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Complete backup for peace of mind.
My Book offers complete backup options with WD SmartWare Pro software for local and cloud backup and Acronis True Image WD Edition software for system level backup. 

Keep your private stuff private.
Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access with password protection and hardware encryption.

Works great with Windows 8.
WD's Windows 8 app makes it easy to discover the digital media stored on your My Book drive with your Windows 8 computer. Your content is automatically displayed and organized so you can easily locate and enjoy your photos, videos and music.

Ultra-fast transfer rates

My Book desktop storage is optimized for the best possible data transfer rates. Connect this drive to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port to save and access files up to 3x faster than with USB 2.0.

Automatic backup software

WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software works quietly in the background to help protect your data using minimal PC resources. Select automatic continuous backup to instantly create a second copy of your files. Or select the scheduled backup option to back up your files on your schedule and take control of your backup.

System-level backup

Acronis® True Image WD Edition is an integrated software suite that ensures security of all information on your PC. It can back up the entire disk drive or selected partitions, including your operating system, applications, settings and all of your data. You can also use the software to securely delete any confidential data you no longer need.

Local and cloud backup

WD SmartWare Pro lets you choose. Back up your files to your My Book drive or back up your files to the cloud using your Dropbox™ account.* You can also back up files from your Dropbox account to your My Book drive for extra protection.

Universal connectivity

With this drive you get connectivity with the latest USB 3.0 devices as well as backward compatibility with USB 2.0 devices. (USB 3.0 cable included.)
*Dropbox account required for cloud backup. Cloud services may be changed, terminated or interrupted at any time and may vary by country.

WD quality inside and out

We know your data is important to you. So we build the drive inside to our demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance and long-term reliability. Then, we protect the drive with a durable enclosure designed for beauty.

Massive capacity

With up to 6 TB capacity, there's plenty of room to store and protect your precious memories and important files.

Secure your files

Use WD Security to set password protection and hardware encryption. Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access.
Your computer is full of your precious memories, favorite music, video downloads and important personal files. But if you aren't backing up regularly, you're just one system crash or computer virus away from losing it all. WD provides a complete backup solution with My Book, by including WD Smartware Pro software for your file backup needs and Acronis® True Image WD Edition software for system-level backup.

WD SmartWare Pro for personal file backup

Your computer's hard drive is full of your family photos, favorite music, video downloads and important personal files. WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software offers an easy way to schedule backups and protect your important files. With a variety of backup options, WD SmartWare Pro fits into anyone's busy schedule.

How do you want to back up?

Everyone likes to organize their files a little differently and with WD SmartWare you can pick the backup method that works for you. File backup lets you choose just the files and folders that you want to protect or you can back up your files based on category like photos, music and videos.

When do you want to back up?

Some people want their files instantly backed up while others prefer to only have backup running when they are not using the computer. With WD SmartWare, you can pick between automatic, continuous backup or schedule the day, time and frequency of your backup.

Where do you want to back up?

When you upgrade to WD SmartWare Pro, you can back up to your local external hard drive or to the cloud using your Dropbox* account. For double-safe protection, you can also back up the files in your Dropbox account to your local external hard drive.

Back up to any external USB drive.

When you upgrade to WD SmartWare Pro, you can back up your computer to any external hard drive whether that drive is from WD or from a third party.

* Dropbox account required for cloud backup. Cloud services may be changed, terminated or interrupted at any time and may vary by country.

It's easy to bring back lost files.

If you ever accidentally delete an important file or need to get an earlier version of a file, WD SmartWare helps you retrieve the file in seconds with the easy-to-use retrieve interface. WD SmartWare maintains the file structure that you have set up on your computer so it's easy to locate the file once you have retrieved it.

Visual interface shows backup progress.

WD SmartWare features a visual interface with gauges that display how much data you have to be backed up in each category. And as your backup progresses the gauges change color, showing you the backup as it happens.


Acronis True Image WD Edition for system-level backup

Acronis True Image WD Edition software ensures the security of all of the information on your PC. With it, you can back up the operating system, applications, settings and all of your data. You can back up the entire system disk drive or selected partitions.


Back up system files before upgrading your OS

When you're ready to upgrade your operating system, back up your system files using Acronis so that you can quickly reinstall the necessary files to be up and running quickly. If anything goes wrong with your upgrade, you can easily revert back to the previous OS.

Disaster recovery

Your computer will eventually crash. And because of this it's crucial that you take steps to prevent a complete loss of data. Use Acronis True Image WD Edition to back up your critical system files to your My Book drive. the Acronis software provides you with all the essential tools to recover your computer system should you lose data, accidentally delete critical files or folders, or suffer a complete hard disk crash.

Supported Operating systems

Acronis True Image WD Edition software is compatible with the following Windows operating systems:

  • Windows XP SP3
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2
  • Windows Vista SP2 (all editions)
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8

Free download

As the owner of a new My Book desktop hard drive, you can download the Acronis True Image WD Edition software for free from our support site and protect your critical system files. And because it's downloadable software, it doesn't take up any space on your My Book drive until you download it.

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You've taken the time to create it or capture it – everything that matters to you, from financial to sentimental. But you're just one system error, one spilled latte, one stolen backpack away from losing it all.


If it matters to you, make a second copy!

Like a jet plane with more than one engine you need a backup. If your files are backed up and an important file is lost, you can relax because you have a copy.

Make it automatic. Set it and forget it.

