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WD 6TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBFJK0060HBK-NESN
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- Included WD Backup software makes backing up what's important to you easy and fast
- For Mac compatibility this Hard Drive requires reformatting. Refer to Application Guide for guidance on this
- Easy to use WD Backup software makes protecting what's important to you easy
- Downloadable version of AcronisTrue Image WD Edition software offers system-level backup for complete protection
- Compatible with Windows(R) File History, included on Windows 8 and Windows 10. Password protection with hardware encryption keep your private stuff private. USB 3.0 for fast data transfer rates
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Secure your digital life on a My Book desktop storage
- Up to 8 TB capacity
- USB 3.0
- WD Backup software
- Acronis True Image WD Edition system level backup
- Password protection and hardware encryption
With up to 8 TB of capacity, you'll have all the room to keep your favorite photos, videos, music and important files.
Automatic backup software
WD Backup works quietly in the background to help protect your data with minimal resources from your PC. Set your own schedule to back up updated files or new folders automatically. You can even save your files to the cloud with Dropbox.*
*Dropbox account required for cloud back up. Cloud services may be changed, interrupted, or terminated at any time. Policies may vary by country and individual cloud service.
Acronis True Image WD Edition backs up your files on a system level, so a copy of your entire operating system, applications, settings and files are always close at hand.
Password protection for encrypted privacy
By creating a password of your own, you get immediate peace of mind knowing your data is safe from unauthorized access. It's equipped with with 256bit AES hardware encryption operates at the speed of the drive—saving you time.
My Book is equipped with USB 3.0 connectivity, providing ultra-fast file transfers and improved power management. My Book is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices.
WD quality inside and out
We understand the importance of your data. For years, millions of people worldwide have trusted their data to WD hard drives, and our first concern is keeping that data safe.
|My Book||My Book Duo|
|Capacity||Up to 8 TB||Up to 16 TB|
|File- system backup software||WD Backup||WD SmartWare Pro|
|System-level backup software||Acronis True Image WD Edition||Acronis True Image WD Edition|
|Dropbox cloud service||✓||✓|
|Password protection & hardware encryption||✓||✓|
|Interface||USB 3.0, USB 2.0||USB 3.0, USB 2.0|
|Performance Mode RAID 1 – default||✓|
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|Digital Storage Capacity||6 TB||8 TB||8 TB||6 TB||5 TB||6 TB|
|Hard Disk Description||Desktop||Desktop||Desktop||Desktop||Desktop||Portable, Desktop|
|Hard-Drive Size||6 TB||8 TB||8 TB||6 TB||5 TB||6 TB|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB 3.0, USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 2.0, USB 3.0|
|Item Dimensions||5.47 x 1.93 x 6.73 in||1.9 x 5.5 x 6.7 in||4.75 x 6.93 x 1.44 in||5.51 x 1.97 x 6.69 in||7 x 8.1 x 5.4 in||1.9 x 5.3 x 6.5 in|
|Item Weight||2.34 lbs||3 lbs||2.09 lbs||2.34 lbs||2.1 lbs||2.1 lbs|
|Memory Storage Capacity||6 GB||8 GB||8 TB||6 GB||5 TB||6 GB|
|Size||6TB||8 TB||8TB||6TB||5 TB||6TB|
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I took a gamble and ordered one on a Saturday night. This afternoon, Tuesday, 3 days after placing the order, it arrived at my doorstep, with an "Amazon Prime" sticker on it. I was pleasantly surprised, since I'm not an Amazon Prime customer. But hey, I'll take it.
The first thing I did was to connect the drive to my Mac via one of my USB 2.0 cables with a micro-USB plug, since my Mac does not have a USB 3.0 interface. I should also say that I am running a very old Mac OS (10.6.8) since I remain suspicious of the later Mac OSes. The hard drive light blinked a couple of times, and within a few short seconds, the drive mounted. I launched Disk Utility to inspect the drive, and to no surprise, it shows as the Mac interpretation of FAT32. Since I care about neither PC formatting nor the included Acronis True Image utility, I erased the drive and formatted it as a Mac OS Extended-Journaled drive (standard Mac format). The drive spun away for about 30 seconds, and just like that the drive was reformatted and mounted on my desktop. I then knew that the drive was alive and well. I wasn't going to have to return it for any defects, so it was now time to break it apart, meaning I now own it!
