WD My Book Studio 2TB Mac External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 - WDBCPZ0020HAL-NESN

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Great for new Macs, good for any modern machine.

on 3/15/2013

In addition to the cables noted above, the drive does include a FireWire 800 cable, which works splendidly with (at least) the latest Mac mini. Unfortunately, it doesn't include a 800-to-400 cable or adapter, so can only be used as a USB drive with older machines unless you spring for another cable or have one handy. It does include some software for formatting the drive, which isn't really needed since the drive comes preformatted as HFS Extended (Journaled), and the standard Mac Disk Utility should be more than equal to the task of reformatting and/or partitioning the drive to suit. The user manual is also included as a PDF on the drive, so be sure to save at least the manual for your first language before you reformat the drive. All told, it looks like a capable drive, and should serve well as a backup drive or storage for large amounts of data (like all those movies I've been converting from my DVD collection to have handy for my Apple TV). If you're planning on archiving any data from an older machine (any PowerPC from Y2K on), plan on locating a FireWire 800-to-400 cable to save yourself some time.

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Product Overview

My Book® Studio™ desktop hard drive features blazing-fast USB 3.0 performance, massive capacity, compatibility with Apple® Time Machine® and password protection all in a a premium, aluminum enclosure that complements your Mac®.

Heat-dissipating, aluminum enclosure
Encased in a streamlined aluminum enclosure that remains cool to the touch, this drive complements your Mac, and as always, takes up minimal space on your desk.

Ultra-fast transfer rates
Save and access data at top speeds with the high-performance, USB 3.0 connectivity.

High capacity storage
With up to 4 TB capacity, there’s plenty of room for all the chapters of your digital life.

Formatted HFS+ journaled
Works out of the box, with your Mac OS X 10.6.5 or later system. Can easily be reformatted to work with Windows® operating systems.

Password protection
Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access with password protection and hardware-based encryption.

WD Drive Utilities™
Register your drive, run diagnostics and more using WD Drive Utilities.

Ideal for:
  • Storing and accessing files in blazing-fast USB 3.0 speed.
  • Protecting your data with Apple® Time Machine®.
  • Securing private or sensitive data.
  • Storing and editing up to 4 TB of videos and photos
  • Matching the look of your Mac® computer
  • Specifications

    Manufacturer Western Digital
    Mfg Part# WDBCPZ0020HAL-NESN
    SKU 243765802
    UPC 718037803036
    UPC 14 00718037803036
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    Tech Specs
    Product Specifications
    USB: Up to 5 Gb/s in USB 3.0 mode; Up to 480 Mb/s in USB 2.0 mode
    RoHS compliant: Yes
    Limited warranty: 3 years
    Product Dimensions
    Length: 5.3 in (135 mm) max.
    Width: 1.9 in (48 mm) max.
    Height: 6.5 in (165 mm) max.
    Weight: 2.37 lb (1.08 kg)
    Power Specifications
    AC input voltage: 100 – 240V
    AC input frequency: 47 – 63 Hz
    Environmental Specifications
    Operating temperature: 5°C to 35°C
    Non-op. temperature: –20°C to 65°C
    Mac® OS X, Leopard, Snow Leopard™, Lion or Mountain Lion
    Windows® operating system (requires reformatting)
    Package Contents
    Desktop hard drive
    USB cable
    AC adapter
    WD Security
    WD Drive Utilities
    Quick Install Guide

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