Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Studio II (WDH2Q20000/WDH2Q40000/WDH2Q60000)
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Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II (WDH2Q60000)
19 May 2011
Conclusion: The latest addition to WD's My Book Studio Edition II range offers huge amounts of external storage, but the lack of forward thinking by not having at least a USB 3.0 interface for Windows users is disappointing.
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: That’s a bit much for a single drive, and makes us wonder why Western Digital just doesn’t consolidate the features of its programs into a single application. It would be a far more elegant solution than the current approach: firing up each program’s interface to see if this, that, or the other was the backup solution we were thinking of.
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,
Western Digital’s My Book Studio Edition II; Backing Up Is Easy To Do
1 August 2001
Excerpt: Everyone knows that backing up your data is critical. And, everyone knows that it's easy to say, "I'll do it tomorrow." Heck, I've made tomorrow go for months at a time! This is really stupid on my part because I make a living from my images and writing. If I lose that data, I might as well start planning on moving into the car.
Western Digital’s My Book Studio Edition II; Backing Up Files Quickly And Easily
1 February 2001
Excerpt: The latest manifestation of desktop back-up devices from Western Digital (WD), the My Book Studio Edition II (SEII), makes what might have seemed to some as a difficult task—backing up and retrieving image and other files—quite easy. Available in three capacities (1TB for $269; 2TB for $329; and 4TB for $649), and with hookups for USB, FireWire 400 and 800, and eSATA, the device is about the size of a thick spy novel (6.5x6x3.9”) and weighs only about 5 lbs.
Summary: The My Book Studio Edition II isn't a top-level performer across the board. We'd only look into it if you need high sequential reads and writes over FireWire, or like the idea of redundant directly attached storage.
Pros: User serviceable drives, Great sequential FireWire 800 performance, RAID 1 or 0 available
Cons: Not great on the random speeds, we've seen better eSATA performance, Lid is a pain to close