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WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)

WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)

Item: 265654    Model: WDBFJK0030HBK

WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)
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  • Capacity: 3TB
  • Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)
 
4.4

(based on 61 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (21)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Quiet (11)
  • Large capacity / good size (10)
  • Portable (8)

Cons

  • No power switch (4)

Best Uses

  • Additional storage (12)
  • Back-up (12)
  • Photo storage (11)
  • Everyday use (8)
  • Video (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (12), Midrange shopper (8)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (19), Business (5)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Real Review of the WD MyBook 3TB USB 3.0

I recently purchased a WD MyCloud 3TB drive to replace a failing 10 year old Maxtor network drive. Upon transferring the old data to the MyCloud drive, I realized that I needed another hard...Read complete review

I recently purchased a WD MyCloud 3TB drive to replace a failing 10 year old Maxtor network drive. Upon transferring the old data to the MyCloud drive, I realized that I needed another hard drive to serve as a secondary backup to the MyCloud hard drive. I decided the most cost effective solution was to purchase the WD My Book 3TB Hard drive with USB 3.0. This drive connects to the MyCloud Drive via its' USB 3.0 port.

The setup was simple and easy because the MyCloud software recognized the presence of the My Book hard drive and created a new Share folder. (I also turned off public access to the new share folder and only gave myself access using the MyCloud administrator software.)
To create automated backups onto the My Book hard drive, WD provides Acronis backup software, as well as creating Sharepoints via the MyCloud software. A Sharepoint is a snapshot of your data as per a moment in time. The only issue here is that creating a SharePoint for the first time can take days to create. This can be frustrating because, there is a greater potential of data and drive errors to occur. WD please fix this. (Tip: When running a SharePoint, make sure that the automated firmware update option is turned off.) Ongoing SharePoint updates should be completed more quickly, since they are incremental backups and not full backups.

Tip: For those who wish to access the My Book directly, you can use the windows software to map the drive instead.

Overall, I am quite satisfied with both the MyCloud and My Book hard drive solution. Accessing both of these drives is fast. They are both quiet and stay cool to the touch.

Final tip: If you are planning on heavy usage of these drives, purchase a rubber laptop chill mat and place the drives on top of the mat. The airflow will pass thru the drive's vents and keep the controller boards and drives running cooler.

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Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Conflicts with BIOS - PC will not boot

I've spent hours online and on the phone with WD, HP, and Microsoft. No one seems to know why this happens or how to fix it, but it is a KNOWN issue that...Read complete review

I've spent hours online and on the phone with WD, HP, and Microsoft. No one seems to know why this happens or how to fix it, but it is a KNOWN issue that has existed for many years (Google some of the terms in the header, see for yourself).

The problem is that BIOS recognizes the My Book as a bootable drive and hangs up. WD suggests that you remove legacy settings from BIOS, but you can't get to BIOS with the drive attached and when you connect it later, BIOS reverts back to original settings (don't know why, but I found forum references to this dating back to 2007).

The drive seems to work fine if you're willing to attach it after you boot, but if you're working at a desktop with the PC in a compartment that isn't very practical. Probably isn't much of an issue with a laptop.

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5.0

works great so far

By happy so far

from Monroe, NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black):

I really just plugged it into my Mac - set up time machine, and was off and running. was very simple, and seems to be working.

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4.0

Dell i3 computer

By Dave

from Panguitch Lake, UT

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black):

The computer is working well and bringing it up to speed is quick. the change over is work but no hiccups in the process.

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5.0

Great Product

By schroejj

from Schaumburg, IL

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black):

This external hard drive really is great. The one I bought today was the 2nd one I've bought total. Western Digital makes a top notch product, best of them all in my opinion, and this one is no different. It works great, but also looks great.
Do yourselft a favor and buy WD every time.

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4.0

Windows 7 Problem

By flash88244

from Delaware

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black):

Overall, the drive works very well. However, there is a problem if you want to use Windows 7 "Backup and Restore" program. The program is unable to work with drives larger than 2 TB. This is a known - but rarely mentioned - limitation of all hard drives. To their credit, WD makes a copy of Acronis True Image WD Edition available for free download. It isn't quite as easy to use, but it does seem to work very well. I'll also mentioned that WD's data back up program works without any issues.

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3.0

I/O Problems

By Mike

from Coventry, CT

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black):

I purchased this to use as an external backup for my Dell Inspiron 660 running Windows 7 in the 64 bit version.
I cannot complete a backup using the Windows Control Panel backup software. Part way through the backup, I get an error message that the backup failed. The identified cause is that the backup (software?) was "unable to create one of the required files" due to an I/O problem.
That this happens half way through the backup (if I read the "progress bar" correctly). Kind of frustrating.
I contacted WD and they helped me through diagnostics on the first drive, then concluded it might be faulty so they replaced it - good service! But, the new drive only managed to get further into the backup process before encountering the same problem.
One thing I note is that when I look into the driver details, despite the fact that I installed the WD driver (at least I think I did), the driver is described as a Microsoft driver. Wish I knew if that indicated anything significant...
I also note that there seems to be a reference that might indicate the driver is a 32 bit rather than 64 bit piece of software - ?

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