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Western Digital® My Book® Essential™ USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, 3TB
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Western Digital® My Book® Essential™ USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, 3TB

Item # 515146 OfficeMax # 23129026
New technology for faster transfers
  • External hard drive features ultra-fast USB 3.0 interface.
  • Provides automatic, continuous backup of your computer.
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New technology for faster transfers
  • External hard drive features ultra-fast USB 3.0 interface.  Offers transfer rates up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Fully compatible with USB 2.0 systems, too.
  • Provides automatic, continuous backup of your computer.  Includes Visual backup software. Password protection with hardware encryption ensures your data is protected, in case of loss or theft.
  • Compatible with Windows PCs.  Also works with Mac OS X 10.5+, but requires reformatting and is limited to USB 2.0 speeds.

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Item # 515146 
Manufacturer # WDBACW0030HBK-NESN  
brand name Western Digital
device connector type USB 3.0
dimensions 1.9" x 5.3" x 6.5"
manufacturer Western Digital Corporation
maximum data transfer rate 5 Gbps
model name My Book Essential
operating system compatibility Windows XP; Windows Vista; Windows 7, Mac OS Leopard; Mac Snow Leopard (requires re-formatting and will work in USB 2.0 mode)
postconsumer recycled content 0%
software included yes
storage capacity 3000 GB
total recycled content 0%
warranty length 2-yr limited

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Western Digital� My Book� Essential? USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, 3TB 4.5 5 8 8
great great quality, nice package. I'll recommend to my friends March 22, 2014
Three's the charm! This was my third WD MyBook Essential 3TB external hard drive purchased from Office Depot so obviously I like the product and service. This product is as near idiot proof to use as you can get. Remove from box. Plug power supply into electric receptacle, and round plug into round hole (there is only one) . Plug USB cable into any USB slot on computer and into remaining USB slot on hard drive (again there is only one). Make sure your computer is turned on (there is no off/on switch on the hard drive, just a power light indicator on the front). The hard drive can be placed in any position as long as it is stable. When ready to move, reverse process. There are a couple things to bear in mind using this hard drive. 1. If you have more than one as I do it's a good idea to put a small piece of masking tape with a label to tell them apart. If you want all of them to be active at the same time, it's probably a good idea to invest in a USB hub. 2. While these hard drives are much more robust than earlier ones (none do well after being dropped) a certain amount of care and limiting the transportation is a good idea. Use a thumbdrive if you want to transport a few gigs of data from place to place, not an external HD. October 16, 2013
Good product. Plug and play, fast response, works with my 2.0 USB port also. Great price and a great deal. Western Digital is much better than Seagate, which I would never buy again when one got bricked. October 4, 2013
Just plain & happily satisfied. . . . Hooked it up and worked fine out of the box It did what it was supposed to, who could ask for anything more? January 13, 2013
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This is a true plug-N-play; no software required. As in my review there is an USB slot for the data cable to your computer and a power cord, nothing else. No off/on switch, just a power supply light indicator. Windows takes about ten or fifteen seconds to automatically identify the hard drive as a USB device, just like a thumbdrive.

One caveat, most computers I use only recognize one multi-TB HD at a time (the HD and a thumbdrive work fine). If you want say 12 TB of external storage, just get a cheap USB hub to hook up the four WD drives!
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No, it's plug and play and any software needed (or optional features) is already included on the drive.
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Hello, thank you for your question.The WD My Book� Essential? USB 3.0 External Hard Drive comes with a free backup software package that can be installed on your computer. However, this is not a requirement to use the device. You also have the option to password protect this device. Hope this helps and thanks again for the interest in this WD product.
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What is the power source on this? Does it plug into the wall or does it come from computer?
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The Western Digital My Book Essential USB 3.0 External Hard Drive needs to be connected directly into a wall outlet with the included AC adapter.
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The hard drive comes with a small transformer which uses a standard three prong plug. It doesn't draw power from the computer.
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The Western Digital My Book Essential USB 3.0 External Hard Drive 3TB comes with the WD Smartware backup software installer to give you the option to use this to backup your computer. This backup software allows you the option to choose between a continuous backup or a scheduled backup. More information about WD Smartware can be found at the following link: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=940
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Will this model be compatible in Windows 7 and Windows 8 OS?
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Yes, the Western Digital My Book Essential USB 3.0 External Hard Drive is compatible with the Windows 7 and the Windows 8 operating systems.
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Does this seriously compromise its usability? Is there a more compatible hard drive? Thanks!
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Reformatting hard drive is necessary for any hard drive to work different operating systems. Formatting will not compromises hard drive its usability. After formatting only the hard drive can be used in operating system.
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Features

  • 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 encyrption.
  • Massive capacity. Sleek design.

