- 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: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,411 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Western Digital My Book Essential 2 TB USB 3.0/2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDBACW0020HBK-NESN
- 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
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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.
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.
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 SmartWare visual backup software provides a visual display of your backup as it happens so you know your data is safe.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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.
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
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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