Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Studio (WDBC3G0010HAL / WDBC3G0020HAL / WDBC3G0030HAL)
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Working great so far, this is a vast improvement over my previous WD 2TB My Book Studio, which crashed and lost most of my data,
JEM(Jaden E Michiko) "JEM", Amazon
6 May 2014
Summary: Working great so far, this is a vast improvement over my previous WD 2TB My Book Studio, which crashed and lost most of my data, and was never truly Mac friendly, even though it had firewire, the utility packages on the WD site where mostly geared to windows.
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: First off If you have a newer imac you do not need any of the software that comes with it. Plus it wont work correctly anyway. I wasted a lot of time figuring this out. Contacted customer support which was even more of a waste of time. Because they did not seem to understand my questions and routed me to support articles unrelated to my needs or down load firmware that would not run anyway.
Summary: I've only had this drive for about two months, but so far so good. I'm using it on an iMac running Mountain Lion, and it is connected via Firewire 800. It is very quiet (passive cooling, no fan), and so far hasn't shown any signs of overheating despite what a few other reviewers have said. In general, Western Digital drives have been very good performers for me over the last 5 years or so.
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). On a Mac, very simple to setup since its already formatted for mac. No software needed, can be used immediately by time machine (the built in backup software on OSX). However, it does include some useful utilities, including the SMART software to read the SMART status (it passed), a quick disk test, a full disk test, a full erase utility, and a password l...
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: Using with my Mac Mini for photo and music storage, and scratch space for Photoshop. Not the cheapest, but it's certainly fast. WD Smartware can be somewhat annoying, and I had a bit of work to do to get the software to install. It's light-years better than the Seagate drives I've used previously.
Does anyone know how to tell if this drive is a WD green or a WD black?
Jack Kessler "An Unimpeachable Source", Amazon
1 December 2012
Summary: I just got this thing. I plugged it in to the power and to the Firewire 800 port in the back of the iMac. The computer recognized it immediately and recognized that it has 3 TB. It is, as others have said, silent. So far so good. I am hoping that if it fails, it will have the decent manners to fail within the return period. BUT I don't know if the drive inside the box is a WD 3tb Green drive or a 3tb Black drive.