WD My Book Essential 3.5 inch 3 TB External Hard Disk

WD My Book Essential 3.5 inch 3 TB External Hard Disk  (Black)

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  • Desktop Hard Drive
  • Capacity: 3 TB
  • Connectivity: USB 3.0

Western Digital gives you a brilliant solution for all your storage demands in its latest My Book Essential external hard disk which comes with an enormous memory capacity and reliable security features to help you protect and preserve all your favourite movies, music and other important data that may be related to work. Featuring an ultra-light and portable body, the hard drive is an ideal device to carry around when you are travelling or away on vacation. The strong and durable device from WD comes with brilliant transfer speeds to make life and convenient for you. Business users or entertainment enthusiasts, the hard disk suits one and all with its brilliant features that come to you with a modest price tag.


This hard drive comes with a slim, portable design that looks classy and stylish. Despite its plastic build, the device is highly strong and capable of withstanding the stress of constant use. You can flaunt the device at work or college as it comes with a cosmetic appearance and feel. The slim drive can be slipped into your backpack or jacket pocket while travelling. This hard drive is also reasonably light when compared to other conventional hard drives and weighs only 1180 g. Featuring 48 x 165 x 135 mm dimensions, the hard disk is one of the trendiest storage devices available in the market today that suits both professionals and entertainment enthusiasts alike with its impressive features.

Performance and Features

As far as storage capacity is concerned, the My Book external hard disk from WD is unmatched as it boasts of a monumental 3 TB memory which should be more than sufficient for an entire family as it provides enough memory to store movies, pictures and other files. You can easily store thousands of movies, music and pictures without facing any obstacles in terms of free space. The USB 3.0 interface is highly indispensable as it boosts the transfer speed to a great extent. You can access and transfer data at amazing speeds as the hard drive has a data transfer rate of 480 Mb/s for USB 2.0 interface.

However, the hard disk requires an external power source to be powered and operated. You can get started with this hard disk instantly by connecting to a power outlet and start sharing your files with other compatible devices. You can also use this hard drive on a wide variety of platforms which provide smooth and instant access to the contents of your hard disk. These include Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 for Windows operating systems. The hard disk is also supported on Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5 and v10.6, as far as Mac operating systems are concerned.

Special Features

On top of everything, the WD My Book external hard drive also offers good protection for all your valuable data with its reliable security measures. These allow you to protect and preserve your movies, games and other substantial data. Loaded with basic installation software, the hard disk is perfect for everybody as you can get started with no fuss. On the whole, this handy device from WD is an ideal choice for those in search of a storage option that comes with no restrictions as far as memory is concerned. Reliable and secure, this external disk is a must-buy for all users.


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Product Description
WD presents the My Book Essential, an external hard disk to store all your data safely and securely with easy access whenever you need.
Bundled Software

The HDD comes with softwares to make it more secure and easy to use.

Data Security

The HDD comes with the WD SmartWare Pro software that automatically backs up your data in the background without slowing down your system or the device itself. With the automatic continuous backup option, you can create a second copy of your files and the scheduled backup feature allows you to choose the time you want to backup the data. You can backup your files to either the My Book drive or to cloud storage - all features work towards giving you complete control of your data.

Acronis True Image WD Edition

The device also comes with Acronis True Image WD Edition that is an integrated suite for security of your data which backs up complete partitions or entire disk drive according to your requirement.

Password Protection

With WD Security, you can password protect all the data and encrypt hardware to prevent snooping.


A Windows 8 app has been created for WD to ensure that media is easily located and displayed without having to navigate through several menus. It supports Windows XP, Vista and 7 while also being compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.5 or later versions.






The HDD has a USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0 interface that allows you to connect different compatible devices.

USB 3.0
USB 2.0
Transfer Speed

The device can transfer data at the rate of 5 GB/second on USB 3.0 and 480 MB/second on USB 2.0, the My Book desktop storage is designed for quick and easy data transfer.


On USB 2.0


On USB 3.0


The drive has been designed to look sleek and compact on the outside with components within which are extremely durable with high shock tolerance and reliability for the long run.






Shock Tolerance


With 3 TB of data storage capacity, the HDD has ample space for all your important files and documents apart from media like TV shows, movies and an extensive music collection.



Model Name
  • My Book Essential
  • HDD
  • 3 TB
  • Black
System Requirements
  • Windows 7, Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5, v10.6
Form Factor
  • Desktop
Cloud Backup
  • No
Additional Features
Data Transfer Rate
  • Gb/s (USB 3.0), 480 Mb/s (USB2.0)
Shock Resistant
  • No
Password Protection
  • No
  • 1180 g
Ratings & Reviews
366 Ratings &
121 Reviews
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Horrible after sales experience

I have purchased WD My Book Essential 3.5 inch 1 TB External Hard Disk (Black). My AC adapted stopped working withing a month so I raised a complain for replacement under warranty.

