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WD My Book Studio 3 TB FireWire 800 External Hard Drive

4.3 out of 5 stars 399 customer reviews
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  • Pure performance for Mac with FireWire 800, Fire Wire Cable Included (4 Feet Length)
  • Compatible with Apple Time Machine
  • Password protection with hardware-based encryption
  • WD SmartWare automatic, continuous backup software
  • Cool-to-the-touch aluminum enclosure complements your Mac
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Capacity: 3 TB
  • Contains External Power Adapter

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Product Description

Capacity: 3 TB

Product Description

WD's My Book Studio is the high performance, premium design external hard drive for your Mac backup and storage needs.

From the Manufacturer

My Book Studio - Precision metal design. Pure performance.

This drive has everything you need and nothing you don't. It's formatted for Mac® with a premium aluminum enclosure and delivers blisteringly fast performance while staying cool to the touch. The fast FireWire® 800 interface makes backups fast. This high-performance drive is compatible with Apple® Time Machine® and is ideal for videographers, photographers, and other creative professionals.

Sleek aluminum enclosure 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 - aluminum enclosure
Premium performance.
Save and access data at top speeds with the lightning fast FireWire® 800 interface. Also features USB 2.0 for maximum flexibility.
WD My Book Studio - premium performance
Designed for the Mac professional.
Formatted for Mac, this drive is plug-and-play ready for Mac computer users. It's ideal for videographers, photographers, video editors and other graphic professionals.
WD My Book Studio - designed for Mac
Features at a glance

  • Premium performance for Mac with FireWire 800
  • Cool-to-the-touch aluminum enclosure
  • Compatible with Apple Time Machine
  • Password protection and hardware-based encryption
  • WD SmartWare™ automatic continuous backup software
  • 3-year limited warranty

WD's My Book Studio is the high performance, premium design external hard drive for your Mac backup and storage needs.

My Book Studio

Heat-dissipating, cool-to-the-touch aluminum enclosure
Heat-dissipating, cool-to-the-touch aluminum enclosure. 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.

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

Optional WD Smartware backup software
Visual backup software and drive management control center. Install all components, some or none. It's up to you.

  • 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.

Formatted HFS+ Journaled
Works out of the box with your Mac OS X® Leopard® or Snow Leopard™ system. Can easily be reformatted to work with Windows® XP, Windows Vista® or Windows 7.

Password protection
Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access or theft with password protection and -bit hardware-based encryption. (Requires WD SmartWare software)

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.

Runs cool
The drive is designed to run cool without a fan. Lower operating temperatures extend the life of the drive and improve data reliability, while the fan-less design reduces noise output.

WD My Book Studio Box

Ideal for

  • Storing and accessing files in blazing-fast speed
  • Matching the look of your Mac computer
  • Using with Mac and Apple Time Machine
  • Retrieving lost data effortlessly
  • Securing private or sensitive data
  • Protecting your data with WD SmartWare automatic, continuous backup software
  • Storing and editing videos and photos

What's in the box
External hard drive, WD SmartWare software (on mass storage no CD), USB cable, FireWire 800 cable, AC Adapter, Quick Install Guide.

Compatibility

  • Formatted HFS+ Journaled
  • Mac OS® X Leopard®, Snow Leopard™
    (Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system. Mac OS X Tiger does not support drives with capacities greater than 2 TB.)
 


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Comparison Chart
My Book Essential My Book for Mac My Book Studio My Book Studio LX My Book Studio Edition II
Next generation storage and backup.
Smart backup and storage for Mac.
Precision metal design. Pure performance.
Pure performance for Mac. All metal enclosure.
Fast, green and Mac-ready.
 
