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WD My Book 3TB External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 File Backup and Storage

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The world's number one selling external hard drive features both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity for compatibility today and speed for the future. Visual backup software and password protection with hardware encryption ensure your data is protected. This sleek drive nestles neatly on a shelf next to other My Book drives.

Quick Specs:
Package Contents
  • My Book Essential WDBACW0030HBK Hard Drive
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Quick Install Guide
Host Interface USB 3.0
  • USB 2.0
  • Plug n Play
Storage Capacity 3 TB
Limited Warranty 2 Year
Weight (Approximate) 2.60 lb
Color Black
Drive Type External
Height 1.9"
Width 5.3"
Depth 6.5"
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS WEEE
Drive Width 3.5"

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Drive Performance  
     Maximum External Data Transfer Rate: 640 MB/s (5 Gbit/s)
General Information  
     Brand Name: WD
     Manufacturer: Western Digital Corporation
     Manufacturer Part Number: WDBACW0030HBK-NESN
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Product Line: My Book Essential
     Product Model: WDBACW0030HBK
     Product Name: My Book Essential WDBACW0030HBK Hard Drive
     Product Type: Hard Drive
     Host Interface: USB 3.0
  • USB 2.0
  • Plug n Play

     Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: RoHS
     Green Compliant: Yes
     Package Contents:
  • My Book Essential WDBACW0030HBK Hard Drive
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Quick Install Guide

Physical Characteristics  
     Color: Black
     Depth: 6.5" (165 mm)
     Drive Type: External
     Drive Width: 3.5"
     Height: 1.9" (48 mm)
     Weight (Approximate): 1.18 kg
     Width: 5.3" (135 mm)
     Software Included:

WD SmartWare Software

Technical Information  
     Features: Password Authentication
     Platform Supported: PC
     Storage Capacity: 3 TB
     Limited Warranty: 2 Year

Customer Reviews of Western Digital WD Retail WDBACW0030HBK-NESN

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Experience: 14 Months


Generally quiet operation
Good write/read speeds
USB3.0 connection
It requires an outlet (non portable)
This is a very good external hard drive. It connects via USB 3.0 and is very quiet when operating. On boot-up or long writes it makes some noise, but is very bearable. The power button on the back only works if you install the included software. You can simply eject the disk to turn it off if you feel so inclined. I would recommend buying this storage device.

Experience: 34 Days


Large storage space for a reasonable price
bulky case, but not really an issue to me. Just hides behind my monitor.
Bought this on sale for $129.99 because my old 500GB external drive is full from backing up my photography photos. Would even think about purchasing another to make a backup of my backups... 4 star only until I can find an external drive that can guarantee I won't lose my files or ever fail...

Experience: 1 Months


simple to use, just plug in and go.
Included MyBook software is not needed, and was removed.
Using this as a Kids movie drive on my DNLA router with USB ports. Very reliable, would purchase again.

Experience: 6 Months


If it doesn't work the way it suppose to it's hard to find any Pros
Neither dead nor alive
It boots, it shows some files and folders, sometimes it even works. But... files and folders disappear without any particular reason.

Some details:
My idea was to connect it through a router as a NAS drife. My choice for the router was ASUS RT-N65U (bought at the same time and still works fine). At the beginning everythig seemed to be OK. I was able to mount the drive to the USB 3.0 port of the router. I could copy some movies and music and later veiew ot listen to it. However, at one point I'd realized that some movies I remember having copied to the drive started disappearing. They were not showing in Windows explorer. I then started Googling the "files disappearing from My Book" and realized that it was an existing problem. I called both WD and ASUS for help but (as you might guess) they could not guarantee compatibility with any harware except their own. So, good lesson for me... avoid hooking together hardware from different vendors.
The funniest thing is that the files hadn't actually disappear. I can see that the WD disk free space is at about the same level as it was before the files' disappearance. Those files are just not visible to Windows. So far I couldn't find the solution.

Experience: 4 Months


Looks nice and has a large capacity.
Glossy finish on the plastic housing is easily scratched. It is also larger than it needs to be.
This is a good deal for the price, minus some minor flaws regarding the plastic housing and its' size.

Experience: 4 Months


Plug and play! 3TB! Massive.
A bit too big.
I've bought it in sold, need more space to store film. A very HDD, high speed in USB3 and very hard to broke (my cat push it out of the desk)I recommand it for everone that need more space.

Experience: 4 Months


Large Size and that's it
Failed less that 6 mo - LEMON
Purchased the drive about three months ago and one day the drive showed up unformatted.
Tried to upgrade firmware - successful
Tried to reformat using WD Quick Format - failed

Now I have to get it replaced.
And searching for my problem found out that there are too many users out there with same story as mine.

My only advice: Beware of the product - it's a lemon !

Experience: 2 Months


High Storage
bought this to replace my old samsung drive that had bad sectors, so far so good. Constantly running uploads

Experience: 6 Months


Price, company, ease of use
Nothing really
Bought it planning on using it as easy expansion (all my SATA spots were full). I used it for about a week via USB and it worked fine but I got annoyed with it sitting on my desk. So I pulled it apart and stuck the drive in the HTPC, and that went fine if anybody was wondering (no weird encryption or anything).

I got it on sale so it was cheaper at the time than the regular WD green 3TB, so it all worked out. As for the drive, quiet, reliable, and slow, which are all to be expected.

Experience: 2 Years


Very fast and reliable
Works great for multipurpose backup. Have video, music, photos, and data stored together with no issues. 2MB sequential write rate is roughly 100MB/s as to be expected from USB 3.0

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Comment: Benchmarking of the harddrive on USB3.
Posted by: @10/14/12
Comment: Benchmarking of the harddrive on USB2.
Posted by: @09/16/12
Comment: For the price, there’s nothing in the market that provides this much value for money when storage capacity and overall speed is concerned.
Posted by: Babaghan @08/13/11
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