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WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive

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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 1TB 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 1TB
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 (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive
  • FireWire-800 Cable
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Quick Install Guide
  • WD SmartWare Software
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    WD(1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive
     
    4.6

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (16)
    • Easy to use (13)
    • Quiet (13)
    • Attractive (11)
    • Large capacity / good size (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back-up (15)
      • Additional storage (11)
      • Video (8)
      • Photo storage (7)
      • File transfer (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual user (11), Power user (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (14), Business (6)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (21)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Plug & Play

      Recently installed a FW800 daisy chain which included one drive to warehouse all of my photos, two more drives in rotation for TimeMachine back-ups, and a compact flash card reader. While one drive...Read complete review

      Recently installed a FW800 daisy chain which included one drive to warehouse all of my photos, two more drives in rotation for TimeMachine back-ups, and a compact flash card reader. While one drive is backing up my main hard drive and the photo hard drive, the other in my fire safe. Then, after a week or so, the back-up drives swap places. All three drives worked perfectly straight out of the box and with no hassle. Didn't need or use the included SmartWare and it didn't get in the way. Plug & Play... What can you say that's better than that.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      WD My Book Studio Fail

      Dear review readers, I'm not a negative, whiny person but I'm going to tell you that while this device is well-designed and definitely appeals to us MAC users, it is a gamble as...Read complete review

      Dear review readers, I'm not a negative, whiny person but I'm going to tell you that while this device is well-designed and definitely appeals to us MAC users, it is a gamble as to whether or not it will be a dependable machine for you. It failed on my first day when I tried to format the disc. I've heard of people having better luck with HDs when formatted/erased before using the factory formatted space. I tried this and never got past the first task I gave it. I love the design but it's just a shame Hitachi doesn't make one that looks like this! I'll trade the dependability for the design any day.

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      5.0

      Works perfect

      By Phil SI

      from Staten Island

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Manage
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast
      • Highly Compatible

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

        Needed a fire wire external HD for back up, not many left . Great price, works as it is supposed too. If it last as a long as the last one I would be very happy.

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

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        5.0

        External Hard Drive

        By Smkymtn Gal

        from Smoky Mtns TN

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Highly Compatible

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home

          Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

          I use this to backup my Mac on a regular basis. Took it out of the box, plugged it in and began backing up thru Time Machine. I own 5 external hard drives from Western Digital and use a couple on a PC; the others are for the Mac. No negatives that I can relate to.

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

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          5.0

          Fast and easy

          By Texas Writer

          from Dallas area

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                I backed up tons of text files plus almost 700 high-res photos from a desktop iMac running OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard). I activated TimeMachine and used the FireWire800 connection. It took a bit less than 2 hours, and everything looks fine. For this non-techie, it was surprisingly simple.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                good drive!

                By rebeccac

                from new york,ny

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                      Dependable drive - has been great!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Solid

                      By UFOclub1977

                      from Ann Arbor

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                      I can chain these through firewire, get quite bank going of space and backups, and I've never had one fail yet.

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                      5.0

                      Another Good Product from WD

                      By lindalouwho

                      from Eastern Shore, VA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast Transfer Rate
                      • Long Lifespan
                      • Works With Macs Great

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • All Ages

                        Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                        I have 3 of these MyBook external drives in various sizes with this one being the largest. I use them to back up my hard drives and when we leave town, I take them to the bank and put them into the safe deposit box. I had a computer get fried in a power surge; bought a similar used model [*]and used the Carbon Copy Cloner app (that I had already installed on my computer long ago) to copy the My Book drive onto the "new" used computer. Worked perfectly and that's why I use backup drives. These WD drives are troopers. I have not had a failure and I bought my first one about 5 years ago and it's still in use. They are also extremely fast in transferring data.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Ideal as my Mac's Time Machine backup

                        By cheloniawork

                        from Florida

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to use

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

                        • All Ages

                        Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                        I bought this drive as my back-up system for my Mac. It connects easily and seamlessly. I really have no complaints. This the second MyBook I bought because I had no issues with the first one.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        easy to drive

                        By cooks books

                        from phill pa

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                          works right outa the box

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

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                          4.0

                          good back up hard drive

                          By boubou

                          from canada

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Easy to use

                          Cons

                          • Expensive
                          • No Power Switch

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup

                          Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                          It a nice hard drive, not too big, not too loud. It easy to use and you can add a password if you want. Love to use the fire wire cable ... much more faster than usb. I'm only using this drive with time machine on my mac and seen work well.From that moment, the only glitch is that it a little expensive just for having the fire wire option.

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

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                          4.0

                          Time Machine Backup Disk

                          By Bill the Cabinet Guy

                          from Panama City, FL

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup

                            Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                            Plugged in and worked great for 3 days. Re-Formatted and working great again backing up my iMac, Mac Book Pro, and iPad2. Very quiet, very fast with wirefire, and great looking piece of equipment.

