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WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive

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Product Highlights
  • USB 2.0
  • Capacity Gauge
  • Drive Lock Encryption
  • WD SmartWare
  • Time Machine Compatibility
  • HFS+ Formatted for Macintosh

The 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive from Western Digital is a desktop hard drive with a standard USB 2.0 interface and an illuminated capacity gauge that gives you a visual indication of how much space is available on the disk.

Designed for use with Mac OS X systems, the drive is preformatted with the HFS+ file system. It is compatible with Time Machine, allowing you to use it as an external backup drive. It includes the WD SmartWare software suite, and uses a WD GreenPower drive for reduced energy consumption.

Smaller, Sleeker, More Streamlined Design
Western Digital has made these award-winning drives even smaller, sleeker and more elegant. As always, this 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
Designed for Mac
Formatted for Mac and compatible with Apple Time Machine, this drive is plug-and-play ready for Mac computer users
WD SmartWare
Includes WD SmartWare suite, which offers an automatic backup application with an intuitive visual interface that shows your data being backed up. Easily customize the backups to protect the files and directories that you select, and restore files from backups with ease
Drive Lock
Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access or theft with password protection and 256-bit hardware-based encryption
Illuminated Capacity Gauge
See at a glance how much space is available on your drive
USB 2.0 Interface
A simple connection that offers convenience and compatibility among multiple computers
Power Miser
My Book external drives are designed to save energy. WD GreenPower Technology lowers internal drive power consumption by up to 30%, a sleep mode reduces power during idle times, and a power-saving feature turns the drive on and off with your computer
Planet Friendly
Western Digital designed a small retail box from recycled materials to minimize waste. You are encouraged to recycle it
Languages Supported
Supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian
Performance
Capacity 2TB
Interface 1x USB 2.0 (mini-B)
Drive Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
Buffer Not Specified by Manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
Data Transfer Rate Up to 480 Mbps 1
Please Note:

A USB 2.0 host and USB 2.0 certified cable are required to obtain Hi-Speed USB performance

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System Requirements Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard
USB 2.0 port
General
Mounting Desktop
Power Requirements AC: 100-240VAC, 47-63Hz
Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 41° to 95°F / 5° to 35°C
Storage Temperature: -4° to 149°F / -20° to 65°C
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.9 x 6.5 x 5.3" / 4.8 x 16.5 x 13.5 cm
Weight 2.6 lb / 1.2kg
WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive
  • WD SmartWare Software (Pre-loaded)
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    WD2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive
     
    4.6

    (based on 129 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (85)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (94)
    • Easy to use (92)
    • Large capacity / good size (88)
    • Quiet (82)
    • Compact (60)

    Cons

    • Slow (8)
    • No power switch (7)

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (97)
    • Additional storage (73)
    • Photo storage (66)
    • Video (44)
    • File transfer (21)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (59), Casual user (52), Frequent user (6), Heavy duty user (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (80), Business (46)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (101), PC (4), Other (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great stuff

    The product is very easy to use, almost too easy I expect to have to do more to get done what I what to get done. It's nice to watch what is going on...Read complete review

    The product is very easy to use, almost too easy I expect to have to do more to get done what I what to get done. It's nice to watch what is going on as it is going on it makes me feel a lot more comfortable about the process.

    The only thing I wish this program had was a quick guide on how to do some of the functions. In the users manual it explains how to use all the different functions in detail but I am not much of a techno geek so a more simple "do it like this, here is what happens, now your done" explanation would be very helpful for me. Otherwise I love this thing.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    SLOW AS MOLASSES

    I have another MyBook that I bought in 2008 for my PC and love it. I was able to back up all my files and directly digitize and edit video media off the drive. ...Read complete review

    I have another MyBook that I bought in 2008 for my PC and love it. I was able to back up all my files and directly digitize and edit video media off the drive. After buying a new iMac, I wanted to expand my storage and use the drive in the same manner but no such luck. It is so slow transferring files and opening files (the little circle just goes and goes) that when I tried to import media from my camera directly to the drive, it actually corrupted the media and I had to start over using my old drive. I then decided to go to Apple's site and read that others find this drive painfully slow. Still, I have to wonder if mine is not actually defective because it is so slow that it took nearly a day and a half to transfer the files off my old drive. I am returning this thing today and buying a different type. FIVE STARS to B&H and I will continue to buy all my products from them because everything I buy here has been great. This is the first problem and they are taking care of me with no hassles.

