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WD3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac
 
4.8

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (21)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Quiet (20)
  • Large capacity / good size (19)
  • Attractive (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (20)
    • Additional storage (18)
    • Photo storage (14)
    • Video (8)
    • File transfer (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (14), Casual user (9)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (14), Business (10)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (23)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Easy set up and fast back up

    Using this as my external HD backup to a MacBook Pro with 250G internal storage. Went for the 3TB size because of its reasonable cost. Drive was a snap to set up and did...Read complete review

    Using this as my external HD backup to a MacBook Pro with 250G internal storage. Went for the 3TB size because of its reasonable cost. Drive was a snap to set up and did its first 95G back up in under an hour (USB 3.0). Purchased in Nov2013 so no experience on durability or service.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Needs an Instruction Book

    I use it to park my photos there as I was accumulating so many that they were bogging down my computer. It has a lot of memory for the money. I find it somewhat...Read complete review

    I use it to park my photos there as I was accumulating so many that they were bogging down my computer. It has a lot of memory for the money. I find it somewhat clumsy to use. Tech support was unintelligible.

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    5.0

    external power source a plus

    By LB

    from Knoxville, TN

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use
    • High Capacity
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup
      • File Transfer
      • Photo Storage

      Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

      Just plugged it into a power source and my MacBook Pro and it was ready to go. No hassle. I didn't have to do anything. Its larger and clunkier than a little portable drive, but its fast, doesn't depend on my laptop for power and holds a lot. Couldn't be happier.

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

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      5.0

      Set up was very easy

      By The Sleepless Photographer

      from MD

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity
      • Portable
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Photo Storage

        Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

        I use this to hold all my raw photography files. Out of the box it was easy to set up and immediately recognized by my Mac. So far, I have not encountered anything negative with this hard drive. It did take a couple hours to transfer all my files off my computer to the hard drive. However, the process went smoothly with no problems.

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

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        5.0

        WD External Drive Offers Quality & Value

        By Captlov

        from Ft Lauderdale, Florida

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • High Capacity
        • Portable
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup

          Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

          Using with an iMac that's 7 years old. I have another WD 1 TB in use with this system. Great for reliable automatic backup of data. Always has been trouble free.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Great Storage Value

          By mwilky

          from Connecticut

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Compact
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to use
          • High Capacity
          • Portable
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup
            • Photo Storage

            Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

            I got this to back up my wife's new iMac. It's well bigger than she is likely to need, but at this price point, it made sense to purchase some room to grow or capacity to back up other devices.It's got a small footprint, so it is discrete. But it's also pretty stylish.It was very easy to set up and offers a few security options. As noted a very good value for household storage.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            easy to use

            By S

            from NJ

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • Portable
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

                The five stars are simply for ease of use. I've only backed up once with it so can't speak to the product's longevity. But it was right out of the box and synced up with my MacBook Pro in no time at all... easy!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                3.0

                Needs an Instruction Book

                By Oslon

                from Michigan

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Set Up
                • High Capacity
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • Photo Storage

                  Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

                  I use it to park my photos there as I was accumulating so many that they were bogging down my computer. It has a lot of memory for the money. I find it somewhat clumsy to use. Tech support was unintelligible.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  RELIABLE

                  By MAAZIK

                  from BEVERLY HILLS

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Portable
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • Unattractive

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

                    I use Multiple WD Drives for backup since 8 years ago, never had one failing.

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

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                    5.0

                    Flawless Storage!

                    By Mind's Eye

                    from Branford, Ct.

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use
                    • High Capacity
                    • Portable
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • No Power Switch

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage
                    • Backup
                    • File Transfer
                    • Photo Storage

                    Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

                    As a serious photographer, I shoot many RAW files that need to be backed up on good external hard drives. My Book for Mac by WD is simple to use, requires no formatting, and provides plenty of storage space. It runs smoothly and quietly and couldn't be better!

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

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                    5.0

                    Excellent WD My Book for Mac (3TB)

                    By Camera Craze

                    from San Jose,CA

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use
                    • High Capacity
                    • Quiet
                    • Usb 3

                    Cons

                    • No Power Switch

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage
                    • Backup
                    • Photo Storage
                    • Video

                    Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

                    I originally bought a My Book Studio but it arrived defective (could not be mounted with my iMac even worked with WD Tech) and returned it to B&H.Reordered this "cheaper" version black "My Book for Mac". It looks almost the same as "Studio" version, except without a metal aluminum cover. Both of them are with 3-year warranty. It works right out off the box.I will use it as my primary photo storage drive linked with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Previously, I used 1TB iOmega for about 5 years and needs to be expended and replaced as a precaution. In the past 9 months, a WD 2TB My Passport was my primary photo storage without any issues; that is the reason for me to choice another WD product ( 3TB MY Book for Mac). I am copying 1TB data into it and everything works smoothly.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Great Value Hard Drive

                    By Nick the Photographer

                    from Cleveland, OH

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use
                    • High Capacity
                    • Quiet
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Additional Storage
                      • Backup
                      • File Transfer

                      Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

                      While Western Digital's drives are not the best on the market, they are a phenomenal deal. I have never had a desktop WD external drive fail on me, and I am glad to add two of this drive to the family. I am replacing my previous 2 only because A.) I have had them for a number of years, and B.) I am upgrading from USB 2.0 drives to USB 3.0 drives. These are a fantastic deal. Again, while there are certainly better options out there, you will not find anything of this quality for this price.

