Excerpt: This was my third WD MyBook Essential 3TB external hard drive purchased from Office Depot so obviously I like the product and service. This product is as near idiot proof to use as you can get. Remove from box. Plug power supply into electric receptacle, and round plug into round hole (there is only one) . Plug USB cable into any USB slot on computer and into remaining USB slot on hard drive (again there is only one).
Summary: I bought this external drive to do mirror image backups with Carbonite. I had a bit of trouble setting it up, but with help from Carbonite, it is running fine. The only reason I did not give it an excellent on meets expectations is because I am not sure if Western Digital's software or Carbonite's software gave me the problem. But I would buy it again and I recommend it highly.
Excerpt: Just bought this drive last week from Staples (last one too, seems they're going out of stock), and so far, I have no complaints whatsoever. I was able to transfer everything from my 2 TB hard drive to this one with no errors, and the drive is very fast if I have it plugged into a USB 3.0 port. I have had it for less than a week, but I have two Western Digital My Book Essentials (2 TB and 640 GB, two years and five years respectively), and they have yet to fail on me.
Pros: Easy To Install, Fast, Highly Compatible, Quiet, Reliable