Interface
USB 3.0, USB 2.0
USB 2.0
FireWire 800,
USB 2.0
FireWire 800,
USB 2.0
FireWire 800,
USB 2.0 eSATA
 
Capacity range
500 GB - 3 TB
640 GB - 2 TB
1 TB - 3 TB
1 TB and 2 TB
2 TB - 6 TB
 
WD SmartWare
 
 
Automatic backup
 
Password protection
and hardware encryption
 
 
Capacity gauge
 
 
Custom e-label
     
 
Premium metal enclosure
       


Product Information

Capacity:3 TB
Product Dimensions 5.3 x 1.9 x 6.5 inches
Item Weight 2.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B004QGXOP2
Item model number WDBC3G0030HAL-NESN
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 399 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #915 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com July 11, 2011

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Size: 1 TB Verified Purchase
This is an UPDATE from my initial review.
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After more than a year-and-a-half since my initial review (below), I can happily say that all is still quiet on the Western (Digital) front - which is great news - for me, at least.
The "My Book Studio 1TB" drive still earns 5-stars from me. The drive is still as dependable and quiet as when I first purchased it. In my experience, this external drive has lasted the longest, and I certainly put them (I bought a second about 9-months ago) through their paces, and have nearly maxed to capacity one of the drives and it still and has always worked like a charm.
That drive holds all of my video content, and copying to a from as well as playback has been without incident, as all drives SHOULD work. Ditto for the second drive: no incidents, no problems, no worries.
For the record, my two drives are of the Firewire variety, and each is connected separately to my desktop computer (Mac Pro/ c.2009) and not daisy-chained, as I have some concerns when it comes to daisy-chaining external hard drives - mostly with regards to upload/download speeds, and also the sensitive nature of the files that I store. My concern is likely a holdover from past bad experiences with previous drives that crashed on me, and perhaps not an issue with these drives.
And also for the record, I am going to add a third drive to my collection, that I will attach to the home network for the explicit purpose of playing media (movies, music) through my smart TV (either via Apple TV or Roku).
So from my perspective, coming up soon on two years of use, these drives are incomparable, especially as prices drop for 1TB (and higher) drives.
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Size: 2 TB Verified Purchase
I'll cut to the chase. This would have been a 5-star review, but as I learned, this drive might not be for you if you need a Firewire bootable backup. If this is a concern, read on...

I bought this drive intending to partition it into two 1TB partitions- one for a bootable backup and one for a Time Machine backup. I do my bootable backups with the application SuperDuper, which is outstanding for this purpose. I have used it to create bootable backups on 3 different Maxtor external Firewire drives, and they have all flawlessly booted all my Macs. I expected no different from this new Western Digital (WD) 2TB drive. Unfortunately, the WD would not boot 2 out of my 3 Macs when connected via Firewire. It would NOT boot an Intel MacBook (Late 2007 edition) or an Intel iMac (Mid 2007 edition). It does boot our Intel iMac (Mid-2010 edition). Strangely, the WD booted all 3 Macs when connected via USB, though needless to say very slowly in all cases. If you need additional technical information, read on.

Technical Info: The following tests were done with the WD connected via Firewire. The WD is correctly formatted for booting Intel Macs with GPT GUID formatting. Note that the WD appears as a bootable drive in System Preferences->Startup Disk on all 3 of my Macs. But when attempting to boot via Firewire, I get only a grey screen on the Intel MacBook (Late 2007 edition) and the Intel iMac (Mid 2007 edition). The Intel iMac (Mid-2010 edition) boots normally. When booting with the Option Key held down, Startup Manager does NOT see the WD as a bootable drive on the Intel MacBook (Late 2007 edition) and the Intel iMac (Mid 2007 edition). It does appear as a bootable drive on the Intel iMac (Mid-2010 edition).
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Size: 2 TB Verified Purchase
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. This made my decision process that much harder, especially since I am more familiar with the PC environment and wasn't sure about what might be best for a Mac. In the end, I went with what I knew from my prior experience.

I'm an IT guy and have a lot of hardware in my household, which has expanded from PCs to include Macs in recent years. My plan was to use a rarely used Mac Mini as a media server, to stream music, DVD movies, family photos and home movies to other devices, including Apple TV. I needed a large, fast drive that could support streaming to multiple devices simultaneously. Because it was difficult to fully trust any brand based on reviews, I also consulted the "experts" at a local Apple store, who recommended LaCie drives.

I had no familiarity with LaCie, but I did have extensive experience with Western Digital. I have two 500 GB Passport drives from early 2009 and a 1 TB My Book from late 2008 or early 2009. Although I have never had a problem with any of those drives, the reviews made me wonder if WD's quality or reliability had decreased over the years. We all know that companies tend to make things cheaper over time, and I was wondering if shrinking profit margins were resulting in poorer quality and more consumer problems.
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