- Contains External Power Adapter
- Mac Compatible
- USB Powered
Western Digital My Book Pro Edition II 1.5 TB USB 2.0/FireWire 400/800 Desktop External Hard Drive WDG2TP15000N
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- Extraordinary capacity - With up to 1.5 TB of storage in an elegant, small footprint design, you have plenty of space to store an entire digital photo library, your HD movie collection and hours and hours of DV video.
- Extra data protection - For extra data protection, dedicate half the capacity for mirroring and automatically and instantaneously back up data every time you save it.
- Extra-fast performance - The lighting-fast combination of FireWire 400/800 and RAID striping yields the speed you need for fast, smooth video editing, an extra-responsive Photoshop scratch disk, and rendering complex 3D objects or special effects.
- Easy to set up, easy to use - You're up and running in a few simple steps. RAID configuration is easy with WD's intuitive RAID Wizard software.
- Triple interface - Provides flexibility and performance with connections for ultra-fast FireWire 800, as well as FireWire 400 and USB 2.0.
From the Manufacturer
My Book Pro Edition II offers an extraordinary capacity with up to 2 TB of storage in an elegant, small footprint design. The system supplies plenty of space to store an entire digital photo library, your HD movie collection, and hours and hours of DV video.
The triple interface provides flexibility and performance with connections for ultra-fast FireWire 800, as well as FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. The lightning-fast combination of FireWire 400/800 and RAID striping yields the speed you need for fast, smooth video editing, an extra-responsive Photoshop scratch disk, rendering complex 3D objects or special effects, and saving huge blocks of data in record time.
My Book Pro Edition II's intelligent drive management features--such as automatic power-up, safe shutdown, and LED activity lights--make this storage system especially easy to use. And an efficient convection cooling system keeps the unit running cool and remarkably quiet. EMC Retrospect Express is the easy-to-use system software you use to schedule your file backups or to create backup files on demand.
RAID Wizard software steps you through RAID configuration, and network setup is a breeze with the unique, powerful remote access software. Dedicate half the capacity for mirroring, and you can automatically and instantaneously back up data every time you save it.
My Book Pro Edition II is ideal for users who want to:
- Gain peace of mind with a mirrored backup of important documents and images.
- Organize and archive vast photo and artwork libraries.
- Edit and exchange massive audio and video projects.
What's in the Box
WDG2TP15000N My Book Pro Edition II dual-drive storage system, FireWire 800 cable, FireWire 400 cable, USB cable, power adapter with cord, quick install guide.
Top Customer Reviews
This provides tons of storage for a reasonable price. It was easy to set-up on a Mac using Leopard OS. RAID alternatives were easy to understand and select.
THIS hard drive, set up in a RAID configuration, pretty much eliminates your worries about losing your precious data. I am a professional photographer, and cannot afford to lose my images. It is highly unlikely that BOTH hardrives will crash at the same time, and one drive is set up to mirror the other. The drives are also USER replaceable.
This drive runs nice and quite (unless I'm working it really hard), and is plenty fast for processing images. Set up of the unit was a breeze. The back up utility software works well, but it's terminology is a bit moronic, and when you want to close that utility you have to tell it to close 3 times ("are you sure you want to close?" yes, "really, you want to close?" yes, I'm sure..."ok, this is your last chance..." CLOSE damn you!). For better cooling, I raised mine up ~1/4 inch with some thin strips of wood, as the air vents on the bottom have very little air flow when sitting on you desk.
For the money ($295), you'd be hard pressed to find a better, less expensive, more reliable drive for the memory size (750GB x2). It also came with a THREE year warranty, many others only have 1 year, or 90 days.
IMHO, this drive is WELL worth the money i spent...maybe should have bought two! ;~)
However, when I came to use it, I found out it likes to go into hibernation mode very quickly. It goes offline and cannot be accessed through my laptop PC in any way. This has crashed the software I was using to work on the drive (such as DJ software, audio production suites, etc). The only way to get my software to see the files on it is to "violently" disconnect it from its power supply and plug it back in.
At this point, it goes into "overdrive" mode. The fan starts spinning at high speed and it becomes very noisy. It's recognized by the Operating System just fine, but never goes back to normal: after about 8-10 minutes of being plugged back in, it overheats and shuts off, with the light indicator blinking (which means overheat/malfunction according to the manual). I immediately lose all my work and have to give it a good 20 minutes to cool down, restart my computer and start using it again.
If I don't allow it to go into hibernation by accessing the drive every 10 minutes, everything works fine.
WD Tech Support suggested I flash the firmware to a newer version, which didn't improve ANYTHING at all. At this point I'm looking at having to ship my drive from Costa Rica to the USA and pay over $200 for a replacement - and all the reviews I've read that mention an RMA procedure indicate that the problem is never fixed.
I will NEVER purchase anything from Western Digital in my life again.Read more ›
I have had this WD for a couple months now and there not one problem. In terms of the sound it makes, i have not heard a thing and that is without downloading the update to make the fan not a loud. I firmly believe that WD is the only way to go and this is one of their best hard drives.
I'm using it with Windows Vista with SP1. About once a day, the drive goes into overdrive mode. The fan spins up to full speed for about 15 minutes, then the drive shuts down (presumably from overheating).
The strange thing is that the "overdrive" mode starts even when the drive isn't being accessed particularly. It just decides it needs to cool down, and the noisy fan fights a losing fight to cool the dumb thing off.
I updated the firmware. That didn't help.
Steer clear. There are plenty of other low-cost RAID solutions that work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have owned several of these units in the past. The controller card built into the unit fails over time. You can remove the hard drive and get your data. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Peter L. Huml
This device constantly goes offline and can take many frustrating power cycles to bring it back to life. Read morePublished on May 15, 2008 by A. Datta
I ordered this drive a few months ago when it was on sale for well under 300 dollars. There's a firmware update that's available if its noise bothers you. Read morePublished on May 9, 2008 by D. Caswell