Western Digital Stories June 25, 2021

PSA: Western Digital My Book Live drives being maliciously erased; disconnect them from internet

A significant number of Western Digital My Book Live NAS owners are reporting that their drives have been totally erased. This has been done remotely by unknown attackers …

Western Digital Stories January 16, 2018

Western Digital launches new G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle Thunderbolt 3 external storage unit

Today Western Digital took the wraps off of two new external storage solutions from its G-Technology product family. The G-Speed Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3, is one that may interest iMac Pro and MacBook Pro owners the most. It’s an external storage unit with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and up to 48TB of storage in RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 in a 4-bay transportable form factor.

Western Digital Stories August 30, 2017

Western Digital’s My Cloud Network Attached Storage solutions are among some of the most consumer friendly options on the market. Many of the other cloud-enabled hard drives out there can be much more complicated and look like you have a server in your living room.

WD has been a trusted name in consumer storage for years, so it doesn’t come as much surprise it would bring this tech to the masses. Personally, I think everyone should have some kind of NAS-like technology made available to them these days, so we were excited to hear about Western’s Digital’s next generation personal NAS drives… expand full story

Western Digital Stories August 22, 2017

Western Digital today has released its newest desktop external RAID drives. The new My Book Duo models feature options with up to 20TB of storage, include USB-C and USB-A ports, and have a 3-year warranty.

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Western Digital Stories April 13, 2015

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Earlier this year, I wrote several guides to boost the speeds of older Macs by swapping their internal hard drives for super-fast solid state drives (SSDs). As readers have confirmed, their older iMacs, MacBooks, and Mac Pros have seen dramatic improvements with new SSDs. But some people were left with a question: what should I do with my Mac’s old hard drive? Throw it away?

A great answer: put it in an external hard drive enclosure and keep using it! My latest How-To shows you how easy it is to reclaim your Mac’s old drive by installing it in a nice USB enclosure such as Akitio’s SK-3501U3 (shown here), which I chose because of its Mac-matching design, reasonable sub-$40 price, and compatibility. External enclosures are also ideal options if you want to choose a high-quality hard drive mechanism for yourself, rather than taking a risk on whatever might be hidden inside a fully-assembled external drive. I’ll explain that, and much more, below…

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Western Digital Stories March 12, 2015

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I feel old saying this, but having used computers since before external hard drives existed, I can say with certainty that buying a hard drive is easier today than it’s ever been before. For traditional drives, prices are low, options are numerous, and capacities are so high that your only choices are “enough space,” “more than enough space,” and “way more than enough space.” I could point you towards a gigantic 5-Terabyte $139 Seagate USB 3.0 hard drive right now and end this article without another paragraph. Since Apple doesn’t even sell a Mac with that much disk space, you could back up five (or more) computers to that drive without running out of room. Or you could store a decade worth of digital photos alongside a giant media library. For $139!

But buying an external hard drive isn’t necessarily that simple. There are a bunch of factors worth considering before making a purchase, including everything from reliability to portability, design, capacity, speed, and connectivity. Some hard drives are really cheap but have a higher chance of failing after a year or two of heavy use. So in this How-To, I’m going to discuss the big issues you need to consider, and guide you towards the best external hard drive for your needs…

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Western Digital Stories June 5, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: 128GB MicroSD $100, free $5 Amazon credit, Logitech iPad mini keyboard case $24, WD 4TB NAS HDD $140, more

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

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iPad Keyboard cases:

Western Digital Red 4TB NAS optimized 3.5″ hard drive $140 shipped (Reg. up to $200)

iTunes gift cards: $100 for $85, buy one-get one 30% off, spend $25 or more and save 15%

9to5Toys Specials:

  • 1-year of Backblaze online backup storage for $25 (Reg. $50) – ends in less than 24 hrs
  • Scrivener 2: Winner – Best of the Mac App Store $20 (Reg. $45) – ends in 9 days

Other new deals:

More deals still alive:

New products/useful info:

Microsoft/Google/Android:

Western Digital Stories April 17, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Netgear AC routers 30% off, Nest Thermostat 10% off, RAVPower 10400mAh power bank $26, more

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

Sling Media Slingbox 350, stream live HDTV to your iPhone/iPad $99 shipped (45% off)

Western Digital Hard Drives:

Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements 12 (PC/Mac) $75 shipped (50% savings)

2-pack of D-Link DCS-930L wireless network cams with iOS/Android app: $50 shipped (Reg. $160)

Other deals from today:

More deals still alive:

New products/useful info:

Microsoft/Google/Android:

Western Digital Stories February 21, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Bose AE2 headphones $80, Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD $140, gaming headsets, more

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.

