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WD3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for Mac
 
4.8

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (35)
  • Easy to use (35)
  • Large capacity / good size (32)
  • Quiet (31)
  • Attractive (17)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (35)
  • Additional storage (28)
  • Photo storage (25)
  • Video (15)
  • File transfer (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (24), Casual user (15)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (20), Personal (20)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (39)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent WD My Book for Mac (3TB)

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"...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

When it crashes, you burn...

I was initially very happy with this drive as a repository for photos and other precious cargo. However, about six months into owning it, it began to remove itself from my drive list...Read complete review

I was initially very happy with this drive as a repository for photos and other precious cargo. However, about six months into owning it, it began to remove itself from my drive list without actually dismounting; I should've taken this as a Mayday of impending failure, but I had confidence in this product that was allegedly formatted for Mac and didn't worry. Then, when it rapidly failed and refused to mount to my iMac, I realized that it was toast and I was the one who was burning.

I took it to a hard drive rescue service and they said it was formatted as MS-DOS - NOT as an Apple drive. I have sent it off to another data rescue service and will likely pay dearly to get my data off of the drive, and for my naiveté. As with all drives, the more moving parts, the more likely there is to be failure. In fact, it seems inevitable. How these companies can get away with collecting money for equipment that is designed to fail, then expect to suffer no consequences when it does fail, is beyond me.

If you purchase this drive, or any external drive, with the first ominous message of potential failure, copy your data and get this Edsel off your system! To all, good luck.

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5.0

Need More Data Storage - good choice.

By photorad

from Metuchen, New Jersey

About Me Power user

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Additional Storage
    • Backup
    • Photo Storage
    • Video

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

    Needed more backup for Photos.

    Does the job.

    Reasonably priced.

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

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    5.0

    Excellent

    By Angementh

    from Dominican Republic

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Compact
    • Easy to use

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      works as expected. i have many of this and its great for backup

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

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      5.0

      Fast shipping

      By gennart

      from Reisterstown, MD

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Photo Storage

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

        I was surprise, how fast I received the product. So far everything is working as supposed to.

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

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        5.0

        Back up drive

        By Steve

        from Nj

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

        I have several I use for back up.

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        5.0

        Excellent and super fast

        By Gus

        from California

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

        I bought 3TB My Book External Hard Drive to backup all my family videos.
        This is a fast reliable external hard drive and took the whole family video library I have and I still have more space that I used for my personal computer backup.
        Great drive, smooth fast and looks good on my desk.

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        5.0

        Good drive and big for the price

        By Jared

        from Nashville, TN, United States

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

        Drive works well as long as you have a current version of os x. If not, you have to mount it through terminal, but it will still work. Also comes with western digital drive utilities which are nice to use every now and then.

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        5.0

        Seems to work great so far

        By Sprockcapn

        from Billings, MT

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • Photo Storage

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

          I just use this as my main hard drive running on my laptop. It works as expected, so I am happy with the product.

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

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          5.0

          Easy Setup & Use

          By Alex

          from Buffalo, NY

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Photo Storage
            • Video

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

            I purchased this 3TB hard drive from B&H and the product was packaged well for shipping as always from B&H. That is one thing I have to say is that B&H always takes the care to prepare the products they sell for shipping to prevent damages to the products.

            Now onto the drive itself. I purchased this drive to back up my drives on my Mac Pro Work Station. I plugged in the USB 2.0 (this drive is backward compatible from 3.0 to 2.0)and it showed up on my system. I used Time Capsule and backed everything up with out any issues. It was slow going, but that is due to using the 2.0 USB rather than 3.0 USB that this drive can handle. My computer doesn't have 3.0 USB interface. I was very pleased with the overall build quality and size. I will be sure to purchase another one of these drives when the time warrants me to do so. I would highly recommend this drive and the price point was reasonable also.

