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Western Digital My Book Studio LX 1 TB FireWire 800/USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (Aluminum)

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1 TB
  • Pure performance for Mac with FireWire 800
  • Cool-to-the-touch aluminum enclosure complements your Mac
  • Customizable e-label
  • Password protection and AES 256-bit encryption
  • Compatible with Apple Time Machine
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Technical Details

Capacity: 1 TB
  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model: WDBACH0010HAL-NESN
  • Hard Disk Size: 1 TB
  • Warranty: 3-year limited warranty
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
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Product Details

Capacity: 1 TB
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.9 x 6.8 inches ; 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003IT6XBK
  • Item model number: WDBACH0010HAL-NESN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 8, 2010

Product Description

Capacity: 1 TB

Pure performance for Mac. All metal enclosure.

Designed for the expert Mac user My Book Studio LX external hard drive features the lightening-fast performance of FireWire 800 wrapped in a sleek aluminum enclosure that complements your Mac. The innovative e-label system lets you personalize your drive and easily archive media collections. Hardware-based encryption for total security and peace of mind completes this premium package.

Premium performance.
Save and access data at top speeds with the high-performance FireWire 800 interface.

WD My Book Studio LX Pure Performance
Your laber, your way.
Create your own label to remind you of what’s stored on the drive. See it even when the drive is unplugged. Perfect for archiving data.

WD My Book Studio LX E-label
Premium metal design complements your Mac.
The premium, aluminum enclosure matches your Mac and remains cool to the touch even as the drive delivers blisteringly fast performance.

WD My Book Studio LX Premium Design
Features at a glance

  • Cool-to-the-touch aluminum enclosure
  • Customizable e-label
  • Turbo FireWire 800 interface
  • Compatible with Apple® Time Machine®
  • WD SmartWare visual backup software
  • Password protection and hardware-based encryption
  • 3-year limited warranty

Premium performance - Save and access data at top speeds with the high-performance FireWire 800 interface. Also includes USB 2.0 interface for maximum flexibility.

Designed for Mac - Formatted for Mac and compatible with Apple® Time Machine®, this drive is plug-and-play ready for Mac computer users.

Enclosed in sleek, cool-to-the touch aluminum - The premium aluminum enclosure perfectly complements your Mac computer and the sleek, book-like design allows two or more My Book drives to nestle neatly together like volumes on a shelf.

Smart display - Create your own personalized drive label to remind you what’s stored on each drive. You can even view the label when the drive is unplugged. The display also includes available capacity and security status. Perfect for archiving media collections.

Drive lock - Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access or theft with 256-bit hardware-based encryption and password protection.

WD SmartWare

WD SmartWare - See your life safe in one place.

  • See your backup as it happens - Seeing is believing. Visual backup displays your content in categories and show the progress of your backup.
  • Protect your data automatically - Relax, your data is secure. Automatic, continuous backup will instantly make a second copy whenever you add or change a file.
  • Bring back lost files effortlessly - Retrieve your valuable data to its original location whether you’ve lost all your data or just overwritten an important file.
  • Take control - Customize your backup, set drive security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings, and more from the WD SmartWare control center.

Power miser - My Book external drives are designed to save energy. WD GreenPower Technology™ lowers internal drive power consumption by up to 30%; a sleep mode reduces power during idle times, and a power-saving feature turns the drive on and off with your computer.

Planet friendly - We designed a small retail box from recycled materials to minimize waste. We encourage you to recycle it.

WD My Book Studio LX Box

Ideal for

  • Identifying what’s on your drive even when it’s unplugged. Perfect for archiving.
  • Protecting your data with automatic, continuous backup.
  • Retrieving lost data effortlessly.
  • Securing private or sensitive data.
  • Using with Mac and Apple Time Machine.
  • Storing and editing videos and photos.

What's in the box
External hard drive, WD SmartWare software, USB cable, FireWire 800 cable, FireWire 800 to 400 cable, AC adapter, Quick Install Guide.

Formatted HFS+ Journaled, Mac OS® X Tiger®, Leopard®, Snow Leopard™.
Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user’s hardware configuration and operating system.

Customer Reviews

More frustrating than anything else.
This is the 6th Western Digital MyBook Studio Edition Drive I have owned, and it is my last.
H. T. Johnson
This drive specifically looks great, is built well, and is really quiet.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By PacAce on January 8, 2011
Size Name: 2 TB Verified Purchase
I have several WD MyPassport Essential and WD MyPassport Studio drives which I use with my MacBook Pro and all have been working very well for me. So when I needed another external drive for my Mac Pro, I decided to get the WD MyBook Studio LX 2TB drive. I already have several external drives for my Mac Pro but they were all put together by hand from separately bought internal drives and storage case. This is the first external drive I've bought as a complete unit.

