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It is a mid-grade external quad interface (USB 2.0, eSATA, and Firewire 400/800) hard drive.

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runs quiet and uses very little energy

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all cables included, no need to hunt down accessories

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file transfer rates are consistently fast

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covers both "a" and "b" FireWire standards

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Cons

ships with a large amount of software that can't be removed and becomes active on plug-and-play

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E-ink display is disabled until software is installed

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not very stable when stood up vertically, can easily be tipped

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The Western Digital My Book Studio Edition model is a mid-grade external quad interface (USB 2.0, eSATA, and Firewire 400/800) hard drive. It is designed for both in-home, and business use. The Studio Edition hard drive is about the size of two average paperback books and will take up about the same amount of space. It features an available 1TB (1,000GB), 750GB, 640GB, 500GB or 320GB storage capacity, with a 16mb drive cache and a speed of 7200rpm. The Studio Edition hard drive comes with support for automatic file backup, safe shutdown software which prevents the hard drive from being shut down while files are being transferred, and quad interface support for USB 2.0, eSATA, Firewire 400 and Firewire 800. The Studio Edition is specifically formatted for Macintosh computers, and is set up with HFS+ journaled formatting for complete Mac support; the hard drive can also be easily reformatted for PC's. Additional features include install-free automatic plug in support for PC and Mac computers, energy efficient functionality that automatically turns the hard drive on and off with the connected computer, a heat dissipating design with Morse Code support built to keep the hard drive from overheating (heat is a potential data killer), and a front panel capacity gauge that displays approximately how much space is left available.

Features
  • Size of two average paperback books
  • Automatic File Backup, and Safe Shutdown software
  • Automatic, install-free, plug-in support for both PC and Mac computers
  • Specifically formatted with HFS+ journaled formatting for complete Mac support; can also be easily reformatted for PC's
  • Energy efficient functionality
  • Front Panel capacity gauge
  • USB 2.0, eSATA, and Firewire 400/800 (IEEE 1394a/b) interface support
  • Rear Panel ports:
    • Two (2) FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b) 9-circuit ports -- drive comes with:
      • One (1) 9-circuit cable for FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b)
      • One (1) 9-circuit to 6-circuit  conversion cable for FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394a)
    • One (1) eSATA port (no cable supplied with drive)
    • One (1) Mini-B USB 2.0 port (drive comes with one (1) cable)
    • One (1) power port (12VDC, 2A, center positive -- drive comes with AC adapter)
  • Drive Size: 1TB (1,000GB), 750GB, 640GB, 500GB, 320GB
  • Drive Cache: 16mb
  • Drive Speed: 7200rpm
  • Transfer Rate (Max)
    • eSATA: 3GB/ sec
    • Firewire 800 (IEEE 1394b): 800 Mbits/ sec
    • Firewire 400 (IEEE 1394a): 400 Mbits/ sec
    • USB 2.0: 200Mbits/ sec
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs
  • Dimensions (H x L x W): 6.5" x 5.4 x 2.1" -- 165mm x 135mm x 53mm
  • Operating Temperature: 41° F to 95° F
  • AC Input Voltage (Power adapter): 100-240 VAC
  • Drive Input Voltage: 12VDC, 2A, center positive
What It Holds (1TB Drive)
  • Up to 285,000 digital photos
  • Up to 250,000 MP3 songs
  • Up to 25,000 songs (uncompressed CD quality music)
  • Up to 76 hours of digital video (DV)
  • Up to 440 hours of DVD quality video
  • Up to 120 hours of HD video
System Requirements
  • Available USB port
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
    • Note listed on Western Digital website: This drive is formatted and the pre-loaded software is designed for a Macintosh operating system. Driver and utilities for Windows users is available for download.
  • Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later
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