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: (1 items) Compact and light enough to easily fit in a backpack or briefcase, Western Digital’s My Book Studio external hard drive is a cute little bugger. Designed to resemble a book, the 6.5-inch tall drive stands upright, and you have the option of digitally labeling your drive (with 12 characters or less) so it’ll read like a title on the binding a book.
Excerpt: (1 items) Whether you’re running out of room on your current hard drive or you’re finally making good on a new year’s resolution to start backing up your data, there’s never been a better time to upgrade to a massive 1TB worth of storage. The Western Digital My Book Studio Edition allows you to easily stow away those precious digital memories and still have room left over for using Leopard’s Time Machine automated backup feature—all without breaking the bank.
Pros: Includes security cable port, Triple ports, Factory-formatted for Mac, Backup software
Summary: The My Book Studio Edition II makes a decent direct-attached storage solution for those who need to extend a computer's storage space or want a large backup drive. The drive's rather buggy firmware might turn many users away, however.
Pros: The My Book Studio Edition II offers up to 6TB of storage, features RAID 0 and RAID 1, and supports USB 2.0, FireWire (400/800), and eSATA connections. The drive is fast and affordable.
Cons: The My Book Studio Edition II doesn't support USB 3.0 and internal hard drives made by other vendors. It runs hot, seems buggy at times, and doesn't come with an eSATA cable.
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.