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WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive

B&H # WEWDBC3G0020 Mfr # WDBC3G0020HAL-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 2TB 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 2TB
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 (2TB) 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(2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive
     
    4.6

    (based on 103 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (72)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (80)
    • Attractive (76)
    • Quiet (76)
    • Easy to use (69)
    • Large capacity / good size (68)

    Cons

    • No power switch (20)

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (71)
    • Additional storage (67)
    • Photo storage (44)
    • Video (43)
    • File transfer (25)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (65), Casual user (25)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (49), Business (44)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (96)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Built Like a Tank

    I'm a professional filmmaker and the MyBook Studio is my hard drive of choice for postproduction. I edit on them and also use them for backup. These things are made of solid metal and...Read complete review

    I'm a professional filmmaker and the MyBook Studio is my hard drive of choice for postproduction. I edit on them and also use them for backup. These things are made of solid metal and have survived many bumpy car rides and even an airplane trip in the luggage compartment under the plane. Each MyBook Studio drive comes with TWO Firewire 800 ports plus a USB port. You might be asking yourself "Why do I need two ports?" Too many people have made the mistake of buying a drive with only 1 port, then losing all their data when that port fails or is damaged (e.g. one of the little metal pins gets bent). With two Firewire 800 ports, you don't have to worry, plus the USB port enables you to hook up to non-Firewire capable computers (e.g. the new MacBooks). The Firewire 800 connection is blazing fast - fast enough to edit full HD video with no lag. Although USB 3.0 is technically faster, only the very newest computers are equipped with USB 3.0! If you're using a slightly older computer, Firewire 800 is still the fastest possible connection.

    A couple tips:
    1. Lay the hard drive down flat instead of standing it upright. Although these drives are durable, it's still very easy for someone to trip over the power cable and send the drive toppling over. If this happens while the drive is powered on you could have major problems. The drive is prone to tipping over when it is standing upright, but this design flaw is easy to fix. To avoid the risk of the drive falling over, lay the drive flat instead of standing it upright like you see in the photo.
    2. Buy two of these drives and use one as a backup. Although they are durable, they are no indestructible. Professionals always backup everything. No exceptions. These drives aren't even that expensive when you consider how many gigabytes you're getting per dollar!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Connection/Setup is a Breeze

    As an amateur photographer I use both a cloud service and a desktop unit for backup. The B&H call staff were very helpful in selecting the right product for my MAC OS...Read complete review

    As an amateur photographer I use both a cloud service and a desktop unit for backup. The B&H call staff were very helpful in selecting the right product for my MAC OS 10.6. Connection was a breeze. With the downloaded owner manual it was easy to set up the backup destination and schedule. Data transfers quickly with Firewire 800. I've had the product only a few weeks but I am quite satisfied. I haven't needed to retrieve files yet but it appears that retrieval would be straigtforward. Noise is undetectable. A ready read-out of the time/date of the most recent backup and an up-front status report showing that backups are current would be an improvement.

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    5.0

    Just works

    By Davy B

    from Bartlett, IL

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • 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 (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

      I use 2 of those as round robin Time Machine drives, over FireWire 800. They worked immediately (I didn't even reformat), and they still work perfectly and silently. Happy camper.

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

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      5.0

      Great hard drive for Mac

      By John

      from Chicago

      Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

      Mac internal drive was full mainly movies home and DVD backups to iTunes. Installed this external hard drive with the fire wire. iTunes now uses this for it library. No issues with home sharining to iTV.

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      4.0

      I buy again and again.

      By nature girl

      from boulder colorado

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Photo Storage

        Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

        The WD My book studio external hard drive is a work horse. I buy it for photo archives, backup and to use with time machine. It is dependable and works like a charm. I buy one every year and they are great.

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

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        3.0

        Connection/Setup is a Breeze

        By Ted

        from Cookeville TN

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No Backup Status Report

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Photo Storage

        Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

        As an amateur photographer I use both a cloud service and a desktop unit for backup. The B&H call staff were very helpful in selecting the right product for my MAC OS 10.6. Connection was a breeze. With the downloaded owner manual it was easy to set up the backup destination and schedule. Data transfers quickly with Firewire 800. I've had the product only a few weeks but I am quite satisfied. I haven't needed to retrieve files yet but it appears that retrieval would be straigtforward. Noise is undetectable. A ready read-out of the time/date of the most recent backup and an up-front status report showing that backups are current would be an improvement.

