WD My Book Studio Edition II (6TB)
Western Digital, www.wdc.com
Really, really big
Slowish write speeds
While for some of us, the ability for our hard drive to be able to resist sniper fire underwater is a going concern (see iOSafe Rugged Portable), most of us are really just in the market for as much storage space as we can afford.
You can’t shoot the Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II out of a cannon, but you can store up to 6TB worth of data on it.
Consisting of two 3TB WD Caviar Green drives, the Studio Edition II will suit users with large music, video or photography libraries that they’re happy to keep on an external disk. Even if you choose to deploy them in a RAID configuration, having a securely backed-up 3TB is nothing to sneeze at.
In terms of speed, the My Book Studio II offers FireWire 800, USB 2.0, and FireWire 800 to FireWire 400 cables. No Thunderbolt, unfortunately.
In our USB 2.0 testing, the My Book Studio Edition II posted scores of 36.4MBps in our 2GB folder read test, 36.9MBps in our 2GB file read test, and 36.7MBps in the AJA system test – all three scores just within 1MBps or 2MBps of other external desktop hard drives. Through FireWire 800, the drive posted 2GB folder read speeds of 76.2MBps.
Write speeds were less competitive, achieving 28.2MBps in our 2GB folder write test and 28.9MBps in the 2GB file write test via USB 2.0, and 50.7MBps and 60.9MBps over FireWire 800 – close to the bottom of scores for external desktop hard drives.
Otherwise, the WD’s a smart-looking drive with curved lines and a luminescent strip on the front fluctuates when it’s thinking, although the silver plastic housing doesn’t feel particularly durable.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice
While write speeds might lag a little, the WD My Book Studio Edition II offers almost as much storage space as even the greediest user could want at a reasonable expense.