Western Digital My Book Essentials 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

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  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Automatic, continuous backup
  • Password protection
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  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Automatic, continuous backup
  • Password protection
  • Western Digital 3TB My Book Essential USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

  • Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Connectivity for today; speed for tomorrow
  • Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
  • Hardware encryption, password protection
  • Connecting with your USB 2.0 port today and using with USB 3.0 when you're ready
  • Protecting your data with automatic, continuous backup
  • Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music
  • Securing private or sensitive data with password protection and hardware enc
  • Specifications

    Hard Drive Capacity: 3.0 TB & Up
    Capacity: 3 TB
    Compatible Devices: PC ,  Mac
    Size: 3 TB
    Manufacturer Part Number: WDBACW0030HBK-NESN
    Brand: Western Digital
    Is Dark Sky-Compliant: Y
    Features: Desktop
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    Customer Reviews | 59 reviews | 4.3 out of 5

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    Great Value, Fantastic Product
    8/10/2011

    Customer review by LADC

    5.0 stars 8/10/2011 by LADC
    by LADC

    I have owned Western Digital My Books for years. I was very happy to see Western Digital come out with the 3 TB My Book hard drive. If you are looking for a fantastic external hard drive with performance and max storage capacity this is the drive for you. Why buy anything with less capacity, less reliability, or less value; the cost per Gigabyte is the lowest on the market for stand-alone hard drives. Over the past 6 years I have never had a My Book crash; they are well vented for good cooling. I have never lost data with any My Book (I wish I could say that for other brands I have had the misfortune of owning). If you are looking for a more portable external hard drive that runs without external power, then the My Book 2.5 passport 1 TB is great. I also have a few of these. However if you want something with the highest capacity then buy the My Book 3 TB and you will be very happy with its performance and stability. After all you can never have too much hard drive storage. I have been using with laptops since 1985 and have learned a thing or two about external hard drives.

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    LADC
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:55 - 64
    Ownership:2 - 3 months
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every few days
    6/22/2011

    Customer review by PositiveWaves

    5.0 stars 6/22/2011 by PositiveWaves
    by PositiveWaves

    Good value. Buying online and then picking up in the store saves about $10 over in store price. If you have USB 3.0, this would be a good thing. USB 2.0 backing up 1.4TB took 23 hours. No problem accessing data for applications, USB 2.0 seems to be a good fit for my needs.

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    PositiveWaves
    Bloomington, Illinois
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:55 - 64
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every few days
    Fast and Economical Backup Solution.
    9/2/2012

    Customer review by PerfesserBear

    5.0 stars 9/2/2012 by PerfesserBear
    by PerfesserBear

    My 1 TB HP external hard drive went up in smoke less than two years after I bought it. That is to say, the USB adapter in the case went south -- the drive itself kept on cranking, after I hooked it up with a Frankenstein cable gizmo most hackers would have handy. Before I came to the (now) obvious solution of replacing the HP's case, I'd already ordered the Western Digital My Book Essentials 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive from Walmart. They had the best price and quick, free, Site to Store delivery. Why Western Digital? As a professional geek (my degree says I'm a Computer Scientist) I've spent far too much of my life trying to save data on dying hard drives -- usually other people's data. Many of those failing drives have been made by one or another of the companies that became S__g_t_. In fact, one of THEIR drives failed in my laptop last month -- (growl). So far in my life, I have had one (count 'em, 1) Western Digital hard drive fail. It was a 500GB 'My Book' in the cords of which one of our dogs kept getting himself tangled. It hit the floor one time too many (an event probably in the double digits) and it finally failed due to compound concussions. I replaced my backup drive with the new 3TB USB 3 Western Digital My Book (and the laptop hard drive with a new WD 500 GB -- but that's another review). My 2-1/2-year-old HP laptop didn't have USB 3.0. No problem -- the new drive is backward compatible with USB 2.0 computers -- the cable works fine. It was still screamin' fast, but it could do better. I ordered it with the SIIG SuperSpeed USB 3.0 2-Port ExpressCard Adapter -- once that came in, it REALLY started to scream. I shoot a lot of photographs with a digital SLR camera, and I use the 'RAW' format to store more complete picture data. Those files are HUGE -- 20 MB or more each -- and remember that an old floppy disk only holds 1.44 MB. The WD My Book 3TB USB 3.0 roared through backing up my photo directories in short time. Do you really need a back-up hard drive? Ask yourself if you have anything on your computer you can't easily replace. Kid pictures, tax records, downloaded music (which I'm SURE you paid for), work-related files, and/or saved video games. Do you trust your computer's hard drive to survive mechanical breakdown, electronic failure, lightning damage and viruses? I trusted S__g_t_ and they failed me. I still trust Western Digital, and I think you should, too.

