Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Studio (WDBC3G0010HAL / WDBC3G0020HAL / WDBC3G0030HAL)
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anyone confirm speed?
B. S., Newegg
17 August 2013
Summary: newegg schizophrenic on their listing of this item: details section says USB2.0, features section says USB3.0. WD store site said USB3.0. My guess: WD upgraded device to keep current with the interface, newegg a little behind in their documentation. But, would have to buy it thinking it's got USB3.0 and find it doesn't, then be unable to return it because newegg had it listed in one place as USB2.0, another place as USB3.0. Expect more from newegg.
Pros: Looks good on paper
Cons: Appears to have dropped Firewire, but so did Apple
Summary: If you don't have a mac and bought this for a windows computer, you wouldn't find any instructions how to reformat the drive. The BOX says "for use with windows, disk must be reformatted". But the "instructions" in the box is a piece of paper with 3 pictures: plug in, insert USB cable into computer and drive, and start using it (drag files to it).
Pros: The drive is designed for use with Mac. It's formatted for Mac (HFS+J). Very fast with USB3 (145 MB/s read/write).
Cons: No windows software included (but can be downloaded from wd.com). Instructions for reformatting drive for windows are on a PDF on the Mac-formatted drive. And even then, the instructions say to go to wd.com and read knowledge base article 3865, which is the Microsoft instructions for using Disk Manager in Windows. Also, there is no firewire connection or cable as shown in the Newegg pictures. It's strictly USB only.
Summary: I really like this drive it looks sleek and is very quiet! Very competitive pricing considering the outer case is made of aluminum and don't forget the 3 year warranty! If your in the market for an external drive take a really long look at this series of drives also it comes in up to a 4 tb size from Western Digital!
Pros: Aluminum Case looks really nice and should allow the internal drive to run cooler. Drive is fairly quick reading and writing transfered some jpg. files and some mp3's to it from an internal drive about 6gb of music took about 2.0-2.5 minutes, jpg files took about 1.0 -1.5 minutes to transfer about 3gb of them. External drive to External drive one USB 3.0 and the other USB 2.0 took about 1.5-2.0 times as long as did the internal to external drive this would be a normal...
Cons: This drive came to me formatted for use in a Mac and so it had to be reformatted and installed into my Windows 7 PC, not much trouble for me but to a new user it could be a nightmare for them!!So I deducted an egg for this .
Pros: Great look with my mac. the minimalistic design and matching aluminum looks nice. I bought this to back up my mac after i had to replacd my hard drive because it was one in the seagate hard drive replacement program
Cons: need to also plug into wall other than firewire port
Summary: Being in the market for an external hard drive for a Mac in my household, I naturally turned to customer reviews to read what others thought of the various drives on the market. What I found is that for every brand that I researched, including Western Digital, Seagate, LaCie, G-Technology and others, there are those that love the drives along with a few that reported multiple failures of the drives along with a promise to never buy that brand's hardware again.
Summary: Been using this for about a month now. It's dead quiet. Would never know it was working without the light on the front. Looks good, comes with cables and just works. Very nice. Even when it's working hard, it's cool to the touch. Aside from intermittent use on a daily basis, this drive has run for as long as 16 hours of continuous read/write activity without any noticeable increase in temperature and with no audible sound.
Summary: 2/16/09 Be sure to go to Western Digital website and get the Firmware update and Drive Manager. After installing those this drive should be stable. Like other reviewers I was having hangs especially with iTunes. Also it seems that some widgets may have been creating conflicts. But that doesn't happen after the updates. This product is beautiful! It matches the aluminum of the iMac and MacBooks. It's fast: with FW800 it achieves real transfer rates greater than 56 MB/s.
Great hard drive, but Amazon's product description needs some updating.
Alan Ralph, Amazon
15 February 2014
Summary: One of the downsides of Western Digital's extensive range of external devices is that you're often faced with several that have the same capacity but different form-factors and features. So it pays to pay attention to the product description - but in this instance, Amazon appears to have dropped the ball.