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Western Digital1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive
 
4.7

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (30)

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    (11)

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    (1)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (29)
  • Fast (27)
  • Quiet (27)
  • Highly compatible (22)
  • Reliable (18)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • High-end multimedia (8)
    • Multimedia (4)
    • Backup storage (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Frequent user (15), Heavy duty user (14)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (34), Business (6)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Does what it's supposed to

    I bought this to use as my primary drive for my files, and have been using it since May '10 on my PC. I do not store documents/photos, etc on my internal...Read complete review

    I bought this to use as my primary drive for my files, and have been using it since May '10 on my PC. I do not store documents/photos, etc on my internal drive.

    I wondered whether or not the 3.0 would be a noticable difference in "my real world usage" -- and while reviews touting how fast something is are nice, for me, it just comes down to realistic speed. The speed truly is remarkable! It has been neat to experience it in everyday use and I surprise myself when I use a different computer and find myself noticing the speed difference.

    This drive isn't bloated with other software; it has a 1KB file for 'Online Documentation.' It's quiet, really quiet and has only a small, white light on the front to let you know the power is on. I bought this packaged with the PCIe card and it couldn't have been easier to install.

    I will be buying another USB 3.0, but larger in order to seperate photos from documents. Yes, I do wish the price would come down, but it works and it's fast. Add to that, my files are backed up on the DROBO and I'm really pleased.

    I've had S**gate replace 4 external HD's within 2 months and now I have no confidence in their drives. Last one is DOA too. I realize other's may be happy with them and that's fine, we all have different likes and success with different products. For me, WD has my confidence.

    I hope this helps you in your decision, I know reading reviews on other products has helped me in the past.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    So Far Returned One of the Two Purchased

    The first drive failed right after it backed up my information. No problem returning to Western Digital. They must have alot of this. The second drive I have not set up yet. You...Read complete review

    The first drive failed right after it backed up my information. No problem returning to Western Digital. They must have alot of this. The second drive I have not set up yet. You might want to think twice of using this as a back up device.

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    5.0

    Durable and great product for the price.

    By Mindmixx

    from Charlotte, NC

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Customize
    • Easy to Navigate
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Multimedia

      Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

      Great desktop external hard drive for the price. I made backups for all of my files and barely touched the surface as far as memory space. Definitely a workhorse, highly recommend!!

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

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      5.0

      quick and easy setup

      By Aron the Sprockettorquer

      from Aberdeen, Washington

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Navigate

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

          Easy setup and is fast at transfer.

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

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          3.0

          So Far Returned One of the Two Purchased

          By SluggerKo

          from Lansdale, PA

          About Me Computers are my hobby

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to exchange
          • Easy to set up

          Cons

          • Freezes or Crashes
          • Had to return

          Best Uses

            Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

            The first drive failed right after it backed up my information. No problem returning to Western Digital. They must have alot of this. The second drive I have not set up yet. You might want to think twice of using this as a back up device.

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

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            5.0

            This drive is an open book!

            By Ole Geek Dude

            from Woodstock, GA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
            • Easy to Customize
            • Easy to Navigate
            • Open box
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Audio Files
            • Backup
            • Downloads
            • Educational Purposes
            • Multimedia
            • Photos

            Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

            Very simple to install and use. Can be used in numerous ways! Most common, is backups, multimedia, audio and images in separate folders at user requirement . Additionally, certain applications can be "installed" by user to be run as required. As for the storage of files, one can use the drive to "transport" files, etc to another location for use on another PC or environment. Just unplug and plug in somewhere else! Can be used with any backup software...
            Takes about 1 - 2 mins to install if you're slow...

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

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            4.0

            Performs as expected so far

            By Namur

            from Bermuda

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Multimedia

                Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

                I bought this drive to use as the main drive for my photos. So far, no problems at all - simple, ouick installation & the drive is working quite satisfactorily after 2 months. I shoot RAW with a DSLR so my files are large, most over 10MB. I'm still transferring / organizing photos from my older Western Digital USB2 drive, which is ultimately to serve as the backup. I haven't installed the USB3 card as yet, but I am looking forward to the extra transfer speed.

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

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                4.0

                Backs up 60 gigs in 20 min

                By JP

                from East Tennessee

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Navigate

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

                    Set up is quick and easy. Cable length could be longer. Drive is very fast, little noise. Been using about two weeks. Small footprint. No serious cons.

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

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                    4.0

                    Don't be fooled by USB card....

                    By Thomas P in Pennsylvania

                    from Warren, PA

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Auto power down great
                    • Decent size storage
                    • Innocuous design
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • Card doesn't work at all

                    Best Uses

                    • Back up

                    Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

                    Western Digital external hard-drives are great. I have used several for years with no failures. I expect this one to be at least as dependable. HOWEVER... don't be fooled into thinking you will get 3.0 speed - unless you have a computer with native USB 3.0 card on it. The PCIe card included in the package proved to be just a tease for me on my one-year-old Windows 7 Dell. The drivers would not work on my machine, so the card -- and hence the promise of speed -- were impotent.

                    I would like to give this device all five stars for its inherent qualities and price, but my hopes were so high from the promise of a functioning USB 3.0 card -- but they were dashed and fell so far because of this let-down that I want to rate it far lower than I know it will prove to be worth to me in the long run. I wish there was some sort of warning about how it may not work on all (at least my) motherboards.

