Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II 6TB Review
Eight years ago, 40GB hard drives were more than enough for an average computer user. On dial up connection, there was not much data to store on hard drives. Mostly users stored mp3 and document files on their computers. Nowadays, hard drives are full of high definition movies, high resolution pictures, and other high size data. Western Digital made it possible for users to keep all that data in just one box. Read full review I can’t help but wonder, what will happen after another eight years? From 40GB we got to 6,000 GB. It might be that later we are going to have 100TB, which is 100,000 GB. I am not sure what will be in those drives, but I can imagine Extremely High Definition 3D media, which was not discovered yet. High Quality mp3 files will be 25mb instead of 3mb. I can’t see the future, but believe me; storage space will keep increasing every year until the end of the world.
I’ll stop my prophecy here, and start talking about the WD My Book Studio Edition II 6 TB external hard drive.
WD Book comes with two hard drives inside. Each of the drives is 1TB, 2TB, or 3TB. The product we reviewed was 3TB each, totaling 6TB. The box looks nice, just like all other Western Digital Hard drives. With a push to a cover, you can get access to the two hard drives. It should be noted; however, that not all hard drives will work inside the box. Only Green Power SATA hard drives that were made by Western Digital will work inside the box.
My Book Studio Edition II supports USB 2.0, FireWire, and eSATA. The “book” comes with USB cord and FireWire cord, but lacks eSATA cable. It’s not good to miss out on that cable because speed through SATA connection is more than twice faster than USB 2.0 or FireWire. I was expecting to see USB 3.0 for the box, but I guess we should see that later, may be as late as fall of 2011.
It took a while to start up the hard drives, but we hope that update from Western Digital will fix it. The box was mainly made for Mac, so if you want to use Windows, you will need to reformat it with supplied software. Also, using the software you can choose to have those two hard drives work as Raid 0 or Raid 1. With Raid 0 you will have two hard drives working separately, giving you total of 6TB space. With Raid 1, second hard drive will back up everything that is on first hard drive.
Western Digital provides 5 Year Warranty for this product. From my experience, WD provides great customer service. I had faulty hard drive before and they replaced it very fast. The price of this unit right now at about $500. Overall it’s a great performance product with tons of space, but will you need to pay so much money just for storage is your choice. Just hard drives by themselves would be a lot cheaper. On newegg, WD 3TB hard drive cost $150, totaling it to $300. Therefore, $200 is just for the box and software. In my opinion, it is still expensive for what it is, but I am sure that the price will go down after several months.