Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Studio II (WDH2Q20000/WDH2Q40000/WDH2Q60000)
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Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II 6TB
12 November 2009
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.
Summary: The My Book Studio Edition II is both fast and roomy. With its attractive design and the ability to run in either zippy striped or data-protecting mirrored RAID configurations, this drive is worth considering either for those looking to perform backups or for those who need fast-performing extra storage.
Summary: Leaving aside this one poor result, we are impressed with the Western Digital My Passport Elite. From the moment we installed it to the conclusion of our tests for all the drives, it easily stood out as the best of the crop.
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.
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