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Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB Black External Hard Drive

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Product Reviews

Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB Black External Hard Drive
Very Good
Below Average
Rating: 8.67/10
With 12 User Reviews

Review Date: 04/13/13
Cons: none

Pros: Fairly compact design, WD Quality and Capacity
Purchase on sale & price matched for 109$ good deal. Like the dual USB 2&3 features. The speed its decent, not as fast would you aspect cause its only 5400RPM drive, but it does the job nicely.Recommended

Review Date: 02/18/13
Cons: Connecteur USB3.0 sur le boitier semble fragile.Prix relativement élevé.

Pros: Bon manufacturier.Bien ventilé.Boitier compacte et stable.Long cable USB3.0transfert très rapide
Ce disque externe est d'une bonne conception, il est silencieux et sa vitesse de transfert est rapide en utilisation USB3.0.

Review Date: 11/01/12
Cons: nothing

Pros: large capacity, quiet, fast
run quiet and cool, good capacity for the price, fast reading and writing data

Review Date: 10/16/12
Cons: none

Pros: Good price! Quick enough.
All good no problem, size is a bit too big, no bus power.

Review Date: 10/04/12
Cons: Connector is fragile

Pros: Quiet, cool, fast
Using this drive for W7 backup.Fast, quiet, run cool.The only issue is that it disconnect and reconnect when the computer wakes up from sleep. Not a big issue, just annoying.Updated the firmware twice, still the same issue. Maybe this is standard W7 behaviour for a external backup drive.

Review Date: 09/22/12
Cons: None that stand out.

Pros: - Quiet.- Stylish.- USB 3.0
Plugged into my 2nd Gen WDTV HD Media Player. Runs perfectly.

Review Date: 08/12/12
Cons: Unreliable, drive failed within 6 hours of unboxing

Pros: Compact, portable
Used this on a new 2012 MacBook Pro with USB 3.0 (after reformatting using Apple's Disk Utility on OS X Lion) and tried to copy/paste two folders containing 1.2TB worth of backup data. After a few hours the drive made it about a third of the way through and then crashed, freezing the copy operation, the drive itself spinning, clicking, and clunking repeatedly.The dead drive would not eject properly, so I had to manually disconnect it and reboot the system. After the reboot, attempting to connect the drive resulted in the same cycle of spinning/clicking/clunking with no response from the drive.Returned the drive a day after buying it, and will not make the mistake of trusting Western Digital again.

Review Date: 08/10/12
Cons: - Useless software.- Power button (HOLD to turn off).

Pros: - Fast.- Simple design.- Very quiet.- Easy to set up.
Overall this is a great drive. I know it's only been 3 days but I'm sure this device will last. If not, I'll update  this review.This is my first USB 3.0 so I'm definitely liking this. I transferred a folder containing raw video data from my computer and it took 7 minutes and 47 seconds for 24.9GB. I'm not sure if this is the expected speed, but I thought it was very fast compared to what I'm used to (USB 2.0). It's also extremely quiet. I can't really hear it at all.The power button is the main thing I thought could've been better. Press it to turn it on and press it again to turn it off. Simple, but no - that's not how it works. When I 'eject' this drive, it automatically goes into some sort of sleep mode, from which I cannot awaken it, forcing me to pull the power cord. Strange. So in order to turn this thing off, I just press and hold the power button until it shuts down, without properly 'ejecting' it.

Review Date: 04/24/12
Cons: None so far.

Pros: Quiet, Compact, Fast. Everything you could ask for.
Works just as expected. Lightning speed. USB3 is definitely a treat. The on/off functionality takes a little getting used to compared to other externals, but that's not to say it's bad.

Review Date: 04/04/12
Cons: On-off operation not intuitive

Pros: usb 3.0on-off button
All's well except that the on-off operation is not intuitive. After it's connected to a power source, the unit won't turn on itself and it's expected since there is an on-off button.But as soon as it's plugged into a usb port, the unit will turn on automatically, no need for you to push the button. So far so good. The tricky part is when you want to power it off without unplugging it from the usb port. Simply pressing the on-off button won't do, you have to press and hold for a few seconds for it to work.There is no manual and no instruction in the box to inform you this simple fact. For a while, I thought I got a defective unit. That said, this is really a very good drive, so I still give it 5 stars.

Review Date: 01/14/12
Cons: no

Pros: This hard drive is so good
this external hard drive is high preformance. and it is so easy to transfer data. also it has USB 3.0, its fast

Review Date: 03/10/11
Cons: None

Pros: Compact, Light, Quiet and Fast
I am happy with this drive so far and it is large enough to meet my needs for some time.I am not using the backup software that is included because many have complained it uses too much resources.
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Product Features

Western Digital WDBACW0020HBK-NESN My Book Essential External Hard Drive
Put your digital life on the high capacity Western Digital WDBACW0020HBK-NESN My Book Essential External Hard Drive. Designed to last with both WD quality and reliability plus USB 3.0 connectivity for next-generation speed.

What It Is And Why You Need It

  • Both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity for compatibility today and speed for the future
  • Designed to last with both WD quality and reliability.

Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
The Western Digital WDBACW0020HBK-NESN My Book Essential External Hard Drive is a single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you?re ready.

Up to 3x faster transfer rates
When connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port the Western Digital WDBACW0020HBK-NESN My Book Essential External Hard Drive drive lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0. Transfer a 2-hour HD movie in just 3 minutes instead of 13 minutes. ( Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.)

WD quality inside and out
For over 20 years, millions of people worldwide have trusted their data to WD hard drives. We are successful because we understand the importance of your data and our first concern is keeping that data safe.

WD SmartWare software
You're in control of your backup. Install all the features, select just the components you need, or if you prefer, choose not to use the software at all.

Automatic, continuous backup
Works quietly in the background to protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file it?s instantly backed up.

Password protection for privacy
Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access with password protection and encryption.

Product Specifications

Brand Western Digital
Series My Book Essential
Color Black
Interface USB 3.0/USB 2.0
Capacity 2TB
Physical Spec
Dimensions 6.5" x 5.3" x 1.9"
Weight 2.6 lbs.
Features Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility

Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0

Automatic, continuous backup

Password protection and hardware encryption

Protecting your data with automatic, continuous backup

Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music

Securing private or sensitive data with password protection and hardware encryption
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 2 years limited
Labor 2 years limited
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