Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II 6TB review

Ever wanted external storage for 1,500,000 MP3s? Now you can have it

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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.

Burst Speed

HD Tach Megabytes per second - Bigger is better

eSATA - 125
FireWire 800 - 84
FireWire 400 - 42
USB 2.0 - 38

Average ReadHD Tach Megabytes per second - Bigger is bettereSATA - 119
Firewire 800 - 77
Firewire 400 - 40
USB 2.0 - 37

Random Access

HD Tach Millisecond - Smaller is better

eSATA - 12.7
Firewire 800 - 12.9
USB 2.0 - 13.0
Firewire 400 - 13.1

Sequential Write

ATTO Megabytes per second - Bigger is better

e-SATA - 58
USB 2.0 - 29
Firewire 800 - 25
Firewire 400 - 16

Sequential Read

ATTO Megabytes per second - Bigger is better

eSATA - 120
USB 2.0 - 34
Firewire 800 - 20
Firewire 400 - 19

4.5GB File Transfer

Seconds. Faster is better

eSATA - 104
USB 2.0 - 272
Firewire 800 - 405
Firewire 400 - 604

Tech Specs

Product TypeDAS Array
Number of Total Expansion Bays2
Number of 3.5" Bays2
Total Hard Drive Capacity Installed6 TB
Number of Hard Drives Supported2
Number of Hard Drives Installed2
Brand NameWD
Form FactorDesktop
RAID Levels1
Host InterfaceFireWire/i.LINK 800, USB 2.0, eSATA, FireWire/i.LINK 400
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Total Hard Drive Capacity Supported6 TB
Height166 mm
Width98 mm
Depth154 mm
ManufacturerWestern Digital Corporation
Product ModelWDH2Q60000
Product NameMy Book Studio Edition II WDH2Q60000 DAS Hard Drive Array
Product LineMy Book Studio II
Manufacturer Part NumberWDH2Q60000E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.wdc.com
Marketing Information

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 is compatible with Apple Time Machine.

Package Contents
  • My Book Studio Edition II WDH2Q60000 DAS Hard Drive Array
  • FireWire 800 Cable
  • FireWire 800 to 400 Cable
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Software CD
  • Quick Install Guide
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)2.04 kg