Summary: As of this writing, you can buy this drive at prices ranging from $100 for 2 TB to $160 for 4 TB. By contrast, the runner-up Buffalo DriveStation DDR costs $140 for 3 TB, the largest size available. The My Book also comes with backup software and a USB 3.0 cable. However, many users complain that the "cloud backup" promised on the box is really just a piece of software that helps you copy files to a free Dropbox account.
Pros: Lots of capacity for the price, Fast transfer speeds, Easy setup
Cons: Mixed reviews for reliability, Some software glitches
The backup sweet spot: Western Digital My Book Essential 3TB review
4 July 2012
Excerpt: Coming in the now familiar ‘book’ aesthetic common to Western Digital’s desktop drives this 3TB monster among the most affordable of the 3TB drives on the market with a street price of around $239. That’s a great deal for a drive that comes with some very useful software and is one of the best looking desktop drives around. Like other drives from WD it comes with SmartWare which is our favourite bundled backup solution.
Summary: For benchmark testing, I will be running HD Tune and SiSoft Sandra Lite 2007 SP1. I will run each test using both the USB and FireWire cables. I formatted the My Book between each test to keep the playing field equal. First up, we have HD Tune using the USB cable.
Here we see an average transfer rate of 24.3 MB/s (higher is better) with an access time of 14.0ms (lower is better). HD Tune reports the CPU Usage at 6.6% during the test. Next we switch to the FireWire cable.