrasies so I'll be sticking with them for a while.
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Yes I think it is a slight bit of over reaction by cod! The drives (hardware) work and can be used to store the files - but the software that is bundled with the drives won't allow certian file types - presumably because WD are concerned they may be prosecuted for enabling copyright breaches.

It is certainly melodramatic to suggest that they would ever restrict the data you could save on you local WD drive.

In fact if I understand the situation correctly - the user who uploads data to the drive CAN access their own files - it simply stops sharing (on internal or external network) of media files - using the provided software.
I agree maybe being a bit over dramatic on this but give an inch - thin end of the wedge and all that!!!

Sony and other companies HAVE done things like this in the past and dropped big clangers!!!
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Trouble is WD drives are very keenly priced. I'm buying 500 GB WD drives at the moment and the only thing that can beat them on price is the Samsung offerings. Anything else similar is a good few quid more. Its a tough call but going OEM should mean that you get a HD with no idiosyncrasies so I'll be sticking with them for a while.
I think the Samsung spinpoint may have been a better buy...
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