WD 8TB My Book USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive

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About this product


  • 8TB desktop hard drive gives you a high 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

Product overview

• 8TB desktop hard drive gives you a high 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
• Password protection with hardware encryption gives you peace of mind about security
• Manufacturer part number: WDBFJK0080HBK-EESN

What can I store on this hard drive?
This hard drive has 8TB (8,000GB) of storage, so you have plenty of space for your files. You can store up to 62 hours of 4K video at 30fps, 264 hours of 1080p video at 30fps, 2,000 two-hour DVD films, 2.56 million digital photos or 132,800 hours of digital music.

What makes this hard drive different?
This hard drive includes password protection with hardware encryption. By setting a password, you can be safe in the knowledge that your data is safe. You can also set your hard drive to unlock automatically when you plug it in to your own computer. WD Backup software provides file-system backup, so you can select the specific files and folders you want copied to your My Book. With Acronis True Image software, you'll have system-level backup to create a clone of your entire computer, saving not only your files, but your operating system and installed programs as well.

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 can use it with USB 2.0 without needing to update the computer. This means you will spend less time waiting to ensure your documents, pictures and videos are safely stored on your external hard drive.

Rated 3 out of 5 by from New owner dislike built in management software and ties to buying full options. That apart, disabling WD software and freebies; e.g., Acronis which is useless unless you cough up. The drive itself is 'A' ok, no complaints, bar the aforementioned bundleware. Enjoy the drive, but do not install any of the bundled crapware.
Date published: 2016-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So So price The drive appears ok, It's not as fast as I would like, some noise from head movement, doesn't get all that hot which is nice, hard to justify on a £200+ tag though, maybe worth buying more should the price drop.
Date published: 2016-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good price to early to tell but seem good although may be a little slow
Date published: 2016-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Drive I have always had 3,4 TB hard drives but this is a great one... I'm thinkinh of buying another one soon
Date published: 2016-08-04
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Dimensions 139mm x 49mm x 171mm
Connection type USB 3.0
Capacity 8TB
Powered by Mains
Colour Black
Backup options N/A
Compatibility Windows, Mac - with formatting
Drive form factor 3.5 inch
Data transfer speed Manufacturer Not Specified
Data spin speed 7,200RPM

Which particular hard drive is inside?

Asked by: rick99
Inside would be an 8TB WD Blue Drive
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2016-10-22

Can you tell me how the encryption/password feature works and to what standards or encryption types are supported please?

Asked by: Ben10
This service is for frequently asked questions and does not allow two way communication, In order for us to best assist you with your technical issue please contact us on the details below: 0333 400 9500 or email technical@maplin.co.uk
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2016-09-20

Hi, Can these drives be piggybacked for future proof use...I mean joining two or three together as the first one fills up ?

Asked by: Big Gav
No the item has no support for this.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-06-22

Your spec says the disk in the 8tb My Book spins at 7,200 rpm . The WD 8Tb drive spins at 5,400, are you confirming that the disks in these my Books are the HGST drive which my Book was shiped with initially?

Asked by: Disky
Sorry but WD do make publish any specific info for the drive model employed inside this unit.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-06-25

What connecting cables does this come with - USB2 ?

Asked by: madpongo
This will come with a MicroUSB 3.0 to USB 3.0 cable but is fully compatible with USB 2.0 sockets, it will just transfer a those speeds.
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2016-06-25

Hi, In the spec it says that this is 4Tb, but the headline says 8Tb. Is the drive definitely an 8Tb? Also, can the drive be used as a standard drive with encryption off?

Asked by: Greg
It's 8TB you can choose whether or not to set a password and utilise the encryption feature
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-06-25
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