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WD - My Book 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black

Free up space on your computer with help from this 8TB Western Digital My Book external hard drive. Quick transfer rates move information three times faster than traditional hard drives, and the local and cloud backup prevents data loss. This Western Digital My Book external hard drive has universal connections to ensure compatibility with 3.0 and 2.0 USB devices.

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    What's Included


    • WD My Book WDBBGB0080HBK - hard drive
    • USB cable
    • Power adapter
    • Software

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (579 out of 610)

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    Features


    8TB storage capacity

    Provides ample space for storing documents, photos, music and more.

    USB 3.0 interface

    Offers an easy-to-use connection to devices. Backward compatible with USB 2.0 for simple connection to your computer.

    Data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps with USB 3.0

    Enable a rapid response when updating files.

    Automatic backup options

    Allow you to use compatible software to back up your files to the server.

    Password protection and 256-bit AES hardware encryption

    Help keep your files secure.

    Time Machine compatible

    Back up your entire system directly to the drive.

    Compatible with Mac and PC

    For flexible installation options.

    *500GB of WD2go® cloud storage PLUS FILERECOVERY® software included FREE! Only @ BBY

    One year cloud storage & Filerecovery license with included WD Discovery software.

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    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 610 reviews

    95%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great hard drive used for backups. No problems so

      Posted
      JamieH
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This model is the current generation of the My Book line of desktop drives. I've owned older models and purchased them for clients. When 4TB would suffice more often I've gotten My Passport drives. They are much more compact and do not require an external power adapter. My Book drives have proven reliable and good performers in my experience. They have incrementally improved across generations. This model features a new case design which most notably replaced the rounded case that has been the norm since the original models years ago. The new case isn't attractive for me but it should have little effect on use. The MyBook drives are not just for computers, but great on game consoles. A friend and I put one on his Xbox One. We just plugged in the power, plugged in the USB and followed the prompts on screen to reformat the drive as external storage. Easy Peasy. BOTTOM LINE (for the impatient): The new model is a little bit faster than the last one I got a couple of years ago. It's faster than a similar My Passport drive, perhaps an advantage with the physically larger drive. This model (I got the 6TB size) is available in sizes up to 8TB. A pretty massive amount of storage on a USB drive! This drive shines with sequential reads and writes using Crystal DiskMark. This My Book has a new design that replaces rounded corners with pointy ones and adds some odd (to me) styling to the case. The new case shows fingerprints and scratches much more than the old. It's a purely aesthetic change. If these differences are not important for you or you prefer the old model's aesthetics, you may want to shop for the older model My Book. If you want more details, read on... SUMMARY: The My Book USB 3.0 drives are simple to use and come with reasonable software tools and backup/sync software. The drive includes: WD Backup, WD Security and WD Drive Utilities. I have my own backup solution and have not explored this software. If these are of interest, be sure to check for newer versions on the WD web site. Pluses: + This drive works fine with Windows, Linux or Mac out of the box. With Linux or Mac it performs best when reformatted with a native file system for the respective operating system. + This generation has 8TB, 6TB, 4TB and 3TB single drive models. Dual drive 12TB and 16TB models are available too. + This drive is faster than the last generation I used. Just noticeable in practical use. + The form factor of the new drive is almost exactly the same as before except for pointy corners. + It comes with a 4ft USB 3.0 cable (much nicer than the very short My Passport cables!) Minuses: - A power adapter is required. Happily it has a 6ft cord which is thoughtfully long. - The redesign of the drive case is not a plus for me. Not much of a minus either as it's not why I selected this drive. The worst thing is going with pointy corners. From a handling perspective rounded corners are nicer. - The warranty has been reduced from 3 years for last year's model to 2 years for this one. IN THE BOX: The My Book comes in a easy to open retail package containing the drive, power adapter and USB 3.0 cable. There are a couple small pieces of paper for warranty and quick-start. That's it. TESTING: I tested My Book 6TB model using CrystalDiskMark benchmark software and by copying 11GB folder of updates and files to the drive. This was to compare the benchmark with real-world copying. The 11GB folder has a broad mix of file sizes and types including files an over 2GB iso DVD images. For my testing the My Book drive was connected to the Renasas USB 3.0 chip set on my Dell Precision E6500 laptop. I have the latest Renasas drivers installed. The laptop also has a Samsung EVO SSD as the hard drive (matters for my real-world copy testing). CRYSTALDISKMARK Results: Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 173.515 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 172.732 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.666 MB/s [ 162.6 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 2.334 MB/s [ 569.8 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 172.583 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 168.193 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.595 MB/s [ 145.3 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 2.272 MB/s [ 554.7 IOPS] Test : 1024 MiB [F: 0.0% (0.2/5589.0 GiB)] (x9) [Interval=5 sec] REAL WORLD COPY: In my real world copy test the new My Book drive was noticeably faster than the older My Book. More on the writing than reading side. It peaked out at about 300MB/s with large files. It never dropped below 180MB/s even with large amounts of small files being copied to the drive. The newer drive may have a larger on-drive write cache or maybe it's just a bit faster drive. Maybe both. With big copies the new My Book may save you a few seconds here or there, but it's an evolution across models with each new one performing a little better. CONCLUSIONS: The My Book line of drives from Western Digital has been very good over the years to me and to my clients. This reliable and good to excellent performing line has a long positive history with me. This WD My Book model is an evolution over the older models I've used. I'll pick it for new purchases over the older model, but won't rush out to replace older drives. The new case design is not aesthetically pleasing to me . Overall it's a excellent successor to a 5 star predecessor and continues to be a very good external storage choice. For making improvements that outweigh a small misstep in case design and not making a mess of something that has been working well for a long time This new generation of My Book drives is worth 5 stars in my opinion. Hope this helps someone!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      PRICE is not worth it.

