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Western Digital My Book Studio Edition 500GB Firewire 400 / 800 & eSata External Hard Drive

by Western Digital
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Easy to set up, easy to use - Installation is a snap because you don't really install this drive, you just plug it in and it's ready to use. There is no CD to install
  • The included software loads from the drive the first time you plug it in
  • Automatic backup - Back up important projects to multiple destinations including files servers, portable drives and My Book. Synchronize project files to keep them current and secure. Set it and forget it
  • Every time you save a change it's automatically backed up
  • Powerful quad interface USB 2.0 - For convenience and compatibility among multiple computers
  • FireWire 400 and 800 – High-performance interfaces that are perfect for Macintosh® computers
  • eSATA 3 Gb/s - The ultra-fast eSATA interface gives you speed comparable to a state-of-the-art internal hard drive
  • Formatted for Macintosh - Set up with HFS+ Journaled formatting for complete Macintosh compatibility. Software included requires Mac® OS X 10.4.8 or later. Can easily be reformatted for Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • Fits right in - Takes no more space than a paperback book. Collect two or more and they nest neatly together like volumes on a shelf
  • Capacity gauge - See at a glance how much space is available on your drive. (Works with the USB and FireWire connection only)
  • Environmentally friendly - Our environmentally-friendly drive is designed to save power by going into standby mode after 10 minutes of inactivity. When you’re ready to use it, My Book wakes up automatically
  • SmartPower™ features - This drive turns itself on and off with your computer and Safe Shutdown™ prevents the drive from being powered down until all your data has been written. (Works with the USB and FireWire connections only)
  • Designed to keep the drive inside cool - The My Book enclosure’s heat dissipating design with Morse Code prevents heat buildup… a notorious data killer. How cool is that?
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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight1.5 Kg
Product Dimensions137 x 54 x 166 cm
Item model numberWDH1Q5000E
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 78,091 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.7 Kg
Date First Available1 Oct 2007
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Speed is what you need when video editing, big design projects, or managing photo shoots and that’s what this drive delivers with FireWire 800 and eSATA connectivity. With our automatic backup capability your creative masterpieces will be backed up the minute you save them

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There must be 2 versions! 21 Oct 2008
By Dan
From reading the comments posted here by other reviewers, I can only assume that WD have two versions of this drive. Most of the negative comments are about noise and unreliability (usually the people with a negative experience seem to have suffered from both).

Fortunately, I'm on the lucky side of the fence. As I am sat here in a silent room with the WD MyBook Studio placed on the desk in front of me, I can tell you that it is neigh on silent. Noise is a subjective thing but I a) hate loud noises and b) have superb hearing (measured that better than average last time it was checked).
In fact, my 24" iMac makes more noise and to be fair, the computer is almost silent - anyone who owns one will know just how quiet they are.

Now, that's when the drive is idle. OS X does a fair job of keeping external drives spun down when not being accessed, so anyone would expect it to be very quiet. A lack of internal fan ensures that the only audible noise comes from the WD Eco Drive which is designed to be quiet anyway.
When I do access data stored on the unit, there is a 2-3 second pause (assuming I've left it alone long enough to spin down in the first place) before the drive gracefully, and again quietly, spins up. At full tilt with 80Gb of data being copied to it via firewire, I can still say that the noise is by no means intrusive - perhaps a quiet whir of the platters and the low frequency thudding of the head moving when data is being written to the device.

Some of you may be thinking by now that I'm a silence freak. As it happens, I am, and proudly so. I have my computer and the drive in the same room as my high end home cinema equipment and would simply not tolerate background noise that might interfere with my listening experience.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, but bad. (Good warranty luckily!) 1 Dec 2008
Well, frustratingly enough after under a year of use, mine has given up the ghost, I wish I had paid more attention to similar stories when I was making the purchasing decision, I just took the old, 'it won't happen to me', mentality, it didn't pay off.

We'll start with some positive points, yes, it is very attractive, the design is sleek, and it matches all the aluminium Mac products, (read: all but the white MacBook currently).

Also, it is very quiet, and the speed over FW800, (which I was using with a MacBook Pro), is bleedingly fast.

However, all this is good and well, but not when the product stops working. My problem is as follows, I noticed one night that it was starting up repeatedly, on it's own, attached to the MBP, but that was 'sleeping'.

