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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Our Verdict

Amazing capacity from Western Digital at a reasonable price


  • Stunningly huge capacity
  • Geared for Macs
  • Fast
  • Good value


  • No USB 3.0 interface
  • Large and heavy

Western Digital has never been slow in adding its largest capacity drives to its external drive family, and once it released the world's first internal 3TB drive, the Caviar Green 3TB, it was only a matter of time before it stuck it in an external enclosure.

But what if 3TB of external storage isn't enough for you? Western Digital has the solution – stick two 3TB Caviar Greens in a box, RAID them up and voila, you have the latest addition to the external range of drives, the 6TB (yes, 6TB, you read that right) My Book Studio Edition II (WDH2Q60000).

This range of drives comes under WD's Desktop for Mac banner. Although they work with Windows, there's a compromise for Windows users when it comes to one of the four interfaces WD used to access the My Book Studio Edition II's monstrous capacity.

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