      Posted
      CStarrs28

      I don't recommend this product if you are the multitasking type of user. Firstly, the only way this product works is if you plug in both connections (one that looks like a old Motorola Droid charger and the other connection looks like a Samsung Note charger). Due to this product having two chords instead of one like SanDisk has in order for their products to work, I'm constantly tripping over it and have even dropped my laptop three times now (lucky for me it was at couch level so it didn't do too much damage to my laptop but still there is absolutely no need for two chords to be plugged in at the same time in order for the product to run SMH). It also effects your computer startup while plugged into your computer during the start up (the result you're going to get is as if your start up froze, you'll get that continuous wheel if you own a mac or downloading like bar if you own a PC. The only way around this is if you wait until your computer start up is finished and then plug in the two chords). It also isn't user friendly in the sense that it will freeze your computer or Internet or both when you're on internet especially if you have multiple windows or programs up (the result you get is finding out that the programs or pages that you are running have the "Not Responding" error message located next to your program(s) name or page(s) name on the same bar where you can exit out of your program. When this happens the only way around this without having to shut down your computer and loose your work is if you press Ctrl, atl, del in order to start your task manager and get out of the windows you're in only to have to reopen them and hopefully not have to do this again for a while, but sometimes this method doesn't even work. If it doesn't work then the last resort is you're forced to completely exit out of everything that's running including the work you're doing such as a school essay which isn't good if you haven't saved that essay or even if you have and you open it up again, you will only see the last time it saved so regardless you lost your work one way or another). In addition this product is ridiculously loud even when you're not using it but it's still plugged in (I would be on internet and at times hear the product. It's like the sound a computer makes when it's over working and starting to heat up, as if like the fan of the product is overworking so it doesn't overheat kind of sound I guess??? Idk it's difficult to explain but it definitely is the sound of a fan of some sort). Lastly, the directions of how to take care of the product (such as the temperature it can be in, what kind of plugs it shouldn't be in, the voltages the product can't handle, etc,etc) is written on a 2"X2" paper and the words are so small that even a person like myself who has 20/20 vision can't see it unless they use a magnify glass and even then it's still difficult to see. The directions (5"x8" about pamphlet) of how to use the product are also useless imo. The only pros to this product is it's easy to transfer your files into and you don't need to format it, that is if you're a PC owner. I'm not sure if this is the case with Mac users sorry. As stated before I definitely do not recommend this product especially to multitasking type of users.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Unknown/Unresolved error

