Updated on 12 August 2013 by

Western Digital is one of the largest manufacturers of internal and external hard drives. It also produces Network attached storage devices which find usage in business. The best Western Digital hard drives are meant for providing storage solution to home, office and enterprises.

The hard drives from Western Digital are separately targeted at Mac and PC users. External hard drives for desktops work with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 interfaces, have a storage capacity up to 4TB. Hard drives for desktops running Mac provide large storage ranging from 1TB to 8TB. The capacity is large for professionals working in creative field. In case of laptops, Western Digital hard drives with capacity up to 2TB could be opted for portability. To transfer data from system to the hard drive and vice versa, there is a need for high-speed interface like USB 3.0. For video and audio editors FireWire 800 could be good choice. If you need higher performance with transfer speed up to 10 Gbps, Thunderbolt is the newer interface.

When you look for an internal hard drive from Western Digital go for a storage capacity of at least 500GB. With SATA3 interface, a transfer speed of 6Gbps and 64MB cache, these top rated Western Digital hard drives are good to use in desktops and workstations. These Western Digital hard drives have a warranty period of 2 to 5 years.

Western Digital also produces Network attached storage devices for use in business and firms. A large amount of data sometimes need to be shared among different users in an organization, this is where these hard drives with Gigabit Ethernet interface are utilized. Information can be shared between Mac and PCs easily and backup is automatic. Dual drives of this type have capacities up to 8TB which provides large room for storage.

To further help you in making the right choice, below is a comprehensive list of the best Western Digital hard drives.


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WD My Book 4TB
WD My Book Studio Mac
WD My Passport for Mac
WD My Book for Mac
WD My Book 4TB External Hard Drive Storage
WD My Book Studio 2TB Mac External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0
WD My Passport for Mac 1TB  USB 3.0
WD My Book for Mac 3TB External Hard Drive
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Release Date
Oct 2012
Oct 2012
Aug 2012
Nov 2012
Capacity
4096.0 GB
2048.0 GB
1024.0 GB
3072.0 GB
Designation
Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer
Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Tower & Drive Cases
Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer
Enclosure
External
Plug-In Module
External
External
HDD Form Factor
3.5'
Interface
USB, Serial ATA, FireWire
USB 3.0, USB 2.0
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
USB
Spindle Speed
7200.0 RPM
7200.0 RPM
7200.0 RPM
Average Rating
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 4.3 stars
 3.8 stars
 3.0 stars