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

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                            5.0

                            So easy.

                            By William

                            from Birmingham, Alabama

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Photo Storage

                              Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                              I hooked it up and - bingo - it worked. It was so easy there's not much to write about.
                              B&H oder and delivery was top notch.

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

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                              5.0

                              works great.

                              By TomS

                              from Birmingham, AL

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy to use
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • Backup
                                • Video

                                Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                                I'm using the My Book for back-up and video editing on an i-Mac. It hooked up effortlessly and works great. Seems to be built very solid, heavy.

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

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                                5.0

                                awesome drive very well built

                                By East Texas Editor

                                from Joaquin, Texas

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                                  I do alot of video work and need very reliable drives, and this one does the job every time. I can count on it to be there!!!

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

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                                  4.0

                                  Love it !

                                  By Ed B.

                                  from Boston ma

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Set Up

                                  Cons

                                  • None

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Video

                                  Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                                  I edit HD video in FCP and need all the external drives I can get and the WD My Book performs like the higher priced drives... a very good product!

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

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                                  5.0

                                  Great product

                                  By SciGuy

                                  from Tucson,AZ

                                  About Me Casual user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • None

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                                  After doing some research and talking to one of the live chat agents, I decided to go ahead and purchase this external hard drive, which was one of the best electronic times that I have bought in a while. I've recently begun working with HD videos on my Intel Mac and needed extra space to save & backup my work and that is why I decided to buy an external hard drive. I almost purchase the portable version of this hard drive, but thanks to B&H wonderful customer service they guided to the right one, thanks!

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

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                                  5.0

                                  Super easy and Fast!

                                  By HD Video Guy

                                  from SF Bay Area

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Video

                                      Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                                      I bought this for video editing with Final Cut Pro 7 and the very first time I plugged it in to my iMac it worked flawlessly. No formatting required for Mac! I had been used to usb 2.0 so now with the firewire 800 my rendering is much faster. It also color matches perfectly with the iMac which is icing on the cake.

                                      I've only had it for a couple weeks but I already ordered another one in 2TB Raid format. The 1TB with then serve as my 3rd back-up and time machine. I definitely recommend it for anyone who needs speed in their hard drive.

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

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                                      5.0

                                      My Book Is A Good Read

                                      By Sarge

                                      from New Jersey

                                      About Me Casual user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                      • None

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Additional Storage
                                      • Backup

                                      Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                                      Bought this for my 27in iMac as a backup for Time Machine. Did not have to do a thing. Plugged it in and when Time Machine opened, I chose this drive for my backup. Simple as that! All cables were included.

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

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                                      4.0

                                      WD Support was helpful

                                      By SCheck

                                      from Chattanooga, TN

                                      About Me Casual user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                      • No Firewire 400 adapter

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Additional Storage
                                      • Backup
                                      • Photo Storage

                                      Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                                      Purchased this drive to use with my older Macbook, because the the description stated that it was USB and Firewire 800 (which would work with my new macbook) with adapter for Firewire 400 (for use with my old Macbook which only has Firewire 400). When it arrived, it did NOT have the 400 to 800 adapter. I contacted WD support at the e-mail address that was in the paperwork that came with the drive, and within a week, WD had sent the firewire 400 to 800 adapter.
                                      Drive works out of the box as expected. I did reformat (partition) the drive and it is working well, works great with Time Machine backup. The drive is very quite. I have only had it for 2 weeks, so have no opinion about long-term use. However, this is my second WD 1TB drive, I have a similar model WD drive on my home network that I've had running for over a year. Pleased with that one, so feel comfortable with this purchase for the long haul.
                                      While it has no power switch, it does "shut down" when dismounted and data cable is unplugged. Does go to standby when idle as well to save power.

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

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                                      5.0

                                      Performs up to expectations

                                      By Kathy

                                      from Southeastern Wisconsin

                                      About Me Power user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Easy to use
                                      • Quiet

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Additional Storage
                                        • Backup
                                        • Video

                                        Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                                        Comes with 3 cables to choose from depending on what you need for your computer. I plugged it into a MacPro and it started up and "knew" what to do right away. It allows the user to choose how you want to do your backups. Using the firewire 800 cable it worked fast enough for me.

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

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                                        4.0

                                        Simple Fast Storage

                                        By julius

                                        from Dana Point, Ca

                                        About Me Casual user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attractive Design
                                        • Easy To Set Up

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Additional Storage
                                          • Backup
                                          • Photo Storage

                                          Comments about WD (1TB) My Book Studio External Hard Drive:

                                          I'm using this external drive for backing up dslr photos and videos.
                                          Set up for Mac is extremely simple.
                                          The only trouble I had was thinking that I needed to use their software program. I opted to just drag and drop selected files.

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

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