Summary: I was very disappointed. I had to replace an old WD MyBook that I used for my Mac system backup. Set up the new drive and found I could not make the drive bootable. According to WDC support - this "feature" is not intended for this drive, it is meant for data only. While the drive functions and data transfer is very fast when using the Firewire 800 port, I can't use it as intended.
Summary: Let me echo the thoughts of some of the other reviewers here: The addition of the 'smartware' in such an intrusive way is not Mac-like and completely unnecessary. I did see the mandatory virtual CD disappear after I installed the smartware software on my Mac, but having to install anything to use an external hard drive is completely inexcusable. Western Digital loses two stars on this 'feature' alone.
Summary: The drive out of the box presents both a normal disk and a goofy 215MB SmartWare "virtual CD" to the OS, so the latter clutters your desktop, finder, and chooser panels. Reports are conflicting wrt whether this space is taken from disk (as I suspect), or if it's actually flash hidden inside the enclosure on the interface board.
Worthless piece of junk...updated 12/19/2010 not as much worthless as before
Justin M. Hamm, Amazon
9 May 2010
Summary: No Brian my concerns are not unfounded. Every time time machine starts to backup he comes the sound of the WD drive starting up. I know that I have to completely stop everything, I mean everything, I am doing and walk away from my computer. I even have to stop iTunes from playing. If not then its like I am using a PC all over again. Here comes the pinwheel of death. And most of the time trying to close down iTunes doesn't even work.
It looks great but scratches easily and made kind of cheap
Michael A. Davis "DJ Mic is in the house", Amazon
28 April 2010
Summary: I was so excited to own this unit until I found out how easily this item get scratches and the white vented area around the hard drive will warp do to heat. I just returned mines and got a Lacie since it's metal and stays cool. Buy this WD at your own risk if your a DJ and use your Hard drive to play music out doors during the summer. Other than that, it LOOKS great though the program thAT comes with it is a B**ch. Takes up HD space.
Good performance, and value per dollar. Louder than expected.
J. Dols "Mac Fan(atic)", Amazon
6 March 2010
Summary: Nice packaging and drive works as advertised. In large file transfers I'm able to get 60-65MB's per second transfer rate over a firewire 800 connection from my mac mini. Not the fastest external drive I have but fast enough for a video editing scratch disk which is why I purchased this. Included software runs well on a mac and is optional. You can also thankfully unmount the WD software CD that is included on the drive.
Smartware Virtual CD mars an otherwise great drive
new yorker "drealyea", Amazon
17 January 2010
Summary: They call it a feature, it's an unnecessary pain, possibly even a bit buggy . Tried moving it into the trash to hide it now I get a disk insertion error on boot up.I'm given a choice of ignore or eject. Ignore keeps the CD hidden, eject remounts it.Either way it's annoying .As others have pointed out the Windows only software/firmware update isn't for this model The labeling feature is a cute idea but not of much use unless you have multiple drives you are swapping out...
Summary: 1TB of storage sounds a lot, but at £108, there are cheaper solutions with bigger Hard Drives out there. This Western Digital My Book Studio is beautifully built and really does feel a quality item. It operates very quietly and is also very quick thanks to USB 3.0. However, apart from the price tag, I have two more concerns about it, although neither of them are real deal breakers. Firstly, it is supposed to be easy to reformat this Hard Drive to work with Windows.
Summary: This is a stylish, well made product which is quick, efficient and very quiet. You hardly notice it's on. And the storage is massive! I've transferred all my travel photos onto this and it's hardly used any of the memory. I would give this 5 stars was it not for the plug. This has been mentioned in previous reviews, but for some reason the manufacturer has provided this with a 2 pin plug. Reason unknown!