The world’s number one selling hard drive now offers high capacity storage with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity for compatibility today and speed for the future.
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.
Put your digital life on the high capacity My Book Essential external hard drive. Designed to last with both WD quality and reliability plus USB 3.0 connectivity for next-generation speed.
Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility -
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.*
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 -
We designed a small box to minimize waste and used recycled material. We encourage you to recycle it.
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Requires reformatting for Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard
External hard drive
WD SmartWare software
Quick Install Guide
|Serial Transfer Rate|
|Serial Bus Transfer Rate (USB 3.0)||5 Gb/s (Max)|
|Serial Bus Transfer Rate (USB 2.0)||480 Mb/s (Max)|
|Interface||Dual (USB 3.0 and USB 2.0)|
|As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second, megabit per second (Mb/s) = one million bits per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second. |