Western Digital My Book Studio Edition (1TB) | MacworldWestern Digital just busted out some new external drives for all you Apple lovers out there. Full press release is below. The award-winning, book-like design, with its customizable, always-on digital e-label, allows creative professionals to easily archive and find photos and videos from different projects and time periods, even when the drives are unplugged. Key features include a FireWire interface to give users the speed they need for demanding tasks like photo and video editing and graphic design, as well as a customizable e-label that enables users to easily personalize their media collection and identify critical information about the drive, such as the contents and remaining capacity, without having to boot up their computer and plug in the drive. My Book Studio LX drives offer automatic, continuous backup through WD SmartWare software and also sync seamlessly with Apple Time Machine software, so consumers can choose the backup method that suits their needs. And the bit hardware-based encryption, typically only found on much more expensive drive systems, provides a high level of data security along with password protection that acts as a virtual padlock to keep users' data safe.
Western Digital My Book Studio Edition (1TB)
The Good No fans. Little heat. Huge capacity. Attractive design. Five year warranty. Fully featured Mac software. The Bad Capacity indicator isn't accurate.
The unit itself is sleek, with a vertical status light that pulsates up and down when the drive is performing various functions. From a design perspective, the highlight is certainly the fact that the drives are user accessible - without being visually distracting - via a lid that opens with moderate pressure on the front edge. This is the methodology Apple has followed for many devices, to keep screws and other fastening components invisible. All of the ports are on the back of the unit, along with a dedicated power button, a nice touch that not all externals offer. While the power button might indicate control over power functions, the drive's primary functions are handled automatically in most cases. The drive turns on when a data cable is plugged in or turns off when the drive has been idle for a set period of time.
The result is a drive that blends in perfectly with Apple's aluminum-cased products and offers rapid transfers over FireWire The aluminum case does more than just look good though, it's part of WD's plan to keep the Green drive inside cool. The enclosure doesn't have a fan, so the metal materials and vent holes are key in keeping the external drive cool and quiet. WD's My Book Studio line has always looked good, feauring the rounded front and generally minimalist design. The WD brand badge and pinhole access light are all that adorn the front and sides of the drive. This time of course the drive is aluminum instead of plastic, which is actually quite a feat.
The drive features an LCD display which can be customized to remind you what type of data is stored on the drive, even when it is unplugged. It is compatible with Time Machine, allowing you to use it as an external backup drive.
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