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

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                      5.0

                      Super Big, Super Fast!

                      By Andy

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Casual user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy to use
                      • High Capacity

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Video

                        Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

                        I was shopping for a one TB drive and found a three TB drive for the same price. I was surprised how rapidly it transfers data to my hard drive and back. I play videos with almost no lag right for this external drive.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        Lots of storage

                        By joe z

                        from florham park, nj

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy to use
                        • High Capacity
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup
                          • Video

                          Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

                          lots of storage, good price, just connect and go
                          no negatives yet

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          Memories - Just Memories

                          By Cappy

                          from Oxnard, CA

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy to use
                          • High Capacity
                          • Portable
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • Backup
                            • Dependable
                            • Fast
                            • Fastdependablewarranty
                            • File Transfer
                            • Photo Storage
                            • Video
                            • Warranty

                            Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

                            This external drives took me less than 5 minutes to set up including it's own internal security software and turbo software. This is the 3rd external WD drive I have connected to my iMac, all as easy to install, as the other two 1TB, this newer one more features, faster (3.0 USB), and 3MB, lots of storage!! I cannot find one bad thing to report about it, not one! B&H as usual had the best price on it, and buying it from CA., no tax, free shipping, how could I resist? If you need storage, on a budget, a speedy-depentable drive, all under $[*] that is a brand name, pull out that credit card, here ya go, order away my fellow B&H lovers!

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

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                            5.0

                            WD IS THE ONLY DRIVES I USE

                            By THORCAT

                            from NY NY

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

                                THIS IS THE FIFTH DRIVE I HAVE BOUGHT NEED I SAY MORE

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

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                                5.0

                                Nice Time Machine Hard Drive

                                By Closer

                                from San Antonio, TX

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Easy to use
                                • High Capacity
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

                                  I really liked this hard drive, it was as advertised out of the box, just plug it in and it worked with my MAC. Since the drive was so large I partitioned off 500GB for extra video storage and used the rest for the Time Machine backups. Since the drive is so fast there is no delay when getting video off the drive. The Time Machine backups also run really fast, they take about 1/4 of the time they used to with my other back up drive. Overall very happy with the drive, it solved 2 problems that I had.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  Love it

                                  By LRussoPhoto

                                  from New jersey

                                  Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

                                  So far this drive is great. Love the fact that it is Mac specific. I am a photographer, I partitioned this drive to use 1tb for my time machine back up and the other 2tb for my image back ups.

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                                  5.0

                                  Works Great

                                  By Scott

                                  from Warrenton, VA

                                  About Me Casual user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Easy to use
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Additional Storage
                                    • Backup
                                    • Photo Storage

                                    Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

                                    Easy setup, just plug in to the Mac and it's ready to go. Setting up time machine to use this is a snap.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    4.0

                                    Perfect for storage

                                    By traydawgg

                                    from new york, NY

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive Design
                                    • High Capacity
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Additional Storage
                                      • Backup

                                      Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

                                      I have this drive connected to my Apple Airport Extreme to backup systems in my home. This is crucial for me to maintain a continuous backup and restoration at a moments notice.
                                      This drive is quiet and fits the decor of my home. I use this for backups only.

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

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                                      5.0

                                      Perfect for Time Machine

                                      By Alex Olsen Design Solutions

                                      from Manhattan

                                      Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

                                      This hard-drive was one of the most affordable options and seems to work perfectly so far. It was basically plug and play.

                                      It uses USB 3.0 which is not very fast if you're actually working off the drive but is perfect for backing up your computer or utilizing your time machine function on your MacBook.

                                      So far, so good!

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                                      5.0

                                      Great value

                                      By cbo

                                      from MD

                                      About Me Power user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attractive Design
                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Easy to use
                                      • High Capacity
                                      • Portable
                                      • Quiet

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Additional Storage
                                        • Backup
                                        • File Transfer
                                        • Photo Storage
                                        • Video

                                        Comments about WD 3TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac:

                                        I use two of these to backup our office data, automatically backing up each night to one drive, then swapping that out for the other, taking the first offsite for safe storage. They are easy to set up right out of the box and all cables and connections are included and solid. They are well made and reliable and a nice enough design to have out on the desk. And inexpensive, all at the same time! I will buy many more.

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

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