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WD3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
 
4.5

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (14)
  • Reliable (13)
  • Easy to install (9)
  • Fast (8)
  • Fast connection (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (9)
  • Large projects (4)
  • Multimedia (4)
  • Laptops (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Heavy duty user (6), Frequent user (4), Tech professional (4), Tech savvy (4), Multimedia professional (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (14), Business (7)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Very Best!!!

I've been using WD for as long as they've been out! I've never had one to break! I use a UPS to connect all my electronics to. The main cause of these units...Read complete review

I've been using WD for as long as they've been out! I've never had one to break! I use a UPS to connect all my electronics to. The main cause of these units going down is not having you HD connected to a UPS ( uninterruptible power supply ). A good power supply will keep the incoming power from causing damage to your electronic devices. A good one starts at $. Anything cheaper and you're on standing on shaky ground. All in all said anything man made will have problems. I just haven't had problem with Western Digital hard drives ever. Seagate has been my worst nightmare! Most of your problems occur from bad voltage coming into your devices. All of your electronics suffer and are damaged daily from bad voltage. When you have a voltage spike your electronic units are devastated. If your voltage is much lower than 120 or much higher than 120 you're in trouble also. That's why it's imperative to buy a UPS device before you plug in anything electronic.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Terrible Product

I bought this to increase my backup space. I liked the 3TB size and the USB 3.0. I was able to complete a full backup of my desktop with no problem. But then...Read complete review

I bought this to increase my backup space. I liked the 3TB size and the USB 3.0. I was able to complete a full backup of my desktop with no problem. But then the My Book would lockup my computer. I had to remove it to get the computer to reboot. After a few weeks the My Book totally locked up and I was not able to access any data on it on any computer. To make things worse, I could not return it because it had confidential data on it and I was not willing to give the drive to anyone. I bought a Seagate 2TB for backup and it has been working fine.

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4.0

Westen Digital XHD

By Chas

from Austin, Texas

About Me Heavy Duty User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Fast
  • Great Value
  • Quiet
  • Reliable
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Sleep Mode Is Too Quick

Best Uses

  • Lots Of Photo Images

Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

I am a Pro Photographer and need lots of storage for thousands of RAW, TIFF and JPEG images. I can store a large amount of images at a very reasonable price.

The only draw back that I can see is that it "goes to sleep" fairly quickly; so the data retreival may not be as instantanious as I would like. (Hence, four stars vs five) When I am accessing the hard drive on a regular basis, however, "sleeping" is not a problem.

I have been using Westerd Digital's XHD's for many years and have had very good results with them. Sadly, I can not make the same claim for other manufacturers.

And if there ever has been a problem (with any brand), B&H has been right there to quickly get it sorted out!

  • Primary use:
  • Business

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5.0

Appears well built, dependable for archive, good to organize

By Lizardbuns

from Fort Thomas, Arizona

About Me Heavy Duty User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Highly Compatible
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Organizing And Archiving

    Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

    Plenty of capacity to do everything I need, but at a very affordable price. WD seems to be reliable and it operates in a no-nonsense, workhorse manner. I had seen a review that the encryption could not be turned off; but that is incorrect -it never has to be turned on. The disk image backup software has to be be downloaded, and I didn't realize that except for calling support: however it is easy after that. I backed up the data drive off three computers, three external UPS drives, and a handful of memory sticks, now I can proceed to consolidate and organize a monumental mess of duplication, irrational filing, and so on. I only hook it up when I am using it, so expect a reasonably long life and will probably get another to make redundant copies.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    4.0

    3tb WD external HD

    By rjlapuna

    from Burr Ridge,IL

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

        Easy to setuo

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Excellent product

        By JAM

        from Detroit, MI

        About Me Infrequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Fast

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Gaming

        Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

        Easy to install.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        I like it

        By sandeep

        from Minneapolis, MN

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast
        • Highly Compatible
        • Quiet
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Difficult To Install

        Best Uses

        • Gaming

        Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

        I use hard drive saving large sized folders from my college days and some study material.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Near line and backup storage solution

        By BradH

        from Washington

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

            I use this drive as supplemental storage for low demand data. I use a second My Book to provide an image backup. With automation, I set it up an imabe backup and then have peace of mind that my data is protected and recovery time is minimized.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            WD for me

            By iforgotmynickname

            from White Lake MI

            About Me Heavy Duty User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                I was buying this when I found instead of a price it said click for a better price So I bought it and another bigger one.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                4.0

                I would buy this product again

                By Phred

                from Menomonee Falls, WI

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Fast
                • Highly Compatible
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                    This was originally just an extra drive to store data on. But now that it's 3T instead of 350M, I'm also doing backup of my laptop.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Got It All

                    By bwvideo

                    from Albuquerque, NM

                    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 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                      Needed an external HHD to record a 3 day Conference on. Used Adobe Premiere to capture thru Black Magic breakout unit. Worked great.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      The Very Best!!!

