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Review: 6TB My Book external hard drive by Western Digital


Backing up the data on your computer can be a task at times unless you’re really not that active. For most users though, activity involves daily projects that span all sorts of hobbies, business and family interests. With internal drives growing in size and those who like to upgrade the number of drives in their system, it’s taking a much larger solution to secure it all with. It’s a good thing some of your external options come with a lot of capacity now to do just this.

This week we had a chance to really get to know the 6TB My Book by WD (Western Digital). An external drive with plenty of room for most if not all of your backup needs (at least for a majority of consumers).The average harddrive in a new PC or Mac is still around 320GB to 2TB, so for those users, they will be able to make a full backup of their system drive as well as use it as additional storage space for their thousands of baby pictures–or whatever else triggers their shutter button finger (or the other digital content they like to collect, or…or…or).

Upon opening the box, you find the drive, a USB cable, power adapter and a quick guide. Pretty typical for any hard drive. It’s plug-n-play and pre-formatted to the NTFS format right out of the box (as usual) and takes only a few seconds to boot up and become recognized by your computer. WD’s SmartWare software is included on the drive for backup options. Of course, you can use whatever software you are familiar with.

Formatting and/or partitioning it takes under 30 seconds and it offers a decent transfer speed. We got an average of 160-175MBps when copying files to it (USB 3.0). It isn’t the fastest drive on the market, but SSDs are sadly still a little pricey and haven’t reached this capacity.

We ripped it open to see what WD used for the drive to find a Caviar Green drive inside (64MB cache). This is great because the Caviar Green drive runs about $20-30 more just by itself. So this gives you the opportunity to either pay less for a great external backup solution, or break the case open and rip it out for an internal expansion. Does it make sense? We won’t argue.

The drive–if you keep it in the enclosure–runs around 80-90F in temperature, which is good. If you used it internally by ripping it out of its enclosure, the temperature would greatly depend on your computer’s cooling setup. The drive is also pretty quiet, so you won’t have to worry about it contributing to the noise level of room any. WD is pretty good for this.

The My Book is also available in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB sizes. There is also an option for 8 or 12TB, however these enclosures contain 2 drives insides–so they are bulkier in size, heavier and most expensive.

Our Conclusion

All-in-all, it’s a great hard drive with tons of space and a reasonable price tag. It’s fast enough for quick backups and file transfers and hardly makes a noise. 6TBs covers most consumers (as well as small to mid-size business purposes), so you may not find yourself upgrading for awhile unless you step your data storage game up. Much more affordable than 6TB “worth” of SSD drives. Now if only we can get a few more for our own backup needs. We will be covered ourselves!

8.5 / 10 stars           



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  • Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data transfers
  • WD backup software automatic and cloud backup.
  • Acronis system-level backup.
  • Password protection with hardware encryption.


  • Formatted NTFS
  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Mac OS X 10.6.5 or later (requires reformatting)

Package Includes

  • External hard drive
  • WD SmartWare software (pre-loaded)
  • USB cable
  • AC adapter
  • Quick Install Guide


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8.5 Great Storage Solution
  • Final 8.5
  • User Ratings (1 Votes) 10

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Ryan is an avid gamer that spends most of his time either commanding teams on the Xbox One or out on the grass kicking the soccer ball around when others are willing to take the challenge. He comes with a bachelors in electrical engineering and a hobby in the installation of advanced audio-video environments.

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