Western Digital 3.0TB "My Book" Desktop Storage External USB 3.0/2.0 Hard Drive - Black





  • External - Desktop
  • 3.0TB
  • USB 2.0/USB 3.0
  • 5,400 rpm
  • Up to 5 Gbps

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  • Complete backup for peace of mind.

    My Book offers complete backup options with WD SmartWare Pro software for local and cloud backup and Acronis True Image WD Edition software for system level backup. 
  • Keep your private stuff private.

    Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access with password protection and hardware encryption.
  • Works great with Windows 8.

    WD's Windows 8 app makes it easy to discover the digital media stored on your My Book drive with your Windows 8 computer. Your content is automatically displayed and organized so you can easily locate and enjoy your photos, videos and music.
  • Ultra-fast transfer rates

    My Book desktop storage is optimized for the best possible data transfer rates. Connect this drive to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port to save and access files up to 3x faster than with USB 2.0.
  • Up to 3x faster transfer rates.

    When connected to a USB 3.0 port, My Book lets you access and save files with blazing speed. Reduce transfer time by up to 3 times when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates.
    Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.
  • Automatic backup software

    WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software works quietly in the background to help protect your data using minimal PC resources. Select automatic continuous backup to instantly create a second copy of your files. Or select the scheduled backup option to back up your files on your schedule and take control of your backup.
  • Automatic, continuous backup software.

    Backup means having a second copy of your files at all times. WD's automatic backup software makes that easy. It continually works quietly in the background to help protect your data while using minimal PC resources. Whenever you save or change a file, it's instantly backed up.
  • System-level backup

    Acronis® True Image WD Edition is an integrated software suite that ensures security of all information on your PC. It can back up the entire disk drive or selected partitions, including your operating system, applications, settings and all of your data. You can also use the software to securely delete any confidential data you no longer need.
  • Local and cloud backup

    WD SmartWare Pro lets you choose. Back up your files to your My Book drive or back up your files to the cloud using your Dropbox™ account.* You can also back up files from your Dropbox account to your My Book drive for extra protection.

    *Dropbox account required for cloud backup. Cloud services may be changed, terminated or interrupted at any time and may vary by country.

  • Universal connectivity

    With this drive you get connectivity with the latest USB 3.0 devices as well as backward compatibility with USB 2.0 devices. (USB 3.0 cable included.)
  • Massive capacity

    With up to 4 TB capacity, there's plenty of room to store and protect your precious memories and important files.
  • Secure your files

    Use WD Security to set password protection and hardware encryption. Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access.
  • WD quality inside and out

    We know your data is important to you. So we build the drive inside to our demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance and long-term reliability. Then, we protect the drive with a durable enclosure designed for beauty.



Performance Specifications

Serial Bus Transfer Rate (USB 2.0)480 Mb/s (Max)
Serial Transfer Rate
Serial Bus Transfer Rate (USB 3.0)5 Gb/s (Max)

Physical Specifications

Capacity3 TB

Physical Dimensions

Height6.70 Inches
Depth5.50 Inches
Width1.90 Inches
Weight2.23 Pounds
Height170.60 mm
Depth139.30 mm
Width49.0 mm
Weight1.01 kg

Environmental Specifications

Temperature (English)
Operating41° F to 95° F
Non-operating-4° F to 149° F
Temperature (Metric)
Operating5° C to 35° C
Non-operating-20° C to 65° C

Electrical Specifications

Current Requirements
Power Dissipation AC Input Voltage: 100-240 VAC
AC Input Frequency: 47-63 Hz

WD SmartWare

  • Your data is not just data, it's your family photos, your financial documents, your music - your life. You know you should back it up, but many of you don't. We understand. We've talked to lots of people and we've heard the reasons why people don't back up - there's no time; it's a pain; their data's not organized; they don't know how. Using what we've learned, we developed easy, automatic backup software we hope you'll really use because we understand the importance of your data.
  • It's easy.

    You're up and running in a few simple steps. Once you set it up, you can forget it because the rest is automatic.
  • It finds your data.

    • A unique visual interface lets you see the WD drives connected toyour computer.
    • WD SmartWare automatically scans your computer and finds all of your personal files, including e-mail.
    • Select the files and folders that you want backed up or back up your files by category. It's up to you.
    • The backup gauges show how much information you have to be backed up in each category. You can even mouse over a category to see afile count.
    • Simply click "Start Backup" and WD SmartWare will automatically start backing up your files.
    • As your backup is running the category gauges will change color showing you the backup as it happens.
    • When finished, you'll see a status screen and information about your backup. You only have to do this once. After the first backup, your files will be backed up automatically every time you change or add a file.
  • It's always on the job.

    WD SmartWare is always watching your computer, so when you change a file and save it, create new files, add new pictures, movies, or songs, WD SmartWare will instantly back them up.
  • It's easy to bring back lost files.

    If you ever accidentally delete an important file, or need to get an earlier version of a file, you can find and retrieve it in seconds with the easy-to-use retrieve interface.
    • Restore all of the files you’ve backed up or select a particular file or folder. Use the search function to easily find a lost file.
    • Set the number of versions you want to save so you can go back in time to retrieve an older version of a file.
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External - Desktop
USB 2.0/USB 3.0
RPM Speed
5,400 rpm
Transfer Rate
Up to 5 Gbps
Software Included
WD SmartWare Pro, WD Drive Utilities. Acronis True Image WD Edition, PC only.
System Requirements
USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port. Formatted NTFS for Win8, Win7, Vista, WinXP. OS X requires reformatting.
1.9(w) X 6.7(h) X 5.5(d)
Shipping Weight
4 lbs
Warranty Terms - Parts
24 Months
Warranty Terms - Labor
24 Months


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Western Digital 3.0TB "My Book" Desktop Storage External USB 3.0/2.0 Hard Drive - Black

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Bundled software is garbage

By Big Tom

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Heavy Duty User

Verified Reviewer


  • It's A Basic Hard-drive


  • Included Software Doens't
  • Wd Software Doesn't Work
  • Wd Software Doesnt Work

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    Comments about Western Digital 3.0TB "My Book" Desktop Storage External USB 3.0/2.0 Hard Drive - Black:

    I bought the 3 TB model to back up another 3 TB drive that I use as a media drive. I have no issues with the drive itself, but I am unable to get the WD Smartware to work at all. I've been playing around with it on and off for the past 4 days and I cannot get it to back anything up. I checked the WD forums and found that there are tons of people having issues with the software included with this drive. Luckily, I work in IT and I am capable of working around the issues I am having by using other software. But for the average person who buys this thinking they will be able to plug it in and immediately start backing up their important files - you are in for some disappointment. Backup software is critical - Shame on WD for releasing a product with such buggy software!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    Western Digital 3.0TB "My Book"


    from BABYLON , NY

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Buyer


    • Easy To Install
    • Fast
    • Highly Compatible
    • Quiet
    • Reliable


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