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: 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.
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: Quick delivery of the drive. I am using the drive for storage and backup device. 1TB used for backup of iMac using time Machine, 2TB used mostly for raw photos, data and iTunes library. Setup of the device, reformatting took total of 10-15 minutes. Drive has a little noise vibration that is really not noticeable. Sleek Design and fast. For the money, 3TB of space, this drive is a really great deal.
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.