WD My Book Studio Edition II Review

April 3, 2008 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 6 Comments |

WD My Book Studio Edition IIOnly just announced, we bring you the World’s first review of the WD My Book Studio Edition II, an eco-friendly, high-capacity backup solution. Safely backing up your images on a regular basis is an essential part of any photographer’s workflow. Pro photographer Jon Canfield finds out if the new My Book Studio Edition II is up to the task…

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#1 AAA

At these prices it is still worth while to put your cash in a money market account earning 4% interest and pay for a Mozy.com account with unlimited back-ups online.

9:16 pm - Thursday, April 3, 2008

#2 Marty Panou

Nice starting review (of a drive I just purchased for my own system). Only question would be 'What about the built-in software for backup vs a software like SuperDuper! (sorry, exclamation point is part of the program's name) ?'

À Related question would be 'how about if the drive is partitionned (after reformating with Apple's Disk utility)... How well does the Western Digital software work with partitions?'

Yet another question: 'Can I have a bootable external backup made with the WD backup software?'

I'd love a feedback if you have the answers to the above questions.
Thanks,
MP

7:58 am - Saturday, April 5, 2008

#3 Marty Panou

Hello Again... I found some more info about the 'Memeo LifeAgent' software that comes with the WD Hard Drive. According to MacLife (URL: http://www.maclife.com/article/memeo_lifeagent) it would seem that the software can not make a bootable backup drive. Just wanted to share this info. For me, it is still going to be SuperDuper! to 'clone' bootable partitions on my Firewire external drives (It worked well in the past with a 250GB drive I actually use as my main 'computer Operating system' drive).
CIao.
MP

6:46 pm - Saturday, April 5, 2008

#4 Graham McCartney

Just a thought, but you wrote a review of a 2TB solution (mirrored) and then showed prices for a 1TB solution

3:32 pm - Tuesday, April 8, 2008

#5 Observer

1. Having no fans is fine for loudness but the problem with the passive cooling is that it's worse than active cooling, the hard disks will die sooner.
2. The shiney aluminium case is actually plastic...

6:33 pm - Tuesday, December 30, 2008

#6 Richard A. Petersen

I recently purchased this drive for use with my PowerMac G4 Quicksilver 2002. It worked right out of the box and after setting it up for RAID-1 I was able to transfer a few test files. However after copying 27GB of data to it, it stopped showing up as a device. I tried both Firewire and USB.

It also was not recognizable on a PowerBook G4. The problem might be heat related as I was able to get it working for a short time after it was powered off for an extended period. However it soon disappeared again.

For only having it a few days I have no confidence in the quality of this device. This might be a case of you get what you pay for. In a word - Junk

4:25 pm - Wednesday, May 6, 2009