Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Studio (WDBC3G0010HAL / WDBC3G0020HAL / WDBC3G0030HAL)
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Drive Died After 7 Mos.
9 February 2014
Summary: Bought this to use as a Time Machine backup and it did a good job for a short period. Yesterday it would not power up even though power supply tested OK. If it weren't under warranty I'd open it up and install the drive into another housing (in my experience it's typically the enclosure electronics that malfunction, not the actual drive), but to do so voids the warranty, so if you want your data back you have to pay WD to retrieve it.
Summary: Thought the overwhelming positive reviews would outweigh the negs, but alas I've fallen victim to the overpriced paperweight syndrome. Just stopped working before the holidays, thought it might be the plug, but the plug works fine. New plugs do nothing to power up unit. Will contact the western whoever people but I'm done. Amazon was sadly useless here as well. 2/19/13 So after creating a fuss, Amazon sent me out a new one to replace. Thus far it's working well.
Firewire dies and drive is not recognized unless power cycled
TEM "tmII", Amazon
25 November 2012
Summary: I use this with an iMAC desktop (late 2007 edition) and am not happy with this drive. It looks great and is quiet but the firewire connection stopped working after a month.I switched to the USB connection. In addition, this is not a bootable drive. The WD website says it is, but it is not. When I try to boot from this drive when holding down the option key on start, the hard drive is not listed as a choice.
Elegant and fast while it worked. Dead after 3 months, salvageable though.
8 September 2010
Summary: I have been using this as a Time Machine drive and it has worked very well for about 3 months. It's dead now but I have reason to believe that it is not the hard drive inside that went bad but rather the controller. I can't pull the drive out to wipe it without voiding the warranty and, since the drive is likely fine, I can't send it in for replacement with all the personal information on it. Catch 22.
Summary: Using USB, this seems to work fine and does what it claims. However the FireWire 800/400 connection to a PC is the pits. Windows would not boot with the FireWire connected. Connecting the device after Windows is up will work every other time, but Windows still will not boot with it connected.
Western Digital 750 GB My Book Studio Edition USB 2.0 Esata FW400 FW800
30 April 2009
Summary: Good price, decent looking, but loud. Unit sometimes requires plugging/unplugging power to get it to boot. Also, sometimes it will not show up on the desktop... this happens randomly. ...am probably going to return it.
Summary: Imo, this is NOT a ROBUST and (at times) is a FLAKY product. I have had CONSIDERABLE difficulties (with my own boxes & with others trying to connect their boxes) in getting it 'seen' by the other boxes -- even on on-site networks -- and ESPECIALLY over the Internet. One of my boxes is a (private / personal) application server (used ONLY by me, running MS Server 2003) -- that I use to run stuff on and access our internal (corporate) network (especially when I am 'away'...
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!