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Western Digital My Book Essential 2 TB USB Hard Drive w/ Backup & Password Protection

Discontinued.
Condition: Brand new, USA Warranty
WD's popular My Book Essential USB external drive gives you the tools to back up your data automatically and continuously see your backup as it happens, bring back lost files effortlessly, and password-protect your drive.

The world's best-selling external hard drive now features a new, smart, visual backup solution that protects your data automatically.

Smaller, sleeker, more streamlined design - WD has made these award-winning drives even smaller, sleeker, and more elegant. As always, this book-like shape takes up less space on your desk and allows two or more My Book drives to nestle neatly together like volumes on a shelf.

WD SmartWare - A control center for your drive that gives you the power to:

  • Protect your data automatically - Relax. Your data is secure. Automatic, continuous backup will instantly make a second copy whenever you add or change a file.
  • See your backup as it happens - Seeing is believing. Visual backup displays your content categories and shows the progress of your backup.
  • Bring back lost files effortlessly - Retrieve your valuable data to its original location whether you've lost all your data or just overwritten an important file.
  • Take control - Customize your backup, set drive security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings, and more from the WD SmartWare control center.

Drive lock - Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access or theft with password protection and military-grade 256-bit hardware-based encryption.

Illuminated capacity gauge - See at a glance how much space is available on your drive.
USB 2.0 interface - A simple connection that offers convenience and compatibility among multiple computers.

Power miser - My Book external drives are designed to save energy. WD GreenPower Technology lowers internal drive power consumption by up to 30%, a sleep mode reduces power during idle times, and a power-saving feature turns the drive on and off with your computer.

Planet friendly - We designed a small box to minimize waste and used recycled material. We encourage you to recycle it.

Ready to plug-and-play with Windows PCs - if you're a Mac user, check out WD's Mac version of this product.

Features

  • Automatic, continuous backup
  • Visual drive control center
  • Password protection and 256-bit encryption

Ideal For

  • Protecting your data with automatic, continuous backup
  • Retrieving lost data effortlessly
  • Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music
  • Securing private or sensitive data

Compatibility

  • Formatted NTFS
  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
  • Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard (requires reformatting)
    Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.

Product Specifications

  • Data transfer rate: 480 Mb/s (maximum)
  • RoHS compliant: Yes

Product Dimensions

  • Length: 6.5 in (165 mm)
  • Width: 5.3 in (135 mm)
  • Height: 1.9 in (48 mm)
  • Weight: 2.6 lb (1.18 kg)

Power Specifications

  • AC input voltage: 100 ? 240V
  • AC input frequency: 47 ? 63 Hz

Environmental Specifications

  • Operating temperature: 5 degrees C to 35 degrees C
  • Non-op. temperature: ?20 degrees C to 65 degrees C

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Western Digital My Book Essential 2 TB USB Hard Drive w/ Backup & Password Protection

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5 out of 5 stars   Great Unit!
By Me (Kalamazoo) January 24, 2011
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Other Comments: Works Great!
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3 out of 5 stars   Great hardware, poor software.
By Saki saki ruminacki (Des Moine IA) January 09, 2011
Review submitted for Western Digital My Book Essential 2 TB USB Hard Drive w/ Backup & Password Protection (WDBAAF0020HBK)
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Pros: Fast, Easy To Install, Highly Compatible, Reliable, Quiet
Cons: Dumb software - reformat
Other Comments: Seriously, WD's software is so dumb, I can't even believe they sell it. I just reformatted the drive so that I didn't have to deal with a virtual CD drive it installed on my computer. And sometimes the external drive was see and other times it was not. Dumb dumb software.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   As advertised
By RDR Productions (Northbrook, IL) December 07, 2010
Review submitted for Western Digital My Book Essential 2 TB USB Hard Drive w/ Backup & Password Protection (WDBAAF0020HBK)
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Pros: Fast, Easy To Install, Reliable, Highly Compatible, Quiet
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Other Comments: Used to store media
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3 out of 5 stars   Poor quailty power switch
By Bill (Belleview, FL) October 11, 2010
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Pros: Easy To Install
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Other Comments: I must pull the power plug because the 2nd unit also had a defective power switch.
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5 out of 5 stars   Excellent Purchase!
By crittel (Anaheim, CA.) June 09, 2010
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Pros: Quiet, Highly Compatible, Reliable, Easy To Install, Fast
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Other Comments: Thank you so much for excellent quality [...]
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   About WD Hard Drive
By xc (Houston, tx) June 01, 2010
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Pros: Easy To Install, Quiet, Fast, Highly Compatible, Reliable
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Other Comments: Very good product
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Great value for the price.
By DK the Answer Man (Dearborn, MI) May 17, 2010
Review submitted for Western Digital My Book Essential 2 TB USB Hard Drive w/ Backup & Password Protection (WDBAAF0020HBK)
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Pros: Quiet, Easy To Install
Cons:
Other Comments: It is being used to store Ghost images of about 50 computers. I only wish the power plug was a little smaller. It doesn't fit my power strip as good and I lose useful outlets.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   It works as expected
By ndspc123 (philadelphia, PA) May 02, 2010
Review submitted for Western Digital My Book Essential 2 TB USB Hard Drive w/ Backup & Password Protection (WDBAAF0020HBK)
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Pros: Reliable, Quiet, Easy To Install, Highly Compatible
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Other Comments: It works as expected. I use it as a storage to backup the data. It has been on for two weeks. So far there is no problem. It is quiet. The initial click takes some time. After that, the speed is fast enough.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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1 out of 5 stars   Most hated hard drive in history.
By Homer (San Bernadino, CA) April 29, 2010
Review submitted for Western Digital My Book Essential 2 TB USB Hard Drive w/ Backup & Password Protection (WDBAAF0020HBK)
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Cons: Unreliable, Difficult To Install
Other Comments: Be very very very very very very careful of this drive! I used to be a loyal WD customer until this generation of drives started including their idiotic backup software by default which uses a second drive letter and sits in memory. this is NOT removable and NOT avoidable and possibly the stupidest design decision ever. Don't believe me? There's a reason why the majority of people on [@] give this drive a one star out of five rating. it is worthless.
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