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WD4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
 
4.7

(based on 239 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (193)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (140)
  • Reliable (87)
  • Easy to install (74)
  • Highly compatible (57)
  • Fast (54)

Cons

  • No power switch (11)
  • Slow (3)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Back-up (86)
  • Photo storage (39)
  • Additional storage (36)
  • Multimedia (27)
  • Video (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Frequent user (47), Power user (36), Heavy duty user (35), Tech savvy (35), Casual user (15)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (124), Business (61)
    • 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

It's affordable and it works

By tim4096

from South Hadley, MA

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

Using this as a backup drive for a NAS and everything works well so far. Reformatted as ext4 and added it as a Synology NAS external drive with no problems. It's serving as a redundant daily backup of time machine backups of Macs. No problems encountered.

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5.0

Great product!

By Fred

from Undisclosed

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

I love the clean design and easy use! Just plug it in and start backing up files! Amazing!

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5.0

A great tool for backing up your computer's hard drive.

By Tom

from Montana

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

This hard drive was formatted for Windows when I received it but it didn't take much to reformat it for my iMac. The 4TB gives me the room that I need to store DSLR files and free up the computer's memory for future use.

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5.0

Works as Advertised

By Victoria Pio

from Victoria Texas

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

I purchased two of these for use as short - term memory for our videographers here at Channel Vtv115 in Victoria Texas. We do have extensive permanent backup systems but these are fast drives and seem durable for the short time we have used them. We use the Windows platform and the Adobe Professional Production Suite of audio and video editing software.

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5.0

3rd Time is the charm hopefully...

By Longrifle

from Colorado

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

This is the third Western Digital external hard drive I've owned. The other two are history. They work fine when they work. Not to say that it doesn't. All hard drives will die on you sooner or later. I use "Backblaze" at $50./year as an on-line, all the time back up in the cloud thingy and it's well worth it.

The Western Digital external drives are fine. When this one goes, I'll probably get another one - after I recover everything from the cloud...

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5.0

A good product

By PC Guru

from Phoenix, AZ

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

I bought this external hard drive to store all my negative file from all my cameras (I already got 3 other hard drives same size for my videos and negatives as well). So far it has no problem yet.

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5.0

A lot of space to replace my old backup disks, fast transfer

By Tony

from San Ysidro CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

I use it to replace my old backup disks, I did copies from disk to disk in Windows 10 and the data transfer was smooth and fast

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4.0

Back up

By Queball4u

from Mass

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

Mainly use them for footage back ups.

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5.0

Fast "little" drive

By rawb

from USA

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

My first experience with USB 3.0 ... wow ... about 4-5 times faster than USB 2.0. What's to say. Nice external drive.

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1.0

Cannot view files on WD drive - Windows 10

By Brian

from Sacrament, CA

Verified Reviewer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

I gave it one star because I cannot view the files that were backed up on the drive. After loading all the apps I click on the quick-view icon (which seams to be the only way to view the files on the drive) and nothing happens. Maybe it doesn't work on Windows 10 or needs and update for Win 10.

I have an older WD drive and I can view/ delete/move/ drag and drop to and from the drive but not on this new WD storage drive. Should be simple but it's not.

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5.0

Very easy to install

By Doug

from Texas

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

I attached this hard drive directly to my Linksys router for backup. Works great.

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5.0

Amazing vehicle

By Sal

from Delray beach, florida

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

Beyond needs and expectations. Excellent value and product.
Sal gorge

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5.0

Does the Job

By oldphotoguy

from Palm Desert

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

Win 7 Plug and Play used as external monthly back-up for RAW files and image edits.

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5.0

It's a hard drive.

By Zinn

from Nashville

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

Shipped well, was packed well, it turned on and I put stuff on it. It did what hard drives do. Exciting.

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4.0

Nice!

By Istari

from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

I use it to store my media for the media center, it does what it is supposed to do.

The only thing I found to be a bit annoying is that while copying data it seems to stop for a few seconds and then resumes the transfer.

Other than that it's all good.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Western Digital #1

By Bill

from L.I.N.Y.

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

Works Great

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5.0

Good Product, Good Value

By Booker

from Delaware

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

Using this in USB 2 mode & still pretty fast. Already had the 3TB version and very pleased. Good value.

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5.0

Great Storage Workhorse, reliable, at Good Price!

By Russ

from Brookville ,PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

I have had about 20 of these, and the Elements versions (almost the same) , for video and stills back up over the past 5 years. To date, none have failed. I use Disk utility to format for Mac, which takes about 30 seconds. After that it has been efficient and reliable. No complaints. Power cords have remained constant, so you can swap among older and newer drives without having to have many sets of cables - much better than some brands that change power cables from year to year. My Books seem to run a bit hotter than Elements versions, but not much.

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5.0

great product

By eliyahu

from bayonne nj

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

backed up my entire organization a1+

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My fourth My Book

By MRPhotography

from Cleveland

Comments about WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive:

I have used 4 My Books. Bought this to backup all my many thousands of photos.

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