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Western Digital has never been slow in adding its largest capacity drives to its external drive family, and once it released the world's first internal 3TB drive, the Caviar Green 3TB, it was only a matter of time before it stuck it in an external enclosure. But what if 3TB of external storage isn't enough for you? Western Digital has the solution – stick two 3TB Caviar Greens in a box, RAID them up and voila, you have the latest addition to the external range of drives, the 6TB (yes, 6TB, you read that right) My Book Studio Edition II (WDH2Q60000). This range of drives comes under WD's Desktop for Mac banner. Although they work with Windows, there's a compromise for Windows users when it comes to one of the four interfaces WD used to access the My Book Studio Edition II's monstrous capacity. Western Digital's MyBook Studio Ed II 6TB gives an ideal opportunity to test the merits most of the available external I/O ports available today with the obvious exception of USB 3.0. It comes as no great surprise to see that the eSATA interface with its up to 1.5Gb/s interface providing the best performance in the tests.
Western Digital's My Book Studio 2TB desktop drive boasts a similar feature set to its portable stablemate the Passport Studio, reviewed last issue. It's bundled with the WD SmartWare application, supplied on a Virtual CD that mounts with the hard drive. This enables you to back up your data, set an access password and customise the impressive 12-character label on the drive's display, which is based on e-label technology and therefore always on, even when the drive is switched off. You can write anything you like, but it's always in block capitals. The display also offers a capacity indicator showing how much free space remains. As this disappears if you use the drive on a computer that hasn't got SmartWare installed, it's far more at home sat on your desktop. Turbo drivers for fast copying are also included, and you can switch off the Virtual CD if you don't want it to appear on your desktop. Connectivity is through USB 2.0 or FireWire 800, with a FireWire 400 adapter also included in the box. In our tests the drive performed admirably, offering solid write speeds and read speeds that out-perform most external drives of its type. Given the feature set, My Book Studio is great value for money at £165 for 2TB too.
|Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Dual Drive Storage System with RAID, eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 (WDH2Q20000N)||$219.99||See it|
|WD My Book Studio II - 2 TB (2 x 1 TB) USB 2.0/FireWire 800/400/eSATA Desktop External Hard Drive||$224.99||See it|
|WD My Book Studio II - 2 TB (2 x 1 TB) USB 2.0/FireWire 800/400/eSATA Desktop External Hard Drive||$227.75||See it|
|WD My Book Studio II - 4 TB (2 x 2 TB) USB 2.0/FireWire 800/400/eSATA Desktop External Hard Drive||$299||See it|
|WD My Book Studio II - 4 TB (2 x 2 TB) USB 2.0/FireWire 800/400/eSATA Desktop External Hard Drive||$308.07||See it|
|WD - My Book Studio Edition II 4TB External USB 2.0/FireWire/eSATA Hard Drive for Mac||$349.99||See it|
|Western Digital 4TB My Book Studio Edition II Dual Drive Storage System with RAID, eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 (WDH2Q40000N)||$369.99||See it|
|Wd Mybook Studio Ii 4tb External Hard Drive||$386.72||See it|
|Western Digital 4TB My Book Studio Edition II Dual Drive Storage System with RAID, eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 (WDH2Q40000N)||$420.99||See it|