Today’s can’t miss deals: 

Last Call updates:

Bose AE2 fold-flat headphones $80 shipped (Reg. $150)

Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SATA III 2.5″ Solid-State Drive $140 shipped (Reg. $210)

Gaming Headsets: Logitech G430s w/ surround sound: $40 (Reg. $80), Turtle Beach Z300s: $128 (Reg. $200)more

Ending Soon:

Other great deals from today:

  • New! Daily Deal Roundup: iPad Air 16GB $460, WD My Passport 2TB $100, Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard Cover for iPad $40, much more

More great deals still alive:

New Products:

  • Lacie Begins Shipping Their First 5TB External Hard Drive

Western Digital Stories January 3, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Western Digital 2TB HD $90, iPhone wallet case $7, Monoprice $10 off $30, Cowbom 20% off, more

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB portable USB 3.0 hard drive $90 shipped (Reg. $180)

iPhone 5/5S Wallet Case $7 shipped (Reg. $30)

Monoprice $10 off $30 Coupon: Save on cables, headphones, chargers, more

Cowboom 20% Off Sitewide: Save on iPads, game consoles, laptops, more

iOttie One-Touch iPhone Car Windshield/Dashboard Mount $12 shipped (Reg. $25)

Other great deals from today:

  • New! Game/App Deals: XCOM: Enemy Unknown for 360: $12 shipped (Reg. $40), Sesame Street iOS sale, freebies, more
  • New! Sony MDR-EX58V earbuds w/ in-line control $10 shipped (Reg. $30)

More great deals still alive:

Western Digital Stories December 16, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: Dropcam Pro giveaway, iPod Touch $50 off, RAVPower 14000mAh power bank $35, PS4, more

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature. Also, check out our updated Daily Deals page (for iPad/iPhone) featuring the day’s best deals from across major US retailers.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Giveaway: Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi video monitoring camera ($200 value)

Save $50 on any Apple iPod Touch 32GB (newest version) $250 shipped (Reg. $300)

RAVPower deluxe 14000mAh portable power bank $35 shipped (Reg. $43)

Pebble Smartwatch in Red or Black: $90 shipped ($60 off) with .edu email ($120w/o)

Logitech UE Mini Boom portable Bluetooth speaker $72 shipped (Reg. $100)

Other great deals from today:

The best deals that are still alive:

Western Digital Stories November 5, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: Staples eGift cards 20% off, COD: Ghosts $45, Lady Gaga ARTPOP iTunes FREE stream, more

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Staples $50 eGift card for $40: Save on gadgets, tech accessories, office supplies, more

Call of Duty: Ghosts $45,76% off Rockstar games incl. GTA, Max Payne: starting at $3, iOS freebiesmore

Synology unleashes its most affordable 2-bay NAS ever, the DS214se for $160

Other great deals from today:

The best deals that are still alive:

Mac software bundles:

New product announcements & reviews:

Western Digital Stories October 16, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: Anker Astro 13000mAh power bank $37, Crucial 480GB SSD $310, iOS freebies, games, more

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Anker Astro E4 13000mAh portable dual-port external battery pack $37 shipped

SOLD OUT Crucial M500 480GB SATA 2.5″ Solid State Drive $310 shipped (Reg. $407)

Other great deals from today:

The best deals that are still alive:

Mac software bundles:

  • The SuperStacked Mac Bundle: Over $3,000 Worth Of Premium Developer & Designer Tools – $40 today, but price increases everyday it’s on sale.
  • Design Bundler #2 with Premium Photoshop Layer Styles and 4 other Mac apps – Name your own price (ends tonight)
  • The Mac Freebie Bundle 2.0: 10 Apps To Enhance Your Design, Photography & Productivity

New product announcements & reviews:

  • Synology introduces new, faster SOHO NAS w/ hot-swappable drives for $330
  • LaCie’s new Porsche designed USB 3.0 key drive available now
  • OtterBox begins shipping new Commuter Series Wallet case for iPhone 5/5s and Galaxy S4

Western Digital Stories August 21, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: Western Digital 1.5TB portable HD $80, Apple EarPods $15, 64GB flash drive, game/app deals, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to round up the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+.

