The 8TB version of the Western Digital My Book is a deep well of affordable storage for your photos, music, videos, and more. If you're addicted to downloading videos and snapping up every game you can find online, chances are you need inexpensive, voluminous storage to house it all.
With a good mix of capacity, pricing, and performance, it's a shoo-in as our latest Editors' Choice for desktop external hard drives. It measures 6. That's compact, but still made to sit on your desktop rather than fit into your pocket.
You'll need a spare power outlet, since the My Book needs its included power adapter to operate. With some of the larger console game downloads now approaching 40GB, an 8TB drive should be able to handle at least games before filling up.
But many games take up much less space between MB and 10GB , so you will likely be able to install many more. The My Book comes with a three-year warranty, longer than the two years you get with the Seagate Backup Plus.
On the Windows-based PCMark 7 secondary disk test, it earned a decent score of 2, points. Dragging and dropping our 1.
Most of us need a large repository for our data files, including the tens of thousands or millions of pictures we've taken over the years, music files, and those downloaded movies we've been meaning to watch. In that regard, the 8TB Western Digital My Book is an excellent choice, with enough capacity to last you for several years. It's more versatile than the Innov8, the only other mainstream 8TB drive we've tested. And it's a better deal than the Seagate Backup Plus, thanks to a larger capacity mechanism, better value per gigabyte, and a longer warranty.
We have no qualms naming the My Book our latest Editors' Choice for external desktop hard drives. PCMag editors select and review products independently. We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. Learn more. Reviews Hard Drives.
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February 28, Copy Link. Pros Comes in a variety of large capacities.
Three-year warranty. Cons Requires external power adapter.
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