You don't have to think about backup everyday if you use automatic backup software that does the work for you.

WD offers WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software that makes it easy to back up your important files on your schedule. With WD SmartWare Pro you can select one or both of the following two options:
  • Automatic, continuous backup to back up files as soon as they are added or changed and saved
  • Scheduled backup that allows you to pick the time, day and frequency that you back up your files.

Be selective

Protect the files you create yourself whether they are text documents, e-mail messages, pictures, music, videos or game saves. If you made them, you want to save them and keep them nearby.

You don't have to back up your entire system – a time consuming task that duplicates the issues you've built up over time on your hard drive. If your system fails, use the original copies of your software programs and reinstall your operating system to get a fresh start.

Upgrade to WD SmartWare Pro!

Upgrade to WD SmartWare Pro for even more backup options. WD SmartWare Pro allows users to back up files to their Dropbox account or even to a non-WD external hard drive.

Back up to an external drive.

You can back up to CDs or DVDs, but this is a slow, manual process. And contrary to popular belief, most CDs and DVDs are not permanent. Low-priced CDRs may not be readable in as few as two years and thumb drives are small, lower capacities, and easy to lose.

The best backup medium is an external hard drive. It takes stacks of CDs or DVDs and handfuls of thumb drives to back up all the data that could be stored on a single external hard drive. WD SmartWare Pro makes it easy to back up to an external hard drive. High-capacity external drives are fast and allow you to keep all your backed up data in one place. For extra safety, get a two-drive external storage system and dedicate half the capacity for mirroring to automatically and instantaneously back up your backup every time. WD's external hard drives are sleek, stylish, made for your grab-and-go lifestyle and most come with our easy-to-use backup software... so let WD be your backup plan!

* Dropbox account required for cloud backup. Cloud services may be changed, terminated or interrupted at any time and may vary by country.



Click Model # for Full Specs.

Model #InterfaceCapacityOperating System 
WDBFJK0060HBKUSB 3.0 and USB 2.06 TBWindows/Mac
WDBFJK0040HBKUSB 3.0 and USB 2.04 TBWindows/Mac
WDBFJK0030HBKUSB 3.0 and USB 2.03 TBWindows/Mac
WDBFJK0020HBKUSB 3.0 and USB 2.02 TBWindows/Mac

Compatibility

  • 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



Mouse over each icon to see how it was calculated.

Examples of the number of photos, songs, videos and any other files that can be stored on a hard drive are provided for illustrative purposes only. Your results will vary based on file size and format, settings, features, software and other factors.

As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second, megabit per second (Mb/s) = one million bits per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second.


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Documentation
Product Overview (PDF)
Quick Installation Guide (PDF)
User Manual (PDF)
User Manual (PDF) (Unencrypted drives)
Important interface information
This drive requires a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 connection
WD Interface Guide
 

Upgrading your system could be risky, so make sure you have an extra copy of your photos, videos, music and files in case you hit a snag. With high-capacity storage from WD, you've got a great backup plan.

Back up the easy way with WD Smartware. Your data is not just data; it's your family photos, your financial documents, your music - your life. Make sure you protect your memories before your upgrade to Windows 8. WD makes it easy to back up with WD Smartware.

Here's how:

First, install the WD Smartware backup software included on most WD desktop and portable hard drives for your PC. You'll be up and running in minutes.

Next, select the files and folders you want backed up or back up your files by category. It's up to you. The backup gauges show how much information you have to be backed up in each category. You can even mouse over a category to see a file count.

Simply click "Start Backup" and WD SmartWare will automatically start backing up your files. As your backup is running, the category gauges will change color showing you the backup as it happens. When finished, you'll see a status screen and information about your backup. It's that easy!


Click here to find out more about WD SmartWare.

 

Backing up with a WD hard drive is easier than ever. With the File History feature in Windows 8, you can automatically save an extra copy of your photos, files, favorites and contacts folders to the drive of your choice. Choose WD and get effortless backup from the brand you trust.

Here's how:

From the Control Panel, select File History. Or you can search on "backup" in Settings from the Charms Bar in the Metro UI and select Save backup copies of your files with File History.

Connect your WD drive into the USB port and Windows 8 will detect the connection, then simply click "Turn on". If you have a My Book Live or My Net N900 Central, select "Add network location" and select your network drive from the list.

Now you're all set up to save files to your drive. File History automatically saves a copy of every file in your libraries, contacts, favorites and desktop. If there are folders not included by default that you also want to save using File History, you can create a new library or add a folder to an existing library.

If you ever want to access old versions of files or files that you've save previously, click on "Restore personal files". Then select the folders you want to restore (or you can choose to select all folder) and click "Restore". You can also save to a new location by right-clicking on your selected folders and choosing "Restore to" and select a new location for your files.

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The WD app makes it easy to discover the digital media stored on your WD external hard drive with your Windows 8 computer or tablet. Your content is automatically displayed and organized so you can easily view your photos, enjoy slideshows, watch your videos, play your music and share it all with this easy-to-use app.

Get the app.

Windows 8 automatically installs the WD app for certified WD products or it can be downloaded from the Windows Store. The app automatically finds your digital content from a WD network drive or connected WD direct attached drive.

Get organized.

Once inside the app, your media is organized by photos, videos and music on rotating tiles.

Start playing.

Click to play your music, watch your videos and create a slideshow with your stored photos.

Start sharing.

Have something to share? Select your files and use the Share charm to send them via e-mail and social media apps.