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WD 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive

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Product Highlights
  • 7200rpm
  • USB 2.0
  • FireWire-800
  • eSATA
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • HFS+ Formatted for Macintosh

The 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive from WD is a high-capacity external hard drive with an interface that allows it to be connected via FireWire-800, USB 2.0, or eSATA.

The drive is housed in an elegant design that can at first glance be mistaken for that of a hardbound book. This makes the drive an excellent choice for anyone who would like to have a unique and classy drive to use for external data storage. The drive features built-in power-saving, has no environmental contaminants, and ships in recyclable packaging, making it as friendly to the environment as it is to your data.

The drive comes preformatted with the Mac OS X HFS+ Journaled file system, making it an excellent choice for creative professionals who work on the Mac platform. WD Anywhere Backup software for OS X is included. The drive can also be reformatted for use in Windows. This drive is an excellent choice for anyone who would like to add storage to their computer without sacrificing aesthetics.

Configure as a RAID 0 or RAID 1 array
Connects via eSATA, FireWire-800, or USB 2.0
HFS+ formatted for Mac OS X, can be reformatted for Windows systems
Eco-friendly design uses WD GreenPower drives
User-serviceable design: no tools are required to replace a drive
Capacity gauge lets you know how much space is free on your drive
Performance
Capacity 2TB
Interface 1x USB 2.0
1x eSATA
2x 9-Pin FireWire-800
Drive Speed 7200rpm
Buffer Not Specified by Manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate Not Specified by Manufacturer
Drivers
Supported Not Required
Included Not Required
System Requirements
Operating System Mac OS X 10.4.10+, 10.5.2+, 10.6.x; Windows 2000, XP
Hardware FireWire-800, USB 2.0, or eSATA port
General
Mounting Desktop
Power Requirements AC: 100-240VAC, 47-63Hz
Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 41-95°F (5-35°C)
Storage Temperature: -4-149°F (-20-65°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.9 x 6.5 x 6.1" (9.8 x 16.6 x 15.4cm)
Weight 5.2 lb (2.6kg)
WD 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive
  • USB Cable
  • FireWire-800 Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Software CD-ROM
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Western Digital2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive
     
    4.5

    (based on 247 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (154)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (75)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (8)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (202)
    • Large capacity / good size (199)
    • Easy to set up (198)
    • Quiet (149)
    • Attractive (141)

    Cons

    • No power switch (13)
    • Unreliable (7)
    • Difficult to use (6)
    • Noisy (4)
    • Slow (4)

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (192)
    • Additional storage (164)
    • Photo storage (156)
    • Video (131)
    • File transfer (58)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (196), Casual user (45)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (127), Business (113)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (83), PC (17)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Solved all my problems

    I had been struggling for weeks in my attempts to get a large networked hard drive to consistently back up from my Mac Pro. I would be led to believe the data was being...Read complete review

    I had been struggling for weeks in my attempts to get a large networked hard drive to consistently back up from my Mac Pro. I would be led to believe the data was being backed up only to find that the network lost its connection and the data backups were not taking place. I desperately wanted to find a bullet proof solution that would take advantage of the Mac's "Time Machine" backup program and would run seamlessly in the background. After some research I learned of the My Book Studio Edition II that had been formated for the Mac OS 10x and would work using Time Machine.

    I ordered the My Book and plugged it into my Mac expecting the usual issues and work-arounds before I would be able to get it to run properly. To my amazement after I plugged it in, the Mac immediately identified the drive and asked me if I wished to use this drive for a system backup using Time Machine. I clicked on the "yes" button and that was all I had to do. The Mac and the WD My Book Studio Edition II took it from there. The drive is now backed up incrementally every hour without so much as a hick-up along the way. I had about 1.5 TB of data to back up so I chose to plug it into the Firewire 800 ports on the HD and the Mac. It took about 24 hours to back up all my data the first time. Now that that backup has been done it only takes a few seconds each time for the incremental backup. I sleep well at night knowing my data is once again safe and the backups happen reliably as I need them to be.

    A smaller point, but still not overlooked by Western Digital is the beautiful design of this product. It shares an identical form and finish as my my Mac Pro. It is as if the WD design team worked in concert with the Apple design team to produce this beautiful and certainly functional product. It lays on top of my Mac Pro tower and looks like it is part of the actual chassis of the computer.

