Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Studio II (WDH2Q20000/WDH2Q40000/WDH2Q60000)
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From the Lab Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II
8 June 2011
Excerpt: (1 items) If you think bigger is better when it comes to storage space, you might be interested in Western Digital’s My Book Studio Edition II , which combines two 3TB drives in a RAID 0 setup for a whopping 6TB of data storage. Aside from the My Book’s abundant space, the drive boasts quiet operation and read speeds that were comparable with other setups of its kind. Macworld Lab’s testing showed the drive to have read speeds that were very close to the competition.
Pros: Sleek design, Lots of storage space, 5-year limited warranty
Conclusion: If size is your main consideration, then you do well to check out the Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II (6TB). Not only does it epitomize capaciousness, it's a nimble performer with enough versatility to last until you fill it up, which may take you (and possibly your grandchildren) quite some time to do.
Pros: Enormous capacity. FireWire 800 and eSATA connectivity. Compatible with Mac and Windows. Affordably priced. Can be configured for RAID 0/1.
Conclusion: The Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II is the My Book Mirror Edition's big brother. It's the speedy one that hangs out with the creative types, especially those who use Macs.
Pros: Capacious storage. Speedy. Low power consumption. Quiet. Easy to replace internal hard drives. Capacity indicator.
Cons: A little pricey on a dollar-per-GB basis. Install disc contains crapware. Capacity indicator requires software installation. Backup is data oriented, not disaster-recovery oriented. eSATA cable not included.
From the Lab Review: Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II
3 June 2008
Excerpt: (1 items) Western Digital's My Book Studio Edition II is an external hard drive that uses two drives, pre-configured as a fast RAID 0 (striped) array. Our test unit came with two 500GB WD Green Power drives (which use up to 30 percent less power than standard drives) striped as a 1TB volume. A version with two 1TB Green Power drives is also available.
Pros: Low power consumption, Capacity meter, Fast performance
Cons: Western Digital utility must be installed before RAID configuration can be changed, No FireWire 400 port
Excerpt: Here we go again: Western Digital has launched yet another line of portable USB hard drives. The four drives in the My Passport Elite series don’t vary by size, just color. You’re free to select a capacity of 250GB or 320GB in gunmetal gray, old-shoe brown, a soft blue finish, or a sandy red.
Pros: Speedy, pretty, bundled software accomplishes much
Cons: Installation process could be better simplified, multiple programs should be combined into a single shell
Summary: All in all, the Western Digital My Passport Elite (which the company backs with a five-year limited warranty) is a solid portable hard drive for road warriors who frequently tote sensitive data, as well as consumers who like their gear to sport a dash of style. The write speed may be a little too slow for those who wish to transfer or backup large quantities of data at once, but the more advanced Windows features make this device a compelling travel companion.
Pros: Compatible with Mac OS X, Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Attractive design, MioNet and Google Desktop software, Long five-year limited warranty
Excerpt: Western Digital has never been slow in adding its largest capacity drives to its external drive family, and once it released the world's first internal 3TB drive, the Caviar Green 3TB , it was only a matter of time before it stuck it in an external enclosure.
Summary: It's quiet, it's energy efficient and it’s 2TB of space in an easily connectible box. The Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II may not be the fastest kid on the block, but it isn’t a slow coach and it is customisable enough to suit most situations.
Pros: Energy efficient, simple and elegant design, runs quietly, good software
Cons: Slower read/write speed than comparable devices