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Western Digital My Book 3.0 review:

Western Digital My Book 3.0

The My Book 3.0 doesn't include backup software, so you'll need to buy a third-party app if you want to use this drive to backup your system.

We tested the My Book 3.0 with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 and were happy with its performance. The My Book USB 3.0 operated quietly and remained cool throughout the testing process, even during extended heavy loads.

When connected via USB 3.0, the device registered speeds up to 75.1MBps for the Write test and 59MBps for the Read test. These scores were in the same range as the Seagate BlackArmor PS 110 USB 3.0 and the Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station .

When connect via USB 2.0, the My Book 3.0 registered 24.9MBps for the Write test and 31MBps for the Read test. These numbers were among the fastest of USB 2.0-based external hard drives we've tested.

Performance tests (in megabytes per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Western Digital My Book 3.0 (via USB 3.0)
Western Digital My Book 3.0 (via USB 2.0)
Iomega eGo Portable
Transcend Storjet 25F
Fujitsu HandyDrive

Service and support
Like most external hard drives, the My Book 3.0 won't require a lot of tech support. The most important thing about this type of product is the warranty, and Western Digital backs the drive up with a rather short two-year guarantee. Generally, we'd want to see a longer warranty period for storage devices. The company's toll-free phone support is available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT, Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Western Digital's Web site offers e-mail and tech support, FAQs, a searchable knowledgebase, and downloads.

What you'll pay

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