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WD3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for Mac
 
4.7

(based on 59 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

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

I would definitely buy it again

By Carol

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Too new to tell you all the possibilities

 
5.0

Very easy to start my MAC backup

By Aleb60

from Orlando, FL

Verified Buyer

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

I wish it would be wireless but it does the job and it's working very well as a time machine for my MacBook Pro.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

I would not buy this unit again, tech support is poor

By Lindel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The box says "for Mac", but the instructions say it is "plug and play" for Windows, and if you want to use it for Mac you must go through several steps first. I contacted WD and their tech reps told me it was plug and play for Mac, but I would have to go through several steps to make it "plug and play". There were no written instructions with the unit, it is all on line and they are difficult to follow. If you have a Mac withTime Machine many of the instructions don't apply, but you have to figure that out for yourself. The techs I talked to don't seem to know much about Mac. Once I got it set up it seems to work ok, but I'm only using it as a backup, if I wanted to use it as a hard drive for photos, etc. I would look for a unit easier to work with.

 
4.0

Good Value for Project Work

By PatW

from Greater Toronto Area,

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased two of these drives. One is a primary drive for a family photography archive contains both digital camera images and thousands of scanned prints and slides from those old shoe boxes in the basement. The working file size is about 2T, so this gives me adequate headroom should i need a bit more capacity. The cataloging and basic image correction will be done in Lightroom CC. There is approximately 50,000 images. From this archive, various books and slide shows will be assembled.
The second drive will be used for a working backup. Once completed, the whole project will be uploaded to larger RAID based storage system.
These WD drives have adequate speed and capacity for this project and will continue to serve as an additional archive resource. They will only be used for this project. Reasonable price. Great service from B&H.

 
4.0

Good value for money, took a while at the initial setup.

By Madhusudhan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Good value for money, took a while at the initial setup which was a bit frustrating as I was not sure what was happening on the background. Once the setup was completed it was a breeze to work with it.

 
5.0

old files on drive from past easy to call up. daily back up

By ed

from Hbg PA

Verified Buyer

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

Can rely on for constant back up

 
5.0

Excellent Product

By Erol

from Suburb of Chicago, Illinois

Verified Buyer

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

This is my 3rd WD drive used for back up. They have never failed me. Great price from B&H, you can't go wrong. Bought one for my grandson in college.

 
4.0

Good Mac External

By Proshooter7

from Long Island, NY

Verified Buyer

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

Plug and play are fine. I'm using as my Time Machine and have plenty of HD space. Imhave several MyBooks and have used with little trouble.

 
4.0

I recommend this product

By NS Boston Photog

from Boston, MA

Verified Buyer

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

The Western Digital 3TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive was very easy to set up on my Mac. It was a plug and play set up. It set up quickly and easily with Apple's Time Machine to be used as my back up hard drive.

 
5.0

WE rocks.

By Chris

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

These hard drives are just what I needed. Really sped up my workflow having one for just my files and another to backup those files. USB 3 is much faster than USB 2.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works as it should....for now.

By Kevin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I can not say that I am a huge fan of Western Digital.
Each one that I have owned, at some point, just fails.

I am using this one as a redundant backup, so time will tell

 
5.0

Good backup hard drive… for a fair price

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I needed a inexpensive backup… this works fine for that…

Remember to reformat… and erase the Software that comes with it…

 
5.0

Great Product

By Disarming

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Beautiful love this external!

 
5.0

This is my second MY BOOK drive and they are a joy to use.

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This hard drive was very simple to use: just plug and play! It was--as advertised--already formatted for Mac, so after hooking it up to the computer and plugging it in it was ready to go. Actually the only problem was that I kept thinking it couldn't be that easy! I have an older Mac that only has USB 2 capabilities, so downloading large files takes more time, but I am sure if you have USB 3 downloads will be a breeze.

 
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
     
    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
       
      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
         
        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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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