Western Digital 3TB My Book Studio Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 5
    • Usability
    • 10
    • Design
    • 10
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.67
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Sleek
    • Quiet
    • Fits in with Mac environments
  • Cons

    • No high-speed access

Quick Take

A fast, attractive drive perfect for any Apple fan.

WD has been producing its book-like external storage products for years now, targeting everyone – even Apple users. Its latest entry is the My Book Studio, which clads 3TB of spinning storage within a very sexy case. Is it more than just a pretty face?


  • Storage type: hard disk drive
  • Speed: unknown, somewhere between 5400 and 7200RPM
  • Connectors: FireWire 400, FireWire 800, USB 2.0
  • Networking: n/a
  • Formatting: HFS+, can be changed to a Windows friendlier format
  • Model number:  WDBC3G0030HAL
  • Capacity: 3TB
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.9 x 5.3 inches (HxWxD)
  • Weight: 2.6 pounds

You can currently pick up a Western Digital My Book Studio, with a 3TB spinning hard drive inside, for $249.99 from WD’s online store. 2TB and 1TB versions run $199.99 and $149.99 (currently on sale for $129.99), respectively.

Build and design
It was some years ago that Western Digital came out with the My Book line of external devices, and it’s clear that the branding strategy has been extremely successful. The name comes from the clear resemblance the drives have to closed hardcover novels. Generally, however, the My Book drives are constructed of super glossy plastic. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it keeps costs down, but it does have a couple of downsides: fingerprints and scratches.

Western Digital WD My Book Studio Mac Western Digital WD My Book Studio Mac

Apple users are often more concerned with design than the average user, so WD upped the design cred with the new My Book Studio, and to great effect. Recent Apple products have been constructed largely out of aluminum, so WD tapped the soft metal to cover their latest product. It serves its purpose well, too – the Studio won’t look out of place in even the most diehard Apple fan’s collection. It’ll look great next to any PC, too.

Western Digital WD My Book Studio Mac Western Digital WD My Book Studio Mac




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