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WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive

B&H # WEWDBC3G0030 Mfr # WDBC3G0030HAL-NESN
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Formatted for Mac
  • Heat-Dissipating Aluminum Enclosure
  • 1 x USB 2.0 / 2 x FireWire-800
  • Data Transfer Up to 800Mb/s
  • Optional WD SmartWare Software
  • Password Protection & Encryption
  • Cool & Quiet Running without a Fan
  • WD GreenPower Technology
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty

The WD My Book Studio External Hard Drive has 3TB of storage that works out of the box with your Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard machine. Data transfer speeds up to 800Mb/s ensure fast transfer of your information, especially when connected via the FireWire-800 port. My Book also provides a USB 2.0 port.

Built with an aluminum enclosure, the drive is designed to run cool and quiet without a fan. Optional WD SmartWare software comes included with the drive as well, allowing you to install only the components you choose to add. The drive also does its part to conserve energy with its WD GreenPower Technology, which lowers the internal drive's power consumption by up to 30%. And for peace-of-mind, My Book features password protection and hardware-based encryption, along with a 3-year warranty.

Heat-Dissipating Aluminum Enclosure
The aluminum enclosure complements your Mac computer and the book-like design allows two or more My Book drives to nestle neatly together like volumes on a shelf
Dual Interfaces
Save and access data at FireWire 800 speeds or change gears and utilize the USB 2.0 interface
Optional WD SmartWare
Visual backup software and drive management control center. Install all components, some or none. It's up to you
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, Vista, or 7
Password Protection
Your data is protected from unauthorized access or theft with password protection and 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
Cool and Quiet
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
Performance
Capacity 3TB
Interface 2 x FireWire-800
1 x USB 2.0
FireWire-400 (using an optional cable; sold separately)
Drive Speed Not specified by manufacturer
Buffer Not specified by manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not specified by manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate Up to 800Mb/sec
System Requirements Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion
Requires reformatting for Windows XP, Vista, 7
General
Environmental Requirements Operating temperature: 41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C
Storage temperature: -4 to 149°F / -20 to 65°C
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.9 x 6.5 x 5.3"/ 48 x 165 x 13 5mm
Weight 2.6 lb / 1.18 kg
WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive
  • FireWire-800 Cable
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Quick Install Guide
  • WD SmartWare Software
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    WD(3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive
     
    4.8

    (based on 167 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (132)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (32)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (136)
    • Large capacity / good size (131)
    • Easy to set up (130)
    • Quiet (127)
    • Attractive (124)

    Cons

    • No power switch (41)

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (125)
    • Additional storage (113)
    • Photo storage (99)
    • Video (81)
    • File transfer (48)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (113), Casual user (39)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (85), Personal (73)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (154), PC (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Quality First

    My use of the product:
    Editing and archiving media related to video programmes for TV. When editing, the disk is on for 8 to 12 hours a day non stop, with...Read complete review

    My use of the product:
    Editing and archiving media related to video programmes for TV. When editing, the disk is on for 8 to 12 hours a day non stop, with up to 80% of disk space used.

    Great things:
    1.reliable. reliable. reliable.
    That's the great thing.

    2.After that, it is very quiet, and if you are going to have this on top of your desk for 10 hours everyday for a month this counts a lot.

    3.Equaly important is the astonishing seek time. Very fast, even if you have selected the option to put it to sleep when idle. You clic a thing and in a second it is back on line. For high quality video this is very important.

    Things that aren't so great about it:
    I really can't think of anything right now...
    I handle about 140 hard disks here at the company and this is really just great. Western Digital has five stars for us.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Bulky and heavy

    So far so good. I wish it was smaller so it wouldn't take up so much space. It didn't come with and USB wires to connect. I had to use old ones :(

    So far so good. I wish it was smaller so it wouldn't take up so much space. It didn't come with and USB wires to connect. I had to use old ones :(

    Reviewed by 167 customers

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    5.0

    Now discontinued, but works great!

    By seismick

    from Tucson, AZ

    About Me Casual user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use
    • High Capacity
    • Portable
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Additional Storage
    • Backup
    • File Transfer
    • Photo Storage
    • Video

    Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

    I may have been one of the last to order this item before it was discontinued. Nevertheless, I already own the 2TB version, which I use for time machine backups. I wanted to move my media (photos, video, music) off of my mac's SSD, so that now goes on the 2TB drive. I use this 3TB drive for time machine backups of the SSD and 2TB external HDD. Works like a charm, and nice to be able to daisy chain with FW!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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    4.0

    external hard drive

    By rcshenandoah

    from Winchester, VA

    About Me Casual user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use
    • High Capacity
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Photo Storage
      • Video

      Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

      Drive is a advertised.
      No problems with setup and use.
      Firewire cable used.
      Will see how reliable as product is used.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      3TB My Book Studio External WD HD

      By Chewelah3

      from Chewelah,WA

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity
      • Portable
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage
        • Backup
        • Photo Storage
        • Video

        Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

        This hard drive is being used as an Scratch dish for my movie editing software, storing of all video clips from my Nikon D7000 and Canon Video camera. Other reason why I like this drive is can be connected up to computer by USB or Firewire! i like the size of it too!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Very pleased so far

        By Mike

        from Texas

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • High Capacity
        • Portable
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • Photo Storage
          • Video

          Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

          In the short time that I've had this drive I've been quite impressed with its speed and ease of use (though being formatted to work out of the box with OS X I expected nothing less). It was also nice that both Firewire and USB cables were included. Not having read the fine print apparently, I didn't realize this and expected to have to purchase a Firewire cable if I wanted to use it with that port on my MacBook.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          4.0

          Quiet, fast and good value

          By KR KR KR KR

          from Somerville, MA

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • No Power Switch

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Photo Storage

          Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

          I use this to back up photos. It is much quieter than my other drives and the fw800 is pretty quick. I think its strange that WD doesn't put a power switch on these but they seem to sleep when needed and wake up fairly quick.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          4.0

          Works as advertised but...