Today’s Featured deals:

Western Digital 1.5TB portable USB 3.0 external hard drive $80 shipped (Reg. $120)

Apple EarPods w/ mic and remote: $15 shipped (Reg. $30)

Other great deals we love:

Freebies:

Western Digital Stories August 14, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: Save up to 60% on SanDisk SD/USB memory products, $30 Western Digital dual-band N router, 20% off iTunes cards, apps/games, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to round up the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+.

Today’s Featured deals:

SOLD OUT Amazon 60% off SanDisk SD/USB memory sale: 16GB: $10, 32GB: $17, 64GB: $32

Western Digital My Net N750 HD Dual-Band Router w/ USB connectivity $30 shipped (Reg. $90)

Apple Deals:

The Steve Jobs Video Bundle: Lectures On The Man, His Legacy & The Future Of Technology $15

Other great deals we love:

Portable Storage Deals:

    • Western Digital 1TB My Passport $59
    • Western Digital 2TB My Passport $100
    • Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 $60
    • Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 $140
    • Toshiba Canvio 760GB USB 3.0 $50

Western Digital Stories June 3, 2013

60% off SanDisk USB Sticks, SD Cards and SSD products at Amazon: 64GB as low as $33

From 9to5Toys.com:

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Amazon is having a 1 day SanDisk Storage sale across its lineup of products including: USB Sticks, Micro/SD Cards and SSDs. These are the lowest prices we’ve seen on many of these products.

Standouts include:

Western Digital Stories August 30, 2012

Western Digital announces superfast Thunderbolt My Book VelociRaptor Duo and portable USB 3.0 drives for Mac

The fast keep getting faster. Western Digital announced two new speedy new platter drives aimed at Mac users today. The Thunderbolt “My Book VelociRaptor Duo” is a speed improvement on WD’s previous Thunderbolt Drives coming from the addition of two 10,000RPM internal HDDs (the speed of the drives is actually still the bottleneck here —Thunderbolt is very fast).

Extreme speed of WD VelociRaptor drives inside.

With the extreme speed of two 10,000 RPM WD VelociRaptor drives inside united with the revolutionary speed of Thunderbolt technology your creative inspirations have never moved so fast.

Enhanced workflow efficiency.

The dual Thunderbolt ports make it easy to daisy chain more drives for even greater speeds and higher capacity. Add peripherals to further enhance your productivity.

User-configurable for speed or double-safe data protection.

Customize this dual-drive storage system to your needs – RAID 0 for speed, RAID 1 for data protection, JBOD to use the drives individually.

Did you know…

My Book VelociRaptor Duo is a bootable external device supported by Mac OS X. For additional information, please click here.

Western Digitial also upped the speed of its Mac Portable Drives (which we’ve reviewed favorably) with USB 3.0 and sizes up to 2TB:

Ultra-fast USB 3.0 connectivity.

With the blazing-fast connectivity of USB 3.0, this drive lets you access and save files in record time. Reduce transfer time by up to 3 times when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates.**Performance may vary based on user’s hardware and system configuration.

Massive capacity in a small design.

This compact enclosure offers up to a massive 2 TB of storage. It’s the ideal companion for anyone with lots of photos, movies, videos and files that they want to take with them.
Password protection secures your drive.

Use WD Security utility to set password protection and hardware encryption and protect your files from unauthorized use or access.

Both Press releases follow:

Western Digital Stories March 21, 2012

Hard-drive maker Western Digital is the first-ever to unveil a 2TB capacity 2.5-inch portable external hard drive.

Western Digital announced the drive will first be put into the My Passport family, which previously only offered up to 1TB of storage, but the doubled-capacity external is still a condensed single-volume drive. 9to5Mac reviewed the Western Digital My Passport Studio in September 2011 and walked away very impressed with the 1TB 2.5-inch flavor.

Like the earlier version, the larger My Passport is available in various colored finishes that make its shell resilient to abrasions. The device is NTFS reformatted but easily reformatted to Mac OS, and it supports USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 for trucking large amounts of data.

More information is available below.

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Western Digital Stories March 20, 2012

We first profiled the Western Digital MyBook Thunderbolt Duo at CES in January and noted the extraordinary speed of the drives, especially when daisy chained (above find 780MB/s read, 600+MB/s write). Today, Macrumors notes that Western Digital is making the drives available for $599 (4TB) and $699 (6TB).  While those prices are steep, they fall in line with new Thunderbolt parts across the line.

We’ve reviewed the much slower Firewire/USB Western Digital Studio 6TB drives and came away impressed. Those retail for around $430 currently ($270 less than the Thunderbolt version) but use energy efficient (read: slower) internal drives and slower Firewire 800 connectivity options.

