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WD My Book 3TB External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 File Backup and Storage
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- Up to 4 TB capacity
- Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
- Automatic, continuous backup or file backup option
- Password protection and hardware encryption
- 2-year limited warranty
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- Model Number: WDBACW0030HBK-NESN
- Hard Disk Size: 3 TB
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 2 years
- Hardware Platform: PC
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From the Manufacturer
My Book External Hard Drive –Ultra-fast backup and storage.
Put your digital life on the high capacity My Book desktop hard drive with ultra-fast USB 3.0 connectivity. WD SmartWare automatic backup software and password protection with hardware encryption ensure your data is protected.
My Book features ultra-fast USB 3.0 connectivity and up to 4 TB capacity to store and protect all the chapters of your digital life.
WD SmartWare automatic backup software works quietly in the background to help protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file, it’s instantly backed up.
Use WD Security to set password protection and hardware encryption and protect your files from unauthorized use or access.
Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interface- A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you're ready.
Up to 3x faster transfer rates - When connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port this drive lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0. Transfer a 2-hour HD movie in just 3 minutes instead of 13 minutes.*
*Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.
Massive capacity - With up to 4 TB capacity, there is plenty of room to store and protect your precious memories and important files.
WD SmartWare software - You're in control of your backup. Install all the features, select just the components you need, or if you prefer, choose not to use the software at all.
Automatic, continuous backup - Works quietly in the background to protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file it's instantly backed up.
Password protection for privacy - Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access with password protection and encryption.
WD quality inside and out - For over 20 years, millions of people worldwide have trusted their data to WD hard drives. We are successful because we understand the importance of your data and our first concern is keeping that data safe.
- Transferring files up to three times faster when connected to a USB 3.0 port
- 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 encryption
What's in the box
External hard drive, USB cable, WD SmartWare software, AC adapter, Quick Install Guide.
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
Mac OS X (requires reformatting)
Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.
Features at a glance
- Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
- WD SmartWare software
- Automatic, continuous backup
- Password protection and hardware encryption
Storage with backup
Storage with backup
|My Passport Edge||My Passport||My Book||My Book Live||My Book Live Duo|
|Ultra-compact, high-capacity storage to go.||Ultra-fast backup and storage to go.||Ultra-fast storage and backup.||Shared storage for computers, tablets and smartphones.||Double-safe storage for all your screens.|
|Interface||USB 3.0, USB 2.0||USB 3.0, USB 2.0||USB 3.0, USB 2.0||Gigabit Ethernet||Gigabit Ethernet|
|Capacity range||500 GB||500 GB - 2 TB||1 TB - 4 TB||1 TB - 3 TB||4 TB - 6 TB|
|WD SmartWare |
|Password protection |
and hardware encryption
|Portable form factor|
Capacity: 3 TB
Top Customer Reviews
First the good stuff -
It is a nice fast drive. HDTune showed and average speed around 90-100MB/s when connected to a USB3 port on my Lenovo W510 laptop. That is why I bought the thing, and it works well. I had NO trouble accessing the drive (but then I reformatted it completely and did not see any issues with the CD partition etc..).
Note: I needed to update the USB3 drivers on my W510 to get it to be recognized consistently by Windows 7. That is likely an issue with the Win7 NEC USB3 drivers preinstalled on my Lenovo, and nothing to do with the WD drive.
Now the awful part:
After about 4 months of usage, the USB3 female connector in the cabinet came loose - and was stuck to the USB3 cable when I removed it!
I have owned close to ten different WD external USB drives from ~320GB and up to 2TB drives. I have *never* had any such issue with any previous drive (my only real gripe has been the fickleness of the tiny USB connector which often doesn't need much in the way of movement to cause the machine to lose contact with the drive - rather annoying).
Inspecting the board where the connector was - it seems that on this drive, it is just soldered straight on with 5-6 soldering points - NONE of which go through the board. This is quite unlike their 2TB USB2 My Book where the tiny USB2 connector is supported by two plastic studs that go through the PCB board. And the power connector on both USB2 and USB3 is soldered with pins going though the board and an additional thicker plastic stud.
So if you intend to stick the cable in there and leave the thing stationary - you will most likely not have this problem.Read more ›
UPDATE: I wrote the above in October 2011. Writing now in October 2012, I now have eight of these drives. No problems to date.
SECOND UPDATE: Writing now in November 2013. I have nine of these drives at this point. No problems to date.
THIRD UPDATE: Writing now in October 2014. Same nine drives. Still no problems to report.
Here is my recommendation for how to set up the drive, out of the box. I've done this a bunch of times now, so I'm getting routine at it, and thought I'd write it out for others.
Some caveats, for what it might be worth:
--I am running Windows 7 64-bit.
--I use both 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity, depending on the computer I hook these up to.
--I have no use for the included backup software, so I can't speak to that. If you are buying this for the backup software, skip this review, because I'm going to be describing how to setup the drive by wiping that stuff off.
--I use these drives primary as HD media storage, accessing them directly through USB, or over ethernet, with my Dune Smart D1 media player.
--My media player initially had trouble "seeing" this drive until I figured out the sequence below:
--Out of the box, plug the power in, and then connect the drive to your computer with the provided USB cable. For what we are doing, it makes no difference if you have a 3.0 or 2.0 USB port on your computer, the drive works fine in both.
--Your computer will begin to automatically install 3 drivers, and will almost certainly fail to install one of them. This is the "SES driver.Read more ›
WD Smartware is a backup/restore suite that, once installed, boots with your machine. If the MyBook is attached via your USB port, it will constantly monitor activity and make backups accordingly in the background in near real time without any action on your part. It also maintains multiple generations of files (you choose how many), so you can go back to, say, three versions ago if you need to recover a spreadsheet or other data file.
You can also use it on multiple computers. Backups are stored under folders with the same name as the PC they're created on.
I tested on a Win XP Pro laptop and a Win7 laptop and detected no system slowdowns at all. Every now and then the activity light on the drive would flicker; otherwise the backup operations were not noticeable. The drive itself is completely silent.
Strongly consider copying the software included on the drive to a CD before you do anything. I can envision situations where you might want to delete everything off the MyBook and if you do that, you'll no longer have the software to install on another machine (the manual has instructions about where to look for it online).
Plug in the power supply, then connect the MyBook to a USB port on your computer, then turn on your computer if it's not on already.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just what we needed in the office to replace our old WD My Book 1TB external hard drive storage. thank you,Published 12 hours ago by D. A. Peterson
This hard drive failed after a year. Cost a fortune to retrieve my data off this drive. I now have multiple hard drives and save to the cloud so I don't lose all my pictures... Read morePublished 2 days ago by JR
Fail after two and a half years,lost all data. Do NOT buy it if you want a product that lasts!Published 3 days ago by Ding Weilun
After a couple years, it still works great. Even withstood being dropped twice.Published 7 days ago by Timothy D. Legg