REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
WD3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
 
4.5

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

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

 

Westen Digital XHD

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.
Read complete review

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!

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.

Reviewed by 30 customers

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

Works great!

By DaveB

from Palmyra, PA

Verified Buyer

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

I use this hard drive to give me extra storage for my media files. I have no issues with the drive. It was found quickly on Windows 8.1. I do like it has the USB 3.0 for the faster transfer speeds.

Share this reviewHelp Icon

 
5.0

Excellent Backup Ext HD

By SP SME

from Sun Prairie, WI

Verified Buyer

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

This is my 4th Western Digital external HD and the second one that is USB 3. This one is a My Book and the last one is an WD Essential HD. It's wider but a nice size.

Have not installed any software yet but looking forward to replacing the Clunky Dell Computer backup software. That was a waste of money.

I have backed up almost 1/2 TB of photo images from my desktop HD and the files average 130GB/second. Very happy with the drive so far. I was going to try a Seagate but a relative had to return it since it would not work correctly with Windows 10.

I am using Windows 8.1.

Share this reviewHelp Icon

 
4.0

Reliable and easy to use

By Okisil

from Sao Paulo, Brazil

Verified Buyer

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

This is a central backup device that provides proper storage area for your files, photos and videos. So you will not losose them, in case of any internal HD problems.

Share this reviewHelp Icon

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Product

By John

from Fort Myers, Florida

Verified Buyer

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

As a Professional Photographer I use a lot of space for my files and I rely on WD 3TB My Book to keep all my files safe and secure.
I currently own 5 of them and I never had any issues with them and I am sure I will buy more as I need them.
I had used many other similar product and had way too many problems and once I bought my first WD product I was hooked and when it comes to memory I ONLY use WD.

Share this reviewHelp Icon

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Product and Great Price

By Steveo

from Chicago

Verified Buyer

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

I also own a 1TB WD desktop Drive, which has been very reliable and Fast, I needed additional Storage space.

Share this reviewHelp Icon

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Poor backup software.

By Marty

from Plantation, FL

Verified Buyer

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

Good storage, poor backup software.

Share this reviewHelp Icon

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Product

By Steve

from Chicago IL

Verified Reviewer

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

I own a WD 1TB External Hard Drive, and extremely satisfied. B&H offers great prices and outstanding Service

Share this reviewHelp Icon

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
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

Share this reviewHelp Icon

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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

    Share this reviewHelp Icon

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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

        Share this reviewHelp Icon

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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

        Share this reviewHelp Icon

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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

        Share this reviewHelp Icon

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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

            Share this reviewHelp Icon

             
            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

                Share this reviewHelp Icon

                 
                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

                    Share this reviewHelp Icon

                     
                    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

                      Share this reviewHelp Icon

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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

                        Share this reviewHelp Icon

                         
                        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

                        Share this reviewHelp Icon

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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

                        Share this reviewHelp Icon

                         
                        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

                          Share this reviewHelp Icon

                          Displaying reviews 1-20

                          Back to top

                          Previous | Next »