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WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Storage WDBACW0030HBK-NESN

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  • Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • WD SmartWare automatic backup software
  • Password protection with hardware encryption

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  • newegg USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Compatibility Western Digital My Book Essential features universal compatibility with widely-used USB 2.0 and next-generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0. When connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, the drive lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0.
  • newegg WD SmartWare Software Western Digital My Book Essential offers the WD SmartWare software that provides automatic, continuous backup and data retrieve through a visual control center. In addition, the software lets you customize your backup, set drive security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings and more. And if you prefer, you can choose not to use the software at all.
  • newegg Password Protection Western Digital My Book Essential provides password protection and encryption for securing your data from unauthorized access or theft.

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  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Serviceable Drive

Pros: Worked for just over 3 years before failure. Has a 3 year warranty, so that figures about right.

Cons: None really. Always disappointing when drives fail, but outlasted the warranty period.

Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these drives in June of 2013 and installed them as alternating weekly backups on a SBS server. Each drive alternated weeks backing up data 7 days per week. The first drive began misbehaving right at the end of the 3 year warranty period. I was able to repartition and reformat and get it working reliably again. The second drive did a complete failure 5 months after the warranty expired. I failed SO completely that it nearly shut down the SBS server due to read conflict errors. All my data is redundantly backed up, so I didn't lose anything, but it really caused issues for the company until I figured out the problem with the server.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Used for 2 years, only attached to power when backing up data

Pros: -3 years warranty, which is the best in the industry

Cons: -Somewhat slow
-Need power besides USB
-Takes up too much space
-The back up software offered by WD was a joke, never touch that! Acronis, overrated software it was! I had to reinstall my windows after cloning for back up!

Other Thoughts: 3 years warranty, what else do you expect? This kind of thing rarely dies if you don't carry them around. And that's why they are called desktop external. Once it passes warranty period, or let say a year, the hard drive shouldn't have problem unless you stored it incorrectly such as dusty or overheat.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Bought in 2011, failed 2016 (5 years) with limited use

Pros: It was nice while it worked...

Cons: I used it a couple of times a year for backups over 5 years. Everything went well until it suddenly would not be recognized by my computer. Diagonstics from Western Digital show drive failure.

It may have been 5 years old but running it say 5 days a year for backups, it did not have many usage hours on it. It was properly stored and cared for as well.

VERY disappointed! And of course it's out of warranty. Mercifully I had JUST hours before backed up the info to another drive (also WD, but a newer model-but now I'm nervous about it too!). I erased it and was using it for a different back up. I left it on overnight working just fine, by morning it was dead.

The lights are on and I see it moving, but my computer won't recongize it (all USB ports tested and are working) even with new drivers.

Do not buy this!

Other Thoughts: No way!

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1/ 5
Garbage

Pros: Price?

Cons: A little over a year since I bought it (which sadly means out of warranty), I decided to check its SMART status. I didn't expect it to fail so soon so it was just checking "for fun" so to speak. To my surprise it showed 3 offline uncorrectable sector count and 3 current pending sector count - I suspect the bad sectors probably developed before the one year mark, but no way for me to tell any more since I didn't check earlier. Bad. What's even worse is that the reallocated sector count was still 0 which means the bad sectors were not remapped yet. I attempted to use Hard Drive Sentinel (professional grade hard disk utility) to do low level formats / disk re-initialization to trigger the drive to remap these bad sectors to spare sectors (and the reallocated sector count would go up along with it). Nope. The drive didn't remap those 3 bad sectors at all (why??) upon being formatted. Instead, 10% into formatting it, Hard Drive Sentinel is showing errors one after another, and SMART now shows 117 current pending sector count. You can imagine how bad the drive has gotten.

Other Thoughts: If I had known this earlier I would not have gotten this drive: This drive forces hardware encryption, which means even if you didn't set a encryption password at all, all files stored on the drive is encrypted by the chip in the drive enclosure forcefully (can't be turned off), which means if the enclosure fails, even if the drive itself is in perfect condition, all data on the drive will be un-readable, and you can't just plug the drive into another generic enclosure or directly to your PC to recover your data. Ridiculous design aimed to differentiate their internal vs external drive market, NOT for user protection.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Epic Fail

Pros: Good size for my purposes

Cons: Drive has completely failed. Plugging in the drive to a computer results in 100% disk utilization...on any computer (I tried 4). Almost 2.8TB of personal documents, photos, home movies, digital movies....all toast. I am tremendously disappointed in WD having been a long time customer of their internal desktop and laptop drives as well as portable drives.

Other Thoughts: Drive was loaded as a backup drive when I first got it in 2011. It was stored in its original packaging for safety reasons. When I needed to use the drive for recovery purposes and use it for only the 2nd time in my ownership lifetime, the drive does not work. Caveat emptor. Or Caveat Doorstop. Whichever you will.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
1/ 5
DO NOT BUY

Pros: Lots of space

Cons: This drive and any in the series are just defective. I have not come across one person who can say this drive is great and last along time. The only thing in my experience with this drive and a couple more that i bought thinking my pc was a problem is that it will only stay connected for short periods of time. Every single person i have talked to and not just your average people ive gone to well know stores and other places where this drive is sold and same issue. If you try to transfer more than 3 gigs this drive will stay connected for a few minutes if that. I was told by the customer associate and the geek squad that it is a very common issue and it cant be fixed. Ive work for a company that needs plenty of data stored periodically and they bought a few of these. The most expensive mistake ever made. Look on the web its the worst thing to come to WD and they havent resolved the issue at all they just dropped the price.

Other Thoughts: I do not like to put 1 egg on things. I find people who do usually are just trolls trying to assert opinions, but this would be a waste of money and time. DO NOT BUY

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great hard drive!

Pros: It still works fine after 2 years. Large capacity that I can store all my backup.

Cons: none

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Great drive when it works!

Pros: Pretty quiet, sturdy, fast drive.

Cons: Mine died after 1 year and 3 months. So that's no good.

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