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WD4TB My Book Desktop HDD
 
4.8

(based on 165 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (133)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (106)
  • Reliable (57)
  • 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), Frequent user (19), Heavy duty user (18), Casual user (15)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (97), Business (41)
    • 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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5.0

Reliable and value

By Skiles721

from Cleveland, OH

About Me Heavy Duty User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Highly Compatible
  • Quiet
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gaming

    Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

    Using it for my Xbox one, hook up was as easy as 2 plugs. These drives last for ever at a great price.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    5.0

    Fast, Quiet, Well Built, but a Fingerprint Magnet

    By rick3000

    from West Coast

    About Me Heavy Duty User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Quiet
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

        Seems to be built well, and runs silently and quickly. Disk speed test showed about 150-155mbps over USB 3.0 to a new MacBook Pro. Only complaint is that the gloss black finish is a fingerprint magnet.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Like a safe deposit box

        By Dhutch

        from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

        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:

          Size small. Storage large. Dependable, YES!!!! I have bought 14 of these easy to use WD My Book external HDDs. I have all my video work backed up on half of the drives, and have it all backed up again on the second half of the drives. Thousands of hours of work is to valuable to put at risk. I am comfortable with and trust these WD My Book HDDs.

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          3.0

          It pauses when reading disc

          By WT

          from CA

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Highly Compatible

          Cons

          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

          • High-End Multimedia

          Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

          It pauses when reading disc

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          works as advertised

          By jay234

          from Los Angeles, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

          use it successfully as extra space for the Apple Time Capsule

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          4.0

          Good value and works well but wish it had a cooling fan

          By Douglas

          from Knoxville, TN

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Highly Compatible
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • No Cooling Fan

          Best Uses

          • Large Data And Backup

          Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

          I use this drive to backup photographs and like this drive's large capacity. I use it infrequently and am happy with it for that use but would prefer a cooling fan for heavy use.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          great capacity

          By Roughtooth

          from hattiesburg, MS

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Fast

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

              Worked great out of the box. Fast and dependable so far.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              Neat & Tiddy - Fantastic

              By DK

              from Ohio

              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:

                Within minutes, plugged in, ready to go on my Windows-XP platform. Wish it had an On/Off switch besides pulling the plug.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                Super Easy

                By Charley

                from Helena Mt

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Highly Compatible

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                    Easy to set up and back up my images.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    Photo/Video Archive HDD

                    By KDM632

                    from The Villages, FL

                    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:

                      This will HDD will hold all of my Video and Photos for off site storage.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      So far pretty great.

                      By StudioSteve

                      from Los Angeles

                      Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                      I bought this for Mac. Formatted it and it's really nice. One nice feature is once you un-mount it from the desktop it turns itself off. Unlike the 4tb g drove I recently bought this seems to be runnuing smoother and hasn't locked up my machine once like the g drive has. I'm totally switching.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome product!

                      By Mandie

                      from Turtle Creek, pa

                      Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                      I love this external hard drive. I was in need of more memory for my laptop since I am a work-from-home freelance graphic designer. After looking around at reviews and prices I decided that this hard drive was the best quality for the best price. It is very fast and efficient. I am 100% satisfied with my purchase.

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                      3.0

                      Backup software not offered

                      By dv1930

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Quiet
                      • Work As Expected

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                          Went to WD wed site to download utilities. It stated the backup software is not offered on this model. But the description and box show backup software is included.
                          Drive is quiet, had it for two weeks, so far so good.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          3.0

                          Still goes to idle

                          By Butch

                          from Northeast US

                          About Me Heavy Duty User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                                The drive still goes into an idle state when you haven't used it for awhile. This is a real pain if you choose not to install their software. The price is good but this feature needs to be removed from future drives and if you want this feature you should have the option to install it not them makeing it the default. I will have to think hard before buying another.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                2.0

                                Two out of three were good; one RMA'd

                                By SeanD

                                from San Bruno, CA

                                About Me Heavy Duty User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                • Flimsy
                                • Slow

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup Of Backups

                                Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                                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.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                Affordable and efficient backup storage.

                                By Roy the Kayaker

                                from Sewanee, TN

                                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:

                                    I use this drive to backup files from my laptop. It comes with really nice backup software that automatically backs up any files that have changed every evening. Software can be used on two different computers.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Always great products from WD

                                    By Sevillish

                                    from Las Vegas, NV

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Portable

                                    Cons

                                    • Requires Power Supply

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Media Storage

                                    Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                                    Largest drive capacity I've purchased to date, and performs just as well as my smaller storage systems. USB3.0 is great. Price is exceptional.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Eexcellent Quality and Value

                                    By Bob

                                    from Lancaster, PA

                                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Fast
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • High-End Multimedia

                                      Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                                      We are a video production company and edit a lot of long form 1080HD Video. After trial and error, WD is the only drives we use. They are reliable and durable. We edit most of the time right from the drive and they never skip a beat. After 10 years, there are no negatives.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business

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                                      5.0

                                      Worth the price

                                      By Lana

                                      from San Francisco

                                      Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                                      This is my second WD external hard drive. Solid, fast and reliable. needs to be plugged into the power outlet and (obviously) to USB port when in use.

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                                      4.0

                                      pretty fast, pretty quiet

                                      By Andreas Kröger

                                      from Los Angeles

                                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Quiet

                                      Cons

                                      • Not Stackable

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Backups

                                      Comments about WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                                      so far so good. spins down correctly on mac using time machine

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business

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