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267 pages

The IPod Book, Doing Cool Stuff With the IPod And the ITunes Music Store

Creator: Scott Kelby | Computers - 2006

Describes how to get the most out of an iPod and iTunes, covering such topics as customizing the menu, creating a playlist, using the iPod in a car, using the iPod photo, and using the iTunes store.

About this book
There are basically two kinds of iPod books: (1) The "tell me all about it" kind, which includes in-depth discussions on compression algorithms, debates about analog vs. digital equalizers; and tutorials on how to export your playlist in Unicode format. (2) There's this book. It's not a "tell me all about it" book, it’s a "show me how to do it" book.   Award-winning author Scott Kelby shows you step-by-step how it's all done, using the same casual, plain-English style that has made him one of the world's best-selling technology authors. You'll learn how to do only the most important, most requested, and just plain cool things you're going to want to do with your iPod–so you can start having fun with it today. Right now!   Each page covers just one topic, complete with full color photos, making it easy to find just what you're looking for fast. Plus, it shows you how to get the most from the iTunes Music Store, how to integrate your iPod into your car, which iPod accessories are hot, how to use photos with your iPod, and everything you need to know about the latest addition to the iPod family, the new iPod Nano! It's all here–in the only book of its kind–and you're gonna love it!  



272 pages

Cop Hater

Creator: Ed McBain | Fiction - 1999-12-01

"The murder of three detectives in quick succession in the 87th Precinct leads Detective Steve Carella on a search through the city's underside and ultimately into the murderer's sights"--NoveList.

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

About this book
THE HEROES OF THE CITY'S STREETS BECOME THE HUNTED -- IN THIS CRIME FICTION CLASSICED MCBAIN'S FIRST 87th PRECINCT NOVELSwift, silent, and deadly -- someone is knocking off the 87th Precinct's finest, one by one. The how of the killings is obvious: three .45 shots from the dark add up to one, two, three very dead detectives. The why and the who are the Precinct's headaches now.When Detective Reardon is found dead, motive is a big question mark. But when his partner becomes victim number two, it looks like open-and-shut grudge killings. That is, until a third detective buys it.With one meager clue, Detective Steve Carella begins his grim search for the killer, a search that takes him into the city's underworld to a notorious brothel, to the apartment of a beautiful and dangerous widow, and finally to a .45 automatic aimed straight at his head....



500 pages

Hacking TiVo, the expansion, enhancement, and development starter kit

Creator: Jeff Keegan | Technology & Engineering - 2003-10

After completing this book, readers will enjoy being able to say that they have enhanced their TiVo, that they have larger TiVos than can be purchased, and that they have features that don’ t exist for others.

About this book
Written by an avid TiVo hacker, and active TiVo community member,   "Hacking TiVo appeals to both experienced tweakers and curious observers alike by walking them through the steps needed to do everything from increasing the storage capacity of their TiVos to connecting them to the internet.  After completing this book, readers will enjoy being able to say that they have  enhanced their TiVo, that they have larger TiVos than can be purchased, and that they have features that don’ t exist for others.  They will also know where to look for the latest developments, and know enough to start some serious tinkering on their own.Topics covered include: Secret TiVo backdoor codesIncreasing recording time with larger hard drivesGetting access to the TiVo operating systemTransferring files to and from your PCControlling your Tivo from the InternetAdding sports scores, stocks and weather featuresDisplaying your own photos and graphi cs on your TVHooking AOL Instant Messenger into your TiVoSeeing who is calling you on your TV screenReceiving your email from your TiVoDistributing TiVo video throughout your entire house


