WD 3TB My Book for Mac Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBYCC0030HBK-EESN
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|Item Weight||1.01 kg||0.95 kg||230 grams||0.91 kg|
|Colour||Black||Desktop (2016 Edition)||Black||Black|
|Memory Storage Capacity||3 TB||3 TB||2 TB||4 TB|
|Item Dimensions||14 x 5 x 17 Centimetres||12 x 17.6 x 3.7 Centimetres||11.01 x 8.16 x 2.1 Centimetres||13.5 x 4.8 x 16.58 Centimetres|
|Data Transfer Rate||5,120 MB per second||5,120 MB per second||5,120 MB per second||5,120 MB per second|
|Hard Disk Size||3 TB||3 TB||2 TB||4 TB|
|Special Feature||Information not provided||Plug and Play||Operating temperature range:5 - 35 °C^Security algorithms:256-bit AES^Yes||External power adapter^Operating temperature range:5 - 35 °C^Plug and Play^USB powered^Yes|
|Size||3 TB||3TB||2 TB||4 TB|
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Western Digital My Book Mac 3 TB. USB3.0 / 3.5" / WD Security software / Time Machine compatible / USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A /
1 x My Book Mac 3 TB
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This WD 3TB drives offers good value for money. It is already formatted for Mac, which is a small bonus for Mac users - I say small, because reformatting a PC hard drive to Mac only takes a few minutes with Disk Utility and I have yet to find a hard drive that is not Mac compatible. Nevertheless, many Mac users will appreciate a drive they can use straight out of the box. In addition, it comes with two pieces of software that are Mac-compatible and actually useful: WD Drive Utility that includes S.M.A.R.T diagnostics, a timer to control when your drive sleeps and an erase utility. WD Security enables you to password-protect your drive.
In terms of function I can not fault this drive. I only have USB 2, not USB 3 on this computer so I can not give a good estimation of its speed - which means I'm using as an archive disc, not for video editing (I use Thunderbolt and FireWire drives for video). For that purpose it offers excellent value for money.
My 2006 iMac's hard drive failed, so to keep it running a little while longer I ordered this external drive, plugged it into the USB socket (USB2 only on my old iMac, but it works perfectly without any manual intervention) reinstalled Snow Leopard and restored my backup. If anything it's faster than the old drive - the speed is only limited by the USB2 standard (on a newer machine it would use USB3 and be ten times faster). I don't really notice any slowness, or any noise for that matter. For less than £100 I'm up and running again with the WD as the main hard drive. When I do get around to replacing the Mac, the WD will become an archive for the Time Capsule backup or an extra disk for a NAS.
I have since looked at external reviews, after the event, and seem that these drive have a high failure rate. Not a risk I am willing to take based on my experiences, I will not be back ! Cannot say if this is typical if WD or just because it is an 8Tb Drive, I will be buying Seagate 8Tb and will report if I experience any such issues as my largest Seagate is 3Tb to date.
The set up is minimal, you plug it in with the supplied USB 3.0 cable and away you go. The configuration of the drive is primarily optimised for Mac OSX machines which includes Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and I can confirm that is also works with the latest version Mavericks. The first thing you see when you plug it in, is a message to see if you would like use this drive with time machine, which you can then easily set up via on screen instructions.
There are four selling points of this drive.
Firstly it's USB 3.0 for faster file transfer if your computer supports it, but it works fine with USB 2.0.
Secondly the range of utility and diagnostics software supplied on the drive allows you to conveniently register the drive, set a sleep timer, scan the drive for bad sectors (potential drive failures) and reformat for use on other operating systems like Windows; all via a simple interface. When reformatting the drive using the software you have two options, HFS+J and ExFAT (use for both Macs and Windows). You are also able to password protect your content to secure the drive. The set up using the software is simple and you can also enable auto lock for specific users of your computer. It is important to note that if you ever forget your password, you will permanently lose access to the data. There is no password reset facility. On the plus side software updates are free.Read more ›
After 25 years as a dedicated PC user I am switching to Mac systems and have started with a Mac Air for holidays - no doubt I will add a Mac laptop or desktop soon
In the very old days (ca 1997 of WIN 95 and 98) even the computer base programmes and software could be saved to floppy disks, then with the complexity of programmes and the need to store digital photographs and video more sophisticated large capacity storage has become a necessity. Prices have dropped dramatically and even 4Tb drives are readily affordable.
For the PC I have used / (still use) large external capacity drives such as Seagate and Western Digital (1-4Tb drives).
The latest Apple Macs use a special total back up programme for back up of the total system and contents, Time Machine (Certain items can also be stored / shared on iCloud, 5 GB free then charges for larger amounts)
Whilst I have so far been successful with using a standard WD drive with the Mac Air ( rather than buying an Apple "Time Capsule" which is still ca £200) , there have been reports in the Mac users websites of incompatibilities with WD software / data corruptions using WD drives.
These are my (first) impressions of a (3Tb) WD system dedicated to Mac use. This is nominally for a desktop Mac so is not intended to be portable. It is ca 50% of the Apple Time Capsule price but does not act as a central network hub.
My Mac Air came with the latest OS-X system Mountain Lion but has been updated to the latest version "Mavericks". It is fitted with 2 x USB 3.0 high speed (fast data transfer) ports and a thunderbolt port (no use without a converter Apple!!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far so good with this little external altho I shall be replacing it after 2 yrs because I've been told they burn themselves out! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Works perfectly. Got this to use a time machine backup for our office server. We originally used the non-Mac version which had some issues running consistent backups, but this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris
First one didn't work at all when plugged in but replacement arrived quickly and works like a dream, stress free storage.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Haven't used it as of yet, but I am sure it will be an excellent product.
Here is a tip: When you buy something expensive like this, on which you will store valuable... Read more
I'm very happy with this device. It provides encryption for your back-ups and is very easy to use immediately with a Mac as it's pre-formatted. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr N
I have a few hard drives attached to my iMac and I'd been struggling with an old one for time machine backups. I decided to bite the bullet and spend some money on a new one. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Susan Fishwick
After initial problems with the power lead, I am now getting value for money. This is my second WD My Book.Published 5 months ago by edthered