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WD 6TB 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
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The 6TB 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
UPC: 718037778396
Performance
Capacity 6TB
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 10.5.2+ Leopard and OS X 10.6.x Snow Leopard
  • OS X 10.7 Lion is supported via software update from WD's website

    Windows
  • Vista and 7
  • 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)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 8.6 x 7.6"
    WD 6TB 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 Digital6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive
     
    4.6

    (based on 82 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (58)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Large capacity / good size (71)
    • Easy to use (68)
    • Easy to set up (62)
    • Quiet (55)
    • Attractive (36)

    Cons

    • Slow (3)

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (59)
    • Additional storage (54)
    • Photo storage (41)
    • Video (35)
    • File transfer (20)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (62), Casual user (16)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (39), Business (38)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (66), PC (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Easy to Use After Trouble With Setup

    I bought this produce as a storage device for high definition video that eats up tons of space and to use with my new iMac running OS X Lion. I intended to partition it...Read complete review

    I bought this produce as a storage device for high definition video that eats up tons of space and to use with my new iMac running OS X Lion. I intended to partition it (set it up at RAID 1) so that the two separate 3TB drives would mirror one another, thereby serving as a backup. The disk that came with the hard drive did not install the current version of the software, which prevented me from even launching the "Raid Manager" software which would allow me to reconfigure the drive from RAID 0 (default) to RAID 1. The folks at WD support were helpful, but I figured it out myself by downloading and installing the updated software from the WD website. It took longer than it should have, but now it's working just fine.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Most unstable external drive I've used

    I must be in the minority, but I've had terrible luck with these drives. I purchased 4 of them in November, to use for backup, and all 4 of them were temperamental nearly...Read complete review

    I must be in the minority, but I've had terrible luck with these drives. I purchased 4 of them in November, to use for backup, and all 4 of them were temperamental nearly straight out of the box: everytime I used one, it would take a few tries just to get the drive to mount, and all four drives at some point gave me the error (when copying files), "The operation stopped because some data in the file [filename] could not be read/written." I've never had this problem with my Seagates, or even my WD 3TB drives. Sometimes I would reattempt the copy operation, and it would work. Sometimes I would simply have to delete the file and back it up from another source. This error persisted across a Mac Pro and two Macbook Pros, regardless of what power outlet or cable I used (USB, FireWire 800, eSATA). Now, five or so months later, after relatively little read/write use, 2 out of the 4 have completely failed, in different ways: one of them freezes and crashes Mac OS in attempting to access or copy certain chunks of data (these "weak points" seem to be arbitrarily distributed across the drive), and one drive no longer mounts at all - neither drive has been fixable with Verify Disk or Repair Disk. I qualify for RMAs, but these 6TB drives are such a headache, I don't intend to use one ever again. They simply aren't stable enough for a business. I'm sure others have had good luck, and perhaps I've just had extraordinarily bad luck, but that's enough to keep me away. I'll stick to my 3TB and 4TB Seagates: I've purchased 15 of them over the past couple years, and not one has given me trouble yet - knock on wood.

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    5.0

    GREAT BUY

    By TGray

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup

      Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

      Excellent performance and value.

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

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      5.0

      Nice fat drive

      By Ricaldo

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

        Great to finally be able to back up my entire system with one device.

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

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By Yuri

        from Miami,FL

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

          Excellent Product

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

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          5.0

          Compact Storage and plenty of it

          By yourvide

          from Palmyra, PA

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup
            • Video

            Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

            An attractively deigned unit that is great for additional storage without breaking the bank.

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

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            1.0

            Most unstable external drive I've used

            By kagiv

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Power user

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Mounting Problems
            • Unreliable
            • Very Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • Backup

            Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

            I must be in the minority, but I've had terrible luck with these drives. I purchased 4 of them in November, to use for backup, and all 4 of them were temperamental nearly straight out of the box: everytime I used one, it would take a few tries just to get the drive to mount, and all four drives at some point gave me the error (when copying files), "The operation stopped because some data in the file [filename] could not be read/written." I've never had this problem with my Seagates, or even my WD 3TB drives. Sometimes I would reattempt the copy operation, and it would work. Sometimes I would simply have to delete the file and back it up from another source. This error persisted across a Mac Pro and two Macbook Pros, regardless of what power outlet or cable I used (USB, FireWire 800, eSATA). Now, five or so months later, after relatively little read/write use, 2 out of the 4 have completely failed, in different ways: one of them freezes and crashes Mac OS in attempting to access or copy certain chunks of data (these "weak points" seem to be arbitrarily distributed across the drive), and one drive no longer mounts at all - neither drive has been fixable with Verify Disk or Repair Disk. I qualify for RMAs, but these 6TB drives are such a headache, I don't intend to use one ever again. They simply aren't stable enough for a business. I'm sure others have had good luck, and perhaps I've just had extraordinarily bad luck, but that's enough to keep me away. I'll stick to my 3TB and 4TB Seagates: I've purchased 15 of them over the past couple years, and not one has given me trouble yet - knock on wood.

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

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            5.0

            Works like a charm!

            By Milestone Imaging

            from Denver, CO

            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

              Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

              We bought this to get our photo library off the computer's hard drive. I set it up as RAID1, and it works perfectly. Since we already had a 1TB WD drive running Time Machine, this one is daisy chained to it. I think we should be good to go for the next couple of years of wedding shoots. I should have done this a long time ago!

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

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              5.0

              Just as advertised

              By HHarryM

              from Mississippi

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Backup

                Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                Does just what is said it would.