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    This applies to the My Book USB3 2TB drive.First the good stuff -It is a nice fast drive. HDTune showed and average speed around 90-100MB/s when connected to a USB3 port on my Lenovo W510 laptop. That is why I bought the thing, and it works well. I had NO trouble accessing the drive (but then I reformatted it completely and did not see any issues with the CD partition etc..).Note: I needed to update the USB3 drivers on my W510 to get it to be recognized consistently by Windows 7. That is likely an issue with the Win7 NEC USB3 drivers preinstalled on my Lenovo, and nothing to do with the WD drive.Now the awful part:After about 4 months of usage, the USB3 female connector in the cabinet came loose - and was stuck to the USB3 cable when I removed it!I have owned close to ten different WD external USB drives from ~320GB and up to 2TB drives. I have *never* had any such issue with any previous drive (my only real gripe has been... 1/5 INGE STUBDAL "Inge" (Oslo, - Norway) - See all my reviews This review is from: WD My Book 2TB External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 File Backup and Storage (Personal Computers) This applies to the My Book USB3 2TB drive.First the good stuff -It is a nice fast drive. HDTune showed and average speed around 90-100MB/s when connected to a USB3 port on my Lenovo W510 laptop. That is why I bought the thing, and it works well. I had NO trouble accessing the drive (but then I reformatted it completely and did not see any issues with the CD partition etc..).Note: I needed to update the USB3 drivers on my W510 to get it to be recognized consistently by Windows 7. That is likely an issue with the Win7 NEC USB3 drivers preinstalled on my Lenovo, and nothing to do with the WD drive.Now the awful part:After about 4 months of usage, the USB3 female connector in the cabinet came loose - and was stuck to the USB3 cable when I removed it!I have owned close to ten different WD external USB drives from ~320GB and up to 2TB drives. I have *never* had any such issue with any previous drive (my only real gripe has been... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 21, 2011

    How to set up your WD My Book Essential 3TB 3.0 USB drive

    I have six of these drives. I have had no serious problems to date, the oldest I've owned for about four months now. I will return to edit this review should a drive fail in the future.UPDATE: I wrote the above in October 2011. Writing now in October 2012, I now have eight of these drives. No problems to date.SECOND UPDATE: Writing now in November 2013. I have nine of these drives at this point. No problems to date.Here is my recommendation for how to set up the drive, out of the box. I've done this a bunch of times now, so I'm getting routine at it, and thought I'd write it out for others.Some caveats, for what it might be worth:--I am running Windows 7 64-bit.--I use both 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity, depending on the computer I hook these up to.--I have no use for the included backup software, so I can't speak to that. If you are buying this for the backup software, skip this review, because I'm going to be describing... 4/5 Scott Saccenti (Colora, MD USA) - See all my reviews, October 12, 2011

    A little pricey if you just need the space, but...

    There are 2TB drives out there for less money and if all you need is a huge space, you might consider one of those. The value added in this package is the backup software that is bundled with the drive (actually, delivered right on the drive).WD Smartware is a backup/restore suite that, once installed, boots with your machine. If the MyBook is attached via your USB port, it will constantly monitor activity and make backups accordingly in the background in near real time without any action on your part. It also maintains multiple generations of files (you choose how many), so you can go back to, say, three versions ago if you need to recover a spreadsheet or other data file.You can also use it on multiple computers. Backups are stored under folders with the same name as the PC they're created on.I tested on a Win XP Pro laptop and a Win7 laptop and detected no system slowdowns at all. Every now and then the activity light on the drive would... 4/5 Jeffrey Pittman "Jeff" (Durham, NC USA) - See all my reviews, November 2, 2010
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    WD My Book 1TB External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 File Backup and Storage

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    0 5/5 Jeffrey Lawlis - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Pwr+® 6.5 Ft Cord AC Adapter Charger Switching Power Supply Cord Plug Wd Western Digital External Hard Drive HDD My Book Essential Elite Studio Expander Mac Editions ; P/n S018bu1200150 Da-24b12 Ads-24p-12-2 1224g Wa-18g12u Wa-24c12u APD 12.0v 12v 1500ma 1.5a (Electronics) I purchased this power cord to replace an AC/DC adapter on my Western Digital 500 MB Home Edition external hard drive, which had started to fray, causing intermittent shorting problems. Because I use this on gigs, where I access sampled grand piano sounds via MIDI from my keyboard, I need something that is reliable. The gauge of the wire seems much thicker than the original adapter, and the flexible rubber connector where the wire comes out of the adapter is well-designed. I was a little hesitant to spend so much money on an adapter, but considering that Radio Shack charges $40 for something that looked much cheaper, it is a pretty good deal after all. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 7, 2011

    New cord for our external hard-drive

    0 5/5 Mother of 4 (Holden, MA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Pwr+® 6.5 Ft Cord AC Adapter Charger Switching Power Supply Cord Plug Wd Western Digital External Hard Drive HDD My Book Essential Elite Studio Expander Mac Editions ; P/n S018bu1200150 Da-24b12 Ads-24p-12-2 1224g Wa-18g12u Wa-24c12u APD 12.0v 12v 1500ma 1.5a (Electronics) My Husband miss placed the original cord that went to our external hard-drive, so I wasn't able to get to our family photos on there. So he found this one and it works great. Thanks! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 11, 2010
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    WD My Book 2TB External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 File Backup and Storage

