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Western Digital My Book 3.0 - 1 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive with Pci-Express card

3.6 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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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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Technical Details

Capacity: 1 TB
  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model Number: WDBABP0010HCH-NESN
  • Hard Disk Size: 1000 GB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 2 - year limited warranty
  • Hardware Platform: PC
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Product Description

Capacity: 1 TB

Product Description

The elegant My Book 3.0 features SuperSpeed USB 3.0 with unmatched speed of up to 10x USB 2.0 for the fastest transfer speed available. 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. This My Book 3.0 part number includes a USB 3.0 PCIe (gen2) adapter card for premium performance.

From the Manufacturer

The elegant My Book 3.0 external hard drives feature a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface with unmatched speed of up to 5 gigabits per second for the fastest transfer speed available on an external hard drive.

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.

Ideas accelerated.

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.

Elegant design.

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.


Features at a glance
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
  • Optional HBA adapter
  • Backward compatible with USB 2.0
  • Elegant design
  • WD quality inside and out
  • 2-years limited warranty

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.


Ideas accelerated
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.

Planet friendly
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.

Ideal For

  • Transferring large files quickly
  • Storing your videos, graphics and other important files

Compatibility

Formatted NTFS
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.



Product Information

Capacity:1 TB
Product Dimensions 5.3 x 1.9 x 6.5 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.2 pounds
ASIN B0031RG2JC
Item model number WDBABP0010HCH-NESN
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,316 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com January 5, 2010

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By Rbhatta TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 25, 2010
Size: 1 TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Western Digital My Book 3.0 1TB reviewed here is a speedy USB 3.0 external drive which is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 hosts. It is very sturdy external HDD enclosure with good ventilation, The noise level and Physical appearances is identical to other WD My Book series that we have been used to with an exception that front LED is a small bright White LED and the rear USB connector is replaced with USB 3.0 Micro-B connector and also has a Push button power switch.

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

PROS:

[+] Fast read/write speed with USB 3.0 possible almost in par with eSATA
[+] Includes PCIe USB 3.
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Size: 1 TB
I purchased this unit as a portable way to backup files across my home network. The drive was very easy to set up and did a fine job with data storage (something which should be a given when reviewing a hard drive). However, less than a month after my purchase, the mini-USB connector snapped off the hardware as I was removing the USB cable -- very little pressure was applied, and I'd only removed the cable one or two times in the past. I now have an expensive paperweight filled with data, and no way to get it off.

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.
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Size: 1 TB
I purchased a 1TB my book 3.0 and used it for about a month and a half until the connector pulled of the PCB. This seems to be a recurring problem with these drives. Fortunately I backed it up the night before this happened but I did add more files the next day. I decided that getting the content off the drive was more important than dealing with the warranty so I took it apart to re-install the connector. I am an electrical engineer with access to a microscope and experience re-working fine pitched electronic assemblies so temporarily fixing the connector isn't much of a reach. I am also experienced in inspecting electronic assemblies for causes of failure.

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.
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Size: 1 TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This is a seriously fast hard drive. Color me impressed. Western Digital is really moving up in my book.

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.

Setup:
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.

Performance:
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.

Sound:
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.
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