Product: Western Digital 1TB MyBook Studio Edition WDH1W10000N
Manufacturer: Western Digital
MSRP: $299.99
Lowest Historical Price: $150 [History]

Introduction
It used to be that in order to upgrade your storage capacity, you'd have to rip open your computer case and install a new hard drive. That task proved daunting for many a Geek Squad customer, causing untold amounts of cash to be blown on the simple service of installing and formatting a new hard drive. Enter external hard drives. External hard drives have exploded in popularity in the past few years because they give users an easy way to expand their storage capacity, without the headaches of a Geek Squad or FireDogs (or worse, Fry's tech) visit. Here we check out the Western Digital 1TB MyBook Studio Edition Quad-Interface Hard Drive.



Specs
What was once considered an outrageous amount of storage, 1 Terabyte, can now be bought without an outrageous amount of wallet damage. In fact, this particular drive only set me back $150 on 6/20/08 due to a particularly good deal at Frys (now expired). This drive aims to put simple USB 2.0 only drives to shame: It offers a veritable buffet of interface options including USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and eSATA interfaces.



Be aware that this particular model (WDH1W10000N) comes formatted for Apple computers. It is a simple step to format it for Windows, and that's exactly what I did. I've used the drive for over two months now as a media archive drive for all of my photos and videos, and it has been reliable for that purpose.



The enclosure itself is silver, with "Morse code" style ventilation holes to cool the drive without the use of any fans. That means the drive is virtually silent, albeit for hearing the drive itself as it accesses data. It is designed to fit right in with other WD MyBook style drives.

Performance
For performance testing, I used a 743MB file and timed the read/write speeds moving the file between the MyBook and my regular desktop hard drive. The test system is my personal PC as detailed in this earlier review. The FireWire 800 transfer rates were not tested since the test system does not support it.



The chart shows the drive's read/write speed for the test file. As it turns out, the read and write speeds were the same, so they are combined in the chart. The result shows that eSATA has a large lead (by a factor of two) in performance over FireWire 400 and USB 2.0, with FireWire being only incrementally better than USB. If you're using this drive for performance applications where transfer rates are critical, eSATA is the interface you want to use.

Conclusion
I don't have anything bad to say about this product. It is stylishly designed and performs well in all of its intended functions. The quad-interface design gives exceptional connectivity options, and the hard drive automatically spins down to save power when it isn't being accessed. Since it is a targeted Mac product, we haven't seen many discounts for it (certainly none that bring it down to what I paid two months ago at $150), but when it does eventually drop to a more pallatable price I would recommend it without hesitation.

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    rosswang Ben's cred: 4
    Posted 2:20 pm PDT 09/19/08

    How about the temperature of the disk after is runs for hours?

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    piyobaby Ben's cred: 6
    Posted 2:56 pm PDT 09/19/08

    looks like the 1 TB is not slow at all..
    cuz at first when it came out i thought it would be really slow..since 1tb is wow, huge

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    shantanu007 Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 9:30 pm PDT 09/20/08

    Im confused on one of these or a time capsule

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    Draekdude Ben's cred: 6
    Posted 7:02 am PDT 09/21/08

    I have one of these. It's nice accept it has a problem staying connected to my mac. Almost once a day I have to unplug both the fire wire 800 and power cords. Then plug them back in, wait for it to mount and then it's fine. I've looked around for fixes without any luck.

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    Stank_Wangon Ben's cred: 1
    Posted 8:13 pm PDT 09/22/08

    These things are large and devoid of any data, just like #19 and #20's brains

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    sleepysan Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 9:40 am PDT 10/21/08

    anyone try this?

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    cmdale101 Ben's cred: 3
    Posted 8:47 am PST 11/6/08

    44 - is the latest firmware installed? Check WD's website and see if there is an update available.

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    l_h_5 Ben's cred: 1
    Posted 10:42 am PST 11/6/08

    i remember when 160 gigs were 150 bucks and that wasn't that long ago, will be nice to get so much storage for so little.

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    gkchu Ben's cred: 15
    Posted 8:37 pm PST 12/22/08

    I have the 640GB version, but it's similar, overall my opinion of it is good.

    pros:
    - quiet and not too heavy
    - quick to write files and copy them to computer
    - instantly recognized by my computer
    - trusted name
    - runs quite cool

    cons:
    - not very easy to just bring anywhere since there is the external electricity source, but it's still better than passport
    - sometimes it seems just a little too big, like in placement and stuff sometimes it just seems like it'd be nice if it were a little smaller

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    longeye33 Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 7:09 am PDT 06/9/09

    i have this and its awesome, if only it was wireless Smile

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    00k Ben's cred: 22
    Posted 4:29 pm PDT 07/12/09

    wow, nice review man

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    shadoh Ben's cred: 1
    Posted 8:47 pm PDT 10/12/09

    great review, the firewire is great to daisy chain the drives together! bet you didnt know that!!! link them up in series and then link only one to your pc...
    works with ALL firewire devices!!! now if only esata would do that but its a serial device not parallel....
    BTW for all the newbs out there DO NOT LINK IN A RING!!! only a chain....
    youll short all the devices doing that!
    Beware the N0085

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    manofgod72 Ben's cred: 1
    Posted 11:18 pm PST 12/19/09

    1TB have been out for some time know. Price should be lower.

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    BrersetapsBof Ben's cred: 1
    Posted 5:17 am PDT 05/10/11

    Will this upconvert using the component video connection?

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    boblinds Ben's cred: 1
    Posted 2:58 pm PST 11/14/13

    These are excellent additions to your TiVo because they seamlessly expand your storage capacity (and, of course, because they are fullly compatible with that box.)

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