                      By Fine Artist

                      from Madison, Ms.

                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Fast
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Makes Noise

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                        I've been using WD for as long as they've been out! I've never had one to break! I use a UPS to connect all my electronics to. The main cause of these units going down is not having you HD connected to a UPS ( uninterruptible power supply ). A good power supply will keep the incoming power from causing damage to your electronic devices. A good one starts at $. Anything cheaper and you're on standing on shaky ground. All in all said anything man made will have problems. I just haven't had problem with Western Digital hard drives ever. Seagate has been my worst nightmare! Most of your problems occur from bad voltage coming into your devices. All of your electronics suffer and are damaged daily from bad voltage. When you have a voltage spike your electronic units are devastated. If your voltage is much lower than 120 or much higher than 120 you're in trouble also. That's why it's imperative to buy a UPS device before you plug in anything electronic.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        5.0

                        Would buy from again

                        By Bill

                        from Hermitage, pa

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                        Works great

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                        2.0

                        ENCRIPTION PROBLEM

                        By Gary

                        from Ohio

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                        Everything you load on this drive automaticaly gets encripted. You can not turn the encription off! If your drive or the circuit board fails there is no way to recover any of your data.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Plug and play- good to go.

                        By bmccann

                        from los angeles

                        About Me Tech Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Cheap
                        • Fast Connectivity

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Large Projects

                          Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                          This was a good price and I have had WD's in the past. Plugged it in and started backing things up. I will definitely update if I run into any issues over the next few months.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          4.0

                          Works as advertized

                          By John

                          from Redlands, CA

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast Connectivity
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup

                            Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                            I use the WD to backup my important files. It is not easy to find your files on the WD. For example, you will not see C/ drive backup but must work through a tree of WD file names starting first with WD SmartWare.swstor. I wished they had included this in the instructions. It seems to backup quickly.

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

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                            1.0

                            Terrible Product

                            By Mike

                            from Roswell, GA

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Freezes Easily
                              • Frozen Permanently

                              Best Uses

                              • Paperweight

                              Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                              I bought this to increase my backup space. I liked the 3TB size and the USB 3.0. I was able to complete a full backup of my desktop with no problem. But then the My Book would lockup my computer. I had to remove it to get the computer to reboot. After a few weeks the My Book totally locked up and I was not able to access any data on it on any computer. To make things worse, I could not return it because it had confidential data on it and I was not willing to give the drive to anyone. I bought a Seagate 2TB for backup and it has been working fine.

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

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                              5.0

                              Very reliable.

                              By mailalan

                              from Atlanta, GA

                              About Me Tech Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Quiet
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup

                                Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                                I have been using WD My Books exclusively for several years and have never had a problem with any of them. The transfer speed by USB 3 is very good. But reliability is the main thing I look for and I feel that I get it with these drives.

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

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                                5.0

                                First One Did Not Work.

                                By X1227

                                from New Jersey

                                About Me Technically Challenged

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast Connectivity
                                • Quiet
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup

                                  Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                                  The replacement worked as designed.

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

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                                  4.0

                                  Great For Storage

                                  By MacAfterEffectsNJ

                                  from New Jersey

                                  About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast Connectivity
                                  • Quiet
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Backup
                                    • Large Projects
                                    • Multimedia

                                    Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                                    Have a lot of Western Digital external HDDs and have used them for over 10 years in various capacities. The designs always are changing slightly, but they are fantastic drives for their value. Use them for storage or for backup copies of media, or work directly off of them in a pinch.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    5.0

                                    great hardrive for the money

                                    By Mark G.

                                    from Freehold, NJ

                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Fast Connectivity
                                    • Quiet
                                    • Reliable
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • No cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Backup
                                    • Laptops

                                    Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                                    use to back up my computer

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

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                                    5.0

                                    Peace of mind

                                    By TomTech

                                    from The Villages, FL

                                    About Me Tech Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Fast Connectivity
                                    • Quiet
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Backup
                                      • Laptops
                                      • Large Projects
                                      • Multimedia

                                      Comments about WD 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

                                      Extremely easy to set up and use. Love the simplicity and security.

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

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