WD 3TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBBGB0030HBK-NESN Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐:halfstar:

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#1



To Buy Or Not Summary

:star::star::star::star::halfstar: by 918 customers
4.4 out of 5
  • Amazon Customer Reviews
    :star::star::star::star::emptystar: by 546 customers
    4.2 out of 5
  • Best Buy Customer Reviews
    :star::star::star::star::halfstar: by 369 customers
    4.6 out of 5
  • Walmart Customer Reviews
    :star::star::star::halfstar::emptystar: by 3 customers
    3.7 out of 5

Features

  • Auto backup with included WD Backup software and Time Machine compatibility
  • Password protection with hardware encryption
  • Reimagined design
  • Trusted drive built with WD reliability
  • USB 3.0 port
  • USB 2.0 compatible
  • Buy
  • Don’t buy

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#2

Amazon Review by Jonathan Storey :star::star::star::star::star:

163 people found the following review helpful

For Windows 8+ users: consider setting up in JBOD mode with Storage Spaces

Very impressed with enclosure and the ease of setting it up. It is quiet with very fast transfer rates (not formally tested, but moved whole movies within seconds). Easy to service and replace drives. I am pleased that it uses the server-grade Red drives as this should improve reliability. Absolutely love the two additional USB drives on back which essentially serves as an additional USB 3.0 hub. All modes (RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD) tested and work well. FYI, JBOD (just a bunch of disks) offers access to two drives which can be formatted in your choice of filesystems (FAT32, NTFS, ReFS, etc). IMPORTANT NOTE: Out of the box, the drive is RAID 0 mode and requires additional steps to change into a different mode (highly recommended).

When looking into a backup or storage solution, one should consider all potential points of failure. Perhaps more importantly, one should have a recovery plan for each of the failure scenarios. I have attempted to list all these possible points of failure. In order of descending likelihood (your order may differ):

  1. Single drive failure (not a question of if… but when)
  2. Enclosure failure (internal RAID controller malfunctions, power supply failure, etc)
  3. Catastrophic failure (theft, fire, simultaneous complete failure of BOTH drives)

Firstly, for castrophic failures there are no recovery options. This is why critical information should always be backed up OFF-SITE, and why RAID is generally not considered a viable option for backup purposes.

The most common form of failure is the single drive failure mentioned above. Importantly, RAID 0 will NOT protect against this common type of failure. Expect complete data loss! Thankfully, the RAID1 setting will help protect against the fairly common problem of single drive failure. Therefore, if you do not NEED the maximum capacity, I would highly recommend the RAID1 (data-mirroring) setting. In this case, even if one drive malfunctions you will have access to all your files. To successfully repair the mirroring function will require identification of the malfunctioning drive (which can sometimes be tricky) and then replacement with a new/different hard drive. In RAID 1 mode, the new disk will be re-populated with all the files from the working disk (hence the term mirror) and once again your files are protected from a single disk failure.

One frequently omitted consideration is what would happen if the enclosure/RAID controller failed. In this scenario, there would be two functional but inaccessible disks “trapped” inside the enclosure with no access to your files. Though I did not test formally on this drive, in many RAID1 setups you should NOT expect to be able to take out the drives and simply connect them to your computer to get to your files. Often times there is hidden formatting on these disks that prevents them from being natively recognized by Windows and MAC. While I was not able to find any documentation on this specific drive, I did find complaints from WD My Book LIVE Duo users who had difficulty recovering files. Many of those users described having to pay for expensive recovery service or needed to access the disks using a Linux system.

With that concern in mind, as a Windows 8+ user I setup my disks in JBOD mode which allowed me to use a new feature in Windows 8 called Storage Spaces. Storage Spaces works as a form of “software RAID” that also mirrors your data across two or more disks. One potential advantage of this setup is that an enclosure failure would be a comparatively minor inconvenience. I was able to find documentation that stated that access to your files could be maintained by hooking up either of the drives directly to your personal computer (without the enclosure). As such, a potentially costly and timely recovery process might be avoided. Also Storage Spaces allows for a mixed RAID setup using the two disks in the My Book DUO. For example once the two disks are added to the storage pool, I can make two different “drives” using this setup: (1) A mirrored disk which has built in redundancy, and (2) a striped disk with improved performance and the ability to use more of the available disk space. In my setup using a 6TB My Duo Book: Drive (1) is a mirrored backup drive with 1.5 TB of files on it (uses 3TB on the drive because it is mirrored), while Drive (2) being a “scratch” drive with a total of 3TB of free space. Using a setup like this, one can achieve backup of important files while maximizing storage space: 1.5 TB + 3 TB = 4.5 TB as compared to 3 TB on a fully mirrored drive. FYI, a drive that is setup using Storage Spaces is not compatible with Windows XP, Windows 7, or any other operating system (MacOS, Linux, etc).

As stated above, I researched but did NOT personally test any of these failure scenarios. If you have personal experience with recovery of files from this drive, feel free to update in the comments sections. Good luck to you and your precious data. Enjoy.

Amazon.com - Customer Reviews: WD 3TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBBGB0030HBK-NESN


#3

Walmart Review by fazzed :star::emptystar::emptystar::emptystar::emptystar:

1 people found the following review helpful

Cheap Junk

I have 2 of these drives. 1 is a little over a year old, and the other is about 7 months old. The older one just quit working. I am attempting to find someone who can retrieve my data. I have contacted WD, but haven't heard anything yet. The newer one is also messing up. It keeps turning itself on and off. I had to unplug it because it is annoying. So, if you are looking for additional storage do NOT purchase WD drives they are pure garbage.

Walmart.com - Customer Reviews: WD 3TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBBGB0030HBK-NESN


#4

Here is a youtube video

Disassembling WD My Book external drive within 3 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENUWHt6nmcM

#5

Best Buy Review by JLinFL :star::star::star::star::star:

Working as intended

I bought this hard drive to be used for automated backups with Windows 10 File History. This drive is intended to sit vertically (standing up as in the picture) so keep that in mind when you decide where it will be located. I was able to sit it behind a monitor so it's out of the way and protected from being accidentally knocked over. It's been in service for about a month and everything seems to be working fine.

Bestbuy.com - Customer Reviews: WD 3TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBBGB0030HBK-NESN