Western Digital’s line of external book-shaped storage drives has always been well-received by our intrepid team of storage experts, and their Mac-inclined variants are often the most popular. Clad in a sleek metal exterior, these guys are one of the most attractive devices that WD offers, and would fit right in with any Apple working environment.
Inside of the unit sits a power-conscious 3TB Western Digital Caviar Green hard drive, fit for storing your copious libraries of digital media. The outside is constructed of a brushed aluminum finish, making it durable and scratch-resistant, in addition to just plain pretty. Since the outside is metal, WD eliminated any sort of cooling fan from the inside of the drive; the case serves as the drive’s main heatsink.
The new units come pre-formatted in the HFS+ journaling filesystem used by Apple’s Mac OS X operating system. For Windows users who just want some extra pizzazz, the drives can be easily formatted to NTFS or exFAT. Since it is a Mac-oriented unit, the rear offers up FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 connections, as well as USB 2.0. There’s no USB 3.0 or eSATA on this guy, since Apple machines don’t offer that technology, and there’s also no high-speed Thunderbolt interconnect, either.
WD’s newest drives are available today, both at various retailers as well as the manufacturer’s own web shop, WDStore.com. The drives have a suggested retail price of $249.99 for the 3TB model, and $199.99 and $149.99 for the 2TB and 1TB models, respectively.