Nowadays, with all the movies, songs, and games that stack up on our computer, having an external hard drive becomes a necessity. This is most especially true if you own ultrabooks like MacBook Air, which only comes with 64 or 128 GB flash storage.
Luckily, we have different options when it comes to choosing the right external hard drive to fit our needs and the way we use our computers.
Western Digital’s My Book for MAC is a good companion for my MacBook Air. With its 3 TB storage, I never have to worry about running out of space. It also comes with other features such as a fast USB 3.0 connection, automatic backup connection, and hardware encryption.
Our first external hard drive at home was a Western Digital 1 TB. Back then, 1 TB hard drives were still expensive and very bulky. We have this External Hard Drive (EHD) for four years. Although its physical appearance is a little beat up, it still works great. So getting the chance to review My Book for Mac was an awesome opportunity because I know Western Digital is a trusted brand when it comes to computer storage.
Having a 3 TB storage space gives me peace of mind. I think it would take me years to fill up a hard drive with this amount of space. My Macbook Air only has 128 GB. At first, 128 GB seemed plenty to me. But believe me 128 GB can fill up pretty quickly, most especially if you’re using your computer for work. Actually, every week I have to delete a lot of stuff and transfer the files to my EHD.
What’s good about this EHD is that you can not only used it as a storage space for movies and other files. You can even use it to backup your entire MAC. When I first connected the EHD, a prompt came up and asked me if I want to use it to back up my MAC. Since the EHD is only a transient machine in our home, I decided not to skip this option.
However, I highly recommend taking advantage of this option—you know—if you’re going to have the EHD for keeps.
“Time Machine automatically backs up your entire Mac, including system files, applications, accounts, preferences, email messages, music, photos, movies, and documents.”-Apple.com
For a 3-terabyte hardrive, My Book for Mac looks pretty sleek. It comes in glossy black, which reminds me of the PS3. 🙂 However, like the PS3, it seems to be a dust magnet. I recommend regularly cleaning the external surface with a micro fiber cloth.
My Book for Mac has USB 3.0 connectivity, which means you can save and access files up to three times faster than USB 2.0. But if you’re laptop or PC does not have a USB 3.0 connection, it has backward compatibility.
When I transferred an entire season of Sherlock (which is around 2.5 GB), it only took less than 20 seconds!
All in all, I was pretty satisfied with My Book for MAC. If there’s one thing that I’m not a fan of, is that it needs to be connected to a power source. It’s not really a problem if you leave it at home. But if you’re like me, who sometimes work at coffee shops, this can be bit of a hassle.
- Formatted HFS+ Journaled
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Lion or Mountain Lion
- Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
- (requires reformatting)
- External hard drive
- USB cable
- AC adapter
- Quick Install Guide
You can check out the rest of the specifications and features in Western Digital’s website.
WD My Book for MAC is around P6000 (but prices may vary).
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