Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Studio (WDBC3G0010HAL / WDBC3G0020HAL / WDBC3G0030HAL)
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Western Digital My Book Studio (4TB)
16 January 2011
Conclusion: The Western Digital My Book Studio gives you a capacious 4TB drive to match your aluminum iMac or Mac mini. It's a strong mid-tier drive to keep your files safe, and sometimes that's all you need.
Pros: Large capacity. Fanless. Speedy. Three-year warranty.
Cons: No visual capacity indicator. No Thunderbolt. Pricey.
Conclusion: For the Mac user who requires copious storage but not the mirroring capability of the Studio II, the Western Digital My Book Studio (2TB) makes a good Time Machine or working storage drive.
Pros: Quad interface. Speedy. Mac-formatted. Lots of storage space in a physically small package.
Cons: Windows compatibility requires reformat. No Windows utilities. No eSATA cable included.
Excerpt: File sizes are always increasing, requiring even more disk space. Filling up your computer hard drive can cause problems; Photoshop may slow down and it can even decrease the performance of your processor. An external hard drive offers extra storage capacity for your photos leaving your computer's in-built hard drive free, with the added advantage of increased portability between computers.
Summary: This drive is primarily aimed at Mac users, but it can be adapted to work on PCs. It's a capacious and fairly inconspicuous drive, but we do wish it was supplied with a full version of its backup software, instead of a trial, and that WD would include an eSATA cable.
Pros: Has eSATA, USB 2.0, FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 interface connections; if using USB or FireWire, the drive switches off automatically when the computer is shut down
Cons: An eSATA cable is not supplied, the backup software is only a trial version, the drive's enclosure is made out of plastic
Conclusion: We found Western Digital My Book Studio Edition a fast and effective device that connected easily and backed up files quickly. At £200 (inc. VAT), the Studio Edition represents a great investment for anyone who is serious about the long-term storage of their data.