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WD My Book Studio 3TB Mac External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0

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  • Protecting your data with Apple Time Machine
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Hard Disk Size 3072 GB 3 TB 3072 GB 3 TB
File System HFS+ Unformatted HFS+ HFS+
Hard Disk Description desktop External Desktop Desktop
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Product Description

Capacity: 3 TB

Product Description

My Book Studio desktop hard drive features blazing fast USB 3.0 performance, massive capacity, compatibility with Apple Time Machine and password protection, all in a premium aluminum enclosure that complements your Mac

From the Manufacturer

My Book Studio - All metal. Fast and secure.

My Book Studio desktop hard drive features blazing-fast SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity and a cool to the touch aluminum enclosure that looks great on your Mac desktop. It's formatted for Mac and compatible with Apple Time Machine making backups quick and easy. Videographers, photographers, video editors and other graphic professionals will love this fast, beautiful drive.

Ultra-fast USB 3.0 connectivity.
With the blazing-fast speed of USB 3.0 connectivity, this drive lets you access and save files in record time. Reduce transfer time by up to 3 times when connected to a USB 3.0 port.

Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.
WD My Book Studio - USB 3.0
All metal. Mac-ready.
The premium aluminum enclosure complements your Mac computer and remains cool to the touch. It's formatted to work with your Mac right out of the box and is ideal for demanding graphics professionals.

WD My Book Studio - metal enclosure
Password protection secures your drive.
Use WD Security to set password protection and hardware encryption and protect your files from unauthorized use or access.

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My Book Studio

Ultra-fast transfer rates - When connected to a USB 3.0 port My Book Studio lets you access and save files in blazing speed. Reduce transfer time by up to 3 times when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates.*

*Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.

USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility - With this single drive you get compatibility with your USB 2.0 devices today and the ultra-fast speed of USB 3.0 when you're ready to step up to the next generation.

Massive capacity - With up to 4 TB capacity, My Book Studio offers enough room to safely store all the chapters of your creative life.

Heat-dissipating, aluminum enclosure - The durable anodized aluminum enclosure is the perfect complement to your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.

Ultra-fast transfer rates - Back up your files quickly and easily with Apple Time Machine.

HFS+ Journaled - Works right out of the box with Mac OS X 10.5 or later operating systems. Can be reformatted for Windows operating systems.

WD Security - Customize your backup, set drive security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings, and more from the WD SmartWare control center.

WD Drive Utilities - Register your drive, set drive timer, run diagnostics and more using WD Drive Utilities.

Ideal for

  • Adding extra storage for your videos, music, photos, and files
  • Backing up your files with Apple Time Machine
  • Securing your files from unauthorized access with password protection and hardware encryption
  • Complementing the look of your Mac computer

What's in the box
Desktop hard drive, USB cable, WD Security, WD Drive Utilities, Quick Install Guide.

Compatibility

  • Formatted HFS+ journaled for Mac OS 10.5 or later operating systems
  • Requires reformatting for Windows operating system
    Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.

Features at a glance

  • Blazing-fast USB 3.0 connectivity
  • Cool-to-the-touch aluminum enclosure
  • Compatible with Apple Time Machine
  • Password protection and hardware encryption

My Book Studio

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Precision metal. Professional power. All metal. Fast and secure. Peak performance for creative professionals. Extreme speed and capacity.
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Product Information

Capacity:3 TB

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Hard Drive 3072 GB desktop
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Western Digital
Item model number WDBCPZ0030HAL-NESN
Hardware Platform Mac
Item Weight 2.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 5.3 x 1.9 x 6.5 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 5.3 x 1.9 x 6.5 inches
Color Aluminium

Additional Information

ASIN B0090A8TY0
Customer Reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars 142 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #556 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Shipping Weight 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available October 15, 2012

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Size: 2 TB Verified Purchase
I received this product yesterday and am very impressed with it. The outward appearance of sleek silver matches my new iMac perfectly. In fact, my smartalecy (ok, there's no such word) husband put an apple sticker on it, and it actually looks like an apple product. Very easy to hookup with a power AC cord and a USB cord. I plugged it in, and iMac immediately asked me if I wanted to use it for backup, which I did. It utilized USB 3.0 which is super fast, and I have a huge amount of files to back up, which it did nicely.

