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WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive

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Product Highlights
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • Compatible with USB 2.0
  • Up to 5Gbps Transfer Speed
  • WD SmartWare Software
  • Password Protection
  • Sleek Design
  • Formatted NTFS for Windows
  • Mac Compatibility (Reformat Required)

The 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive from WD brings the speed of USB 3.0 to your fingertips. With bus transfer speeds up to 5Gbps*, it only takes a sliver of time to access and save media files or back up your computer. This sleek, high capacity drive includes password protection for added privacy and security.

Preformatted with the NTFS file system for use with Windows systems, Mac users can reformat the drive via Disk Utility. The drive comes with the WD SmartWare software suite for data backup management.

Note! * 5Gbps is the maximum theoretical data transfer speed of USB 3.0. The actual data transfer speed can vary and is typically lower.

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 as little as 3 minutes instead of 13 minutes!
WD Quality Inside and Out
For over 20 years, millions of people worldwide have trusted their data to WD hard drives. WD is successful because they understand the importance of your data: their first concern is keeping that data safe.
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.
Planet Friendly
WD designed a small box that uses recycled material and minimizes waste. You are encouraged to recycle it.
Performance
Capacity 1TB
Interface 1x USB 3.0 (B)
Drive Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer 1
Please Note:

Varies depending on internal drive installed in the enclosure

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Buffer Not Specified by Manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate Not Specified by Manufacturer
System Requirements Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7; Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6 (Must be reformatted for use with OS X; Works as a USB 2.0 disk when used with OS X)
Hardware: USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port
General
Mounting Desktop
Power Requirements AC: 100-240VAC, 47-63Hz
Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 41-95°F (5-35°C)
Storage Temperature: -4-149°F (-4-65°C)
Dimensions 1.9 x 6.5 x 5.3" (4.8 x 16.5 x 13.5cm)
Weight 2.6 lb (1.2kg)
WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • WD SmartWare Software
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    WD1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive
     
    4.5

    (based on 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (20)
    • Quiet (17)
    • Fast (16)
    • Reliable (14)
    • Highly compatible (12)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back-up (3)
      • High-end multimedia (3)
      • Multimedia (3)
      • Photo storage (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Frequent user (11), Heavy duty user (7), Infrequent user (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (25), Business (8)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Works as advertised

      I use My Book to store all my music on a computer with a 40 gig hard drive. This was the perfect solution.

      You don't have to use the software that...Read complete review

      I use My Book to store all my music on a computer with a 40 gig hard drive. This was the perfect solution.

      You don't have to use the software that comes with it. I didn't, because I'm not using it to back up my system. I just dump my music files into the external drive.

      It does have a fan, and runs cool. The fan is extremely quiet.

      What is great is that the hard drive turns itself off when the computer is shut down.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Doesn't work for two drives!

      I bought the drive to automate backups from the ASUS PC I also bought from B&H. The PC has a single 750 GB drive partitioned into two logical drives. The WD SmartWare...Read complete review

      I bought the drive to automate backups from the ASUS PC I also bought from B&H. The PC has a single 750 GB drive partitioned into two logical drives. The WD SmartWare can only handle one drive. (I opened a case with WD and confirmed this.) Now, I have had to reformat the drive, and am having to figure out a backup strategy and implement backup jobs to protect the data I have on the two drives. Not the convenience I thought I was paying for.

      Reviewed by 33 customers

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      5.0

      my book

      By bw ventures photography

      from knoxville, tn

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adequate Power
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Long Lasting Power
      • Quiet Operation
      • Reliable Performance
      • Small Footprint

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Having Around The House
        • Portable Electronics
        • Travel

        Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

        I love this.external hard drive. I back up photos for my brides and they are easily retrievable. I have no negative comments or warnings.. I love it

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Hardware Great - Software Questionable.

        By Barney

        from Kentucky

        About Me Value Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adequate Power
        • Quiet Operation
        • Reliable Performance
        • Small Footprint

        Cons

        • Hard To Set Up

        Best Uses

          Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

          This my second WD book so I was sure it would be a good backup/storage drive. However, my real reason for purchasing it was the WD SmartWare that comes with it. The WD SmartWare would be much better if you didn't need an engineering degree to figure it out! The GUI leaves much to be desired so don't buy it strictly on the software promise because you might be disappointed.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great for backup

          By Glock9mmowner

          from Memphis, TN

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Quiet Operation
          • Reliable Performance
          • Small Footprint

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

              Easy to use, just plug in and go. I use these for small businesses that can't afford high end NAS, SAS storage. Just setup a schedule in Windows to backup and rotate them out each day and replace once a year. They are quiet, reliable, and pretty fast. These are good for local backup coupled with offsite for redundancy sake.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Works as advertised

              By Young Dave

              from Sierra Vista, AZ

              About Me Casual 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 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                I use My Book to store all my music on a computer with a 40 gig hard drive. This was the perfect solution.

                You don't have to use the software that comes with it. I didn't, because I'm not using it to back up my system. I just dump my music files into the external drive.

                It does have a fan, and runs cool. The fan is extremely quiet.

                What is great is that the hard drive turns itself off when the computer is shut down.