I did a quick internet searching about how to break apart a My Book hard drive and found many videos. All pointed out that there are snaps, not screws, that must be released, and getting them to release means that the snaps WILL break. I.e., if you're going to take the case apart, do not expect to be able to return it! It turns out there are 2 snaps on each side, at the back. The placement of the snaps is not symmetrical, as they are offset from one another. Nevertheless, prying with a couple of small blade screwdrivesr broke the four snaps, allowing the two halves to slide apart and separate. Sliding the two halves apart is easy. There is a little USB 3.0 interface daughter board that plugs into the standard ATA drive interface and is held in place with one screw, simple to remove. There are four rubber shock mounts that require a T-10 Torx screwdriver to remove (or you might be able to use a thin blade screwdriver ... maybe). And with that, you have your jail-broken hard drive.
And what did I find? I'll be darned, but there sits a Western Digital Caviar Green drive, model WD60EZRX, 64MB cache. The label on this drive is exactly the same label you'll find if you go out and buy this bare drive on Amazon for ... $40 MORE! There is no difference whatsoever between the drive in my hands and the one shown on the Amazon page displaying the WD60EZRX Caviar Green 6TB drive.
I've been contemplating buying a few 6TB drives for a while but have been put off by the price of the bare drive. If you're willing to tear apart the enclosure of this external drive and throw away everything but the drive, you can save $40/drive over the cost of a bare drive. Go figure!
I found my discounted 6TB bare hard drive. I'm putting in my order for a few more tonight!
UPDATE1: More units bought, and they're all Caviar Green drives. And the deal is often $52 cheaper than buying the raw drive! ($223 - $171 = $52). I've also found that when tearing apart the My Drive to get to the bare drive, it's worthwhile saving the USB3.0-to-SATA interface card and the power supply. The two make a great simple adapter to interface between any SATA drive and your computer! I remain mystified as to why the bare drive is so much more expensive than the My Drive, which is loaded with a whole lot more $tuff around it than the bare drive.
UPDATE2: More drives bought, and now they are all Caviar Blue drives! Thus, there is no consistency as to what type of drive WD will install inside their enclosures. However, no perceptible change in performance, noise, or power, have been observed with this change.
The drive itself is similar in size to other My Book drives. The plastic casing is certainly not as nice as the aluminum finish on the WD My Book drives that I have for my Macs, but it is similar to the black of the Synology unit and overall looks good. The power adapter is reasonably sized (not a brick), and the unit comes with a USB 3.0 cord for use with its single USB 3.0/2.0 port. WD provides a 2-year warranty with this product.
There are cheaper drives with similar specs available from other companies. However, having had drive failures with Seagate over the years, I'm unwilling to take chances with other options. It's important to backup your valued files, and WD drives have played a major role in my backup solutions over time. If I have issues with this drive, I'll update my review. This seems to be another winner from WD!
Following my review, another Amazon user asked me an excellent question, "Does the USB connection to the drive feel flimsy?" This is a very appropriate question given concerns raised with the prior generation of this same My Book device. While I don't own the previous My Book version in question, I did check the USB connector on my device. The supplied USB 3.0 cable seems to be stable in its connection to the rear port of the My Book case. I can't physically make it move horizontally or vertically with any significance - unless I were to apply excessive force. Modest attempts at movement of the USB cable did not disrupt the connection. I don't plan to move this My Book from one place to another (it's connected to my NAS), so I suppose that I won't be able to comment well on wear-and-tear issues with respect to the USB connector. Other My Book devices that I own are the Mac Firewire/USB 2.0 version. Those have never struck me as flimsy.
Since writing my original review, I've purchased a 2nd unit which I reformatted for Mac OS X and use for "time machine" backup. Both drives are functioning well and have had no issues. I'm still very pleased with the quality and function of the drives. Reading through a number of the questions regarding this drive, it's clear that the term "cloud backup" as assigned by WD to this drive is a bit of a marketing stretch. As has been noted by others, the "cloud backup" option is not intrinsic to the drive, but an add-on service provided by Dropbox and facilitated by WD software that a user may choose to run on an attached computer (I don't personally use or recommend that others use WD software). These drives are nothing more than a WD drive, in an enclosure, with a single USB 3.0 connection. If you are looking for "cloud" capability, other product options do exist. I do hope that WD changes its description of drives such as this in future marketing.