WD 2.0TB My Book Essential, External Desktop Hard Drive with USB 3.0 & 2.0 Interface, Formatted for Windows

Western Digital
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About Western Digital

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. Put your digital life on the high capacity WDBACW0020HBK-NESN My Book Essential external hard drive. Designed to last with both WD quality and reliability plus USB 3.0 connectivity for next-generation speed.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to set up (3),Easy to use (3),Large capacity / good size (3)
Best Uses:
Additional storage (3),Video (3)

Western Digital Features

  • 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 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: Designed a small box to minimize waste and used recycled material

Western Digital Specifications

Storage Capacity
Dual Compatibility (USB 3.0 and USB 2.0)
Power Dissipation
AC Input Voltage: 100-240 VAC
AC Input Frequency: 47-63 Hz
Dimensionss (H x D)
6.50 x 5.3in / 165 x 135mm
Formatted NTFS
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Requires reformatting for Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard
Mfr #

Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 3 customers


Works for me.


from Fernley,NV  -  Casual user

Ok, so I bought this HardDrive to back-up Videos from our Dish Vip 922 Receiver. Everthing worked good but I cannot leave the harddrive connected when I turn-off the receiver or receiver will not restart without resetting. I don't believe it's the harddrives fault. I'm using a USB router maybe that's the cause of the problem. Anyway not a big issue we only need the external harddrive when we backup...


I would buy this product again


from Braceville, Illinois  -  Casual user

Great storage for the price


Great Product


from Traverse City, MI  -  Power user

I have purchased two "My Books" from Adorama. First, Adorama is my online choice. They are information specific, very helpful, I've never had to return a product and they ship fast. My Book is a super product for ease of use with never a problem. I'm a professional photographer and back all my work up in My Book so I seriously need the reliability this product gives me.


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Questions about this item:

Greg D  I was wondering if this external Hard drive could be Daisy Chained to another WD 2.0TB My Book Essential? thanks for your help,.....
WILLIS Y  I do not know how you can daisy chain it because it has on one USB port on it ,But if your Laptop has more that one USB port you can attached it to one of then and give a unique name.
Beth L  Is this compatible with an i MAC computer ?????
VARN B  If the drive is formatted for Windows in a format other than Fat 32 it will need to be re-formatted to Fat 32 if it is to be used for both Windows and Mac. I did this for a few years and had some problem working with large tif files between the two systems. If you are going to use it for Mac only then re-format to the Mac OS Extended journaled format. You will not be able to backup from the Mac if you stay with the Fat 32 format. You can find instructions for doing this on the WD or Mac website. Remember before you re-format to move all your data off the drive, as anything left on the drive will go away after you re-format. Note, I've been working and playing in Windows/MS-DOS for 30 years. I used Windows and Mac for the last three years and switched completely to Mac recently. I find it highly superior to Windows.
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