2 Terabytes is plenty of space. I agree with another reviewer that this is indeed a great backup drive for Mac users. Quiet and Fast, you can't go wrong. My only issue is it's a bit pricey and it would be nice to see the price come down somewhat.
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Size: 3 TB Verified Purchase
Yes, we should all back up our home computers and few of us do. My IT guy (also known as my husband) has big aspirations in that department, and we have multiple computers intended to serve as backup servers in our home. But that just doesn't work for me. At the end of the day, that's just too much for me to keep up with as he changes things and moves things around. I just want an external drive that's there to back up my stuff if my Mac bites the dust, or for when I upgrade my Mac and quickly want to access files from "the past". And, lemmetellyou, this is the ticket.

I plugged it into the wall, and into the computer. I went to my Mac settings and opened Time Machine, and maybe had to click two or three simple, clear setup questions, and it just started rolling on all on its own. I easily enabled automated backups and password protection of backups and settings. I really liked how simple it was to set up. No need to be an expert.

Once set up, it started to count down 120 seconds to its first back up. I kept using my computer (web browsing and email mostly), and didn't notice any deterioration of performance once the back up started (might have been different if I'd been doing a lot of graphics or media work). An hour later, I was all backed up. A quick glance at time machine shows me when my next backup will start. A real cakewalk.

In fact, it's so easy, I've decided to get one for my mother (who's still learning how to use a thumb drive effectively, just to give you a sense of technical expertise required). While it's true I'll set it up for her, not have her try to set it up on her own, I'm confident that once it is up, she'll never have to worry about it.

PROS:
- Anyone can use this. It's very easy: just plug it in and open Time Machine.
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Size: 3 TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
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This Western Digital drive is built for Mac users right down to its aluminum casing. The metal shell gives this product a heftier feel over Western Digital's other My Book products that are usually made with flimsier plastic cases. It will make full use of the USB 3.0 ports found on newer Macs but will still function on older Macs that have slower USB 2.0 connections.

On my Macbook Pro with Retina Display, the My Book delivered read and write speeds of about 150 megabytes per second using a video performance test from Black Magic Design. This is on par with a similar Thunderbolt-based drive I tested from Seagate last month. It's certainly more than adequate for most desktop computer tasks and will make for an excellent Time Machine backup drive.

If you're using this as a backup drive I'd suggest buying two. The reason being is that it's always a good practice to have your important data stored off site in addition to an onsite backup. Mac OS X supports multiple Time Machine drives making it very easy to maintain a good offsite backup strategy.

Other than that this is a very simple hard drive that just plain works. No need to install any software or configure it. Plug it in and it's ready to go.
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Size: 3 TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This is the third Western Digital external hard drive that I have owned over the last few years (the first two were for windows based PCs). This drive is designed inside and out for the Mac platform. The external case is "apple aluminum" instead of the traditional glossy black WD normally uses. It also comes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for OSX. So, for a mac user, it's rather simple to setup and start using. Just plug in the power cord and connect the USB cable and it's ready to use.

Opening the drive for the first time, you will find that it comes with a "WD apps" dmg file which when opened has two programs: WD Drive Utilities and WD Security. There is also an extras folder as with the manuals (in about 20 different languages) and something called "WD + Turbo installer" The description says they are performance based turbo drivers (both 1394 and USB - 32 and 64 bit). I installed the USB 64 bit, but cannot tell any difference so far. The manual has no specifics on what exactly it is supposed to do other than to say it will create an "enhanced performance" drive.

WD Drive Utilities Has "Diagnostics", "Sleep timer", "Drive Erase" and "Registration". All I think are self-explanatory. Sleep timer is probably the most useful as it will allow you to control when the drive power downs when not in use. For an external drive, I think this is a very important feature as it will prolong the life of the drive and also save energy.

WD Security gives you the option of both password protection and hardware encryption on the drive. Setup is simple just follow the steps and set a password.

It runs quiet and cool. I have had it plugged in and running for a few hours now moving some files back and forth to test its speed and performance.
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