Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Studio LX (WDBACH0010HAL / WDBACH0020HAL / WDBACH0030HAL)
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WD My Book Studio 1TB Firewire/USB.
David L. Ransen, Amazon
21 May 2013
Summary: Works well, though not as fast as I expected in 2013. Also, who wants a new drive with the old USB 2.0 spec? If I wanted USB 2.0, I would have bought a used or refurbished drive.The display is unreadable. It might be useful if it could be seen from a distance greater than 6 inches.
Summary: I have had the 3TB version of this drive for a week, and it is working fine so far (with a couple of quirks, which I'll get to). I used OSX Disk Utility to partition it into two partitions, one for Time Machine to use, and one for me to use for general storage. It is very quiet (no fan and you can barely hear it working), no heat that I can detect, and looks nice sitting on the desktop. The front light is subtle and unobtrusive. The metal case seems fairly solid.
Some minor technical issues, but a solid and fast drive
7 April 2012
Summary: With both USB and FireWire interfaces, this is a good drive for any Mac computer. It comes with a FireWire 400/800 crossover cable, and the drive works fine on older Macs with a FireWire 400 port (though the data transfer rate isn't what it could be). The casing is solid and the drive runs smoothly and quietly without any vibration, hums, or rattles. WD SmartWare, software with some drive management and backup utilities, comes with the MyBook.
Summary: I bought one of these to use as a Time Machine backup for a couple of macs, and thought I'd add some more detailed instructions on how to deal with the issue of the display showing "PICTURES 2010" or whatever. You probably don't want to use the WD software, but it's fairly easy to install and uninstall and while installed you can change the display. .
Summary: I've been a fan of the My Book drives for years. Out of Western Digital, Seagate, and LaCie, they have been the most reliable in my experience. The ONLY difference in the LX drives and the Studio drives is the metal enclosure. It certainly feels sturdy. The plastic Studio feels brittle and thin by comparison. But the LX's metal body comes at a premium price tag and hefty weight. It feels at least 50% heavier if not more. I hope this keeps the drive from tipping over.
Summary: 1TB, Very Industrial Looking,Strong, but works fine. Power Supply Plug meaning it hogs an outlet space or strip space. Firewire 800 - great. Let you know in 5 years if its great...a good drive should last that long for sure nowday. For this mfgr, my odds have been 50:50.
Summary: I was in need of a large backup drive that could hold my 700+GB of Movies, my 500GB of TimeMachine backups, and still have space for more of both, so 3TB was definitely the way to go. This drive was replacing a WD MyBook that I'd had before, and while I liked it and it'd been reliable for a good 4 years, I had had issues with TimeMachine and the drive's power management that would freeze up my computer so I was a bit hesitant.
Summary: I had some reservations about buying this after all the reviews of early failures of this drive. I took the plunge and so far, so good. I've had it for a little less than a month. I use one partition for Time Machine, one for a clone, and a third for extra video storage. I used Ralfalfa's instructions to change the digital label and then get rid of all WD software, as I feel Apple's built in software is far superior to any third party offering.