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WD3TB My Book Desktop HDD
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

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    (10)

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    (2)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast connection (7)
  • Quiet (7)
  • Reliable (7)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (9)
    • Large projects (4)
    • Multimedia (4)
    • Laptops (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech professional (4), Tech savvy (4), Multimedia professional (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (7), Business (5)
      • 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.

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    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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    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 Desktop HDD:

      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 Desktop HDD:

      Works great

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      2.0

      ENCRIPTION PROBLEM

      By Gary

      from Ohio

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about WD 3TB My Book Desktop HDD:

            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 Desktop HDD:

              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 Desktop HDD:

                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 Desktop HDD:

                  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 Desktop HDD:

                    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 Desktop HDD:

                      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 Desktop HDD:

                        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 Desktop HDD:

                        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 Desktop HDD:

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

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

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                          5.0

                          "I would buy this product again and agai

                          By Pangri Design

                          from Greece, Kos Island

                          About Me Multimedia Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast Connectivity

                          Cons

                          • Freezes Easily

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Laptops
                          • Large Projects
                          • Multimedia
                          • Travel

                          Comments about WD 3TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                          BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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                          5.0

                          WOW in a box!

                          By ScottocS

                          from Kernersville, NC

                          Comments about WD 3TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                          I had no idea how much information I was backing up each day but, suffice it to say that a little after a year of using a competitor's 1TB hard drive, I was finding myself running out of space. It didn't help that the competitor's software was working in tandem with my internet security software to keep things backed up. My former external hard drive didn't seem to care and I couldn't figure out how to stop the redundancy. I finally found a great deal at B&H for an external drive that was 3TB and had very good buyer ratings. Now I know why. It was plug and play and outside of a couple of software updates and I've got what appears to be a true mirror image of what I need for a backup restoration of important files. And, best of all, the ease of doing this was something anyone who can read instructions can do with no help! I highly recommend this product and B&H as the source for it!!

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                          5.0

                          Great product. Trusted Brand

                          By Dan

                          from San Diego

                          About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Quiet
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about WD 3TB My Book Desktop HDD:

                            I really do trust this brand. I have had other branned drives that have crashed but have never had a WD drive crash. Going on 15 years of using them. Knock on wood. I always back up my data!

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

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