    CE (Western Digital)

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    Extremely flimsy usb3 connector design - BUYER BEWARE

    This applies to the My Book USB3 2TB drive.First the good stuff -It is a nice fast drive. HDTune showed and average speed around 90-100MB/s when connected to a USB3 port on my Lenovo W510 laptop. That is why I bought the thing, and it works well. I had NO trouble accessing the drive (but then I reformatted it completely and did not see any issues with the CD partition etc..).Note: I needed to update the USB3 drivers on my W510 to get it to be recognized consistently by Windows 7. That is likely an issue with the Win7 NEC USB3 drivers preinstalled on my Lenovo, and nothing to do with the WD drive.Now the awful part:After about 4 months of usage, the USB3 female connector in the cabinet came loose - and was stuck to the USB3 cable when I removed it!I have owned close to ten different WD external USB drives from ~320GB and up to 2TB drives. I have *never* had any such issue with any previous drive (my only real gripe has been... 1/5 INGE STUBDAL "Inge" (Oslo, - Norway) - See all my reviews This review is from: WD My Book 2TB External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 File Backup and Storage (Personal Computers) This applies to the My Book USB3 2TB drive.First the good stuff -It is a nice fast drive. HDTune showed and average speed around 90-100MB/s when connected to a USB3 port on my Lenovo W510 laptop. That is why I bought the thing, and it works well. I had NO trouble accessing the drive (but then I reformatted it completely and did not see any issues with the CD partition etc..).Note: I needed to update the USB3 drivers on my W510 to get it to be recognized consistently by Windows 7. That is likely an issue with the Win7 NEC USB3 drivers preinstalled on my Lenovo, and nothing to do with the WD drive.Now the awful part:After about 4 months of usage, the USB3 female connector in the cabinet came loose - and was stuck to the USB3 cable when I removed it!I have owned close to ten different WD external USB drives from ~320GB and up to 2TB drives. I have *never* had any such issue with any previous drive (my only real gripe has been... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 21, 2011

    How to set up your WD My Book Essential 3TB 3.0 USB drive

    I have six of these drives. I have had no serious problems to date, the oldest I've owned for about four months now. I will return to edit this review should a drive fail in the future.UPDATE: I wrote the above in October 2011. Writing now in October 2012, I now have eight of these drives. No problems to date.SECOND UPDATE: Writing now in November 2013. I have nine of these drives at this point. No problems to date.Here is my recommendation for how to set up the drive, out of the box. I've done this a bunch of times now, so I'm getting routine at it, and thought I'd write it out for others.Some caveats, for what it might be worth:--I am running Windows 7 64-bit.--I use both 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity, depending on the computer I hook these up to.--I have no use for the included backup software, so I can't speak to that. If you are buying this for the backup software, skip this review, because I'm going to be describing... 4/5 Scott Saccenti (Colora, MD USA) - See all my reviews, October 12, 2011

    A little pricey if you just need the space, but...

    There are 2TB drives out there for less money and if all you need is a huge space, you might consider one of those. The value added in this package is the backup software that is bundled with the drive (actually, delivered right on the drive).WD Smartware is a backup/restore suite that, once installed, boots with your machine. If the MyBook is attached via your USB port, it will constantly monitor activity and make backups accordingly in the background in near real time without any action on your part. It also maintains multiple generations of files (you choose how many), so you can go back to, say, three versions ago if you need to recover a spreadsheet or other data file.You can also use it on multiple computers. Backups are stored under folders with the same name as the PC they're created on.I tested on a Win XP Pro laptop and a Win7 laptop and detected no system slowdowns at all. Every now and then the activity light on the drive would... 4/5 Jeffrey Pittman "Jeff" (Durham, NC USA) - See all my reviews, November 2, 2010
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  • Western Digital

    Western Digital My Book Home Edition 1 TB USB 2.0/FireWire 400/eSATA Desktop External Hard Drive

    CE (Western Digital)
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    Fits right in - Takes no more space than a paperback book. Collect two or more and they nest neatly together like volumes on a shelf.
    Flexible triple interface - USB 2.0 -- For convenience and compatibility among multiple computers.
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    WD My Book AV DVR Expander 1 TB USB 2.0/eSATA External Hard Drive

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (816 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Western Digital