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    PerfesserBear
    Eastern Connecticut
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:55 - 64
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every day
    A little pricey if you just need the space.
    2/20/2011

    Customer review by PTNDSLR

    4.0 stars 2/20/2011 by PTNDSLR
    by PTNDSLR
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    Background: I am a semi-pro photographer looking for additional local short-term storage solution aside from my HP Media Smart Server (more long term limited need to access for editing). I am using the WD Dard Drive with a Dell Inspiron Desktop using USB 2.0 under Windows 7 (64 bit). Western Digital is a reputable brand for all types of storage solutions. This WD drive installed quickly and painlessly; even the packaging is easy to deal with. WD includes a longer than standard USB cable, which was a really nice surprise. The drive IS NOT powered by USB and requires an electrical outlet nearby. NOTE: I strongly recommend you do not install the typical WD software. Instead, rely on backup software already on your OS or Microsoft's Sync Toy (I use to replicate my client photo sessions folders). This will allow you to avoid conflicts I always seem to encounter. WD software is not needed and the drive is pre-formatted. Literally, "plug and play." WD provides little hard copy documentation. However, everything you need is provided (startup poster). For some reason, people are still hung up on the lack of documentation. Everything you need is in the box and any information you could want is on their site. IMHO, the less paper, the better. Upon installation, the drive was immediately recognized by my computer. The drive is incredibly quiet with no fan noise and I have to look at the light on the front of the unit to determine if it is on unless I have my drives open on my computer. The drive sits upright (or you can lay it down and stack drives) and is barely noticeable next to my computer. The drive comes with a Kennsington lock slot and the ability to password protect drive contents. Speed: I am not a test freak so my tests are based on practical usage. I transferred 25 GB of Raw image files (about 12-18 mb a piece) in about 15 minutes @ USB 2.0. The drive did not hesitate once during this process (straight copy over as opposed to SyncToy replication). My system backups seem slower, though acceptable. There is no noticeable adverse impact on computer performance when using the drive, so you can easily continue working on other tasks. As I sometimes edit large Raw files directly on the WD drive, I can comment that the speed was more than acceptable for my purposes (using Nikon Capture NX2 and Photoshop CS5). However, pro-photographers would probably need a faster solution. In summation, I trust WD and find this drive a great solution for my needs. I recommend this drive. If anything changes, I will update my review.

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    PTNDSLR
    NC, USA
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:35 - 44
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every few days
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    5/21/2011

    Customer review by STJester

    4.0 stars 5/21/2011 by STJester
    by STJester

    Western Digital is notorious for installing there own software on the drives. The size of this drive makes it difficult to format like you would any other drive. Once you download the WD software and use it to "unlock" and format the drive it works great. All 3T in one partition.

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    STJester
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    great product we can't live without
    7/3/2012

    Customer review by trisha3030

    5.0 stars 7/3/2012 by trisha3030
    by trisha3030

    My husband and I bought a 3TB drive from Walmart over a year ago and we love it; we just bought another 3TB drive again from them cause we still need more storage space; we've got family pics, movies, tv shows, music and much more going onto these drives. We couldn't live without them.

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    trisha3030
    Richland Hills, Tx
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:35 - 44
    Ownership:Longer than one year
    Gender:Female
    Usage:Every day
    WD - Ext. Hard Drive
    9/8/2011

    Customer review by HooverDA

    5.0 stars 9/8/2011 by HooverDA
    by HooverDA

    Easy to setup , no problems , neat backup feature , lets you setup folders to watch , as soon as an item is added to folder it automatically backs up item. Haven't had any problems from it.

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    HooverDA
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Ownership:2 - 3 months
    Usage:Every day
    Great 3Tb External Hard Drive & included software.
    7/13/2011

    Customer review by Tfsguitar

    5.0 stars 7/13/2011 by Tfsguitar
    by Tfsguitar

    As I have come to expect from Western Digital over many years of using their products, this one is first class in every way. Every thing was included for a quick installation of the 3Tb drive and the included backup software (on the drive) was easy to install. The USB2 cable was included. I have thousands of photos and many home recorded music files; using this drive gives me a feeling of confidence that I have a current backup copy.

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    Tfsguitar
    Caney, KS
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:65 or older
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every day
    10/17/2011

    Customer review by SlydrVet

    5.0 stars 10/17/2011 by SlydrVet
    by SlydrVet

    I purchased the Western Digital My Book Essentials 3TB external drive for the purpose of backing up my video collection. So far the product has worked very well. For a few dollars more, I was able to purchase the 3TB from WalMart as compared to 1 and 2TB hard drives from other electronic stores. The value was exceptional!

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    SlydrVet
    McKenzie, TN
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:55 - 64
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every day
    Good, but some issues
    6/27/2011

    Customer review by Shantha

    4.0 stars 6/27/2011 by Shantha
    by Shantha

    I use this with Windows 2003 Server. When I tried to copy 35 Gb files to the HDD, it fails as I received the HDD. But when I format it NTFS using Windows 2003, then larger files can be copied to the HDD.

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    Shantha
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:35 - 44
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every day
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