    Reviewed by 129 customers

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    5.0

    Way cool drive MADE for Time Machine

    By dvm

    from Chicago. IL

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use
    • High Capacity
    • Portable
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup
      • File Transfer
      • Photo Storage
      • Video

      Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

      Open the box, plug in the USB and power. Turn on your Mac, open Time Machine, turn it on, done.

      This drive is full automated. It will backup ANYTHING without instructions. It doesn't have a power button because it doesn't need it! It spins up when back up is needed, shuts down when finished.

      Whatever updates to software, file additions, etc. you make, it backs it up.
      Awesome drive. Get the 2TB. It's worth it. USB 2.0 isn't that slow either.

      Highly Recommended.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      4.0

      Good backup drive

      By Phantompwr

      from Cape Cod, MA

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity
      • Portable
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • Slow

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup

      Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

      I bought 2 of these as backup drives for a short film. They work fine for that, they aren't fast enough to be used for direct video editing though. Having them come formatted for Mac is nice, although if the price was different I wouldn't have gotten them, its easy enough to format any hard drive for mac or PC.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      4.0

      MY book for Mac External Hard Drive

      By Chairman Steve

      from Oracle, AZ

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

          Can't believe how easy it was to hook up and be up and running. Running with Mac TimeMachine took only one click and that was it.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Great Price, Great Drive

          By WD fan

          from Baltimore, MD

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Compact
          • Easy to use
          • High Capacity
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • No Power Switch

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • Photo Storage
          • Video

          Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

          I love this drive! I use it primarily for video editing and it offers unbeatable storage for the cost. I still use USB 2.0 so that was not an issue for me.

          With earlier models of the myBook my one complaint was that the casing itself seemed a little flimsy but this model is noticeably sleeker and sturdier!

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Great value. Great drive.

          By Reggie

          from Auburn, CA

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • High Capacity
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup
            • File Transfer
            • Photo Storage
            • Video

            Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

            I bought 2 of these for my movie library, the 2nd one to be a back up clone. Fantastic decision. They spin up when they're needed and spin down when they aren't so you really don't have to keep turning them on and off all the time when you want to access the data. Just leave them on because they'll just sit there idling (not spinning) when not in use. The 2 year warranty isn't all that amazing, but for the price I paid) it was a no brainer. So, yes, I would highly recommend this in a heartbeat. I'll most likely get a larger capacity model when the time comes.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            excellent value

            By Arlene

            from Silver Spring MD

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • High Capacity
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • File Transfer
              • Photo Storage

              Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

              I am new to Mac and bought this item to use as Time Machine backup.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              4.0

              Good storage

              By jmckayak

              from Chester County, PA

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy to use

              Cons

              • Slow

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage

              Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

              Good back-up. Slow to load but I only use it for safe storage of files. I bought 2 so I have duplicate files. Just plug it in and it works. This is the second pair that I have purchased and have had no problems.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              easy to format for Windows

              By alan

              from san diego, ca

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup

                Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

                This was cheaper than the regular my book, so I went with this one, and then on arrival formated it into two partitions: one NTFS for my PC, and one FAT32 for my wife's MAC. Worked great, didn't take that long. I did need to download a special tool to allow windows to format the 1GB FAT partition, though.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                5.0

                Works well

                By slsd123

                from san diego, ca

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • High Capacity
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • No Power Switch

