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WD4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
 
4.8

(based on 224 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (181)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (140)
  • Reliable (87)
  • Easy to install (74)
  • Highly compatible (57)
  • Fast (54)

Cons

  • No power switch (11)
  • Slow (3)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Back-up (86)
  • Photo storage (39)
  • Additional storage (36)
  • Multimedia (27)
  • Video (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Frequent user (47), Power user (36), Heavy duty user (35), Tech savvy (35), Casual user (15)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (124), Business (61)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (64), Mac (39)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Buy more backup than you need Now.

Be on the save side, buy more backup than you need now.This is my third WD backup drive. The larger drives come with additional software. My Book offers complete backup options with WD...Read complete review

Be on the save side, buy more backup than you need now.This is my third WD backup drive. The larger drives come with additional software. My Book offers complete backup options with WD SmartWare Pro software for local and Cloud Backup and Acronis True Image WD Edition software for system level backup.
You can backup by category or files. Backup what days and time you want. You can backup to many drives at the same time. The included programs are visual and very easy to understand and to use. If you have any questions about installing or using the product , WD has a very helpful and knowledgeable support site. There is also a two year warranty and service. Both of which I found as being great. I have and will continue to advise my friends and associates to buy this product.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Two out of three were good; one RMA'd

WD has gone to the worst possible cheap USB3 connector, vs the robust one that USED to be on the LaCie Porsche models - now they have also cheapened the design. One of the...Read complete review

WD has gone to the worst possible cheap USB3 connector, vs the robust one that USED to be on the LaCie Porsche models - now they have also cheapened the design. One of the three I bought had the USB connector on the HDD unable to accept the USB cable - it was bent when it left the factory. Flimsy design, sub-par QC. BH no hastle RMA, but WD product sucks. Lots of reports of issues on other web sites with these products.

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4.0

Western Digital #1

By Bill

from L.I.N.Y.

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

Works Great

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5.0

Good Product, Good Value

By Booker

from Delaware

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

Using this in USB 2 mode & still pretty fast. Already had the 3TB version and very pleased. Good value.

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5.0

Great Storage Workhorse, reliable, at Good Price!

By Russ

from Brookville ,PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

I have had about 20 of these, and the Elements versions (almost the same) , for video and stills back up over the past 5 years. To date, none have failed. I use Disk utility to format for Mac, which takes about 30 seconds. After that it has been efficient and reliable. No complaints. Power cords have remained constant, so you can swap among older and newer drives without having to have many sets of cables - much better than some brands that change power cables from year to year. My Books seem to run a bit hotter than Elements versions, but not much.

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5.0

great product

By eliyahu

from bayonne nj

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

backed up my entire organization a1+

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5.0

My fourth My Book

By MRPhotography

from Cleveland

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

I have used 4 My Books. Bought this to backup all my many thousands of photos.

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5.0

I would buy this product again.

By dvpguy

from New Jersey

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

      Very easy to set up. The drive is very fast and so far reliable.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Big Capacity, Fast Access, Portable Size

      By Al S

      from Union City, CA

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Fast
      • Highly Compatible

      Cons

      • None So Far

      Best Uses

      • Photo Backup

      Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

      Used it right away to backup my photos. File transfer is fast! I was expecting a bigger size, but nope, this one is small enough to fit among my clutters on table. Sold at a good price too. :)

      So far so good! I picked WD because of their reputation for quality and durability.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Exactly as described, and FAST delivery

      By Bob F

      from Seattle WA

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

          Got it quick.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          Solid drive!

          By Tim

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Highly Compatible
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

              Fast transfers and easy to use!

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              Great go-to hard drive

              By jayrock

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Heavy Duty User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Highly Compatible
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Slow

              Best Uses

                Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                I use WD because they are a reliable brand. It works for most of my needs for storage.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                Perfect for the job.

                By Doug

                from Gorham, Maine

                About Me Heavy Duty User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Highly Compatible
                • Quiet
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Slow Usb2

                Best Uses

                • Remote Storage

                Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                I am a Graphic Designer with huge amount of large files that I need to access daily. Don't have enough room on my internal drives. I use this as remote storage drive and I back up to Dropbox. Works exactly as expected. Wish I had USB3 for faster read/write.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                4.0

                Great

                By ignaav

                from Brooklyn, NY

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                  Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                  I use it mainly for backups of my films.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Good for Backup

                  By Photos

                  from Miami, FL

                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Photo Backup

                    Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                    Main Use is Backup and this disk works as expected. Fast transfer and reliability. This is my second 4 TB WD disk and so far no problems.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    Great fast backup for archived photos

                    By WayneT

                    from Paris, TN

                    About Me Frequent User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • High-End Multimedia

                      Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                      I use this as well as a cloud backup for all my archival photos that I am not currently working with in Lightroom or Photoshop. I can still keep them all documented on Lightroom while having a little piece of mind that they will not overload my main system. Comes with a lite version of Acronis that I plan to upgrade and take advantage of the extra cloud storage.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Works Well as a Linux Backup Drive

                      By R

                      from Burbank, CA

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup Storage

                        Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                        I reformatted the 4TB My Book to use ext4. It works well on my Linux system as a backup device. It has no issue with multi 100GB files.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Works Great So Far

                        By Hai from San Diego

                        from Escondido, CA

                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Fast
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup

                          Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                          I use this to automatically back up my personal and business files in the background. Software is easy to set up and works great so far.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Reliable, fast and affordable

                          By Paul

                          from Kansas

                          About Me Heavy Duty User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Fast
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • High-End Multimedia
                            • Photo Storage
                            • Video Storage

                            Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                            Reliable, fast and affordable performance is what my WD drives have given me and I'm confident this one will be no different. I just bought this drive two weeks ago and, so far, it's working perfectly, just like all my other Western Digital drives. WD drives account for 94 percent of 20 terabytes of hard disk storage on my primary video editing Macintosh (Hackintosh). I don't recommend Mac owners paying extra for a Mac-formatted MyBook as reformatting is super easy. Five MyBook drives account for 64 percent of my total drive capacity. Two of these drives were purchased in 2006 when WD first introduced the MyBook and no WD drive has ever failed on me. The only drives in my setup that are faster than the 4TB MyBook on a USB3 bus (132 read and write tested on BlackMagic) are a Solid State Drive, a RAID 0 using two WD Black 1Tb drives and a 3TB WD internal drive, all running on a 6 gigabit SATA internal bus. This 4TB WD MyBook is also the least expensive per gigabyte I've ever purchased.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            Reliable Hard Drive

                            By HikerBiker

                            from Fort Worth

                            About Me Frequent User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • High-End Multimedia

                              Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                              I had a 250 GB hard drive that was at least 12 years old. It was a Western Digital Drive, and I have been very pleased with it. After all those years, it started being unreliable. Given my past satisfaction with Western Digital, I ordered the 4TB My Book. I am hopeful it will also last 12 years. After only one week with the 4TB, I am very pleased. I connected it to my computer and started loading it immediately. No problems to date.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              4.0

                              Good Unit.

                              By Yev

                              from Las Vegas

                              Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                              This a a 3rd unit I've purchased. I'll be honest, main reason I've purchase this one because one just like that died on me. First time ever happened. I will still recommend this to a friend.

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                              5.0

                              So far so good

                              By HDD

                              from STL, MO

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Highly Compatible

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                                  Buy this to replace a failed seagate drive.
                                  The new drive seem to runs cooler than the old drive. For now.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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