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.
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.
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
Excerpt: While for some of us, the ability for our hard drive to be able to resist sniper fire underwater is a going concern ( see iOSafe Rugged Portable ), most of us are really just in the market for as much storage space as we can afford.