    Works with TIVO HD DVR

    Connection is about a 5-minute job, but initial boot-up takes awhile. Western Digital instructions are incomplete and fairly useless--just diagrams.Unplug the Tivo power cord. Connect the SATA cable between WD Expander and Tivo. Power on Expander (check for white light in front). Plug in the Tivo power cord. Go to Settings menu on Tivo, then External Storage, then Add. Then, BE PATIENT! It took my unit about 25 minutes to boot and reconfigure everything. A couple of times I thought something might be wrong but I continued to wait and it finally completed and worked. You can also find instruction on Tivo's Web site. These are basically the same as given here.The Expander box only shows compatibility with Tivo Series 3 and Premiere. But, that is wrong. I suspect that reviewers who say it does not work with a Tivo HD unit had a defective unit or cable, powered off and on in the wrong sequence, or were impatient and bailed out while the Tivo was still... 3/5 drifter yank (Richmond, VA USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: WD My Book AV DVR Expander 1 TB USB 2.0/eSATA External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) Connection is about a 5-minute job, but initial boot-up takes awhile. Western Digital instructions are incomplete and fairly useless--just diagrams.Unplug the Tivo power cord. Connect the SATA cable between WD Expander and Tivo. Power on Expander (check for white light in front). Plug in the Tivo power cord. Go to Settings menu on Tivo, then External Storage, then Add. Then, BE PATIENT! It took my unit about 25 minutes to boot and reconfigure everything. A couple of times I thought something might be wrong but I continued to wait and it finally completed and worked. You can also find instruction on Tivo's Web site. These are basically the same as given here.The Expander box only shows compatibility with Tivo Series 3 and Premiere. But, that is wrong. I suspect that reviewers who say it does not work with a Tivo HD unit had a defective unit or cable, powered off and on in the wrong sequence, or were impatient and bailed out while the Tivo was still... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 10, 2010

    30 seconds later mission accomplished!

    0 5/5 wiscy - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Book AV DVR Expander 1 TB USB 2.0/eSATA External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) I received my 1TB WD My Book AV Expander today. Here's how it went down:Unpack, plug into back of DVR with included eSATA cable, plug WD HDD into wall outlet, turn on DVR and TV. See prompt on TV about new attached storage. Look for and find remote that kids misplaced. Then Press A on remote to format. Wait 30 seconds. Now when I press List it shows 5% Full (used to be 40%). It didn't even interrupt the current recording. No more taping over my World Cup matches. How easy is that?So far no heat from new hard drive and it's whisper quiet. Drive also comes with a USB cable (not needed for this project as the Scientifc Atlanta 8300HD supports eSATA only for adding storage.) From WD's website this drive is on the list of supported drives for Time Warner SA8300HD but it was still a relief to see it immediately recognized. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 13, 2010

    Works with FIOS

    I received the item and unpacked the HD. Plugged the power supply into the surge protector and the other end into the drive. Plugged in the eSATA cable into the FIOS DVR and the HD. Turned on the FIOS box and tried to get it to recognize that the drive was plugged. I noticed no lights on the front of the WD HD. I then rechecked the eSATA cable it was good- then I had that sinking feeling (oh no bad HD). I then rechecked everything again and discovered an ID10T error (Idiot error from my time working on a help desk). I had not plugged in the power adapter all the way into the HD. Fixed it and followed the onscreen directions to format the drive. It is working great.So what you see in the directions is what you get. HD, USB cable, USB converted, eSATA cable, felt pads and power supply. This HD can be mounted either vertically or horizontal. The unit comes with stick on felt pads for horizontal mount. You need to remove the felt feet from the backing and stick to the HD... 5/5 Robert A. Kippes - See all my reviews, October 6, 2011
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    USB and eSATA interfaces for maximum flexibility
    A convenient storage companion for your camcorder
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  • Western Digital

    WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Western Digital

    Good value, no extra junk software!