          By Larry B.

          from Studio City, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                It should be mentioned that if you connect the drive to the computer with the USB cord and try to daisy chain with Firewire, the drive does not boot on the computer. However, connecting to computer with Firewire and daisy chaining with Firewire works perfectly.

                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                3TB firewire for $ bucks! Great deal!

                By Stojmo

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Compact
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • High Capacity
                • Portable
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • No Power Switch

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Backup
                • File Transfer
                • Photo Storage
                • Video

                Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                I use it to transfer files and work off of hard drives so i don't slow my computer down and for safe storage. Im a videographer so having interlinking hard drives is quite useful if i don't want to keep plugging and unplugging hard drives back and forth waisting time getting work done, and for the price....ive seen 2TB usb 2.0 hard drives go for more. This hard drive has been very useful and i plan on buying more in the near future. If i had to say one bad thing about it which is inescapable for most sizable hard drives is being plugged into the wall. Have a happy day!

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                WD 3tb

                By WHS

                from CT

                Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                I work in broadcast video production and have several of these.. They are quiet and rock solid.
                Great drives.

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                5.0

                Nice Upgrade

                By Shooter Bob

                from Milwaukee, WI

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • High Capacity
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • No Power Switch

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Backup
                • File Transfer
                • Photo Storage
                • Video

                Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                I edit a lot of video with my iMac and was running out of usable space on my two other drives. I decided to get a 3TB unit and this WB My Book has worked great. The firewire800 port has sped up my system a lot.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Super fast!

                By AmyHefterPhotography

                from Silver Spring, MD

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Compact
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • High Capacity
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • No Power Switch

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Backup
                • Photo Storage

                Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                This drive is so fast! It copied my files seamlessly and without a hitch.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                excellent storage expansion option

                By Pavel

                from Salt Lake City

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • High Capacity
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Video

                  Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                  If your Mac doesn't have thunderbolt or USB3, FW800 is the next best thing. I've now expanded to a total of 11TB of additional storage thanks to WD.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  1.0

                  Disappointment

                  By Leica hiker

                  from DC

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                        Start-up did not go along with instructions and connectivity between laptop and the device problematic.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        4.0

                        Great for editing on a Mac

                        By Brian Video Editor

                        from nyc

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy to use
                        • High Capacity
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • No Power Switch

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Backup
                        • File Transfer
                        • Photo Storage
                        • Video

                        Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                        Using for FCP 7, The Hard drive has Firewire 800 connections, works even faster if you add a thunderbolt adaptor. The build of the hard drive is solid.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        Amazing Drive for the price

                        By Matt

                        from Fort Wayne, IN

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to use
                        • Fast
                        • High Capacity
                        • Portable
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • File Transfer
                          • Photo Storage
                          • Video

                          Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                          I was looking for a new hard drive. I have used the my book studios in the past on photo shoots and like them. So finding one with firewire 800 sold me on this drive. Happy with my purchase and i will definitely be buying more

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          4.0

                          good product

                          By jgrundlbrewers

                          from Milwaukee, WI

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy to use
                          • High Capacity
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • Backup
                            • File Transfer
                            • Photo Storage
                            • Video

                            Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                            this hard drive is simple and easy to use and works great for my school projects

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            Great as usual!

                            By Mhock

                            from New Jersey

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Storage
                              • Backup
                              • File Transfer
                              • Photo Storage
                              • Video

                              Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                              Works seamlessly with my Mac and time machine. Using the FireWire 800. I trust WD drives for my primary and backup drives.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              5.0

                              Great External Hard Drive for Photogs

                              By PhotoginNY

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy to use
                              • Matches My Laptop
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • Backup
                                • Photo Storage

                                Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                                I am a professional photographer who bought this product to back up my photographs. This was perfect price, function, and storage space. Easy and no hassle set up. Used with mac book pro. I would recommend to others and buy again.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                4.0

                                Great product, right features and price

                                By brnord

                                from Duluth, MN

                                About Me Casual user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Compact
                                • Easy to use
                                • High Capacity
                                • Portable
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                • Difficult to set up

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • Backup
                                • Photo Storage

                                Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                                I've owned two other My Books from WD in the past and liked them just as much as this one. The only reason I gave this a 4/5 is a petty reason...I didn't read closely enough to find they come formatted for MAC, something that was never an issue for my other WD drives. It was a simple fix once I found out how to format it for Windows, but not everyone will go to the length of learning how to do this if they don't already know how.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                5.0

                                Great Product & Exceptional Service

                                By Wedding DJ

                                from East Tennessee

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • High Capacity
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage

                                  Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                                  Great hard drive. Quiet & reliable. This is my 3rd.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  Western Digital Studio Drive

                                  By Dan NY

                                  from New York City

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Easy to use
                                  • High Capacity
                                  • Portable
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Additional Storage
                                    • Backup
                                    • File Transfer
                                    • Photo Storage
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about WD (3TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                                    Excellent deal and a reliable drive. I have a shelf by my computer of these drives. Clean look perfect for the Mac.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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