      Posted
      Rickv9
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I purchased a Western digital 8TB External drive to use as "Time Machine" backup drive with my iMac computer. After only three days I received a message stating "Time Machine Failed. Could not create backup folder.". I contacted Apple support and after multiple tech support sessions, it was suggested that the internal controller in the WD drive could be the probable cause. I reformatted the drive, erased the drive, REINSTALLED Mac OS High Sierra, all with no solution to the problem. I was told to return the drive to Best Buy and exchange it for a new drive, which I did. AGAIN, after only two days, the same error message began to appear. I then contacted Western Digital, and AGAIN the tech support rep had me erase all the data on the drive and reformat it again. The Time machine backup failed again with the same error message. I was told that my support ticket would be escalated to second tier support, and that I would be contacted by phone within 24 to 48 hours. I received an eMail from WD, stating that I had not replied to an eMail regarding my support ticket, and that the ticket would be closed if I did not reply. I did NOT receive a phone call, as I was initially told, so I contacted WD technical support again. Once again, the tech told me to erase the drive and reformat it. OK ... so I did. After two more days, the drive failed to back up Time Machine. Now I am back on the phone with WD tech support. A G A I N I am told that the ticket will be forwarded to level THREE support, and that I would be receiving a phone call ( YES A PHONE CALL) within another 24 to 48 hours. It has passed the second 48 hour period, and NO PHONE call, but I did receive another eMail stating that I had not responded to an earlier eMail set to me regarding this support ticket. IF I do not heard from Western Digital by 5 PM Friday February 23rd, I will return the second drive to Best Buy, and NEVER buy another Western Digital product again. So far, Western Digital has a very poor customer service rating.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good for Continuous Back-up but not Internal HDD

      Posted
      PhysicianArtist
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I own several of these WD MyBook External HDDs. They were purchased for different reasons for professional and personal uses: to back-up digital art renderings; to back-up high definition CT scans; for the continuous back-up of files, folders and system restore images for personal and work computers, and to back-up digital photographs. These drives work well for backing up files and folders, and the included WD software is adequate for this purpose. However, these drives have a limited read/write cache and slower spin speeds than HDDs designed to support an operating system and software/apps. Therefore, if you are planning on shucking these drives to convert them to use as internal HDDs you may find you are wasting your time and money. Most drives used in external HDD applications are designed for CONTINUOUS back-up of a system, not the more demanding reading/writing functions associated with multiple applications use such as simultaneously web browsing, editing artwork, editing video files, or accessing and editing large database files (e.g. Access, Excel). If you take anything away from this review it should be this: Continuous back-up and storage of files, folders, system images = good to very good. Conversion to use as internal HDD = expect shortened lifespan of the drive and limited performance, just go ahead and buy a drive labeled and designed for internal use. I gave four stars because the included software could be somewhat better.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Works Well