    My Book features up to 4 TB capacity, to store and protect all the chapters of your digital life.
  • Automatic backup.

    WD’s automatic, continuous backup software works quietly in the background to help protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file, it’s instantly backed up.
  • Password protection secures your drive.

    Use WD Security to set password protection and hardware encryption and protect your files from unauthorized use or access.
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility.

    With this single drive you get compatibility with your USB 2.0 devices today and the ultra-fast speed of USB 3.0 when you're ready to step up to the next generation.
  • Up to 3x faster transfer rates.

    When connected to a USB 3.0 port, My Book lets you access and save files with blazing speed. Reduce transfer time by up to 3 times when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates.
    Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.
  • WD SmartWare software.

    WD SmartWare visual backup software provides a visual display of your backup as it happens so you know your data is safe.
  • Automatic, continuous backup software.

    Backup means having a second copy of your files at all times. WD's automatic backup software makes that easy. It continually works quietly in the background to help protect your data while using minimal PC resources. Whenever you save or change a file, it's instantly backed up.
  • Password protection for privacy.

    WD Security utility allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption for your drive to protect your files from unauthorized use or access.
  • WD Drive Utilities.

    Register your drive, set drive security, run diagnostics and more using WD Drive Utilities.
  • WD quality inside and out.

    We know your data is important to you. So we build the drive inside to our demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance and long-term reliability. Then we place the drive in a robust enclosure designed for beauty and protection.

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Performance Specifications

Serial Bus Transfer Rate (USB 2.0)480 Mb/s (Max)
Serial Transfer Rate
Serial Bus Transfer Rate (USB 3.0)5 Gb/s (Max)

Physical Specifications

Capacity3 TB

Physical Dimensions

English
Height6.50 Inches
Depth5.3 Inches
Width1.90 Inches
Weight2.60 Pounds
Metric
Height165 mm
Depth135 mm
Width48.0 mm
Weight1.18 kg

Environmental Specifications

Temperature (English)
Operating41° F to 95° F
Non-operating-4° F to 149° F
Temperature (Metric)
Operating5° C to 35° C
Non-operating-20° C to 65° C

Electrical Specifications

Current Requirements
Power Dissipation AC Input Voltage: 100-240 VAC
AC Input Frequency: 47-63 Hz
Compatibility: Windows/Mac

Compatibility

Operating System
Power Dissipation AC Input Voltage: 100-240 VAC
AC Input Frequency: 47-63 Hz
Compatibility: Windows/Mac

WD SmartWare

  • Your data is not just data, it's your family photos, your financial documents, your music - your life. You know you should back it up, but many of you don't. We understand. We've talked to lots of people and we've heard the reasons why people don't back up - there's no time; it's a pain; their data's not organized; they don't know how. Using what we've learned, we developed easy, automatic backup software we hope you'll really use because we understand the importance of your data.
  • It's easy.

    You're up and running in a few simple steps. Once you set it up, you can forget it because the rest is automatic.
  • It finds your data.

    • A unique visual interface lets you see the WD drives connected toyour computer.
    • WD SmartWare automatically scans your computer and finds all of your personal files, including e-mail.
    • Select the files and folders that you want backed up or back up your files by category. It's up to you.
    • The backup gauges show how much information you have to be backed up in each category. You can even mouse over a category to see afile count.
    • Simply click "Start Backup" and WD SmartWare will automatically start backing up your files.
    • As your backup is running the category gauges will change color showing you the backup as it happens.
    • When finished, you'll see a status screen and information about your backup. You only have to do this once. After the first backup, your files will be backed up automatically every time you change or add a file.
  • It's always on the job.

    WD SmartWare is always watching your computer, so when you change a file and save it, create new files, add new pictures, movies, or songs, WD SmartWare will instantly back them up.
  • It's easy to bring back lost files.

    If you ever accidentally delete an important file, or need to get an earlier version of a file, you can find and retrieve it in seconds with the easy-to-use retrieve interface.
    • Restore all of the files you’ve backed up or select a particular file or folder. Use the search function to easily find a lost file.
    • Set the number of versions you want to save so you can go back in time to retrieve an older version of a file.

Awards

  • Mini recenzja: WD My Book Essential 3 TB z USB 3.0

    2011
  • Test-Sieger & Preis-Leistungssieger

    2011
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