WD 2TB My Book Essential USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive

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About this product


Product overview

• 2TB desktop hard drive gives you a large storage capacity for all your documents, pictures and videos
• USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed) connections can transfer up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0, while the drive spins at 7,200rpm
• Perfect for storing all your valuable documents and pictures as a backup

What can I store on this hard drive?
This hard drive has 2TB (2,000GB) of storage, so you have plenty of space for your files. You can store up to 15.5 hours of 4K video at 30 fps, 66 hours of 1080p video at 30 fps, 500 two-hour DVD films, 640,000 digital photos or 33,600 hours of digital music.

What difference does USB 3.0 make?
USB 3.0, when plugged into a USB 3.0 socket, can transfer data up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t use it with USB 2.0. This hard drive is backwards compatible, meaning you are able to use it with USB 2.0, without the need to update your computer. This means you spend less time waiting to ensure your documents, pictures and videos are safely stored on your external hard drive.

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Used this as a replacement, much quieter than the old one and appears to be working fine. Uses USB 3 although my machine only has USB 2 this has not given any problems although I should imagine it is much faster with USB3.
Date published: 2012-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This (my book) western digital 2TB hard drive, surprised me when I took it out of the box, it was quite heavy but very compact. very easy to connect and very quiet. as it's USB 3 it's access time is almost instant, well worth the money.
Date published: 2012-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just started using it. Seems good but making my machine very slow at the moment. Maybe when it has done it's first complete copy things will speed up.
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great service and great product. Slightly irritated that installed software needs updating on a brand new product but have got used to that with Apple. Better quick start guide would help as needed to use installed manual on the drive
Date published: 2012-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delivered within two hours and in use in the next hour an excellent hard drive and a brilliant delivery service.
Date published: 2013-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great External 2TB Hard drive Just purchased this WD 2TB external HDD. great device very quiet while in use can use on pc with support for usb3 although my pc has only usb2. speedy even on usb2 ..expect superfast results if using newer pc. would recommend .
Date published: 2016-07-28
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Connection Type:

USB 3.0




Product Specifications

One Touch Backup Button:


Power Specifications

Power Supply:


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Drive Form Factor:

3.5 inch

Hi, please let me know, if this particularly are compatible with Windows XP. What will be the total amount including postage, if I'll order by you. Thank you.

Asked by: mick1
Unfortunately, this is a discontinued product. After checking Western Digitals website, however, this does show as compatible.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2017-09-25

Is this product compatible with Windows 7 Premium?

Asked by: Ksquared
Yes, I am pleased to advise the item will work fine with Windows.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-04-10

Is the WD 2TB My Book Essential USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive compatible with Windows XP? If not, what else I can use ? Thank you

Asked by: Agnieszka
Yes, it is compatible with windows XP, however it will not run at USB 3.0 speeds as windows XP does not support USB 3.0
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2016-09-08

Will this hard drive run on an IMac running El-Capitan operating system. Is it formated for the Mac or will I need to do it. Regards. Graham

Asked by: Graham
This would run on a Mac operating system, but you would need to reformat to a Mac compatible format as they pre-formatted to NTFS.
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2016-01-28

can you connect this to an xbox one for extra storage? could you use it connected to a tv to record on it, has it got a power supply lead or is the power from the usb port?

Asked by: jojo
Yes this will connect up to an Xbox one, and yes this does come with a power supply .
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2016-01-18

What is the difference between WD 2TB MyBook Essential code A82LG £69.99 and WD 2TB MyBook code A62LZ £79.99

Asked by: Ken9
Password protection with hardware encryption seems to be the main difference between these two hard drives. As well as WD SmartWare Pro auto and cloud backup software.
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2015-08-05

Hi, does this drive come with integrated back-up software? I'm assuming it does. I wish to back-up from a laptop which is quite old and is unlikely to have USB 3.0. Would an older style of drive be a better option? I need 2TB storage. Thanks

Asked by: Helen
All our Hard Drives are backwards compatible to USB 2, All the software for this item is downloadable from the WD website.
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2015-07-24

Is this hard drive password protected? Many thanks Paul.
Asked by: Paul
Answered by: NG
Date published: 2015-07-17
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