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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Out of the box the drives are built in a RAID 0 (stripped) array for speed but you could of course re-build them in a RAID 1 (mirrored) array for data security, if you wanted to.

To access all the storage space the My Book Studio Edition II offers, WD has fitted it with four interfaces, three of which lean to the Mac side of things. You get Firewire 400 (up to 400Mb/s) and 800 (up to 800Mb/s), eSATA (up to 1.5Gb/sec) and USB 2.0. (up to 480Mb/sec). The choice of USB 2.0 is a major disappointment for Windows users, as the better USB 3.0 option has become a standard component on most of today's motherboards.

But because the drive is part of the Desktop for Mac family the answer is simple – currently Macs don't natively support USB 3.0. With the arrival of the Thunderbolt interface that is unlikely to change, but it's somewhat surprising that WD didn't include it for the sake of people using Windows Vista and Windows 7 (other Windows PCs don't support it either, thanks to MBR limitations).

Having to house two sets of four drives, the My Book Studio Edition II isn't exactly svelte. At 166 x 154 x 98mm (hxdxw), it makes for an imposing piece of desktop hardware, and if you wanted to carry it about you would soon notice its 2.63kg weight.

Thanks to Western Digital's own GreenPower technology in the drives, there's no need for a cooling fan in the enclosure. If a drive goes down or you fancy installing even larger capacity drives if they appear, Western Digital's made changing disks in the My Book Studio Edition II nice and straightforward, and joy of joys you don't need a screwdriver or any other tool to do it.

We liked

The huge capacity with a range of interfaces for both Windows and Mac users is brilliant, with the obvious omission of USB 3.0. To give you an idea of how much data a 6TB drive can hold, Western Digital claims there is space for up to 1,200,000 photos or 461 hours of DV formatted video or up to 1,500,000 MP3s.

We disliked

While we understand Western Digital's decision to not stick an USB 3.0 interface on the My Book Studio Edition II because they have aimed it primarily at the Mac community, it still seems a bit mean not to add it on the drive, as Windows users are certainly going to want to use the huge capacity the drive offers.

Final verdict

Stunning capacity with a range of interfaces for not that much more money than two bare WD 3TB drives, and the five year warranty is handy too.

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