I thought this was strange so held down the power button to force it off. Then, ~5mins later, I heard it powering up again, and again and again, the one loud noise it makes is when it starts the hard drive going, the accelerating of the motor, (I would guess), and it was doing this constantly. It was late, so I just unplugged it until the next day.

The next day, I plugged it back into my Mac, and it was doing this constantly, still. The problem with this being is that if you are using it and it cuts out every minute, then the transfer is effectively cancelled, so you are really quite screwed, (excuse the term), with using it at all. This applied particularly in my case for time machine backups on my Mac.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A happy customer so far 16 Mar 2008
I have been using this drive as my Time Machine back up device for a month now. It worked straight out of the box with no problems whatsoever (most unusual for devices linked to Apple computers - everything is usually set to work with Windows). I have had trouble with WD built-in drives in the past so am keeping my fingers crossed regarding long term reliability. If you want to run Time Machine without hassle this is the one to go for.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars seems improved over a year's time. 25 Sep 2008
I got one same time last year, It broke down 3 times, and the last one is so bad, I have to order a replacement drive. So I agree with most review it's noisy and break down easily.

Interesting to note, the recent replacement drive is much more quieter, maybe the hardware has finally improved.

I just have to warn all user who is ordering a replacement drive, if you are using the advance replacement service with a credit card guarantee, it's best to send your broke down-drive early. It took me 3 weeks clear the hold on my credit card even though I've send my broke-down drive straight away using special delivery.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It does exactly what it says on the box!! 20 April 2008
Having recently upgraded my Mac to Leopard I realised that to use Time Machine at all you need an external drive. A little surprised at this I went and bought this drive having been recommended by the Apple store of it's quality and reliability. Installation was an absolute "doddle"! Just plug in and forget. Other reports suggest it is noisy. Well I have no criticism's with that in that I find it very quiet. I often don't know it's there except for the operation light appearing now and then. I can control my backup schedule in the Prefs/Time Machine window so I have total control. I agree with a previous post that it is in fact not a 500GB hard drive, its 465.64 GB, which is a little irritating, nevertheless a good buy if you want QUALITY! The only reason I only gave it 4 stars was that unfortunately it cannot act as a start up disc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great drive, but two fairly esoteric criticisms
I'm starting to rely more and more on Western Digital drives, as I seem to have the kiss of death when it comes to Hitachi and Samsung drives. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2010 by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Check the price
I bought this a few weeks ago. Worked perfectly with iMac 24-inch via firewire800. I paid £78 - don't pay more.
Published on 24 Oct 2009 by Not Titmarsh Again
5.0 out of 5 stars it does what it should do
Excellent, plugged it in and it works, quietly and efficiently. I use it for video editing - only DV quality so far but speed-wise it's very capable of handling everything I've... Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2009 by Jonathan G. P. Tetzner
5.0 out of 5 stars mybook
5 out of 5! Installed in seconds. Worked without interference from me. Still working without any issues, quiet and looks good with the Imac.
Published on 29 July 2009 by Mark A. Collins
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid if you have a Mac
Like most WD drives will not boot a non-Intel Mac, but they don't tell you that.

Sent mine back as completely useless and got a Maxtor.
Published on 29 May 2009 by K. C. Bogstad
3.0 out of 5 stars Average performer
Average performance and runs a little hot as the rubber legs it stands on are way too thin and prevent air from getting under the drive to aid circulation. Read more
Published on 27 April 2009 by Y. Aleksandrov
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid!
We bought a number of these units in work, I have to be honest I've never experienced hardware to fail to such an extent as these disks! Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2009 by Cheets
5.0 out of 5 stars Works right out of the box
Very happy with this piece of kit. It set up simply- connecting the (included) F/wire 800 cable to my G4 Powerbook meant it appeared on my desktop immediately. Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2008 by M. Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Performance
I've had this disc for 12 months now and (touch wood) it's been very reliable. It's quiet and compact, was easy to install and does what it was bought for, i.e. Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2008 by Mike of Alsager
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb product
My Studio Edition arrived in the post yesterday and within a couple of hours everything was backed up. The software virtually installed itself. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2008 by K. Batchelor
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