WD My Book Studio 3 TB FireWire 800 External Hard Drive
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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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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.
The premium, aluminum enclosure matches your Mac and remains cool to the touch even as the drive delivers blisteringly fast performance.
Save and access data at top speeds with the lightning fast FireWire® 800 interface. Also features USB 2.0 for maximum flexibility.
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's My Book Studio is the high performance, premium design external hard drive for your Mac backup and storage needs.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.)
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
works like a charm with the imac, and the firewire is so much better than USB i think.Published 1 month ago by Sameer K.
This worked fine for three years, and now won't turn on at all. Not surprisingly, this happened just after the warranty expired.Published 4 months ago by SRF
I've had this drive for three and a half years now, and it is still going strong. I've never had a problem with it, or lost any data. Read morePublished 6 months ago by pre_567
I'd give it 0 stars, if I could. This is my 4th My Book Studio to fail. I originally started with a 320GB version, followed by 500GB, 750GB and 1TB versions; each of them failed... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eric Kestler
I've had mine for a year or two without problems, so there ya go. No complaints, but I would go for USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt now, so this review is pretty useless at this point. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tanuki
Heads Up! This is not a "New" product with a manufacturers warranty. It was last manufactured in 2010 and is a discontinued item. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Truxter Fordly
It was very easy to set up and works great with the apple backup software. My iMac is a mid/2010 with USB2 and FireWire. FireWire is good for this app. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Engineer Bill