WD 8TB My Book USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive with Auto Backup Software - Black

Price match guranteePrice match guarantee

We can price match this item if found elsewhere. Call us on:

0333 400 9500

Quoting product code: A11WX


Was £238.99

Save £9.00

Our delivery options

Free standard delivery (orders over £10)
3-5 working days 9am-5pm
Standard delivery (orders under £10)
3-5 working days 9am-5pm
Next day delivery
Mon - Fri, order by 6pm
From £5.99
Specific day/time delivery
Choose am / pm OR before 9am / 10.30am
From £5.99
Same day delivery with Shutl
Choose a 1 hour time slot
Prices vary

Specific options for this product are available in the checkout. Read more delivery information

About this product


  • Trusted high capacity desktop storage with a re-imagined design
  • A mammoth 8TB capacity lets you easily store a large number of photos, videos, music and documents
  • USB 3.0 connection, compatible with USB 2.0

Product overview

• Trusted high capacity desktop storage with a re-imagined design
• A mammoth 8TB capacity lets you easily store a large number of photos, videos, music and documents
• USB 3.0 connection, compatible with USB 2.0
• Automatic backup using WD My Backup or Apple Time Machine
• Password protection using 256-bit AES hardware encryption keeps your data secure from prying eyes
• exFAT formatted to provide out the box compatibility with Windows or Mac operating systems
• Two-year manufacturer warranty
• Manufacturer part number : WDBBGB0080HBK-EESN

How much can I store on these drives?
The WD My Book series of desktop hard drives is a perfect solution for storing large amounts of personal data in a central location, whether at home or in the office. This drive has a total capacity of 8TB (8,000GB), which is plenty of space for storing up to*:

• 62 hours of 4K video at 30fps
• 264 hours of 1080p video at 30fps
• 2,000 two-hour DVD films
• 2.5 Million digital photos
• 130,400 hours of digital music

*All numbers are an approximation – file quality, length and size may effect total amount of data saved.

Can I back up my files using this hard drive?
Included with the WD My Book is the WD backup software, which protects your files against getting lost. You can manually run the software or create a schedule to automatically create a backup of your important files. The WD My Book is also fully compatible with Apple Time Machine, so you can also create backups with a Mac operating system.

How secure are these portable hard drives?
WD security ensures that all files saved to the WD My Book are safe and secure from prying eyes. Create a personalised password unique to you and be safe in the knowledge that your files are protected with 256-bit hardware encryption.

Easy to use portable storage
The WD My Book USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive uses an exFAT file system. This means that the drive is compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems straight from the box, without the need for re-formatting or any additional software.

Re-formatting may be required for use with other operating systems.

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Software issue I have recently bought two of these latest model WD 8TB HDDs. The capacity is excellent, the software shipped with not so. My existing back up software of choice is WD SmartwarePro (used with my existing 3TB, 4TB and 6TB WD HDDs). This is a good software product that will not function with the 8TB drive which ships with an alternative inferior dummed down WD software that instead has to be used, see user interface comparison:
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smartly Designed This new November 2016 version of the WD My Book is similar in size to the previous version, however the design of the enclosure is dramatically changed. The drive comes with a 240V UK power supply, and USB 3.0 cable. Usable storage space on the drive will be around 7.21GB. The drive is preloaded with software, including programs to allow an access password to be added. A nice feature allows the drive to be automatically unlocked when a predetermined user is logged in to the computer it is connected to. The auto backup feature runs autonomously when setup using the 'friendly' program. There are two felt type feet on the bottom of the drive, with none on the sides, which hints that it should only be used in the upright (tower) position. The glossy material on the top half of the casing is a pain to keep clean, as it picks up finger marks very easily, however if left on a desktop as intended it does look smart.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge and Easy To Use I got this to attach to my Xbox One, as it has a huge amount of storage (space for over 200 games). It also sits well next to the console, as it has similar styling and the physical size is small considering its mammoth capacity. It comes pre-formatted, has 128-bit encryption and can be used with WD Backup and my Apple Time Machine.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WD 8GB Drive Excellent quality product. Easy to use. Good back up service. In stock. Good, competitive price
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great hdd This is my 5th drive of this model. They work great.
Date published: 2017-05-02
  • y_2018, m_1, d_20, h_10
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.6
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_5
  • loc_en_GB, sid_A11WX, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=RELEVANCE, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_maplin-en_gb



Connection Type:







2 yearsYear(s)

Power Specifications

Power Supply:


Dimensions & Weight







Operating Specifications

Storage Capacity:


Drive Form Factor:

3.5 inch



Desktop External Hard Drive

Is it possible to re-format this disk in NTFS format (instead of EXFAT as shipped)?

Asked by: David
Yes this would be fine.
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-08-09

I already have WD My Book drives in 4TB and 6TB capacities and these use WD back up software that has a good user interface it is WD Smart Ware.exe version 2.4.5953.20264 (19 April 2016) - can I use this same software with the EXFAT 8TB drive?

Asked by: DavidMG
Yes you should be able to use this software fine.
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-08-09

Would I be able to use this for my PS4 ?         And if so will it still work with the 2TB I already have in my ps4 

Asked by: Liquidice16
It should be fine as long as you have the latest PS4 firmware update installed. see here for details https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2017-03-21

is it compatible with ubuntu?

Asked by: george
Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee full compatibility for this item.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-01-21

Is the internal drive an 8TB SATA HDD 3.5" form factor drive? Or is it a combination of drives e.g. 2 x 4TB SATA HDD 3.5" form factor?

Asked by: Richard
This contains a single 8TB drive.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-01-21

What is the drive inside the cover? Is it WD red, WD green, etc.

Asked by: johnmo
Unfortunately we are not given this info you would need to ask WD direct.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-11-28

Can I please confirm if this product comes with the power cables etc?

Asked by: Manisha
Yes it comes with 240v UK power supply, and USB 3.0 cable.
Answered by: Joey
Date published: 2016-11-18
  • y_2018, m_1, d_20, h_10CST
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvqa, vn_bulk_2.0.6
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasquestionsanswers, tq_7
  • loc_en_GB, sid_A11WX, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=LAST_APPROVED_ANSWER_SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_maplin-en_gb