                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                4.0

                Good drives, case weak

                By Bummed

                from San Diego, CA

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Poor Case Construction

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                This drive worked great until it was knocked off the table by a toddler. It fell on a soft carpet, but now doesn't work. The drives are quiet and easy to use, but the case does not protect them well.
                I bought the same one to replace it because the price point is appropriate. Just be aware that it didn't take much to compromise the integrity of the hardware. It only fell about 2 feet onto thick carpeting.

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

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                5.0

                quick and reliable so far

                By tasmania

                from New Jersey

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup

                  Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                  I use this for Time Machine and other backups. I use RAID 0 for the full 6 GB. This is more capacity than I need today, but I wanted more than the 3GB that RAID 1 would have provided. I use FireWire 800. Setup was easy, and so far the disk has worked well. My only complaint is that the unit is big.

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

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                  4.0

                  Happy with this purchase

                  By Thor

                  from Virginia

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup

                    Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                    Transaction with B&H was great, paid UPS ground and received in two days. I have a Mac and the drive was plug and go out of the box. I easily changed to Raid 1 from the default Raid 0. Using USB connection and the data transfer speed is OK for me. This was a concern after reading product reviews pre-purchase. I am using this drive to store my music collection so transfer speed is not really a concern. I am happy with the purchase and would recommend this unit and B&H to others. The only reason that I did not rate it 5 stars is that I have only had the drive about a month. However, I also have two other WD externals, a 500GB (5yrs) and 2TB (1+yr)and both still work great.

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

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                    5.0

                    Reliable and fast.

                    By Celsomm

                    from Rye - NY

                    About Me Casual user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Easy to use
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                        I use this drive to store my pictures, music and documents.
                        The good thing about it is, I was able to connected this Drive to my router. Now I can share files between my two 2 macs. It's very quite.
                        I don't like the long light line on front of it that keeps blanking on and off.

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

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                        4.0

                        good but had to do something first

                        By Ted S.

                        from MA

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Compact
                        • High Capacity

                        Cons

                        • Pre-formatted

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Backup
                        • File Transfer

                        Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                        I used this store large files were spread out on multiple drives. This will serve as a central hub while the others can be stored away a backups. The great thing about this is the size. The aesthetics I must say is nice as well. I like replaced the several other drives I had to save available plug outlets not to mention this is better for sharing.

                        I use this primary on a machine with windows 7. I had a problem where it can pre-formatted for Mac's. I was unable to formatted it to NTFS solely using windows. Luckily, I had a Mac anyways and was able to format it in OSx. If you only have a windows 7 machine, this could be difficult, because you might need a mac to format it to NTFS. Mac users have nothing to worry about.

                        Other reviews have mentioned about sleep mode and such. I have not noticed any significantly different about this drive from the several I had before.

                        It's very quiet and windows 7, says the real capacity is 5.45 TB. I would buy this again and recommend it others.

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

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                        5.0

                        6TB WD drive

                        By Studioel

                        from Nyack NY

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup

                          Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                          I use as a raid 1 to backup stills and video

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

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                          5.0

                          Works perfect!

                          By Philly Dude

                          from Philly, PA

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup

                            Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                            This HDD is amazing. Very affordable compared to others out there. Good design.

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

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                            5.0

                            Great purchase!

                            By remmealaska

                            from Portland, OR

                            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 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                              This product is great and it came in a timely manner. I would recommend this hard drive and B&H to anyone :)

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

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                              5.0

                              Simple and spacesaving

                              By TK

                              from Aurora, CO

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Compact
                              • Easy to use
                              • High Capacity
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • Backup
                                • Video

                                Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                                Works fine right out of the box, since I'm not using the raid function. I'm using the drive as a secondary back up of other drives and am able to fit 3 previous drives' worth of information on this one drive, which takes up half the space. Now all the other drives can be put away and I get a good portion of my desk back!

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

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                                5.0

                                Great!!! Tons of space.

                                By Jim

                                from Eastern shore DE

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photo Storage

                                  Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                                  I am using the disk in a mirrored configuration. This gives be redundant backup for all my photos. I was running out of disk space on my main drive so I moved the Picture directory to this drive. It was a snap to set up.

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

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                                  5.0

                                  Growing up!

                                  By Just Drew

                                  from Hickory, NC

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Either Mac Or Pcnot Both

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • File Transfer
                                  • Home Network
                                  • Music
                                  • Photo Storage
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                                  First laptop I ever had was 4gb and I was floored how good it was. Now I am older the 6tb hard drive blew me away. What is next? I had a bunch of 1TB drives with files on them and this allowed me to put them all in one place now. This drive is great working with my macs. Do not think you could beat the price. Great bang for the buck!

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

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                                  5.0

                                  I Like it so much I bought a Second One

                                  By AL904

                                  from Jacksonville Beach, 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
                                    • Photo Storage

                                    Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                                    I bought a WD 6TB to replace my Seagate external drive that was unreliable from Day One. With an ever growing huge number of large raw, dng, and tiff photo files, I wanted an external drive for my iMac. I figured I would never need more than 6TB. However, the speed and reliability of the Western Digital convinced me to buy a second one to provide a backup for the first. Using my Mac's Time Machine backup software, I now have two WD6TB's connected via Firewire. I operate off the first drive where I have my Lightroom catalog and my photo files, and Time Machine backs up my Mac's internal drive as well as the original WD 6TB to the second WD 6TB. It is really a good setup.

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

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                                    5.0

                                    highly recommend

                                    By officerfishdumplings

                                    from San Francisco, CA

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive:

                                        I'm using this drive to backup all of my computers and external drives to. It's the largest capacity drive I"ve purchased, but somehow it manages to be more compact than other drives I've had in the past. On top of that, it is very quiet, fast, and not too shabby looking.

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