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.
Summary: If you need a FireWire 800 drive, the My Book Studio gives a good amount of grunt, and is about as Maccy as one can Mac. Now we just need to wait for Apple to pick up USB 3.0, and we can forget about all these disparate interfaces.
Pros: Will easily match your Mac if you're aesthetically driven, Metal casing gives a feeling of solidity
Cons: Drive is non-user-serviceable, Mac focus means no USB 3.0
Excerpt: Now that Apple has adopted USB 3.0 across most of the Mac range – apart, of course, from the aging Mac Pro – we can finally take advantage of the wide range of affordable USB 3.0 drives that have been available to PC users for a couple of years now.
Pros: attractive aluminium design, good performance, includes password and encryption software for Macs
Cons: no Firewire or Thunderbolt ports, requires its own mains adaptor