Our good buddies in Western Digital has sent us again a unit for testing, and this time around it’s a drive that was preformatted for Mac: the WD My Book for Mac. This externally-powered HD lugs around 3.0 TB of writeable space, with a USB 3.0 interface for you to read and write faster for you. The USB 3.0 port is also USB 2.0 compatible, so you should not worry about drive readability.
The Box contains your standard USB 3.0 cord and adapter. It also contains a secondary male plug versions to change with so you can be sure to be able to plug the drive in an outlet that has no 3-prongs.
Connecting the HD with the Mac is pretty straightforward, with the USB 3.0 plug.
Unfortunately my Mac Mini version doesn’t have a USB 3.0 port, so we’ll have to settle in with the USB 2.0 speed for now.
Once connected, we can now see its properties.
Connected and ready to write
The drive’s properties confirm the size:
The writeable space seems to be seen as 3TB. Hopefully this is 100% accurate as we’ve seen some drives formatted space smaller than the raw capacity (due to file table properties).
Inside the drive, we have a .dmg file containing the standard app suite of WD for their drives.
It provides utilities such as a a drive check, security lock and a status check. You can also perform a quick drive check to see if there are problems on the disk.
We then downloaded the BlackMagic Design drive speed tester from the App Store to run read/write tests on the drive.
Even with the USB 2.0 speed, I was able to view HD movies well and edit video files straight from the drive on Adobe After Effects CC.
Overall, this drive is a solid bonus for those who love to keep their downloaded movie files or store their video materials for editing. It also totally works well for people with any Mac. Despite the shortages of the USB 3.0 port in my unit it was also compatible in its file transfers; it didn’t lag or it didn’t need any special driver. And since this is an external enclosure, all I can think of for its downside is that we hope there’s a smaller and a more compact version of this drive to carry around in a laptop bag. Totally not for highly-mobile people.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.