Western Digital My Book Studio 2nd-gen
Released October, 2009
The Pros:RAID 0/1 support for enhanced speed or storage redundancy. Large variety of inputs - USB 2, FireWire 400/800, eSATA. External capacity gauge.
The Cons:RAID 0 by default - speed/capacity over data redundancy. No kensington lock slot. Build quality has declined from the previous generation offering - thinner enclosure walls, less vibration reduction.
The Western Digital My Book Studio 2nd-gen is a quad interface external hard drive that can connect to a Windows or Macintosh computer via one of four interface options: FireWire 400/800, eSATA, or USB 2.0.
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The hard-drive comes in a RAID 0 (striped disks) configuration, which means that the data is more efficiently distributed for improved data processing. Users have the option to pursue a RAID 1 (mirrored) configuration, in which half of the hard drive space is used to MIRROR the original data for enhanced data protection. Signature to the My Book Studio Edition II (2nd-Gen) is that it is user serviceable, in that one need only open the case and replace the existing drive if they wish to upgrade. No screwdrivers are required.
- Quad-Interface External Drive
- FireWire 400 / 800 Interfaces
- eSATA Interface Port
- USB 2.0 Interface
- RAID 0/1 Configuration
- External Capacity Gauge
- Automatic Backup Software
- Intelligent Drive Management (Auto Power-Up)
- Intelligent Drive Management (Safe Shutdown)
- Intelligent Drive Management (LED Status Lights)
- User Serviceable (Upgrade w/o Screwdriver)
- Interface: FireWire 400/800 ; eSATA ; USB 2.0
- Data Transfer (FW400): 400 Mb/s
- Data Transfer (FW800): 800 Mb/s
- Data Transfer (USB): 480 Mb/s
- Data Transfer (eSATA): 3 Gb/s
- Compatibility (Win): 2000/XP/Vistas
- Compatibility (Mac): Mac OS X 10.4.10+, 10.5.2
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User Reviews (2)
RAID 0/1 support for enhanced speed or storage redundancy
large variety of inputs - USB 2, FireWire 400/800, eSATA
user serviceable - easy to open, tool-less design
affordable price considering the high cost of larger disks (2 x 1TB is around $200)
trusted manufacturer - maker of quality HDDs
RAID 0 by default - speed/capacity over data redundancy
build quality has declined from the previous generation offering - thinner enclosure walls, less vibration reduction
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