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Backup

                Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

                It's fast, easy to hook up and works well.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Best bang for your buck

                By Christoper

                from New Jersey

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Compact
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • High Capacity
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • File Transfer
                  • Photo Storage
                  • Video

                  Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

                  I bought this to store massive amounts of video files and I can't complain about it one bit.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  3.0

                  Great price

                  By Trent

                  from Madison, Wisconsin

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • High Capacity
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • Slow

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • Photo Storage
                  • Video

                  Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

                  Main use is to back up my other hard drives. It is slow but I back up weekly while I sleep. For my purpose it is great for the price.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Great plug-in and go backup!

                  By threeDon

                  from Georgia

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • High Capacity
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • File Transfer

                    Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

                    This Western Digital backup was seamless to get up and running. Plug in power, then USB patch in to your Mac and no set up. TimeMachine will take over and backup your data. Takes about hour and a half initially, but periodic backups are 2 or 3 minutes tops.Recommend this 2TB backup to anyone looking for value. Don

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Easy setup

                    By REVDOC

                    from Virginia

                    About Me Casual user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use
                    • High Capacity
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup

                      Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

                      Just purchased a mac. Every though I plan to use on-line backup I thought it would be nice to have an onsite back up. All I had to do was take it out of box, plug into outlet and Mac. That was it.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      4.0

                      box is a bit out of shape in shipping

                      By Hu

                      from Milwaukee WI

                      About Me Casual user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • High Capacity
                      • Portable

                      Cons

                      • No Power Switch

                      Best Uses

                      • Additional Storage
                      • Backup
                      • File Transfer
                      • Photo Storage
                      • Video

                      Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

                      I use it to backup my documents, usb 3.0 works very well when connecting with 3.0 port in my laptop.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      4.0

                      Great for a Secondary Storage Device

                      By Razz

                      from So Cal

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy to use
                      • High Capacity
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Backup
                        • Photo Storage

                        Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

                        I needed this as storage for secondary data. Stuff I rarely access, but wanted available easily. For that it works great. It is USB 2.0, so that is a negative, but 2TB for the price, and if it is not a primary working drive, is great.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        outstanding value!

                        By Tony E.

                        from Clearwater, FL

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy to use
                        • High Capacity

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup
                          • Photo Storage

                          Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

                          This hdd brings all of Western Digital's quality reputation to bear and offers excellent storage capacity at outstanding value (relative to today's prices).

                          Of course one can buy faster performing hdd (rotation, seek time, faster I/O, more buffer memory), but this hdd represents an excellent basic option.

                          Photos today eat so much memory, it never hurts to have an extra place to put them (or back them up)!

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Other

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                          5.0

                          Solid machine

                          By nikoner89

                          from washington, dc

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy to use
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • Backup
                            • Photo Storage

                            Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

                            cant go wrong with Westerns. fast, powerful, and reliable. and at a price that wont kill your bank account. would absolutely recommend

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            Fantastic Product

                            By Backup Happy

                            from Malaysia

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy to use
                            • High Capacity
                            • Portable
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup

                              Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

                              Excellent for backups; very reliable, with a great user interface.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              5.0

                              Would buy again in a heartbeat.

                              By Chan the Man

                              from Atlanta, GA

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy to use
                              • High Capacity
                              • Portable
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • Backup
                                • Photo Storage

                                Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

                                I've only had a macbook pro for about two months. I've wanted a good external hard drive to back up to and this is perfect. It works with time machine flawlessly and is super easy set up. Looks to be pretty durable, but is a bit big. If you have to carry it around a lot, it might be a bit bulky, but for my use of it, it is GREAT!!! I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                5.0

                                Simple!

                                By Alex2014

                                from Amherst ma

                                About Me Casual user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Easy to use
                                • High Capacity
                                • Portable
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • Photo Storage
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about WD 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive:

                                  It was super simple to use. I plugged it into the wall outlet and my computer and auto download started. Very user friendly!

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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