      Posted
      tripplesix
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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Overall it is a good hard drive. Between WD and the other company (that rhymes with teammate or rebate) you will always hear that some people have failed hard drives and many that don't so you can't use that as much of a deciding factor. On the outside, the hard drive looks good (I got black). It looks exactly as pictured with straight edges, no curves. It stands up, as pictured. I can't speak to speed and such, but it definitely moves my movies over very fast so I am pleased with that. Why 4 stars? This thing is ALWAYS falling asleep. It can't wait to sleep. So if it sits for a little bit without being used and you want to move something into/out of the drive or get to something in the drive, you have to wait for it to wake up. It is seconds (not minutes), but they are long seconds considering you just want to use it the way you would use any other drive. << This is what makes it very annoying. And then when it is waking up, it is so loud (like on an old tv show where someone is snoring and then they are awaken or disturbed from sleep and they are like "snort! snort! snort!"). You can hear the drive's spinning vibrations, loudly! Because of the sleep problem, I would have opted for the "other" brand, but this one was on sale. I bought two drives and they are used to store all my dvds (I am still working on this). One is for movies (and the like) and the other is for tv shows (and the like). I connect them to my router. I used PLEX, so they are connected to my PLEX library. That annoying sleep problem comes into play here as well. If I choose to watch something in PLEX, which means I am using the drive for the first time in a moment, I have to wait for it to wake up (listening to that *rumble-snort-rumble*) before it does anything. The lack of it being instantaneous would have been a deal breaker, but the "other" one was not on sale, so. I would still recommend it, but buy it knowing that it has been sleep deprived. Peace.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Grand capacity, cheaper than an internal drive

      Posted
      Blackstar
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      I purchased this drive with the express purpose of opening up the case to remove the internal drive to put into a desktop Mac. Anyone else looking to do something similar, you'd be crazy to buy a bare internal drive for they cost much more for the same type of drive. There are plenty of videos on YouTube showing how to pop open these drives. This one in particular is insanely easy with a few tools (compared to some I've dismantled). As an external drive, it's as one may expect. It's plug and play with a Mac. Reformat or not, delete the included software. If you're setting up a backup for your Mac use Time Machine or a third party backup application. It has a USB 3.1 micro-B 10 pin on the drive (that's the two loop, smashed "B" looking connector). I'll note that though it's part of the MyBook line of externals that it is squared off. Nice drive but no longer emulates the look of an actual book. Though my purchase was for the greater capacity drive I did put an older, smaller capacity drive in the enclosure and use it as it's meant to be. I have no issues with it. I'd recommend as is or if you're looking to dismantle. One note: my aging Mac Pro has issues recognizing the high capacity drive sometimes when installed, HOWEVER, reading any drive from the enclosure works fine (only slower due to external and spin up time for the platters).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nice Hardware, but…

      Posted
      Strider880
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The hardware is great, were designed and ready to use out of the box. However, Having it ready to use out of the box also presents issues: my intent was to attach it to the router as a media server for the network. But the router doesn't work with ex-FAT formatting; which given the router is running a version of Linux (Linksys WRT 1900 ACS) is not surprising. It would have been much more convenient to have a setup option to select the format or (better yet) read the system characteristics and recommend a format. So, the router didn't work in native format. I found o format it wanted and reformatted the drive to EXT2 and it will work OK but I can't place it behind the firewall. So I attach it to the Win10 Pro box via USB3 after reformatting it to NTSF exFAT and now the system cycles through the reboot cycle infinitely: clearly Win10 is not happy with an NTSF exFAT 8TB USB drive. I managed to fix that, but it required another reformat into Fat32 which Win10 then mounts as GPT. Really a bit much to set the thing up. I'd still recommend it but a caveat that Win10 might get a bit snarky about it depending on your BIOS and other drive configurations. Also, don't expect to be plug 'n play into a router or a NAS system: they probably want something other than the default formatting.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not as "good" as previous models

      Posted
      MovieLover
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      We've been using and recommending the My Book series for years with great success. Recently, I needed to upgrade an older Seagate external drive so, when this went on sale, I bought one. Setup and installation went quickly and I set up a backup task to move folders from existing drives to this drive. After a couple of days, DriveDx began to show degraded drive performance. Not significant enough to warrant returning the drive but we'll monitor the drive's statistics closely. What makes it troublesome/concerning is that this degraded performance showed up within days of copying the files to the drive. We have smaller My Book drives on the same computer one of which is about 2 years old and the other about 4 years old. Neither have shown any degraded performance over the life of the drive.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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