Tuesday, 24 June 2008

WD MyBook Studio External Hard Disk Exposed

Filed under: Hardware & Gadgets — Jan Goyvaerts @ 19:56

When the 250 GB hard disk in my development system started to get a little cramped, I decided to add a second disk instead of replace the one I have. One disk would hold the operating system and applications, and the second one my data. I’ve already been storing the OS and data in separate partitions for many years, but always on a single hard disk.

My initial plan was to have two internal hard disks. But in the end, I purchased the external Western Digital MyBook Studio. It has an eSATA interface, as does my PC’s motherboard. External SATA is just as fast as internal SATA. The benefit of the external disk is that if my main PC turns into a brick, I can easily connect the external disk to the notebook that I keep as a spare development system. Unfortunately, while the WD Studio includes USB, Firewire 400 and Firewire 800 cables, it does not come with an eSATA cable.

Normally, the MyBook Studio cannot be opened. Tripping over the Firewire cable, however, made the cover come off just fine. Fortunately, the fall didn’t damage the hard disk or the enclosure at all.

Western Digital MyBook Studio 1 TB, with WD10EACS GreenPower hard disk

Walking white LEDs in the Western Digital MyBook Studio

Putting the cover back on took quite a bit of effort. Eventually, it snapped into place just fine.

Western Digital MyBook Studio


  1. wow! amazing. All I ever got to hold in my hand was 40 gb hard disk, and that too ATA. This looks tempting.. The hard disks have become much cheaper though. I shud go and buy one. At least I too can put some pics and create envy :)

    Comment by Ken Fink — Friday, 27 March 2009 @ 20:21

  2. I went all out and bought a samsung story1 TB external hard drive, tons of room. The drive has a secret zone, store all your important files there, it also alows auto back-up not bad for about $100
    I can not understand why all computers do not utelize 2 partitions one for the OS and the other for the programs it makes perfect sense to me.

    Comment by Pc Diagnostic center — Thursday, 30 September 2010 @ 1:40

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