Western Digital 320 GB USB Desktop External Hard Drive
Warren J Gibbs, Amazon
31 March 2013
Summary: The Western Digital My Book Studio 320 GB USB 2.0/FireWire 400/800/eSATA Desktop External Hard Drive is excellent. It loaded up - activated - immediately upon connecting the USB wire and turning on the computer. I have used it almost daily since I purchased it, on December 31, 2008, with no problems.
Summary: About a week after I bought this item, I needed to replace the hard drive in my laptop. Using the Western Digital My Book, I was able to transfer all my data flawlessly and easily. I think that's the test of whether or not it works.
Summary: I needed an external hard drive to back up my large image files that was easy to install, quick, and would do it's job without my having to remember to do it. This HD works seamlessly with Time Machine and was perfect for my iMac.
Summary: I had a problem with the drive on my Mac dual g5. It would not stay mounted on the desk top. I called for help and was forwarded to level 2 support when the first level support could not help. The problem seem to be resolved by plugging the power transformer directly into the wall outlet rather then into a power strip. I think that they should supply a power transformer that is more robust. Other drives work fine with the power strip I used.
Summary: I have a lot of Western Digital external drives and among them (4) 2TB My Book Studios which are the bigger brothers of this drive. They all work well. This 1TB drive, for whatever reason drops the connection on both USB and FireWire. I tried on at least 3 computers before I returned it. It also screwed one machine pretty bad. After the connection was dropped, at the next reboot the machine would not recognize the keyboard anymore. I could not even get to the BIOS.
Summary: While shopping for the best backup drive for my iMac I read many reviews. I was originally going for the Time Capsule but discovered that many users encountered a serious flaw in the design that causes the drive to crash after about 18 months. So I looked far and wide and the one drive that kept coming back with the most favorable reviews was the WD My Book Studio. The reviews are accurate. This device is sleek and fast and the price is right.
Stopped functioning constantly, then died - even after warranty replacement!!
agentsmyth "agentsmyth", Amazon
5 November 2009
Summary: I used this with time machine on my iMac. I think the sleep function on the iMac unmounts the drive, because almost every time I needed to back up, this drive was unresponsive. I was always having to cycle the power and mess with it to get it to be recognized by OS X. The first one I bought just stopped working all together after a month.