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Western Digital My Book 3.0 - 1 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive with Pci-Express card

by Western Digital
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Capacity: 1 TB
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Product Features

Capacity: 1 TB
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
  • USB 3.0 PCIe (gen2) Adapter Card Included
  • Compatible with USB 2.0 ports
  • Ready to plug-and-play with Windows PCs
  • Formatted NTFS

Technical Details

Capacity: 1 TB
  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model: WDBABP0010HCH-NESN
  • Hard Disk Size: 1000 GB
  • Warranty: 2 - year limited warranty
  • Hardware Platform: Pc

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.9 x 6.5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0031RG2JC
  • Item model number: WDBABP0010HCH-NESN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at January 5, 2010

Product Description

Capacity: 1 TB

From the Manufacturer

The elegant My Book 3.0 external hard drives feature a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface with unmatched speed of up to 5 gigabits per second for the fastest transfer speed available on an external hard drive.

Super Speed USB 3.0

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 transfers data at 5 gigabit per second. That's up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

Ideas accelerated.

Read and save files faster. With lightning fast USB 3.0 you don't have to wait for the technology to keep up with your ideas.

Elegant design.

This drive's sleek, book-like shape takes up minimal space on your desk and allows two or more My Book drives to nestle neatly together like volumes on a shelf.

Features at a glance
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
  • Optional HBA adapter
  • Backward compatible with USB 2.0
  • Elegant design
  • WD quality inside and out
  • 2-years limited warranty

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
Accelerate your data transfers with the fastest available USB interface. Transfer a 24 GB HD movie in 2.7 minutes vs. 13.3 minutes with a 2.0 connection.

Your performance may vary based on your system configuration. HD movie size approximates a 2 hour movie.

Ideas accelerated
Resource intensive video editing, animation, graphic design, and large media files can be saved so quickly that you no longer have to wait for the technology to keep up with your ideas.

Sleek, streamlined design
This newest member of the best-selling My Book family of external hard drives features a premium finish that will look great sitting on your shelf.

Compatible with USB 2.0 ports
Connect the drive anywhere there’s a USB port. The USB 3.0 is backward compatible with USB 2.0 with no additional hardware needed.
When connected to a USB 2.0 interface data transfers will occur at USB 2.0 speeds.

WD quality inside and out
Designed with the same commitment to quality that has made My Book external hard drives the number one selling drives in the world.

Planet friendly
We designed a small retail box from recycled materials to minimize waste. We encourage you to recycle it.

Ready to plug-and-play with Windows PCs
Compatible with Windows Vista® and Windows 7.

Ideal For

  • Transferring large files quickly
  • Storing your videos, graphics and other important files


Formatted NTFS
Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7
Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user’s hardware configuration and operating system.

What's in the box

External hard drive, USB 3.0 cable, AC adapter, Quick Install Guide.

Product Description

The elegant My Book 3.0 features SuperSpeed USB 3.0 with unmatched speed of up to 10x USB 2.0 for the fastest transfer speed available. Resource intensive video editing, animation, graphic design, and large media files can be saved so quickly that you no longer have to wait for the technology to keep up with your ideas. This My Book 3.0 part number includes a USB 3.0 PCIe (gen2) adapter card for premium performance.

Customer Reviews

The 3.0 has a new USB connection interface. Carol M. Highsmith  |  6 reviewers made a similar statement
That's super fast. Eric S. Olstad  |  7 reviewers made a similar statement
Fantastic drive, I'm truly amazed by the blistering speed of USB 3.0! J. Riga  |  9 reviewers made a similar statement
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
82 of 87 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Future Proof! January 25, 2010
Size Name:1 TB|Amazon Vine™ Review (What's this?)
Western Digital My Book 3.0 1TB reviewed here is a speedy USB 3.0 external drive which is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 hosts. It is very sturdy external HDD enclosure with good ventilation, The noise level and Physical appearances is identical to other WD My Book series that we have been used to with an exception that front LED is a small bright White LED and the rear USB connector is replaced with USB 3.0 Micro-B connector and also has a Push button power switch.

If you would like to use the full potential of this external drive you need to install the included PCIe adapter (For Desktop PC's only) to get a theoretical transfer speed of 4.8 Gbps which is a ten-fold theoretical increase in speed compared to USB 2.0 which has a theoretical speed of 480 Mbps.

Bear it in mind that while the Theoretical speed of 4.8 Gbps is the interface speed that does not mean that the reviewed My Book external drive is having same speed, the drive inside is still WD SATA 1TB HDD with 3.0 Gbps link speed.

