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We’ve looked at Western Digital My Book hard drives before, and we like them. Our only major beef with the older My Book drives is that they’re pretty big—about the size of a dictionary. Western Digital has redesigned the My Book so that it’s smaller but still has that distinct and stylish My Book look, complete with the Morse code ventilation holes.
The 1TB My Book Studio measures 6.5 by 5.4 by 2.1 inches, so it’s more like an oversized paperback than a hardbound dictionary. The capacity gauge on the front of the drive is vertical, instead of the round gauge used in the previous design. The drive has three connector types: USB, FireWire 800, and eSATA. (You also get a FW800-to-FW400 cable for connecting to a FireWire 400 port.) There aren’t any Macs that have eSATA, so in order to use the drive’s eSATA connector, you need to add an eSATA expansion card to a Power Mac, Mac Pro, or any Mac notebook that has expansion card capabilities. eSATA offers a faster data rate (3 gigabits per second) than FireWire 800 (800 megabits per second), so if you work with work with large files (video, audio, graphics), you might consider investing $100 in an eSATA card.
We tested the speed of the My Book Studio using Xbench (free, www.xbench.com) on a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo iMac. Connected via USB, the drive posted speeds of 17.6MB per second in Xbench’s Uncached Write test and 24.3MB per second in the Uncached Read test. That’s pretty respectable, considering that our test iMac’s internal 300GB SATA drive (SATA is much faster than USB) was gauged at 76MB per second in the Write test and 76MB per second in the Read test. If you plan to use the drive for video editing, use FireWire 800—the drive posted an impressive 50MB per second in the Write test when connected via FireWire 800, and 65MB per second in the Read test.
The bottom line. Whether it’s for storing files or for use with Leopard’s Time Machine, the My Book Studio is a good choice.
REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.4.8 or later; FireWire 800, USB, or eSATA (eSATA expansion card required)
Smaller than previous My Book models. Connectivity choices. Decent speed.
eSATA card not included.