Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Studio II (WDH2Q20000/WDH2Q40000/WDH2Q60000)
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Value for money 8
11 February 2011
Summary: I got this external hard drive to back up my 1TB iMac via Time Machine. It works well and the software integrates easily. The FireWire 800 cable was supplied and it was the first time I got to use this port so I was pretty excited, but it did not run as fast as I thought it would. Still faster than the average though. Only issue I had with this unit was that the manufacturer did not tighten the case all the way and I have a little tab that sticks out the top.
Cons: I have a pile of dead dual drive external WD drives. They run for a while then they just stop responding, even to the WD Raid application. I don't own one of these, but I am unwilling to invest in yet another expensive drive. The idea of two drives in mirrored mode sounds good, but the dual drives didn't help these stay viable. I guess we will have to see how these perform for brave adopters.
Summary: I use the drive connected to an Airport Extreme as a shared wireless disk. It works well but during long transfers the drive heats up and when you open the top the drives will almost burn you. I measured the temp at 125F and that was just the air temp.
Summary: This is a great product, once you have finished reformatting it for your PC. It came pre-formatted for Mac OS, so it was definitely not ready-to-go out of the box. There are several steps to reformatting and partitioning this drive for PC, with dangerous sections where you have the opportunity to seriously damage your internal hard drive if you click the wrong thing. So, this process is not for the faint of heart.