    I purchased the 1tb Elements (WDBAAU0010HBK-NESN) for use with a Dish DVR 622.Installation was was truly "plug and play". I simply took it out of the box, plugged it in, and it was immediately recognized by the DVR. I have since transferred about 200gb of content to/from it, and have watched content directly from the drive. So far, it is working perfectly. It automatically spins down after a few minutes of non-use, as well as when the DVR is powered off. It also spins back up automatically (less than 10 seconds) when the DVR accesses it.One thing some people might not like: The case is designed to sit flat (as pictured), not on its side. There are four small non-skid pads on the bottom corners, but none on either side. There is no indication on the box, in the documentation, or on Western Digital's web site as to whether the drive will work properly on edge. As a general rule, WD drives are designed to operate sideways or even upside down (any X,Y,Z... 5/5 Scott "Scott" (Northwest Washington) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD Elements 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDBAAU0010HBK-NESN (Personal Computers) I purchased the 1tb Elements (WDBAAU0010HBK-NESN) for use with a Dish DVR 622.Installation was was truly "plug and play". I simply took it out of the box, plugged it in, and it was immediately recognized by the DVR. I have since transferred about 200gb of content to/from it, and have watched content directly from the drive. So far, it is working perfectly. It automatically spins down after a few minutes of non-use, as well as when the DVR is powered off. It also spins back up automatically (less than 10 seconds) when the DVR accesses it.One thing some people might not like: The case is designed to sit flat (as pictured), not on its side. There are four small non-skid pads on the bottom corners, but none on either side. There is no indication on the box, in the documentation, or on Western Digital's web site as to whether the drive will work properly on edge. As a general rule, WD drives are designed to operate sideways or even upside down (any X,Y,Z... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 2, 2009

    Great roomy drive but sometimes doesn't get recognized by comp (unless you do this)...

    This drive is fabulous! It is a great value, and extremely roomy.However, there is one major issue that I have noticed that may throw off non-techies (and maybe even some techies).Sometimes, when the drive is plugged in, the computer will not recognize it and Windows will install the WRONG DRIVER for it. Whenever this happens, you will not be able to access any of your information.Fortunately, the SOLUTION to this issue is simple; plug in the USB cable of the drive BEFORE plugging in the power. I don't know why it has to be done in this order, but I've noticed if the power is plugged in first, the drive will not be recognized by the computer as a Western Digital drive!Additionally, for people who do not want to leave their hard drive plugged into the computer all the time, you may have noticed that there is no "safely eject" option for the drive. An alternative to this is to go to the Western Digital site, and find the software for "WD Spindown... 5/5 Amazon Customer - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD Elements 1.5 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) This drive is fabulous! It is a great value, and extremely roomy.However, there is one major issue that I have noticed that may throw off non-techies (and maybe even some techies).Sometimes, when the drive is plugged in, the computer will not recognize it and Windows will install the WRONG DRIVER for it. Whenever this happens, you will not be able to access any of your information.Fortunately, the SOLUTION to this issue is simple; plug in the USB cable of the drive BEFORE plugging in the power. I don't know why it has to be done in this order, but I've noticed if the power is plugged in first, the drive will not be recognized by the computer as a Western Digital drive!Additionally, for people who do not want to leave their hard drive plugged into the computer all the time, you may have noticed that there is no "safely eject" option for the drive. An alternative to this is to go to the Western Digital site, and find the software for "WD Spindown... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 15, 2011

    Very good hard drive!

    I work for Computing support at Arizona State University, and I have enough technical knowledge to be certified as a TECH JUNKIE :) I am a photographer too, so I have tons of Photos (about 160GB), Videos, Software, Movies and Documentaries. I was looking for a simple external hard drive without any backup software included, I am smart enough to do manual incremental backups with file tree structure intact (I use GOODSYNC to backup, its very simple and easy to use, for not so TECH savvy people try SYNCTOY by Microsoft). I have looked at many many external HDDs and narrowed down to two models "Samsung Story 1TB - very good one too" and this one (I wanted it to be cheap too - got this for $85. I did not go with other WD models because of their annoying Backup Software. Coming to the WD Elements 1TB: Its much smaller than I expected. It is dead silent, I had to touch it to convince myself that it was running, when I first turned it on. Its not too... 5/5 Sree V. Remella "Sree" (Tempe, AZ) - See all my reviews This review is from: WD Elements 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDBAAU0010HBK-NESN (Personal Computers) I work for Computing support at Arizona State University, and I have enough technical knowledge to be certified as a TECH JUNKIE :) I am a photographer too, so I have tons of Photos (about 160GB), Videos, Software, Movies and Documentaries. I was looking for a simple external hard drive without any backup software included, I am smart enough to do manual incremental backups with file tree structure intact (I use GOODSYNC to backup, its very simple and easy to use, for not so TECH savvy people try SYNCTOY by Microsoft). I have looked at many many external HDDs and narrowed down to two models "Samsung Story 1TB - very good one too" and this one (I wanted it to be cheap too - got this for $85. I did not go with other WD models because of their annoying Backup Software. Coming to the WD Elements 1TB: Its much smaller than I expected. It is dead silent, I had to touch it to convince myself that it was running, when I first turned it on. Its not too... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 23, 2009
    List Price: $179.99
    Easy to use USB 2.0
    Simply affordable


