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Western Digital MyBook Studio Edition II 2TB Firewire 400 / 800 & eSata External Hard Drive


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  • Dual-Drive Storage System with RAID
  • Quad interface: eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0
  • Formatted for Mac - Works with Apple's Time Machine
  • Powerful automatic backup software
  • User serviceable
  • Capacity gauge
  • Available in 1 TB and 2 TB
  • Industry-leading 5-year limited warranty
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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight2.6 Kg
Product Dimensions15.4 x 9.8 x 16.6 cm
Item model numberWDH2Q20000E
Screen Size3.5 inches
Hard Drive Size2000 GB
  
Additional Information
ASINB0016M2824
Best Sellers Rank 50,136 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.7 Kg
Date First Available8 Jun 2007
  
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USB/FW400,800/eSAA

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By P. W. Rautenbach on 19 July 2009
I've had a USB 500MB MyBook for some time and it has never given any trouble. I've also had my eye on the Studio Edition MyBook because it is Mac-friendly and has FireWire 800, which I want for video editing in iMovie. So when the time came to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) I took a quick look at what I could get and went for the Western Digital MyBook Studio Edition II 2TB Firewire 400/800 & eSata External Hard Drive. The 2TB size allows me to have a 700GB Time Machine partition and still have over 1TB for video storage. I'm using the time machine volume for both my iMac and my new 13" MacBook Pro. If you use the disk with Time Machine, first select the disk and choose Get Info from the File menu in Finder and untick the "Ignore ownership on this volume" check box.

The disk is attached to my iMac and enabled as a shared disk. The MacBook backs up wirelessly over WiFi to the shared disk. The initial MacBook backup would have taken a long time over WiFi so I plugged the disk directly into the MacBook for the first backup to get the benefit of the 800Mb/s speed. The transfer was very quick.

To get this to work properly, you start the first Time Machine backup over WiFi and then, once it gets going and starts copying files, you stop the Time Machine backup and restart it with the disk plugged directly into the laptop using the FireWire 800 cable (which comes with the disk). This ensures the Time Machine backups are correctly configured for remote backups over WiFi in normal use: For a remote backup, Time Machine needs a disk image on a shared drive. I created a sparse image volume using Disk Utility and then selected it for the first Time Machine backup from the laptop over WiFi.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr Zeus on 25 April 2009
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I have had this installed on my iMac for about a month now and it seems to work faultlessly. I use it to store my large photographic library and have it in Raid 1 configuration so everything is mirrored on the second drive.

It was very easy to install and configure just plug it into firewire or USB install the enclosed software click on the icon in the toolbar to configure to Raid 0 or Raid 1 and away you go!

I have this drive daisy chained by firewire 800 to a MyBook 1tb Studio Edition which is my 'Time Machine' drive.

Would thoroughly recommend this to anyone with a Mac looking for a high capacity external hard drive

I have had 2 WD drives for about 2 years - a WD passport and a 1tb MyBook Essential Edition which have been used with a laptop and PC desktop respectively and both have been heavily used and have prooved to be completely reliable.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Cantrell on 18 Mar 2009
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I have recently replace all the external drives on my file server. Previously I was using four Lacie 1TB jobbies (each of which was really four 250GB disks internally), but wanted to replace them because they're noisy and draw a lot of power. So I ended up with two Western Digital Mybook Studio II 2TB devices, which I've been using for 3 months (one of them) and one and a half months (the other).

I've got the same amount of storage as before, but it's now pretty much silent, drawing a lot less power. They were easy to install - as is expected these days with a modern operating system they're "plug n' play". They even came out of the box pre-formatted with HFS+ instead of something retarded but PC-compatible,although if you are lumbered with a legacy Windows machine reformatting them should be trivial. Speed is ... not something I care much about, as all my access to them is over a nyetwork that is slower than the bus connecting the disks to the host machine, but they're not noticeably slow.

I chose those disks because they were the ony ones I could find that were the right capacity and had both USB 2 and Firewire 400 ports. I need FW400 because the machine hosting them is old enough to have that and to have Ye Olde Slowe USBe. I want USB 2 for future compatibility. Turns out that they also have FW800 (which I'll probably never use) and eSATA, which may be useful one day.

They're also upgradable. The old Lacies I had aren't - they're sealed units. With these WD units, you're supposed to be able to lift the lid and replace the disks. And there's the only small niggle I have with 'em. On both the drives, the lid feels really cheap and plasticky, and wouldn't open properly. Yes, I did read the manual.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Hockley on 2 April 2010
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I bought this after a major crash on my Mac. I had backed everything up using time machine to a Fujitsu Siemens 1TB USB2 disk which did it's job in storing my whole digital world (1.5million items according to the backup) including all of my digital photos (and I take a lot) and Aperture vaults, and all of my Music (All 40Gb of it). The problem with the Fujitsu is that being USB 2.0 only it took five days to restore the data! I knew that I should have bought a Firewire 800 drive, so I scanned Amazon for reviews and came across this one. It arrived promptly (thanks Amazon) and looks the part in brushed aluminium case. I plugged it in, followed the instructions on the CD, installed the WD drive manager only (thanks to the other review for the tip off not to install the backup software if you want to use Time Machine). I reconfigured it for RAID1 which could not be simpler - right mouse-click, select RAID 1, then click on configure. Job Done. An interesting note in the user manual (C) Western Digital states: 'The HFS+ setting formats with an HFS Extended w/ Journal volume using a partition map type which best matches the Macintosh model the drive is currently connected to. On Macintosh computers with PowerPC processor(s), an Apple Partition Map structure is created. On Macintosh computers with Intel processor(s), a GUID Partition Table is created. For information on how to make your My Book bootable on an Intel-based Macintosh, go to support.wdc.com and search for answer ID# 1787 ' - if you have a power PC mac, I suggest you read it.

I then set about running a clean Time Machine backup of approximately 750Gb of data from my iMac G5 (2.33 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo with 3GB 667Mhz DDR2 SDRAM).
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