Overall performance is slow
Western Digital's 4TB My Book World Edition II NAS device is an easy and reasonably cheap way to store large amounts of data in a central location. Its overall performance is slow, but for tasks where speed isn't critical this NAS device is a decent choice.
Speedy file read times
The competitively priced Western Digital My Book Live Duo is a two-drive network attached storage (NAS) device that offers an astounding 4TB of storage capacity. It's very easy to use and offers speedy file read times, but it does lack some features and the latest USB 3.0 connectivity.
Drive is relatively quiet
Compact and light enough to easily fit in a backpack or briefcase, Western Digitalâ?? s My Book Studio external hard drive is a cute little bugger. Designed to resemble a book, the 6.5-inch tall drive stands upright, and you have the option of digitally labeling your drive (with 12 characters or less) so itâ?? ll read like a title on the binding a book.
Designed specifically for a Mac, this plug-in-and-go drive is compatible with Appleâ??
Fully featured Mac software
Western Digital's My Book Studio Edition is quite possibly the sexiest external hard drive we've seen, if we're allowed to call external hard drives that. The powdered silver casing is one of luxury, a single stretched ovoid line lit by white LEDs calmly and serenely tracks back and forth when it's in use.
The market is pretty saturated with USB-only drives from a variety of manufacturers. Price per gigabyte and speed have become paramount concerns, and the only technical way to compare the contenders. The My Passport for Mac stacks up well against competing drives, producing some of the best times we've seen in a USB-only drive. It has comparatively strong pricing (though it's by no means the cheapest on the market), and it has a solid warranty behind it.
Drive Lock Encryption
The 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive from Western Digital is a desktop hard drive with a standard USB 2.0 interface and an illuminated capacity gauge that gives you a visual indication of how much space is available on the disk.
Designed for use with Mac OS X systems, the drive is preformatted with the HFS+ file system. It is compatible with Time Machine, allowing you to use it as an external backup drive.
Offers data redundancy in addition to spanning
The Western Digital My Book Live Duo houses two hard drives and offers data redundancy in addition to spanning. It's a simple NAS device to install and use; best of all, if you want to access your data remotely, you don't have to know anything about networking to set this up.
Attractively-priced, midrange performance networked storage
If you like the features and price of the single-drive My Book Live, you'll like the Duo even more. In addition to a second drive that brings either more capacity in span mode or a bit more piece of mind with RAID 1 mirroring (which is no substitute for backup), you get whole-NAS backups to either an attached USB drive or any networked share.
Broad Mac, PC, and consumer device support
The good news is that once you jump through all the configuration hoops, the Duo works exceptionally well. Remote access and local network sharing are all speedy and free of the hiccups that plagued last yearâ??s model, proving that, even though it might have been designed by and for engineers, they got most of it right in the end.
Works well so far, with minor quirks
After doing a lot of on-line research and reading review upon review, I decided I didn't need a portable backup hard drive, I didn't need it to match room decor, wasn't going to be impressed by its sleek styling, etc, etc-- I just wanted a backup hard drive that could back up my Macs. Period. It had to be for Macs--not PCs. I didn't want the hassle. Western Digital looked to be just what I needed and I'm not in the least disappointed with this product. In fact I purchased two, the other a 2TB.
Silent and fast
No problems with this drive. I do what ever I have to do as if it were my hard drive. It keeps my hard drive on my computer running fast. I am a photographer and need lots of room that my computer hard drive does not need to hold. I would like to have bought the 2 TB but have to go with the funds at the time of buying. Next one will be a bigger one. One drive is for text & documents, misc family pictures and the other 2 are loaded with my photos of my sporting events.
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