  • Western Digital

    WD My Book Studio II - 2 TB (2 x 1 TB) USB 2.0/FireWire 800/eSATA Desktop External Hard Drive

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (400 reviews):
    (3.7/5)
    Western Digital

    Some technical tips on this great drive for Windows Vista or Windows 7, very big and reliable and inexpensive

    [Updated this review on 28-Jun-2011]I have purchased 4 of these Western Digital Studio II external hard drives over the past 18 months (three of them are 4TB, one of them is 6TB), and they are great. The first 3 of these I bought have been chugging along with constant use for more than a year, with nary a hiccup. I just purchased the 6TB model about a week ago, and it looks identical to the 4TB models -- I have high hopes for it as well.For some context: In the past, I purchased 2 Iomega external drives and 4 LaCie external drives, and ALL of those external drives completely failed after a few months of use, while connected to 3 different computers. Unbelievable! But these Western Digital Studio II drives are a dream. They keep going and going...These Western Digital Studio II drives have a choice of 4 different interfaces (USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and eSATA), and I've used them with all of the interfaces. I've also used them on... 5/5 Randy Forgaard "enthusiastic haunter" (New Hampshire, USA) - See all my reviews, June 21, 2011

    Not best for Intel Macs

    I purchased this drive to go along with my intel mac. I was previously a happy lacie owner, but since WD came in at such a great price and was listed as great with macs, I went for it.What a mistake. For the first month, it worked well... a bit slower than my lacie, but still worked. Then, all of the sudden, it began to dismount itself from my computer. I am currently using Lightroom to edit my work, and when the drive would fail, Lightroom would loose the catalog. When you have 500+ images to edit and the drive dismounts every 45 minutes, this can become a huge issue.So, I did some further research and found out that several other intel mac users are having the same issue with this product. This is very frustrating as it is advertised 'for your mac'. Most of the other posters mentioned that the drive worked well for about a month and then started having issues.I called WD, and their customer service department was actually very helpful. The... 1/5 jennifer & jimmy "happy vegan" (baltimore, md) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Book Studio II - 2 TB (2 x 1 TB) USB 2.0/FireWire 800/eSATA Desktop External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) I purchased this drive to go along with my intel mac. I was previously a happy lacie owner, but since WD came in at such a great price and was listed as great with macs, I went for it.What a mistake. For the first month, it worked well... a bit slower than my lacie, but still worked. Then, all of the sudden, it began to dismount itself from my computer. I am currently using Lightroom to edit my work, and when the drive would fail, Lightroom would loose the catalog. When you have 500+ images to edit and the drive dismounts every 45 minutes, this can become a huge issue.So, I did some further research and found out that several other intel mac users are having the same issue with this product. This is very frustrating as it is advertised 'for your mac'. Most of the other posters mentioned that the drive worked well for about a month and then started having issues.I called WD, and their customer service department was actually very helpful. The... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 28, 2009

    high performance, 5 year warranty, self-rebuilding raid mirror

    If you want the best performance, you would want to use it as eSATA. This would mean a cardbus or expresscard eSATA adaptor on a laptop, for example. But here is the one star that I have taken off: at this price, it still does not come with an eSATA cable! It has cables for USB and the 1394, but no eSATA. I have not had the chance to test it in eSATA because of the cable. The USB2 speed is good enough for my archival application. I've also read around and eSATA is not faster than USB2 by much in real life (maybe 25MB/s vs 30MB/s).The 5 year warranty is industry standard and is reassuring. And by the time it's up, you will want a larger storage anyway. :P But you must keep in mind that that if the controller in the enclosure dies, your whole array dies. Hopefully the controller didn't write bogus information into your harddrives and then hopefully WD will be able to ship you a new enclosure and you can recover that way. (This is the one weakness of having RAID 1 as the only... 4/5 fatmav - See all my reviews, June 23, 2008
    List Price: $249.99
    RAID 1/0, User serviceable
    Performance for creative pros
    Formatted for Mac
    Compatible with Apple Time Machine
    Quad interface


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