10-15-2013 08:17 AM
I have a question about formating my drive. I purchased the 3TB My Book Studio Firewire drive, and it came formatted for the Mac. I am a PC user, so I went in and formatted it for the PC. It works fine, but when I formatted it, it set up two partitions, One says it is an EFI System Partition (it is only 200 mb), and the other says it is an NTFS Primary partition. I have a couple other backup drives on my computer and they just have the one main partition. Is there any way that I can make the Studio have only one partition? I have tried reformatting, I tried downloading and using the Data Lifegaurd program (which couldn't see the drive), but n0othing seems to work. Any suggestions? Thanks.
10-15-2013 11:41 AM
Western Digital Data LifeGuard Diagnostics should be able to detect and write zeros to your WD My Book Studio in order to create a fully clean volume, however, it is recommended to use the USB port as FireWire may not allow the utility to function using its full potential due to driver variations.
10-15-2013 12:38 PM
Thanks for your response. I tried the WD Data LiofeGuard Diagnostics and it wouldn't allow me to get rid of the small partition, but one of the posts on this forum suggest using a program called EaseUS Partition Master and that seemed to work just fine. It is up and running now.
But I do have one other question. I have a couple of programs that check read/write speeds for your disk drives. I have an SD drive and a couple of internal hard drives - and the My Book Studio External hard drive - hooked up via Firewire 800. When I tested all of my drives, the Studio drive tested the poorest of all my drives - nowhere near what I thought a Firewire 800 drive should test at. My Max write speeds range from 126 MB/S to 217 MB/S - and the Studio Firewire drive comes in at 69 MB/S. On the read speeds the other drives range from 103 MB/S to 500 MB/S with the Studio drive coming in at 82 MB/S. Is this normal? I think all my internal drives are SATA drives. Do I need to change any settings on the drive or on my computer to use the full Firewire 800 speed? Thanks for your help.
10-17-2013 12:28 PM
Internal SATA disk drives are much faster than external FIreWire disk drives. Please bear in mind that the maximum output on an ideal system using FireWire is 800 Mb/s, or 100 MB/s, which means a peak performance of 82 MB/s is quite positive based on your physical system specifications, optimizations and bottlenecks.