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WD 1.5TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive

B&H # WEWDBACW0015 Mfr # WDBACW0015HBK-NESN
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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 1.5TB 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 1.5TB
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 1.5TB 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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    Western Digital1.5TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive
     
    4.6

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (4)
    • Compact (3)
    • Easy to set up (3)
    • Large capacity / good size (3)
    • Quiet (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back-up (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual user (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (5), Business (3)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (6)

      Reviewed by 8 customers

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      5.0

      Happy Camper!

      By ronronron

      from Cleveland, OH

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

        Great price, fast and does what I need.

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

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        5.0

        Good product

        By Milo

        from San Jose, Ca

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Photo Storage

          Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

          I have been using this external hard drive and every thing is working fine using it to back up photos. I just plugged it into the usb port and started using it.

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

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          5.0

          It does what it was advertised to do

          By RR Man

          from Greenfield, NH

          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

            Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

            I use it for two purposes: as a backup drive and for temporary additional storage of files I don't need to backup regularly.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            5.0

            So far so good : )

            By Patty

            from Newtown Sq., PA

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to use
            • High Capacity
            • Portable
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

              Never used one before; not a techie by any means; needed to back up my laptop before sending in for warranty service-mission accomplished!
              Thanks : )

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

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              2.0

              Shoddy software

              By Aiminator

              from CT

              About Me Photographer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Freezes or Crashes
                • Unreliable software

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                  I was looking for a secondary back up to my main external hard drive which is Buffalo brand (which I had been using as a manual storage device - dragging and dropping files over) The My Book started off great and I was impressed with the software's ability to recognize new files and update automatically. About a month into using the My Book there was an option to update the software/driver - ever since then the product has not been functioning properly.

                  The software no longer recognizes that I have updated files - will no longer automatically back up and when I manually try to start the back up process it times out/freezes and states that a "partial back up was accomplished"

                  I am now using the My Book to manually store my files which means I am dragging each file over individually and have to keep a mental note of which files I have moved. Works fine as a storage device but the software is HORRIBLE. I had no luck finding a fix for this problem but I am certain it happened when I updated the software/driver as was recommended by the software upon start up.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  5.0

                  excellent buy

                  By bill

                  from pa

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                        great product for back up drive super service from B&H

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

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                        5.0

                        Works great with my 2011 Small Business

                        By Jim

                        from Chelmsford, MA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Customize

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                            Easy and dependable

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            excellent product

                            By gabriel

                            from argentina

                            About Me Heavy Duty User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB My Book Essential External Desktop Hard Drive:

                                i use the product every day i use to download files photo and music. i love this because it has a lot of memory so i can save many things inside.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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