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It is a quad interface external hard drive that can connect to a Windows or Macintosh computer via one of four interface options

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Pros

quiet

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user serviceable - easy to open, tool-less design

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trusted manufacturer - maker of quality HDDs

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affordable price considering the high cost of larger disks (2 x 1TB is around $200)

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external capacity gauge

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large variety of inputs - USB 2, FireWire 400/800, eSATA

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RAID 0/1 support for enhanced speed or storage redundancy

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Cons

RAID 0 by default - speed/capacity over data redundancy

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no kensington lock slot

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build quality has declined from the previous generation offering - thinner enclosure walls, less vibration reduction

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not so pretty

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The Western Digital My Book Studio 2nd-gen is a quad interface external hard drive that can connect to a Windows or Macintosh computer via one of four interface options: FireWire 400/800, eSATA, or USB 2.0. The hard-drive comes in a RAID 0 (striped disks) configuration, which means that the data is more efficiently distributed for improved data processing. Users have the option to pursue a RAID 1 (mirrored) configuration, in which half of the hard drive space is used to MIRROR the original data for enhanced data protection. Signature to the My Book Studio Edition II (2nd-Gen) is that it is user serviceable, in that one need only open the case and replace the existing drive if they wish to upgrade. No screwdrivers are required.

Features
  • Quad-Interface External Drive
  • FireWire 400 / 800 Interfaces
  • eSATA Interface Port
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • RAID 0/1 Configuration
  • External Capacity Gauge
  • Automatic Backup Software
  • Intelligent Drive Management (Auto Power-Up)
  • Intelligent Drive Management (Safe Shutdown)
  • Intelligent Drive Management (LED Status Lights)
  • User Serviceable (Upgrade w/o Screwdriver)
Specifications
  • Interface: FireWire 400/800 ; eSATA ; USB 2.0
  • Data Transfer (FW400): 400 Mb/s
  • Data Transfer (FW800): 800 Mb/s
  • Data Transfer (USB): 480 Mb/s
  • Data Transfer (eSATA): 3 Gb/s
  • Compatibility (Win): 2000/XP/Vistas
  • Compatibility (Mac): Mac OS X 10.4.10+, 10.5.2
Model Variations
  • WDH2Q10000 | 1TB - $269.99
  • WDH2Q20000 | 2TB - $329.99
  • WDH2Q40000 | 4GB - $649.99
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