Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Studio (WDBC3G0010HAL / WDBC3G0020HAL / WDBC3G0030HAL)
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Mine was defective
Anonymous, B&H Photo
8 January 2008
Summary: When I received the drive, at first glance it appeared to be just fine. I copied a 10gb iMovie project with no problems. However, I noticed that if left on for a long period of time, the drive would freeze. The power button would not turn it off, and I could not dismount it from my MBP (I had to unplug both the firewire cable and the power cable from the unit).
Ivan Bradley "Using Mrs's credit card again...", Amazon
4 March 2014
Summary: THIS is the third Studio edition I've bought, all in constant use, Fast, and no issues running Truecrpt partitons. They are also nearly silent, unlike the other HDD I run around the network The real annoyance, and the only reason I've marked the stars sown to two, is that so far I have had to replace the power supply on every single one of them. They just fail. One would be annoying enough, but _every_ one of them (!?!) That's really pretty appalling.
Summary: I don't suppose there is really anything in it in terms of reliability from the major brands although I imagine everyone has their own experience from which to draw conclusions. Mine is that I have several external drives (I am an inveterate backer-upper) and this is by far the most expensive one I have bought. It is also the only one that has gone kaput - and after only 18 months or so.
Summary: The wire connecting the hard drive and the computer is very flimsy. While it'll work fine on a desktop computer, it disconnect itself at the slightest move. This sort of "little detail" cost me hours of work, so not using it with a laptop anymore. A real shame!
Summary: I bought it to use for video editing. After capturing approx 10 hours worth of video footage, the power light went off and never came back. Made some noises but never reappeared on the desktop/devise list. I was using an apple macbook pro. The item is neat and nicely packaged and comes with lots of cables especially suited for video work using mackbooks but rather disappointed with the experiance. I have used other WD external drives but this product was a let down.
Summary: This external Firewire hard disk drive is not ugly on the desktop, and yes it has a good capacity but I'm very disappointed with Western Digital's attention to detail. The power adapter and it's cable is of poor quality. The 400 end of the Firewire 800 to 400 cable that it comes with is ill fitting on the 400 end. There's software already on the drive when you get it (Smartware). AND... < note the big, 'AND'. Mac users cannot boot from this drive!
Summary: I bought this drive to back up items from my Mac using Time Machine. It says on the box that this drive is Time Machine compatible so I assumed that it would work seamlessly. Wrong. I originally used this drive with Firewire. Initially the drive set up was fine, then I noticed after a few days that every so often the drive would show an error when trying to back up.
Summary: Bisher habe ich drei Externe Festplatten von Western Digital gekauft und war soweit immer sehr zufrieden. Da ich jetzt eine optisch passende Festplatte für meinen Mac haben wollte, habe ich mich direkt für diese Version entschieden, bin jetzt aber nicht ganz ein Jahr nach dem Kauf schwer enttäuscht worden. Die Festplatte stand immer fix auf dem Schreibtisch (ist also noch nicht mal groß bewegt worden) und gibt vom einen Tag auf den anderen einfach den Geist auf.
Summary: Von der Handhabung und Bedienung ist alles super gewesen. Doch nachdem ich eine Mehrspuraufnahme (14 Spuren, noch nicht wirklich groß) startete stellte ich sehr schnell fest, dass trotz Umdrehungen von 7200rpm die Festplatte ständig hakte und somit die Wiedergabe ständig unterbrochen wurde. Das hat meine andere USB Festplatte mit gerade mal 5400rpm besser gemeistert. Selbst bei einer Support Anfrage bei WD habe ich bis heute noch keine Antwort erhalten.