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WD4TB My Book Desktop HDD
 
4.8

(based on 144 reviews)

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    (118)

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    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (96)
  • Reliable (48)
  • Easy to use (46)
  • Large capacity / good size (43)
  • Easy to set up (40)

Cons

  • No power switch (11)

Best Uses

  • Back-up (84)
  • Photo storage (37)
  • Additional storage (36)
  • Multimedia (27)
  • Video (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (36), Tech savvy (35), Casual user (15), Frequent user (12), Tech professional (11)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (88), Business (34)
    • 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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5.0

4TB gets 5 stars

By vratza

from Seattle, WA

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 Desktop HDD:

    I use it to back-up all my photos and home movies. On the first use it took about 10 hours for the 2.5TB I had in my computer but works in the background so it didn't bother me to much. Now is way better, whenever I am saving files to My Photos or My Videos folders, in just a few seconds these folders are sync'ed with WD My Book.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    5.0

    Storage, Convenience, Reliable

    By TheDonofTime

    from Seattle wa

    Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

    I have always been a oyal WD fan, and this drive is no exception to their level of quality products.

    4tb, at an unbeatable price, with great security features to help you protect your data.

    Usb 3.0 also means very fast transfer rates.

    Another success from WD.

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    5.0

    Solid external drive, good price

    By Fred

    from Evanston, IL

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Highly Compatible
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup storage

      Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

      Most cost-effective and quality product right now. The drive is easy to use and the software comes with it is actually helpful.B&H offered great price, lower than @; no tax and the shipping is fast.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      3.0

      review

      By tim

      from north carolina

      About Me Heavy Duty User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

          works out of the box

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          My Book, My Storage

          By Dave

          from Renton, WA

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Highly Compatible
          • Quiet
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • High-End Multimedia

            Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

            I needed a storage and backup drive after experiencing a hard drive loss recently that would be dependable and contain enough storage space. I couldn't be happier with the My Book drive, lots of storage with the 4TB drive and reliability to last.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            WD - the only way to go

            By roadtripper

            from northwest usa

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                There's no reason to spend more for one formatted for a MAC when it takes about 2-minutes to do it on your own (just look up how on youtube). After that I stated backing up a bunch of photos. So far so good. This is my seventh WD external HD, some big like this some small and portable for road-tripping, and I have yet to have a problem (knock on wood). Plus ya gotta love the pricing of externals coming down. A small price to pay for protection should the unspeakable happen some day...

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                My 6th Western Digital MyBook

                By Gary

                from Montrose PA

                About Me Heavy Duty User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Fast

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                    No issues...drives go to sleep when not in use..I'm not using them for backup but instead work through wedding files or videos on them.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    Solid, reliable, affordable option.

                    By Parker

                    from Chapel Hill, NC

                    About Me Frequent User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Fast
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                      If you have a Mac, don't waste your money on the Mac specific option. For about the same price, you get 1 TB more storage space, and then you can just format it for your Mac when you receive it. In literally less than 5 minutes, I watched a 2 minute YouTube video that showed me how to format it for Mac and was backing up to TimeMachine. If money wasn't a factor, I would have ordered a RAID storage Thunderbolt hard drive, but since I didn't have an extra $+ lying around, this was the perfect option for me. Plus, with USB 3.0, it has sufficiently speedy transfer speeds. The only remotely negative things I have noticed are that it's marginally louder than my old external drive. But it's not so loud that it's distracting. I also wish the version with the metal body wasn't so much more expensive. The plastic body seems a little flimsy, but since it's going to sit on my desktop for the duration of its life this would hardly be a deal breaker. This is a great, affordable storage option that offers plenty of capacity for not a ton of money. I've been very impressed with it so far. I received it very quickly (thanks B&H) and it was ready to go within minutes.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      4.0

                      Roomy Affordable Storage

                      By ANJ

                      from Franklin Park, NJ

                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                      • Documentation
                      • Limited Documentation