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

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                4.0

                just what i needed and at a good price

                By byit

                from Ohio

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup Storge

                  Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                  this is great for storing pictures

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Totally Worth It

                  By Jake Jazz

                  from New York

                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Fast
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Quiet
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Back Up Computer
                    • High-End Multimedia
                    • Save Large Files

                    Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                    This Hard Drive is totally worth the money. It can hold my whole computer (Back It Up), and It's easy with the Free Software pre-installed on the hard drive to back up your computer automatically.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Fast, works as it's supposed to

                    By Esto-Celtic Hockey

                    from Chicago

                    About Me Frequent User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Fast
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Quiet
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • None yet

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • General Storage

                    Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                    I bought this to replace a 2TB My Book LIve, it works much faster than the MBL, which always seemed to take a long time to start up after sitting idle. Transfer speeds and overall speed are much better than the MBL, glad I switched.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Excellent buy and service as stated!

                    By Chuck Jr

                    from Dayton Ohio

                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • High-End Multimedia

                    Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                    needed a backup for my home system, noticed hard drive was sounding funny. purchased from B&H and got it when I expected it and for a great price. will come back again & again.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    4.0

                    1TB My Book

                    By Zak

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Frequent User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Fast
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • High-End Multimedia

                      Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                      I am using this external HD as my time machine backup device with my macbook pro. So far, so good! It was easy to format and has done a fine job thusfar, giving me piece of mind that my files are backed up. I have another 1 TB My Book that I bought years ago and is still going today. I am storing my old one in a remote location as a backup in case of fire etc. I highly recommend this product.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Happy with first purchase.

                      By Professor

                      from Coloma, MI

                      About Me Infrequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                          Great service and value. Using it to back up my computer's settings and all my files, something I'd neglected for years.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          It does the trick

                          By Aldo1950

                          from Goodlettsville, TN

                          About Me Infrequent User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Fast
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Quiet
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                              Using it for photo storage and some docs.works behind the scene and fast.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Simple

                              By D

                              from Battle Lake, MN

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Fast

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                                  Backs up my stuff automatically

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  1.0

                                  Doesn't work for two drives!

                                  By Systems Guy

                                  from Boston, MA

                                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                                  Pros

                                  • Reasonable Cost

                                  Cons

                                  • Only Works For 1 Drive

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                                    I bought the drive to automate backups from the ASUS PC I also bought from B&H. The PC has a single 750 GB drive partitioned into two logical drives. The WD SmartWare can only handle one drive. (I opened a case with WD and confirmed this.) Now, I have had to reformat the drive, and am having to figure out a backup strategy and implement backup jobs to protect the data I have on the two drives. Not the convenience I thought I was paying for.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    2.0

                                    The drive that refuses to turn off.

                                    By Frankie

                                    from New York, NY

                                    About Me Infrequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                                        My number one complaint about this drive is that it's just too difficult to turn off. Although it has a power button on the back, its apparantly little more than decoration. Even WD tech support couldn't answer my one simple question: "How do I turn off this drive?" I called several times, and each time I was given a ridiculous solution...including disconnecting the power cord.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business

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                                        5.0

                                        used to store 20 years worth of acannedt

                                        By ski bum

                                        from nh

                                        About Me Infrequent User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install
                                        • Fast
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Quiet
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                                            Easy to use even with my mac!!!!

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal

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                                            4.0

                                            Just what I needed.

                                            By Curley

                                            from Mitchell, IN

                                            About Me Frequent User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Install
                                            • Fast
                                            • Highly Compatible
                                            • Quiet

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                                                Needed a backup that I did not want to share with an offsite storage.
                                                Easy to install and set up.
                                                Only had a week but operating just fine.

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Personal

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                                                5.0

                                                Solid hard drive, solid value

                                                By Mtnbkr

                                                from Portland, ME

                                                About Me Frequent User

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Install
                                                • Fast
                                                • Highly Compatible
                                                • Quiet
                                                • Reliable

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Mac backups

                                                  Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                                                  We have 15 of these at work and they have all served as great, reliable backup drives for years. I have recommended these to friends in the past and would in the future.

                                                  • Primary use:
                                                  • Business

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                                                  5.0

                                                  I have several WD external drives.

                                                  By Mr. Bill

                                                  from Tennessee

                                                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Install
                                                  • Fast
                                                  • Highly Compatible
                                                  • Quiet
                                                  • Reliable

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                                                      I have come to TRUST these drives. After several years and moving info from drive to drive, WD has become my "go to" drive when the need arises....& I store many, many photos on them.

                                                      • Primary use:
                                                      • Personal

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Plug It in And You're Ready to Go

                                                      By flowerse

                                                      from Forest Hills, NY

                                                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Easy To Install
                                                      • Fast
                                                      • Highly Compatible
                                                      • Quiet
                                                      • Reliable

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                          Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                                                          An inexpensive, easy-to-use, USB plug-in hard drive. An Excellent way to back up your hard disk.

                                                          • Primary use:
                                                          • Personal

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                                                          4.0

                                                          Nice

                                                          By Gill

                                                          from Austin

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Easy To Install
                                                          • Quiet

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                              Comments about WD 1TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                                                              Just purchased this for storing my images. It is very quiet and very easy to install. However, an IT friend of mine just had to replace a part due to overheating on a same external drive that I have. He said the hard drive was fine but was a small part on the board that accepts the power and usb plug that overheated. Surprised there were no vents in this area of the case for a little air flow. However, this could be an isolated case. So far so good.
                                                              Cheers

                                                              • Primary use:
                                                              • Business

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