Review: WD My Book Studio Edition II RAID Office

If you think that the larger is better when it comes to storage space, you may be interested in my Book Studio edition ii, 3 to combines two drives in a RAID 0 Setup for a whopping 6 of Western Digital data storage. In addition to abundant space of My book, the reader has a quiet operation and read speeds comparable with other configurations of its kind.

Macworld Lab tests showed the willingness to read speeds that were very close to the competition. In our testing of USB 2.0, scores of My Book Studio Edition II posted 36 4MBps in our folder 2 GB read test, 36 9MBps in our file of 2 GB read test and 36 7MBps AJA test system - all three scores only in external 1 or 2MBps of other hard drives desktop. Via FireWire 800, the My Book Studio Edition II, posted record 2 GB read 76 2MBps speed, shy of matching the Iomega eGo Desktop () and the CalDigit AV 1TB () reader just 0 7MBps. The my book Studio Edition II displayed 2 GB file read speed 85 6MBps, just behind the AV 1TB drive and before the eGo of Office.

My Book Studio Edition II write speed, however, were not quite as competitive. It reached 28 2MBps in our test file 2 GB and 28 9MBps writing in the writing of file 2 GB test via USB 2.0. When tested more than FireWire 800 drive writes 2 GB file and test file at a speed of 50 7MBps and 60 9MBps, respectively, all these notes being close to background for desktop external hard drives.

My Book Studio Edition II, however, is well designed and easy to use. As other readers WD online, the table has a look clean, simplified, with a plastic top and grey case perforated. On the front, you will find an oval line turns white light in the activity and the back has two FireWire 800 ports, separate eSATA and USB 2.0, power ports and a power button. The My Book Studio Edition II weighs 4.5 pounds, not necessarily portable, but much lighter than other readers of its kind.

WD includes FireWire 800, USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 FireWire 400 cables. There is also an adapter with power for use in the United States cards, Canada and the United Kingdom and a CD with utilities and manual.Inside of the case are two disks of 3 to WD Caviar Green with 64 MB of cache. Readers understand WD' IntelliSpeed technology ramps up or slows down the rotation speed of the drive according to the operation. The enclosure is fanless, and regular use of My Book Studio Edition II was absolutely silent, except for one click light from time to time, just hot to the touch, never hot.It is necessary to install any software on your Mac to start to use the My Book Studio Edition II, but a software CD is included. On it you will find the WD Anywhere backup software, where you do not want to use Time Machine. Disk Manager, a utility that allows you to change the configuration of the array is also on the CD. Once installed, Disk Manager is located in your Mac menu bar, followed the My Book Studio Edition II. We found that the software is simple to use, and we could change the alignment of our drive for RAID 0, RAID 1 and even to change the system file HFS + in FAT32, allowing you to share the drive with a Windows machine. The software also allows you to know the health of your table and drives inside, even the temperature at which they run.The only disadvantages of software have been that, in our usage, it took a minute to change parameters, a little slower that other tables, we used, and the Drive Manager software adds another process running at the bottom of the OS X, something prefer us to avoid. Finally, the CD contains by WD Turbo + drivers that are supposed to provide performance boost, but we note any difference in performance.Although its write performance is less stellar, the My Book Studio Edition II provides a large amount of storage space, a sleek look and many connection options. Western Digital also includes a 5-year limited warranty. If you need to store 722 hours of video HD or $ 1.5 million MP3, it is a device of good storage for your needs.


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