There has been a few posts about My Book external hard drives being slow but nowhere I can find solutions or even proper technical info. It doesn’t look like WD reps/techs check these forums so we are left to just troubleshoot amongst ourselves. /the-hacker-news-selfdestructing-messages-received-on-signal-for-mac/. Here’s background info about my system setup: • MacBook Pro • Processor: 2.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo • Memory: 4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM I am a professional photographer and I bought My Book Studio Edition II (RAID 1 config) hoping to archive my large library of digital images (DNG, RAW, JPEG, Lightroom catalogs). Unfortunately this hard drive is extremely slow.
PwrON 6.6 FT Cable 12V 2A AC to DC Adapter for Wd My Book Av DVR Expander, Live Personal Cloud, Studio, Ii, Essential Elements 1tb 1.5tb 2tb 2.5tb 3tb 4tb 6tb Mac Desktop External Hard Drive. Tried swapping in 3TB drives on My Studio II and it didn't work I know this is a dormant thread, but I thought I'd update it for anyone wanting to know if you can successfully upgrade the 4TB (2X2TB WD) drives in the Western Digital WD My Studio II external drive. The WD My Book Studio Edition II (4TB) external hard drive employs two 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green hard drives in a RAID 0 configuration, which improves read and write speeds. The internal hard drives are cool and quiet, so the My Book Studio Edition II (4TB) itself is silent during operation. Second point is that the My Book Studio II 4TB discussions are only in this forum, since the drive is marketed to mac folks. It comes preformatted for Mac. And finally, I understand that customer forums can sometimes provide more dynamic and fresh information than is possible in customer support.
Getting Started with a My Book Studio Edition II How to format a WD hard drive to exFAT or FAT32 file system Answer ID 291 This answer explains how to format a drive in the exFAT or FAT32 file system. Mac wallpaper free.
Just as example I transferred 126 MB from my CompactFlash memory card to the laptop’s internal hard drive via USB 2.0 and it took about 5 seconds to complete. Same files transferred from internal hard drive to My Book Studio took over 2 minutes. Then to compare outgoing speed I have also transferred those files back to memory card and it completed in 12 seconds. Did you ever resolve this issue? I’m having the exact same problem - using a MyBook Studio Edition II with a MacBook Pro and it is terribly slow.
I’ve also tried different cables, USB vs. FW800, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Here are some simple tests: Read 1GB file from MyBook Studio Edition II: 33 seconds Write 1GB file to MyBook Studio Edition II: 17 minutes! (yes, that is minutes, not seconds) Write same 1GB file to an external Lacie drive: 33 seconds I’m beginning to fear this purchase was a waste of money. Just bought this drive on Monday and it’s giving me major issues on my Win 7 64bit PC. I’ve tried USB, FW800 and eSata all with frustrating results. USB and FW800 will transfer a 1GB test file, go nice and fast for about 95% of it, then the speed dwindles and it just sits there doing nothing for at least 10-15 minutes.
I look at the drive light and it looks like it’s IDLE (the indicator light on the front no longer shows it’s “writing mode” but rather the capacity mode). Why is it doing this!?
Why hasn’t Western Digital fixed this!? I’ve updated to the latest firmware (had to do it on my Mac since their FW updater doesn’t support a 64bit OS (of course, it’s 2010, why would their firmware work on a 64 bit OS?) The only interface that works well is eSata, but then their WD drive manager no longer comes up so I have no status on the health of the RAID, but I guess it’s good that eSata is the fastest of them all. The “power button” on the back seems to have a different effect on the drive every time I press it. About to begin treatment for mac. I never know what the indicator light is telling me on the front except when it’s writing data (flashing up and down the line).