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

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Buy

                    By Auditor

                    from Dayton, Ohio

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to install 30 card
                    • Much faster than my 20
                    • Quick setup

                    Cons

                    • Nothing Yet

                    Best Uses

                    • Multimedia
                    • Storage

                    Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

                    Worked great right out of the box. Installed the 3.0 USB card in less than 2 minutes. Drivers installed with no problems. Recognized the hard drive away and started moving stuff with no problems. Moved 900 Gigs in half the time of my 2.0 drive.

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

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                    5.0

                    Great Product

                    By Charlie

                    from Lakeway, TX

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

                        Easy to install. Very fast access times.

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

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                        5.0

                        My Book is Great

                        By Chuck

                        from Cape Coral, Flkorida

                        About Me Personal Computer User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Another great WD Product

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup my computer
                        • Quickly storing large fil
                        • Quickly transfers data

                        Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

                        Great combo with the inclusion of the usb 3.0 card.
                        I haven't noted actual transfer rates, but it is fast! There is absolutely no noise from the drive, only the white LED tells you it is on. Excellent value.

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

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                        5.0

                        Good deal

                        By Topbunk

                        from Burlington, NJ

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

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                              Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

                              Was about to buy a USB 3.0 adapter and then buy the hard drive, but I stumbled across this deal and I didn't hesitate. Will buy another one soon.

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

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                              4.0

                              100 MB/s

                              By Chi

                              from Dallas, Texas

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

                                  I was able to get a read speed of 100 MB/s.

                                  My internal harddrives were reading at an average of 80 MB/s. My internal HD's are WD Caviar Blacks.

                                  I think I can get faster read speeds if I hook up the USB 3.0 card to a faster drive. Perhaps a SSD or 10,000 rpm HD.

                                  Overall, I Love it! It's not a chore to backup anymore

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  5.0

                                  Pretty Good

                                  By Jon

                                  from Bergenfield, NJ

                                  About Me Frequent User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Fast
                                  • Quiet
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • High-End Multimedia

                                    Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

                                    I bought this so I could move all my files to this drive. That allowed me to use my first hard drive as a backup. The first thing that comes to mind is that there is a ton of space. Most people will find this to more than enough memory for their purpose. The speed does vary however. When starting a file transfer it can start at 200 megabytes a second and shoot down 100. Other times, if your moving a lot of files it can be as low as 30. On average the speed is good. However if you do not need the PCI card that it comes with make sure to get the version of this hard drive without it.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Works great

                                    By SpeedJunky

                                    from Columbia, SC

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Fast
                                    • Quiet
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

                                        Very happy with My Book 3.0(1TB)! It has worked fine the month I have had it and it's very quiet.[...]

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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                                        5.0

                                        great product

                                        By Josh the man

                                        from Glen allen VA

                                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Gaming
                                          • High-End Multimedia

                                          Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

                                          i got this drive to relocate my music library and it has done nothing but perform perfectly. i plan on getting another soon

                                          Pros:
                                          large size
                                          fast
                                          small
                                          somewhat inexpensive

                                          Cons:
                                          none

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          5.0

                                          Fast and easy

                                          By Razman

                                          from Coopersburg, PA

                                          About Me Frequent User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • High-End Multimedia

                                            Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

                                            This drive is fast, quiet (you really can't hear it at all), and easy to install. It is already preformatted and the card is very simple to install. Make sure you install the softwware before the pcie card! It streams audio and video both very well.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal

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                                            5.0

                                            Worth the money.

                                            By Phil

                                            from N Carolina

                                            About Me Frequent User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Install
                                            • Fast
                                            • Highly Compatible
                                            • Quiet

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • High-End Multimedia

                                              Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

                                              With the included 3.0 adapter card, very worth the money. Software not included, but many free options out there, besides what Windows includes.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal

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                                              4.0

                                              Worked right out of the box

                                              By DK

                                              from CA

                                              About Me Frequent User

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy to get up and runnin
                                              • Easy To Install
                                              • Quiet

                                              Cons

                                              • None so far

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

                                                Once I established which slot to use to plug in the card there was nothing to it.

                                                I've had it running for about a week. Time will tell.

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Personal

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                                                5.0

                                                Fast and Quiet

                                                By Dave W.

                                                from Manhattan Beach, CA

                                                About Me Frequent User

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

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

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

                                                    I really wanted to use the new, fast USB 3.0 interface standard and having had a "behind the scenes look" at what WD puts into their products, I opted for this drive, interface card and cable. So far so good! I use it primarily for backups of my 650GB HP desktop's HD. Since my PC's 650GB drive is filling-up rather quickly, I may get a 2TB USB 3.0 drive for backups and use this one just as working space for the large video files from my Canon T2i.

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                                                    • Personal

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Super Fast. Plenty O'Space.

                                                    By Sal

                                                    from New Jersey

                                                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

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

                                                    Cons

                                                    • None yet

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Backup storage
                                                    • High-End Multimedia

                                                    Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Book 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive:

                                                    I use it to do scheduled back ups of my entire computer and to do all my video editing. Super fast with USB 3.0 and tons of space. Make sure you have an open PCIe slot to install the INCLUDED card. Without it, it works as USB 2.0. Then just plug it in and it works!

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                                                    • Personal

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