Hey all. I saw this offer in a local store where I could get the Western Digital My Book Essential (3TB) for €79. Checked it out and it indeed was the 3TB USB3.0 version, with a 7200rpm drive and all. My two 500GB externals are running out of space so decided to make the change. Before buying, I looked on the internet for speed tests but didn't find much, so thought of sharing for if someone else ever needs this. Have to say I'm very impressed. Didn't expect this speed. Yes, it's USB3.0, but it's a mechanical disk after all. Just to compare, my 2010 13" MBP SATA2 SSD does around 160MB/s for both write and read. (Although of course it's slow compared to internal SataIII SSDs) EDIT: Updated.