    My hat is off to WD for the overall quality, functionality, user friendliness, and elegant design of this great hard drive. I will certainly be back to buy further products in the future.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Almost perfect

    This would be a truly amazing product, but...

    I have two 2TB drives, I have been having problems with them since day one. I called costumer support and they...Read complete review

    This would be a truly amazing product, but...

    I have two 2TB drives, I have been having problems with them since day one. I called costumer support and they told me it could be a faulty power supply. They said they will send a replacement which they never did. When I bought the second drive, thinking that I might get lucky as the product has overall good reviews and a very attractive price. Found out right away that has the same problems. The issues are that they boot off as I'm working, sometimes corrupting the files. Sometimes they just don't show up in the finder. I called customer support once again and i was lucky to get a representative that knew exactly what the problem was. The way they "mac" formatted the drives, at least on my case, came with wrong or corrupted firmware for firewire usage. The solution they gave me was to buy a new drive to back up all my information and then reinstall the right firmware, this, instead of offering to send a replacement correctly formatted.

    I change them to work in USB and so far it's good, but slower as it's not firewire 2.

    Also the blue light it's annoying as it doesn't go off when you turn the computer off when used with firewire. You have to power them off individually.

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    3.0

    Very Big!

    By Mateo

    from Montevideo, Uruguay

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy To Set Up
    • High Capacity
    • Portable
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • File Transfer
      • Photo Storage
      • Video

      Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

      It is nice but is too big.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      Great Drive

      By Mrwashur

      from NH

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • No Power Switch

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup
      • Desktop Use
      • Video

      Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

      I have had this for about two years, maybe more now. I used it mainly as a back-up and a scratch disk. Kept up with simple high definition and rarely dropped any frames. I recently took the two drives out and used them in my new tower as scratch disks. Only issue is that since they're green drives they sleep a lot and can take a few second to wake back up. The bast part is the hub still works as a firewire hub/converter for cameras.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      Just What I Expected

      By Adam

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

        I am using this for HD video editing on AVID for school and so far it has worked flawlessly. Everything I needed (cords, manual, software, etc) came with the drive.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Great RAID for the price

        By MacBook backer upper

        from Cincinnati, OH

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • Photo Storage
          • Video

          Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

          I wanted a dual RAID drive (with RAID 1 mirroring) to back up my MacBook and extra audio/video content I previously had on a single external hard drive. This was by far the best priced product out there. Simple to set up and use. Western Digital software easy to check drive status.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Economical Raid 1 Solution

          By Noel

          from CA

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to use
          • High Capacity
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup
            • Photo Storage
            • Video

            Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

            Economical Raid 1 solution. User-replaceable hard drives.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            5.0

            Great Buy

            By Phil

            from Cincinnati, OH

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup
              • Photo Storage

              Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

              I bought this to back up all my photos. Although it comes out of the box configured for Mac users, I had no trouble reconfiguring it for Windows 7. The option of RAID 1 is nice to have, although I haven't tried it yet. For those looking to save some money on a RAID, this is one product to check out.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              4.0

              Good Hard Drive

              By Dave

              from Huntington Beach, CA

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy to use

              Cons

              • Size

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup
              • File Transfer
              • Photo Storage

              Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

              I use this drive for photography storage. I run my catalogs from Lightroom 4 off of this drive. It's not super fast, but it does have a firewire that speeds it up a bit. It's not super loud, it does make some funny noise when it's warming back up. Otherwise, my only complaint is how think the drive is. It's twice the thickness of my other drives, so make room on your desk : )

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Great external

              By Wissam

              from Doha, Qatar

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy to use
              • High Capacity

              Cons

              • No Power Switch

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup
              • File Transfer
              • Photo Storage
              • Video

              Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

              Does what its supposed to do exeptionally well. Very happy with this purchase.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              4.0

              2TB My Book Studio Edition II

              By weihan106

              from Houston

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy to use
              • High Capacity
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Photo Storage
                • Video

                Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                Work like it should

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Great device

                By DUDE

                from USA

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Raid Capability

                Cons

                • None yet

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Photo Storage
                • Video

                Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                I have had other WD HDs, with good results. Ihave only had This one for a short while but seems to be doing all that is expected. I use it primarly for storage of photos & videos. I use two computers one WIN7 PRO, and the other Win8 PRO,This unit works well with both. I have not used the green drives before so hope they hold up.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                5.0

                WD works for me

                By Televisionary

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • High Capacity
                • Portable
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                    I store High Def video files on here. This is the second one I've bought in the last 4 months and I have no complaints at all. The price is great, the build quality of the case is good, and it has two FW800 ports plus others that are useful. Plug it into a Mac and it appears on your desktop immediately.
                    The only odd thing I have found with Western Digital hard drives is you have to hold the power switch in for about 3 seconds in order to turn it off, after you eject the disc from your desktop and pull the cable. And the off switch doesn't give you as much of a touch response that you've pushed it in as I would like, as does the toggle switch in other drives I own.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Works great!

                    By Fluteytunes

                    from Santa Rosa, Ca.

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use
                    • High Capacity

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Additional Storage
                      • Backup
                      • Video

                      Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                      Plug and play. Extremely fast. Buy it.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      I would buy this product again

                      By J Heck

                      from New York

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy to use
                      • High Capacity
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Backup
                        • Photo Storage
                        • Video

                        Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                        great product - great price

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        5.0

                        External HD

                        By Tpl

                        from Nyack NY

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy to use
                        • High Capacity
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup
                          • Photo Storage
                          • Video

                          Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                          Fair price and able to configure as Raid 1.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          Excellent External Drive

                          By Bob

                          from Vancouver, Wa.

                          About Me Power user

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy to use
                          • High Capacity

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • Backup
                            • File Transfer
                            • Photo Storage
                            • Video

                            Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                            I am using this drive to backup my video and photos from my iMac. Set it up in RAID 1 configuration to prevent data loss in case one of the drives fails. I like knowing I can replace one of the two drives if one should fail and still won't lose any data. Reasonable data transfer speeds.

                            Download the software from Western Digital's site and managing the RAID setup is a breeze. It makes a little bit of a humming nosie, but I power it down when it is not in use.Not really a big deal.

                            I think I am going to buy another and daisy chain it for additional storage. Can't beat B&H price.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            the best ever

                            By dtor

                            from palm bay, florida

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy to use
                            • High Capacity
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Storage
                              • Backup
                              • File Transfer
                              • Photo Storage
                              • Video

                              Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                              I use this for my music and movies i love this machine it the best and fast too.

                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              4.0

                              So far so good!

                              By Anon

                              from Philadelphia

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to use
                              • High Capacity

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup

                                Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                                After 2 weeks, no problems yet with this hard drive. My main complaint is the enormous plug that covers up three outlets on my power strip.

                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                5.0

                                Great!

                                By djcomatose

                                from Los Angeles, California

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Easy to use
                                • High Capacity

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • Photo Storage
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                                  This is the second of these I bought, and a third one is on the way. Great design and structure, fast, preformatted HFS+, and years of usage with no problems, not to mention top line support for what Apple has long ago forgot about: Legacy G5, G4, G3, and pre-G3 Macintoshes (The first one I got and used on a 9600, which was great because the HFS+ was superior to that which comes with MacOS 9.2.2 or earlier). Anyway, great product, and thanks B&H for also making it affordable! :)

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  Good system

                                  By DevoDave

                                  from Cincinnati, OH

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Easy to use
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                  • None

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage

                                  Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                                  Easy plug and play with Mac, used FireWire 800 with supplied cable, using to store music files, after install simply changed to RAID 1 via enclosed software and all is well with all data mirrored. Case matches Mac aesthetic, but is plastic unlike some other WD Mac products that have metal exteriors, but not a problem. I wish WD would find better ways to communicate the disc activity on the drive other than mysterious and even random lights. For my application, Thunderbolt connection was not desired or needed. Good value.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  3.0

                                  Good drive

                                  By Bryan

                                  from MO

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Additional Storage
                                    • Photo Storage

                                    Comments about Western Digital 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                                    Had a little problem getting it formatted to a Raid 1, but after that I haven't had any problems. It was a good value when I got it on sale.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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