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Western Digital My Book Essential 2 TB USB 3.0/2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDBACW0020HBK-NESN


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  • Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Connectivity today; speed for tomorrow
  • Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
  • Automatic, continuous backup
  • Hardware encryption, password protection


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 13.5 x 4.8 cm ; 1.2 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Item model number: WDBACW0020HBK-NESN
  • ASIN: B0041OSQBG
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Sept. 8 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,223 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Product Description

The world's number one selling external hard drive features both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity for compatibility today and speed for the future. Visual backup software and password protection with hardware encryption ensure your data is protected. This sleek drive nestles neatly on a shelf next to other My Book drives.

From the Manufacturer

My Book® Essential™ - Next generation storage and backup.

Put your digital life on the sleek, high capacity My Book® Essential™ external hard drive. With WD quality and USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity, this drive is designed for today with tomorrow in mind.

WD quality inside and out
My Book External drives are the world's best selling drives. There's a reason. We've been making hard drives for 20 years and we know how to protect your data.
WD My Book Essential - Quality
USB 3.0 plus USB 2.0
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.
WD My Book Essential - USB 3.0
See your life safe in one place
WD SmartWare visual backup software provides a visual display of your backup as it happens so you know your data is safe.
WD My Book Essential - SmartWare
Features at a glance

  • Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • WD SmartWare software
  • Automatic, continuous backup
  • Password protection and hardware encryption
  • 2-year limited warranty

Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 - 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.

WD My Book Essential

Up to 3x faster transfer rates - When connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port this 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.

Planet friendly- My Book external drives are designed to save energy. WD GreenPower Technology™ lowers internal drive power consumption by up to 30%; a sleep mode reduces power during idle times, and a power-saving feature turns the drive on and off with your computer.

WD My Book Essential Box

Ideal for

  • Connecting with your USB 2.0 port today and using with USB 3.0 when you’re ready
  • Transferring files up to three times faster when connected to a USB 3.0 port
  • 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

What's in the box
External hard drive, USB cable, WD SmartWare software, AC adapter, Quick Install Guide.

Compatibility
Formatted NTFS
Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7
Mac OS® X Leopard®, Snow Leopard™ (requires reformatting and will work in USB 2.0 mode)
Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user’s hardware configuration and operating system.

 


Desktop Storage
Comparison Chart
My Book Essential My Book Elite My Book 3.0 My Book for Mac My Book Studio My Book Studio LX My Book Studio Edition II
Next generation storage and backup.
Premium backup and storage.
Super speed storage.
Smart backup and storage for Mac.
Pure performance for Mac.
Pure performance for Mac. All metal enclosure.
Fast, green and Mac-ready.
 
Interface
USB 3.0, USB 2.0
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB 2.0
FireWire 800,
USB 2.0
FireWire 800,
USB 2.0
FireWire 400/800,
USB 2.0 eSATA
 
Capacity range
500 GB - 3 TB
500 GB - 2 TB
1 TB and 2 TB
640 GB - 2 TB
1 TB and 2 TB
1 TB and 2 TB
1 TB - 4 TB
 
WD SmartWare
   
 
Automatic backup
 
 
Password protection
and hardware encryption
   
 
Capacity gauge
   
 
Custom e-label
       
 
Premium metal enclosure
             


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most helpful customer reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By hans on June 2 2011
This is an awful product. It's one goal is to store computer material and it couldn't even do that. Mine worked fine for a total of like 2 months then start running extremely slow, wouldn't let me add anything to it, wouldn't let me take anything out. It was basically a paper weight.

I spent a solid 3 months dealing with the idiots at customer service which sucked because the return email for their site doesn't work. They finallllllly agreed to replace it and when the replacement came they didn't even include a return slip or address so I had to go out and pay for postage to fix THEIR mistake.

I am mostly venting right now, when the hard is running 100% it is great but it doesn't work 100% and dealing with the Western Digital Clowns almost gave me a heart attack from the stress.

