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Note: While this is a WD drive, this is not affected by the wiping bug that's affecting some WD and SanDisk external SSDs.
One feature that I like about the WD My Book Desktop external hard drives is that they have built-in support for 256-bit AES hardware encryption, which means that you can encrypt your data without relying on some third-party software -- it's all handled on the drive.
Just remember, if you forget your password, your data is gone, and nothing will be able to recover it.
For easy backups, this drive comes with WD Backup software, but it is also compatible with backup tools built into Windows and Mac.
For power efficiency, the drive is designed to go to sleep after about ten minutes of inactivity. For most home users, this is a perfect setting, but it can be customized or disabled using the WD Drive Utilities software. I've had mine set to not go to sleep since day one, and it has no problem with this.