- Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
- WD SmartWare automatic backup software
- Password protection with hardware encryption
An informative review 10/06/2013
This review is from: WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Storage WDBACW0030HBK-NESN
Fast, Easy to set up (plug and play USB), comes with software, LOTS of storage, long lifespan
Hard drive goes to sleep after 10 minutes of idle to extend lifespan. Waking up the hard drive takes between 15 and 20 seconds.
I have owned a number of different internal and external hard drives over the years across multiple computers, some of which I built myself. Right now I own two MyBook external hard drives- a 1TB and a 3TB- which I use to store everything except apps that need to be installed on the operating drive (C:\). I bought my 3TB MyBook about a year and a half ago (I've had my 1TB for longer), and from day 1 I had the freedom to store just about an endless amount of videos, photos, documents, and other stuff. At night, I put my computer to sleep and when I move the mouse to wake it up, the hard drive turns on with the computer. The only complaint I have with this hard drive is the auto-sleep feature. After ten minutes of no use, the MyBook will "sleep". When you open it in Windows to access a file, the computer will appear to lock up for about 15 to 20 seconds as the hard drive wakes up. This is intended to extend the lifespan of the drive, and once the hard drive is awake, the computer will unfreeze and you will have access to the blazing speeds of USB 3.0 (assuming you have 3.0 ports), and the hard drive won't sleep until another 10-minute period of non-use. If you do not have USB 3.0 on your computer, you can still plug the drive into USB 2.0 or 1.1 ports. It won't run as fast, but for most people, the speed of USB 2.0 is sufficient. Any computer with Windows XP or a newer operating system will automatically detect and install the drivers, and your hard drive will be ready to go. Be aware that while the hard drive comes with its own software, you do not need to install it to use the hard drive. I always access it directly in Windows. I recommend this hard drive to anyone, especially those with large amounts of data that they want stored in one central location.
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