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

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        4.0

        Does the trick and looks good

        By jmrbrooklyn

        from Brooklyn

        Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

        Fairly fast. Replaces a drive-also WD-that died. But I've general had good luck with them.

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        5.0

        External Hard Drive!

        By lrd7422

        from Pittsburgh PA

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • Photo Storage

          Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

          I have only used WD Hard Drives for storage and they have all been great!

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

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          4.0

          Good Backup Drives

          By MMSB

          from Santa Barbara

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy to use
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup

            Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

            I use this drive as a backup drive for my mac, Time Machine is configured to backup to this drive every hour. So far I have had no problems with the drives. they are easy to use and reliable.

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

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            5.0

            Great for large volume film clip storage

            By VaBeachHumanitarian

            from Virginia Beach, VA

            Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

            We used this to save the hours of filming for backup/safety. Film and photos are too valuable to not be backed up.

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again

            By addiel perera

            from west palm beach,fl

            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
              • File Transfer
              • Photo Storage
              • Video

              Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

              perfect for me

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

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              4.0

              GREAT!

              By Brian

              from Burbank,CA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy to use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                  I used this as my film backup drive and it works great!

                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Great backup for novice

                  By KidFifty

                  from Long Beach, CA

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup

                    Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                    I am completely not tech savvy and have never had an external hard drive until now. A recent computer glitch where I nearly lost all my documents persuaded me that it might be time to invest in one. After a lot of online research, I chose the My Book Studio. Could it be any easier? I just connected it with the Firewire to my iMac and that was it. Ridiculously easy, quiet, and does what it's supposed to... what more could you want?

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

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                    5.0

                    Works as it should

                    By Travis

                    from Dallas, TX

                    Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                    What can I say...it's a hard drive, with connections, and it works as it should. :-)

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                    5.0

                    Great HD - No Issues

                    By goldfixe

                    from Mesa, AZ

                    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
                      • File Transfer
                      • Photo Storage
                      • Video

                      Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                      Bought this to use as a back up for my Mac. Set up was easy, formatted quick and Time Machine recognized it immediately. I was up and running super fast and haven't had any issues since.

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

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                      5.0

                      Good quality. Good construction.

                      By The Flying Dutchman

                      from Brooklyn, NY

                      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
                      • Photo Storage

                      Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                      I am using this to back up my photos, and everything works great so far. It is a solid piece. Time will tell if I made a good choice, but so far, so good. I have a mac, and it was easy to set up.

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

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                      5.0

                      superior for time machine

                      By none

                      from nowhere,ca

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                      Replaced a bus-powered 2.5" external FW800 drive with this desktop 3.5" FW800 drive. Time machine backups are way faster now.

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                      5.0

                      A terrific product

                      By Brian the Broadcaster

                      from Indiana

                      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
                        • File Transfer
                        • Video

                        Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                        I've been fully satisfied with this external hard drive. It runs well. It's quick. It was cheap given all the space it has. It has the FireWire and the regular USB option. All in all, you can't go wrong with this hard drive.

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

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                        5.0

                        Works Great!!!

                        By mixitloud

                        from Springfield, MO.

                        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
                        • Photo Storage
                        • Video

                        Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                        Easy to use and set up

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

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                        5.0

                        Great hard drive

                        By Out on the River

                        from Tulsa, OK

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup

                          Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                          Hard drive seems very well built. Took it out of the box, plugged it in, reformatted the drive to get rid of any software supplied by the manufacture. Partitioned the drive into 2 parts. One part for time machine, the other to park files on. Launched time machine and selected the partition I wanted to back up to, and a little while latter it was finished. Everything was strait forward about the setup. I am pleased with the hard drive, and would purchase another in the future if needed. Using the drive to back up a 2009 MacBook Pro through FireWire cable. B & H rocks!

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

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                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By Amber

                          from Maryland

                          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
                            • Photo Storage
                            • Video

                            Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                            I bought this item to use for storing all my picture, videos and files. This has worked great and I still have tons of room!

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

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                            4.0

                            Simple & Works great so far

                            By MJD

                            from Cary,NC

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about WD (2TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                            Very easy to setup/use, nice look/industrial design. Key to any HD storage is longevity so hopefully will last. Prior External HDD from WD is still working fine after 3 years.

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