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Western Digital My Book Studio II (WDH2Q20000/WDH2Q40000/WDH2Q60000)

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Overall 8
8.0

I hate buying external drives

Shaun, Amazon
20 April 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good Drive, but Took Some Work

Ricker, Amazon
14 December 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Chugging along on my Mac for 1+ year

J. Chan, Amazon
16 September 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Best "Mass Market" External HD

Jungle NYC, Amazon
21 September 2011
  • Summary: You'd be hard-pressed to build an external HD as big, and as fully-featured as this guy. After experiencing major data failures with multiple LaCie drives over the years, and then going through the "build them yourself" phase, I bought one of these on a lark -because the price is very reasonable. And then I bought 2 more. Is it perfect? No. As others have stated here, there are some problems getting, and keeping, these drives connected.
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Overall 8
8.0

Cannot boot PPC Macs

Andy Shiekh, MacMall
25 December 2010
  • Conclusion: Great drive for running in mirrored mode; boots for Intel Macs, but not PPC (even when using the correct partition maps). No cooling fan, which means silence (obvious) but also one less thing to break if run 24/7, but is probably also the reason it only accepts WD green drives. Disconnect problems for OS X 10.4, but who runs that anymore.
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Overall 8
8.0

Cannot boot PPC Macs

Andy Shiekh, MacMall
25 December 2010
  • Conclusion: Great drive for running in mirrored mode; boots for Intel Macs, but not PPC (even when using the correct partition maps). No cooling fan, which means silence (obvious) but also one less thing to break if run 24/7, but is probably also the reason it only accepts WD green drives. Disconnect problems for OS X 10.4, but who runs that anymore.
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Overall 8
8.0

"Great Drive for Macs"

dirtybo0ts, CNET
13 February 2010
  • Pros: Lots of storage space. Option to mirror drive (500GB each) for auto back up, or run as 1TB. Removable drives.
  • Cons: Nothing, other than size which can't be helped since it holds 2 drives.
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