Notably B&H Photo and Video is selling the Western Digital MyBook Thunderbolt Duo already with $50 discounts (6TB – $649, 4TB- $549) and tax only in New York but without solid shipping dates. expand full story

Western Digital Stories February 5, 2012

From 9to5Toys.com:

A quick roundup of storage options from 9to5Toys at Amazon this weekend:

SDHC Cards: 16GB Amazon Class 4: $14.38; Transcend Micro Class 4 w/adapter: $12.98 (pictured) 32GB Sandisk Class 6: $29.95  Transcend Class 10: $32.95

USB Sticks: 8GB Kingston:  $6.95 16GB Kingston: $13.99, Sandisk $14.72 Transcend: $13.99 32GB Sandisk: $28.99 64GB Lexar: $61.10

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Western Digital Stories January 10, 2012

I had some time to demonstrate some of the upcoming Thunderbolt accessories from external drive makers at CES earlier today. We briefly discussed a few others from OCZ, LaCie, Belkin and Elgato earlier in the week. First up is the Western Digital MyBook Thunderbolt Duo:

These are going to compare nicely to the Promise RAID setup that has similar speeds, but it does not have a price or release date yet.  The vibe seemed to be like Q2 with perhaps an announcement at Macworld.

Next up is the Hitachi G-Drive series of Thunderbolt Drives, and these drives are 8TBs…

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Western Digital Stories November 22, 2011

A trusted tipster has provided us with the details on Apple’s Black Friday (November 25th) 2011 sale. The sale is very similar to Apple’s offerings in past years, but does give better discounts to higher capacities of the iPads and iPods. The deals on the Mac end cover the iMac, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro, while the iPod nano and iPod touch are the discounted iPod offerings. The Macs will be $101 less, the iPads will go from $41-$61 discounts depending on capacity (16GB, 32GB, 64GB), the iPod nano will shave off $11 for both 8GB and 16GB storage sizes, the iPod touch will follow the iPad’s lead of bigger discounts for bigger capacities, ranging from $21-$41 discounts.

The biggest break is the base level MacBook Air which will now start at $898, but both Best Buy and Amazon have it now for $849.

Apple will also (images after the break) discount accessories. On the Apple in-house accessory list is $11 off the iPad 2 Smart Cover (comes out to $28 for the polyurethane and $58 for the leather), $11 off ($58 in total for each) for the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Magic Trackpad, $5 off ($45 total) for a $50 iTunes/App Store/iBookstore gift card, in addition to discounts on the AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule, and AirPort Express. Third-party accessories such as Western Digital hard drives, the mophie JuicePack Air, Speck CandyShell iPhone 4/4S case, Jawbone Up, a Griffin Universal Remote Control system for the iPod touch, the Jawbone Jambox, a Phillips clock radio, and more are also on sale. Check out the entire sale with the rest of the leaked pamphlet after the break:

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Western Digital Stories September 22, 2011

We’ve been messing around with a damn fine looking set of portable hard drives for the past few days from Western Digital called My Passport Studio and My Passport Mac. They are encased in an all-aluminum shell, the My Passport Studio comes with two FireWire 800 ports as well as a Mini USB port around back; the latter only has a Mini USB port. The speed tests on these guys (see results below) was pretty average for 2.5-inch Firewire hard drives at just under 80MB/sec read, making the slight premium Western Digital is asking for these mostly “an aesthetic upgrade”.

…not that there is anything wrong with that. You can feel the quality in these drive enclosures. The aluminum shell is going to protect these from more drops than a plastic casing and these drives look the part of a high quality Mac setup. These drives are also so whisper quiet that the only way to know if they are running is the white LED on the back (much better than the front). As you can see from the pictures, both the Studio (formatted Windows) and Mac go well with a Unibody MacBook.

On the downside, these are slightly heavier than your typical hard drive at half a pound. Still though, that’s a small price to pay for quality. They are available now for $189.99 from Amazon for the Studio and $159 for the 1TB Mac

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Western Digital Stories August 18, 2011

From 9to5toys.com:

MacMall via eBay Daily Deal offers the factory-refurbished Western Digital Elements 3TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, model no. WDBAAU0030HBK-NESN, for $99.99 with free shipping. That’s $0.03/GB, $20 below our mention of a new unit from three days ago, and the lowest total price we’ve seen for this drive. (It’s $18 below the current price low for a new unit.) This drive uses GreenPower technology to reduce power consumption by up to 30%.

A Western Digital warranty applies; however, MacMall does not mention the length of this warranty on the product page.

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