Don't make my mistake
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jefflix on Feb. 28 2012
I bought this hard drive 3 months ago. This week it started to make weird noises so I immediately started to backup everything on it onto another disk I have. Too late. The disk stopped turning, blinking light still flashing and no copying. After many tries, I finally made it to backup the essential but the disk is less and less stable every hour! I ran a Drive Genius scan and it showed it had bad blocks. This means my disk is diing.

WD used to make quality products, only a few years ago when 500GB was the big thing. Bigger cords, firewire and usb compatible, that disk lasted 4 years. But the second I opened the My Book Essential 2TB, it immediately felt cheap. Indeed.

At the most, this disk can be used as a cheap backup drive but even that could be too much for it too handle.

Very disappointed. Do not buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By synctronic on Feb. 2 2011
Ordered this USB 3.0 hard drive along with a PCI E USB 3.0 card in mid January. Received the hard drive a few days after(love the free shipping)and because the PCI Card was being shipped from States, the card would only arrive in early Febuary (passing customs).

Because the drive is backward compatible, I have been running the hard drive in the USB 2.0 mode until my PCI E card arrives. I am very pleased with this unit so far. Decided not to use the supplied Smartware backup supplied with the drive

Receive the PCI E USB 3.0 card Feb 1 as promised. I installed, updated the driver and tested. Wow! Tranfer speeds are super fast. I'm very happy with this combination purchase and would recommend it. Just make sure that you have an available PCI Express slot on your computer before ordering the card.Best Connectivity 2 Ports USB 3.0 PCI-Express Controller Card SD-PEX20047
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom on June 21 2012
This drive is functioning properly for me, but it tries to install extra proprietary drivers when I plug it into the USB2 ports on my Windows 7 PC. I have another USB 3 external drive and it does not do this.

This drive is advertised as a USB drive and one of the great things about USB is that it is a widely supported standard: I can plug USB drives into any computer (or even a tablet and phone now) and they will work without any special drivers. This is particularly useful when it is not your computer so you don't want to make any changes to it.

I should point that I have been able to get it to work without the extra drivers, so it is capable of operating as a normal USB2 drive on Windows. I have not been able to find any explanation for why it wants the extra drivers and what I lose by not installing them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OldITguy on Oct. 21 2011
I bought one a few weeks ago. It was delivered in 2 days, with standard shipping.

After installing on my P4 2GB RAM XP Pro system with USB 2.0, I removed the Smartware as I only want this drive for archival storage of system images and video files. No problems - it ran fine. However, I wanted to see what speed increase I could get via a USB 3.0 PCIe card that I had installed a few days ago.

A 12GB transfer of 5 video files via USB 2.0 took 8 min. 40 sec. I then ran the same transfer via my new USB 3.0 port, which took 6 Min. 40 sec. All conditions were equal - no other jobs were running.

My expectation was that the USB 3.0 transfer would be 2 or 3 times faster than USB 2.0. My conclusion is that the WD disk speed is only about 25% faster than the USB 2.0 pipe can transfer the data - if the disk was faster, greater speeds could be obtained via USB 3.0.

Despite the modest 25% speed increase, I ordered another identical WD drive for making a 2nd copy of the files on the first drive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By snoopypuppy23 (Troy) on Sept. 26 2012
Verified Purchase
bought this product (2nd one) to back up my hard drive on the computer. Got it ready and the My Book began backing the hard drive. Half-way through it stopped. I phoned their assistance included in the purchase (the phone number) and we re-set it up and it began again. It went further the next time but did not complete what it was supposed to do. Called the phone number again and told them of the recurring problem. There answer: it was my fault due to my computer being faulty and to them, it couldn't possibly be there product. They were not prepared to do anything. I told them that they have lost a customer, and that i will never buy their product again. I'm telling everyone i know never to buy from them again.
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