Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Studio II (WDH2Q20000/WDH2Q40000/WDH2Q60000)
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Great product, does what I need it for
30 April 2013
Summary: This product is great for the price and storing my information , music that i use for my iMac. Was told by a friend how great he liked it and would definitely buy another when the need arises. Functions great, quiet running, and can be tucked out of the way. Like how it can be raided and the capacity - great for the price.
Summary: If I can figure out why sometimes it shuts down or unmounts from the desktop, I'll up the rating, but in the end, I'm more interested in it actually not failing in the first 18 months. Then I'll feel like I got my $$ worth. Tired of buying new external storage devices.
For sooth, a RAID 1 device for under $400 and 3TB of reliable storage? Speak not of false things!
S. Meghji "Sultan's just this guy, you know?", Amazon
7 March 2013
Summary: I had planned on writing something much more Shakespearian in style (hence the title), but I 1. haven't had enough coffee this morning to write something good 2. frankly, I don't think I could write something good 3. I'm feeling rather meta today so.... I needed a near line storage solution, resilient in the RAID 1 manner to attach to a mid 2010 mac mini media server. While the house is not only mac hardware, most media is.
Summary: Plenty of reviews, so I'll be short. Purchased the Studio II 6GB to back up a 2009 Mac running OS 10.8. I had a 1TB hard drive that recently failed (thank you Apple for the recall notice, but about 2 months too late for my particular machine). Lost everything, but had a fantastic tech recover it all (for a nominal fee of course). I do not EVER want to go thru that again. I did replace with a 2TB drive. I purchased this to run as a RAID 1 array.
You can use this on a Mac out of the box. No need to install the supplied software.
Adam Lawton, Amazon
5 November 2012
Summary: I just received this and these are my initial impressions based on the latest versions of OSX 10.7 and 10.8. Pros: - Works out of the box as a 6TB external drive. Cons: - Large-ish power brick. If you're using this on a power strip, the width of the power brick is likely large enough that you'll need to plug it in with an empty socket on either side.
Summary: I have the drive set up on Raid 1 on my 2009 MacBook Pro running 10.6.8 via firewire 800. No hardware or data problems. No mounting problems. I have the drive managed by WD's own utility. The only issue I do get sometimes is that the WD Utility will have false positive warnings that resolves itself in 1 sec. I'm more interested in why so many people claim to have Mac problems repeatedly, yet at the same time so many people have successes using this drive.
Work horse drive for video production at the right price
Jack G, Amazon
30 August 2012
Summary: We use these exclusively with Macs. These drives are reliable, fast, and affordable. 6 TB seems like a lot but for video production, it was just enough room for high volume projects that needed the flexibility of an external enclosure. HD video playback is smooth with Final Cut using the eSATA connection but Firewire 800 works fine too. These drives have worked so well we've used many of them over the last year on a day-to-day basis.
Summary: The WD Manager tool does not properly start on Mac OS Lion. I tried downloading the latest version from the Western Digital website and still no luck. After searching online, I noticed quite a few threads discussing this issue and the same problem existed for others. Instead of the different attempts at work arounds, I booted up my Windows image in Parallels and configured the raid tool to change from 4TB to 2TB mirroring.
Summary: Initially, I was frustrated when my computer didn't immediately mount this drive when i plugged it into the FW800 on my 2010 iMac. So, I Went to WD site and downloaded firmware update. I Had to plug drive in with USB to update firmware. Drive works. So far, so good.