                      Best Uses

                      • System Backup

                      Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                      Previous experience with WD backup drives has been good, so I purchased this drive, and a WD Elements 4TB, to back up my 2-3TB internal drives, which contain thousands of photos. I would have preferred a 12TB raid system but this method was about 1/3 the cost, which was important. The My Book comes with WD Smartware software for backing up (check for free upgrades before using) while the Elements, which costs less, only comes with trial software, not an issue when purchasing the two drives together. Installation was easy - USB 3.0 plug and play and drivers install automatically, until I found I could only see one drive at a time, which was weird because an older 2TB WD drive was visible. After extensive troubleshooting, I eventually found that 2 identical drives can experience a "Signature Collision" which prevents one from being detected. The fix is simple, once you know what the problem is, and explained in WD Answer ID 3890 for Apple and Windows systems. After this they worked fine. The initial backup of each drive took about a day each, but subsequent incremental backups, run at night, have run smoothly. The software is reasonably intuitive and not too difficult to set up. It defaults to user related items such as documents, music, and photos, but can be set to back up system files using the advanced settings. Documentation covers basic troubleshooting but could have been better, as it took me over a day before I could define the problem properly to search the extensive online WD help.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      It is fine for my purposes

                      By Luiz Cavalcante

                      from Belo Horizonte - Brasil

                      Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                      I bought this 4TB external drive just to replace a previous one (1TB) that was close to reach its full capacity. It is light, silent nd works perfectly as a backup to all my pictures.

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                      4.0

                      DESKTOP STORAGE

                      By JOHN

                      from ARIZONA

                      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 Desktop HDD:

                        I've had others and hope this one lasts a little longer ? I use these for video and to store files , I called WD tech and they thought I had changed or played with the format ? yet I don't think this is the case so retrieving 3.75 TB of files isn't what I want but , I guess there's software that will restore the files for me ?? I guess paying for another hopefully it is of a more lasting quality ?

                        I like the product allot so I'm hoping to learn the do's and don't about their use , and just not learn the hard way :-) ??

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        decent sized drive for the cost

                        By krazysnowman

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Infrequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                            I needed an external hard drive to backup my data. This one fit the bill for the cost.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            4tb Drive Awesome

                            By NickDanger

                            from Katy, Texas

                            About Me Frequent User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Gaming
                              • High-End Multimedia

                              Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                              I am using this new 4tb drive to house various media. Digital movies, home movies, music thousands of pictures. It had filled up my 1tb drive - so rather than go to 2 I went for the 4tb.
                              Copied everything over - took a while because my pc is USB2, however once the copying was done, the My Book 4tb was just 25% full. Incredible to say the least. If it lasts I will have enough storage space for some years to come.

                              The My-Book 4tb is black and is shaped, ta-da - like a book. Sits on my-desk next to my-router. Looks good, quiet, no glitches, started right up as was usable right out of the box. Already formatted to NTFS.

                              Now, the real test - how long will it last. I had an omega 1gb that lasted only 2 years.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Excellent performance and quality

                              By N Singh

                              from NYC

                              Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                              I've used it only twice to back up 2tb without any problems. The outter box (enclosure) is glossy which gets a lot of finger prints

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                              5.0

                              Great so far

                              By peggig

                              from Oregon

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Fast
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                                  I bought this to use as an extra hard drive, not as a backup device. I chose this one over the Elements because it has twice as long a warranty. I was concerned that the backup software might be in firmware, and might run automatically, even though I don't want to use it that way. Not a problem. You can use this for a backup drive or just extra disk space. I would prefer to lay it on its side, but the directions say you need to stand it up vertically for it to vent properly. However, it's wider than the Elements version, so it's pretty stable even standing on end.
                                  So far, I'm very happy with it!

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                                  5.0

                                  good backup drive

                                  By mona

                                  from ft. lauderdale, fl

                                  About Me Frequent User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                                      Easy to set up. Backs up automatically. Need to be familiar with file structure to find files.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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                                      4.0

                                      HD good for my needs

                                      By RobinLfoto

                                      from Central East Coast Florida

                                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Highly Compatible
                                      • Quiet
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                                          The only thing I don't like about the 4TB My Book Desktop HDD from Western Digital is that there is no on/off switch.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business

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                                          5.0

                                          Great drive at a great price

                                          By Mohamed Mageed

                                          from Cairo, Egypt.

                                          About Me Heavy Duty User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • High-End Multimedia

                                            Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                                            It is very good storage device for RAW Nikon D800 Shooter like me.Very good storage device for RAW Nikon D800 Shooter like me.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal

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                                            5.0

                                            Perfect!

                                            By Jeff G

                                            from IL

                                            Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                                            Good storage and USB 3.0 is fast!

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                                            5.0

                                            Lots of Bang For The Buck

                                            By Braxton

                                            from Texas

                                            About Me Heavy Duty User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Fast
                                            • Highly Compatible
                                            • Quiet
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                                                Now have two of these. One new and one for a year. Lots of space for the price, especially when get it on special. Like the encryption and reasonably fast. Would always rather back up local instead of on the cloud.

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Business

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