- Brand Name: Western Digital
- Model Number: WDBABP0010HCH-NESN
- Hard Disk Size: 1000 GB
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 2 - year limited warranty
- Hardware Platform: PC
Western Digital My Book 3.0 - 1 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive with Pci-Express card
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- SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
- USB 3.0 PCIe (gen2) Adapter Card Included
- Compatible with USB 2.0 ports
- Ready to plug-and-play with Windows PCs
- Formatted NTFS
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Super Speed USB 3.0
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 transfers data at 5 gigabit per second. That's up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.
Read and save files faster. With lightning fast USB 3.0 you don't have to wait for the technology to keep up with your ideas.
This drive's sleek, book-like shape takes up minimal space on your desk and allows two or more My Book drives to nestle neatly together like volumes on a shelf.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
Accelerate your data transfers with the fastest available USB interface. Transfer a 24 GB HD movie in 2.7 minutes vs. 13.3 minutes with a 2.0 connection.
Your performance may vary based on your system configuration. HD movie size approximates a 2 hour movie.
Resource intensive video editing, animation, graphic design, and large media files can be saved so quickly that you no longer have to wait for the technology to keep up with your ideas.
Sleek, streamlined design
This newest member of the best-selling My Book family of external hard drives features a premium finish that will look great sitting on your shelf.
Compatible with USB 2.0 ports
Connect the drive anywhere there’s a USB port. The USB 3.0 is backward compatible with USB 2.0 with no additional hardware needed.
When connected to a USB 2.0 interface data transfers will occur at USB 2.0 speeds.
WD quality inside and out
Designed with the same commitment to quality that has made My Book external hard drives the number one selling drives in the world.
We designed a small retail box from recycled materials to minimize waste. We encourage you to recycle it.
Ready to plug-and-play with Windows PCs
Compatible with Windows Vista® and Windows 7.
- Transferring large files quickly
- Storing your videos, graphics and other important files
Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7
Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user’s hardware configuration and operating system.
What's in the box
External hard drive, USB 3.0 cable, AC adapter, Quick Install Guide.
Top Customer Reviews
If you would like to use the full potential of this external drive you need to install the included PCIe adapter (For Desktop PC's only) to get a theoretical transfer speed of 4.8 Gbps which is a ten-fold theoretical increase in speed compared to USB 2.0 which has a theoretical speed of 480 Mbps.
Bear it in mind that while the Theoretical speed of 4.8 Gbps is the interface speed that does not mean that the reviewed My Book external drive is having same speed, the drive inside is still WD SATA 1TB HDD with 3.0 Gbps link speed.
Here are some test results in brief:
When using USB 3.0 Interface
(*) Access Time: 15.44 ms
(*) Max Read Speed: 111.08 MB/sec
(*) Cached Speed: 149.48 MB/sec
When using USB 2.0 Interface
(*) Access Time: 15.59 ms
(*) Max Read Speed: 26.20 MB/sec
(*) Cached Speed: 40.79 MB/sec
Please see my posted images for full details of USB 3.0 vs. USB 2.0 speed results and other package contents. Hope this will be useful to you for making a decision
[+] Fast read/write speed with USB 3.0 possible almost in par with eSATA
[+] Includes PCIe USB 3.Read more ›
EDIT: After disassembling the casing and hooking the drive up as an internal SATA drive, I was able to save my data. The way the mini-USB connector was attached to the bridge board was very obviously poorly designed and may have been soldered by a monkey. Rather than come up with a better approach, Western Digital had a 1/2 inch metal shim screwed next to the spot. Unfortunately this doesn't make the connector any more stable -- it just adds a perfect fulcrum for generating torque and snapping it off with normal use.
I found that the connector came off due to cold solder joints. The connector is soldered to the PCB and several locations to provide support. Unfortunately the pads are connected to the ground plane and there isn't sufficient thermal relief requiring a significant amount of heat to make a good solder joint. The solder joints on my drive were never heated enough so they broke with very little force applied. The poor soldering in combination with the stiff cable provided were the cause of the failure. The poor quality of workmanship makes it inevitable that many other users will have the same problem.
OK, so on it's face, this seems like your basic 1TB external hard drive. It has its own power supply, which many will find to be cumbersome, but for this level of performance I think it's worth it. However, this is not your basic 1TB external. For one, it has a superfast USB 3.0 interface, and it comes with its own USB 3.0 expansion card if your motherboard doesn't already have one (and at the time of this writing, there are less than a handful of new motherboards that do). The expansion card requires a free PCI-E slot.
I tested this on Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Windows did not automatically find drivers for the USB 3.0 expansion card, but the WD package includes a driver disc. The drivers aren't just sitting on the disc, you have to run an installer on the disc. The installation requires no restart, which is great, because that's always a little scary when installing strange new hardware. After the card is installed, you can just plug the drive in and go. What's nice is that Windows views the drive as an actual hard drive and not just removable media -- a minor point.
Using TeraCopy (which is fantastic file copy alternative), I was able to get between 94 and 101 MB / sec write speeds! That's super fast. By comparison, my WD Caviar Black RE3 1TB drive only does around 63 MB/sec write speeds, and I thought that was nice! I haven't tested read speeds, but I expect them to be pretty high. USB 3.0 has a 4.8 GB/sec limit so the bottleneck here is certainly not the bus.
The drive is dead silent, and the white LED on the front is not blinding in any way. It resembles the light on a Mac Mini.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Western Digital external HDD was easy to install and works great.Published 6 months ago by Jimmer
Works, but rather erratically. Has problem remaining available as a backup
drive on WIN XP machine with only PATA mobo available.
I bought a Western Digital My Book 3.0 - 1 TB drive about a year ago because I needed a reliable drive for regular back ups for my MacBook Pro via Time Machine. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nicholas Avallone
A good external HDD with the usual crunching WD noises.
The USB 3.0 connector broke off without rough use after two years. No WD 3. Read more
The USB port in this drive is very cheap. The drive connection would go in and out until it finally fell into the case. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Bert K
Bought this setup to backup files in addition to add the USB 3.0 card to my desktop. Never carried it aroud or moved it more than from a location on the desk to another. Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by ssiadat187
This was my first USB 3.0 external drive. I have not taken advantage of the speed of USB 3.0 until recently, since all my computers were notebooks equipped only with USB 2.0. Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by Y. Kim
I had this drive for only a couple of months and I was very careful with it but the USB plug still broke off in the case. That wouln't be so bad because they have a good warranty. Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by DRD
the title is the sad short story. I took it back to the store and got my money back.
the backup was quick and easy however when trying to access the hard drive again,... Read more