|WD’s My Book® Studio Edition™ II dual-drive, quad-interface external storage system for Mac offers optimum performance for creative professionals. Lightning-fast FireWire 800 or eSATA interfaces combined with RAID 0 (striping) yields the speed you need for fast, smooth video and audio editing, rendering complex 3D objects or special effects, and saving huge blocks of data in record time. Set the system to RAID 1 (mirroring) for the peace of mind in knowing that if one drive in this two-drive system ever fails, the system continues to run and your data is safe. Includes automatic data backup software, user-serviceability, a 5-year limited warranty, and works with Apple’s Time Machine.|
Simple RAID backup5/29/2012
Needed to reformat (as expected) to handle NTFS file structure, but was easy to do. Easy to setup Raid as well. Added this to a Pogoplug & now I have a good cloud drive with mirrored backup. Great value for the price.
Extra Storage Space!5/17/2012
Hooked up the WD My book studio II to my iMac for about 24 hours using Firewire 800 connection & default RAID 0. I purchased it to store all my raw video captures from camcorder & so far seems to be working fine. The unit looks good (ok, maybe a bit bulky) next to my iMac & is fairly quiet. Although sitting fairly close, I could still hear a faint hum - may not be a major issue if you have a PC with louder fans than the iMac. Data transfer rates seems adequate for everyday use.
great, high performance5/11/2012
PROS- -Exactly as advertised by Western Digital -Drive/RAID Management Software is very easy to use & works well in OS X -Works very well with AirPort Extreme Base Station -Excellent as an AirDisk for Time Machine (follow process listed elsewhere in reputable Mac Forums) -Includes FireWire 800/800, FireWire 800/400, and USB A/Mini-A Cables (the FireWire Cables alone are a big plus for new Mac Owners) CONS- -Included WD Anywhere Backup is a waste of time - does not do full system backups
Fast and reliable, very happy with the hard drive.4/18/2012
Bought about a year ago to connect to my Mac mini and have been using it as a media server to feed the two Apple TVs. I set it up to RAID mirror since I am more concerned about the data than speed. It had been on 24/7 for the last year. No problem so far and the transfer speed through firewire is pretty fast.
Satisfied with purchase4/10/2012
Easy set up; easy to transfer files from 7 year old iMac to this 2.0 TB WD HD.
Burned Out After 2 Months8/22/2011
I had it set on the top of my computer desk, no problems there. I hooked it up to the Firewire 400 jack, and it worked fine. Then, I decided because of my cats jumping on the desk, to move the cable to the rear of the computer cabinet and plug in the Firewire jack there. After plugging it in and powering it up, I smelled smoke, and the drive was not working. It has not worked since, regardless of the interface. Mine is still under warranty, and I can send it back to get it fixed, but I'm not impressed with the later models of WD drives.
Is it just "bad luck"?1/12/2011
This device was my third WD external hard drive, and each is connected differently, i.e., ethernet, eSATA and USB. All three of these drives have had problems that WD has either fixed or tried to. The focus of this review, WD My Book Studio Ed. II, was returned to the online seller (Beach Camera). It came formatted for Mac (why? especially when Apple only has 4% of the market share?). The drive was not recognized via USB by Windows. The CD that came with the device was not readable. I downloaded WD Device Manager and the drive was still not seen by OS. I called WD who had me take the device apart to "break the RAID" by removing one drive. The drive I removed was so tight in the case that I broke the finger-pull strap. After the hard drive was reinserted and device was connected again, the drive was then recognized by Windows OS. I formatted it for PC, but when large numbers of files were copied to it, it would "error out" during the process.
Great but already had an issue....10/31/2010
SInce receiving it, it has worked well and has transferred data quite rapidly. But, I decided to move the unit from the location that I had put it. I followed the instructions verbatim to shut down the unit and when I plugged the unit back into the computer and the same power source, the unit was dead. It did not want to turn back on even when pressing the power button or restarting the computer. I tested all possible options (direct power from the wall, different power cable from a different WD unit, etc.) with no results. The only way I was capable to get the unit to start back up was to go to a different computer and plug it in. After that, it's been working like normal. But, I'm apprehensive about using it since I'm afraid to cut the power to it. It's a great unit with awesome capacity, but I don't feel as confident with it as I do with the other units that I have.
Bought this to back up my WD MyBook Pro II externa6/21/2009
While in some ways, I think the WD MyBook Pro II is a better built unit than the Studio II version, it is certainly a good value and reliable storage unit. All cables are included, which gives you a great interface with compatible sockets on your computer. My backup's covered about 1.8 TB, so I transferred it in chunks that would not overwhelm my single core CPU, or the hard drive. It is fairly well ventilated. But, it was still a help to have a fan and an open window next to the unit for a little extra cooling. The smaller case sized 2TB brands have a problem with over heating, in my experience. Would definitely recommend the WD MyBook Pro II, or WD MyBook Studio II version for occasional storage use, and not as a full time dedicated storage solution.