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

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            5.0

            Great product

            By barrybush

            from Mississippi

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup

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

              Great product, super easy to set up. Great service from B&H Photo

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

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              5.0

              Good, solid drive

              By Franky

              from CA

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Backup

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

                Decently fast (USB 3.0) and 3TB for cheap.

                Works fantastic with my 2015 MacBookPro. I use it as a back-up drive to back-up all my other drives including my system drive and it does the job excellent. back-up is actually very fast as well.

                DO IT!

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

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                5.0

                Great Hard Drive

                By Designer Pro

                from Boston, MA

                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 USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for Mac:

                  Easy to use
                  Very fast
                  Works as expected

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

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                  5.0

                  Works great

                  By Designer

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage
                    • Backup
                    • Photo Storage
                    • Video

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

                    WD makes the best hard drives.

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

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                    5.0

                    Fast & Easy!

                    By lightcrafter

                    from Austin, TX

                    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
                      • Photo Storage
                      • Video

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

                      This external hard drive was so easy to set up. Just connected the power and the USB and everything happened by itself. Now I have an hourly back up via the so easy to use Time Machine. I could not be happier. And the drive did it's first back up in only 6 hours or so. Now backups take minutes I guess. I don't even know it's going on in the background. Great product.

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

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                      5.0

                      Recommend

                      By Pixelfun

                      from Richmond , va

                      About Me Power 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 USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for Mac:

                        Easy to use with my I Mac .

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

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                        1.0

                        When it crashes, you burn...

                        By Smoldering

                        from Texas

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • High Capacity
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • Built To Fail
                        • Unreliable

                        Best Uses

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

                          I was initially very happy with this drive as a repository for photos and other precious cargo. However, about six months into owning it, it began to remove itself from my drive list without actually dismounting; I should've taken this as a Mayday of impending failure, but I had confidence in this product that was allegedly formatted for Mac and didn't worry. Then, when it rapidly failed and refused to mount to my iMac, I realized that it was toast and I was the one who was burning.

                          I took it to a hard drive rescue service and they said it was formatted as MS-DOS - NOT as an Apple drive. I have sent it off to another data rescue service and will likely pay dearly to get my data off of the drive, and for my naiveté. As with all drives, the more moving parts, the more likely there is to be failure. In fact, it seems inevitable. How these companies can get away with collecting money for equipment that is designed to fail, then expect to suffer no consequences when it does fail, is beyond me.

                          If you purchase this drive, or any external drive, with the first ominous message of potential failure, copy your data and get this Edsel off your system! To all, good luck.

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

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                          4.0

                          Easy set up, good price, time will tell

                          By ltdphoto

                          from Cleveland, OH

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Photo Storage

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

                            Back up Mac with time machine. Large capacity for many high res photos. In my experience these external hard drives always work for a few years then some of them just stop working. I have been told data can be retrieved for a high price so I back up to cloud external and disks. Better safe than sorry!

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

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                            5.0

                            Lots of Storage, Great Price

                            By nwberry

                            from Memphis, TN

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Bulky But Portable

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • Backup
                            • Photo Storage

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

                            Works perfect, right out of the box. Already formatted for Mac, just plug and play. The 3.0 usb works with my 2.0 MacBook Pro now, but at the 2.0 speed. Works even faster with another 3.0 device.

                            And the time machine automatic back up app that comes with this is a nice feature for backing up my computer without ever having to think about it.

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

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                            5.0

                            Truly Plug and Play

                            By Barney

                            from Jacksonville, FL

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Storage
                              • Backup

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

                              Out of the box...plug in....connect USB and it works...couldn't be easier.

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

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                              5.0

                              Perfectly adequate Ext. USB3 drive

                              By rockin ron

                              from las vegas nv

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup
                                • File Transfer
                                • Video

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

                                Easy setup, flawless operation, no problems at all and very fast, fist time with USB3, blown away by the speed of file transfer, I would buy again

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

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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 USB 3.0 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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