I was initially reluctant to buy this drive because of that one bad review by H. T. Johnson who couldn't get the drive to boot from a SuperDuper! clone. But since I was going to use this drive primarily for backing up data, I wasn't really concerned that I may not be able to boot off this drive. I bought it anyway with the intention of testing it myself to see if it really wouldn't boot off a SuperDuper! clone.

Well, the drive arrives yesterday and the first thing I did was to clone my system drive with SuperDuper!. After cloning the drive, I rebooted my Mac Pro and sure enough, the drive did not appear as one of the bootable drives. I replaced the Firewire800 cable with the Firewire400 cable and the drive appeared as a bootable drive. Switched back to the Firewire800 and it was gone again.

I also have a mid-2010 Mac Mini Server, an early 2008 MacBook Pro and a mid-2009 MacBook Pro so I tested the drive on those as well. They were all able to boot off the MyPassport Studio LX drive without a problem using the Firewire800 cable. My Mac Pro is an early-2008 model but so is one of my MacBook Pro so I didn't understand why the MacBook Pro could boot off the drive but the Mac Pro could not.

Then I had a brainstorm. H.T.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Craig on June 12, 2011
Size Name: 3 TB Verified Purchase
I have had the 3TB version of this drive for a week, and it is working fine so far (with a couple of quirks, which I'll get to). I used OSX Disk Utility to partition it into two partitions, one for Time Machine to use, and one for me to use for general storage.

It is very quiet (no fan and you can barely hear it working), no heat that I can detect, and looks nice sitting on the desktop. The front light is subtle and unobtrusive. The metal case seems fairly solid.

It comes with it's own software, which I did not install. The installation instructions tell you how to avoid this installation, and the procedure to avoid it and disable any further mention or use of the custom software was quick and painless. You do not need to use the included software if you don't want to (but see quirks, below).

I used it with a MacBook Pro with OSX 10.6.7. It recognized the drive with no problems and no additional software installs. I tried both USB and Firewire 400, and both worked. Time machine instantly recognized it, and I was able to easily direct Time Machine which partition to use on it.

Now to the quirks and disappointments (the reasons why I didn't give it 5 stars).

(1) If you don't use the custom software, you can't change the label on the front. I guess mine will always say "PHOTOS 2010" forever. So I just cover up that display. But be aware that if you want to use that feature you must use the custom software.

(2) It has the annoying type of DC power supply with the bulky box on the very end where the prongs are, so it will take up more than one outlet's worth of space on your power strip (unless you use an extension cord or something and deal with more cords).
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By steve_oakland VINE VOICE on August 5, 2010
Size Name: 2 TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
With both USB and FireWire interfaces, this is a good drive for any Mac computer. It comes with a FireWire 400/800 crossover cable, and the drive works fine on older Macs with a FireWire 400 port (though the data transfer rate isn't what it could be). The casing is solid and the drive runs smoothly and quietly without any vibration, hums, or rattles.

WD SmartWare, software with some drive management and backup utilities, comes with the MyBook. It's optional and only needed for those who would like an alternative to Apple's Time Machine backup software or a method to password protect the data on the drive. I use Apple Time Machine to back my computer up to another drive, so I haven't been tempted to use the WD SmartWare software yet. Unfortunately, the WD SmartWare is installed via a virtual CD that appears on the Mac desktop when the drive is plugged in. The virtual CD can be shown or hidden with some tinkering but, alas, it is an annoying way to distribute software when a normal install CD or download site would have sufficed.

Some minor technical issues:

1. To upgrade the MyBook firmware, the drive must be connected to your computer via USB, not FireWire.

2. I originally "daisy chained" this drive to my computer through another FireWire external HD. While the drive itself worked fine, the WD SmartWare virtual CD did not appear on my desktop when the drive was connected in this fashion. Connecting the MyBook drive directly to the computer via FireWire solved this problem.

------July 6, 2012 Update ------
Rest in Peace, WD My Book... it now just sits there blinking its little light. Unplugging and restarting the computer doesn't solve the problem. At best, I can get a message stating my Mac is incapable of reading data on the drive. Data is backed up, but I'll be looking for another 2TB drive soon.
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