Here are some test results in brief:

When using USB 3.0 Interface
(*) Access Time: 15.44 ms
(*) Max Read Speed: 111.08 MB/sec
(*) Cached Speed: 149.48 MB/sec

When using USB 2.0 Interface
(*) Access Time: 15.59 ms
(*) Max Read Speed: 26.20 MB/sec
(*) Cached Speed: 40.79 MB/sec

Please see my posted images for full details of USB 3.0 vs. USB 2.0 speed results and other package contents. Hope this will be useful to you for making a decision


[+] Fast read/write speed with USB 3.0 possible almost in par with eSATA
[+] Includes PCIe USB 3.0 card with 2 USB External Ports
[+] Sturdy and well ventilated Enclosure
[+] Nice Packaging with 3 Years warranty


[-] There is no USB 3.0 solution for Laptop users presently as the PCIe adapter is for Desktop PCs only. (Unless of course you have a laptop with USB 3.0 interface)

Western Digital's venture into USB 3.0 speed and interface is a great move and will prove itself once newer laptops and PCs start including USB 3.0 as standard. But not to worry, this device will continue to work at USB 2.0 speeds as well.

Excellent future proof buy! - Go get one!

*** Update FEB 03, 2010 ***

I opened My book 3.0 External enclosure to see the internals, I am surprised to see that we have a new 1 TB Caviar Black SATA 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache drive inside.

Amazon does sell Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Black SATA 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD2001FASSwhich has 64MB cache, But I was pleasantly surprised that this 1TB drive inside My Book 3.0 has 64MB cache! - Wow!

See the pictures that I have posted on Amazon product page, the drive has these markings

SATA /64MB cache
WD1001FAES - 1.0 TB drive

64MB Cache! - Wow! No wonder this drive screams especially when used with USB 3.0 PCIe Interface.

I was impressed by the simplicity of connections inside the external enclosure, No wires! Even the LED is a Light Path from the board! -- Super!!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trust other reviewers on reliability December 27, 2010
Size Name:1 TB
I purchased this unit as a portable way to backup files across my home network. The drive was very easy to set up and did a fine job with data storage (something which should be a given when reviewing a hard drive). However, less than a month after my purchase, the mini-USB connector snapped off the hardware as I was removing the USB cable -- very little pressure was applied, and I'd only removed the cable one or two times in the past. I now have an expensive paperweight filled with data, and no way to get it off.

EDIT: After disassembling the casing and hooking the drive up as an internal SATA drive, I was able to save my data. The way the mini-USB connector was attached to the bridge board was very obviously poorly designed and may have been soldered by a monkey. Rather than come up with a better approach, Western Digital had a 1/2 inch metal shim screwed next to the spot. Unfortunately this doesn't make the connector any more stable -- it just adds a perfect fulcrum for generating torque and snapping it off with normal use.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars My Book 3.0 Connector Failure March 6, 2011
Size Name:1 TB
I purchased a 1TB my book 3.0 and used it for about a month and a half until the connector pulled of the PCB. This seems to be a recurring problem with these drives. Fortunately I backed it up the night before this happened but I did add more files the next day. I decided that getting the content off the drive was more important than dealing with the warranty so I took it apart to re-install the connector. I am an electrical engineer with access to a microscope and experience re-working fine pitched electronic assemblies so temporarily fixing the connector isn't much of a reach. I am also experienced in inspecting electronic assemblies for causes of failure.

I found that the connector came off due to cold solder joints. The connector is soldered to the PCB and several locations to provide support. Unfortunately the pads are connected to the ground plane and there isn't sufficient thermal relief requiring a significant amount of heat to make a good solder joint. The solder joints on my drive were never heated enough so they broke with very little force applied. The poor soldering in combination with the stiff cable provided were the cause of the failure. The poor quality of workmanship makes it inevitable that many other users will have the same problem.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Never again...
Bought this setup to backup files in addition to add the USB 3.0 card to my desktop. Never carried it aroud or moved it more than from a location on the desk to another. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ssiadat187
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and reliable
This was my first USB 3.0 external drive. I have not taken advantage of the speed of USB 3.0 until recently, since all my computers were notebooks equipped only with USB 2.0. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Y. Kim
1.0 out of 5 stars Another broken USB port.
I had this drive for only a couple of months and I was very careful with it but the USB plug still broke off in the case. That wouln't be so bad because they have a good warranty. Read more
Published 11 months ago by DRD
1.0 out of 5 stars I backed up my MacBook and lost access to My Book 3.0
the title is the sad short story. I took it back to the store and got my money back.

the backup was quick and easy however when trying to access the hard drive again,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lake C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to use, easy to handle, great piece for your pc
easy to use, easy to handle, with a spectacular design, where you can guardartodos abquerida data and information in the network, hechouna very useful for emperesay home.
Published 14 months ago by leandro balzan
4.0 out of 5 stars Works Well
This products does work well. However, since its a desktop model, it is not suitable for portability. Be sure to assess this before you purchase.
Published 15 months ago by John
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS DRIVE
I have used Western Digital for years and have loads of them. You can even drop them and they are like workhorses - they keep on working.

The 3. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Carol M. Highsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't say enough about this product.
This external drive is a great workhorse that allows me to back up everything and more. The USB 3 speed is very quick. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Michael J. Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars I should have believe the reviews
I owned a western digital external hard drive in the past and it is still performing after several years. When I needed more storage I bought My Book 3.0. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Robert Mueller
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart
Works wonderfully after a month or so - Quiet and Cool

Set up was a little tricky since I don't have USB 3. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gilbert R. DeHuff
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