The Western Digital customer care was always busy and I have to wait on hold for couple of hours which is ridiculous & no Western Digital support agent was providing any confirm information. Each time They are saying me to wait till this week as my adapter is not available. For two months they gave me the same rea...

Zeeshan Alam

Nov, 2012

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delevery is ok...but beter to buy on the shop near by us...

i have been order WD My Book Essential 3.5 inch 3 TB External Hard Disk this model..but after 3 days
i received WD My Book desktop storage 3 TB External Hard Disk ..then i given complain they took back my hard disk after 4 days they sent again same model which i returned back..till now i did'd get which hdd i have order.if we r buying from shop we will get as soon as we paid amount and the same model which we needed..
1. i got some other model hdd which i don't like to use
2.i waited for ...

suresh Kv

Certified Buyer, Chennai

Feb, 2014

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Exceptional Drive :D

First up this is my first purchase with flipkart and i gotta admit the delivery system is fantastic

i was supposed to get the drive on 14th but i got it on 9th wen i had ordered it on 5th. I took the COD option and it was good enough. Packaging is excellent and was filled wid bubble wraps :P

Now as for the drive :

Since i needed a 2tb drive i had two choices out of internal vs external.I went with external as it was nearly same as the internal one and i can take the drive to my frnz's home...


Certified Buyer

Jun, 2012

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Great Looks, stays cool.

Firstly, great service from FLIPKART.
Decent hard drive..
Receiving 18-20 MB/s on USB 2.0
Still not checked on USB 3.0..but it's 10 times faster.
However, I would rate this product as excellent..
Superb glossy finish, small, compact, decent performance (USB 2.0)
Little bit heavy, nothing else.

Abhishek Trivedi

Certified Buyer

Sep, 2011

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First of all thanks to Flipkart & Kudos to them for their awesome customer service, lightening fast delivery and awesome packaging. I ordered the product on 22nd march 2012 evening 5 pm and got it delivered through Blue Dart on 24th at 02 pm. This is my third ext. Hard disk after seagate go-flex & WD my passport 500 GB's. Since Iâ??m working as a research associate, so loads & loads of data.
On opening the packaging box, HD was in good condition, amazing black glossy finish, lite weight and a...


Certified Buyer

Mar, 2012

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Stay away from this

I purchased this trusting the WD brand name. Huge mistake!!!
The drive is much slower than what is advertised and for some reason the USB 3.0 port has some or the other issue.

Unlike the Buffalo drive that I used before, this was very very fragile. I toppled my drive on my table (it did not fall in the floor) while using it and that was all that was needed to kill the drive. My hard earned money went down the drain and more importantly, I lost all my precious data.

My strongest advice to a...

Amit Rai

Certified Buyer

Aug, 2013

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First, the packaging. Western Digital (WD) does an impressive job of securely packaging this hard drive with a minimal amount of waste. There's no unnecessary plastic or cardboard.

This 2 TB drive has to be plugged into the wall socket as well as powered with a USB cable. This My Book Essential External Hard Drive has an impressively long power cable. WD figures the customer is smart enough not to accidentally strangle themselves with a long power cord. So many products I buy have a cord tha...

Arindam Chakrabarty

Certified Buyer

Sep, 2011

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Got corrupted/Not getting mounted after just 1 month without any reason !!!!

I have received this delivery within 3 days, however the product itself surprised me. I was accessing the HD in the morning and when I re-connect it again in the evening it is not getting connected with any of my laptops. Weird !!! I have kept the HD very carefully, I did not understand any reason apart from faulty defective product. I am very very unhappy and not recommending any WD product.

Dhruba Bhattacharjee

Certified Buyer

May, 2013

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Bad experience

Brought this hard disk a year ago,after 4 months of usage lost 1 tb of datas(due to hard disk need to be formatted message)but managed and recover 800 gb of data.after 2 months hard disk controller fried.i had 1.6 tb of data's so opened t case,it had WD20EARS drive in it .i removed t controller and planned to use t drive as secondary internal hard disk so that i can back up my data.it was a nightmare,i couldn't find my data's .now using it as my secondary internal hard disk. WD20EARS is pret...


Certified Buyer

Apr, 2013

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Excellent Product : satisfied , thanx flipkart

A great product by WD , it is working absolutely fine.

usb 3.0 supported
secure password feature
noise free
no heating issues
transfer rate 20mbps (usb 2.0), that is quite good.
glossy finishing

as always great packaging and fast delivery..thanx to flipkart

Brijendra P. Singh

Certified Buyer

Oct, 2011

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