WD My Book Studio Edition II, 4 TB External Dual Hard Drive, with USB 2.0, Firewire 400 / 800 & eSATA Interface, for Mac & Windows

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About Western Digital My Book St

WD My Book Studio Edition II Dual-Drive Storage System with RAID has 4 TB, Quad Interface. Quad interface, RAID-enabled, about 30% less power consumption, formatted for Mac. The My Book Studio Edition II treads lightly on the earth and carries big performance for creative professionals.

It is ideal for Smooth video editing, rendering complex 3D objects or special effects and saving huge blocks of data in record time.

Western Digital My Book St Features

  • The speed you need: Lightning-fast FireWire 800 combined with RAID 0 (Striped) yields the speed you need for smooth video editing, rendering complex 3D objects or special effects and saving huge blocks of data in record time
  • Cooler, quieter, eco-friendlier: Designed to use only WD's GreenPower drives, this system uses about 30% less energy than standard systems and runs quietly because it doesn't need a fan
  • Formatted for Mac: Works with Apple's Time Machine. Includes software and instructions for reformatting to Windows
  • Quad interface: Power your creativity with connections for ultra-fast eSATA and FireWire 800. For flexibility and convenience, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 are also included
  • Automatic backup software: Back up important projects to multiple destinations including file servers, portable drives and My Book. Set it and forget it; every time you save a change it's automatically backed up
  • Capacity gauge: See at a glance how much space is available on your storage system
  • Intelligent drive management features: Automatic power-up, Safe Shutdown and LED status and activity lights make this storage system especially easy to use

Western Digital My Book St Specifications

Capacity
4 TB
Interface
Quad Interface(FireWire 800, eSATA, USB 2.0, FireWire 400)
Serial Bus Transfer Rate(FireWire 800)
800 Mbits/s (Max)
Serial Bus Transfer Rate eSATA
3 Gb/s (Max)
Serial Bus Transfer Rate FireWire 400
400 Mbits/s (Max)
Serial Bus Transfer Rate USB 2.0
480 Mbits/s (Max)
Operating Temperature
41° F to 95° F
AC Input Voltage
100-240 VAC
AC Input Frequency
47-63 Hz
System Requirements
Available USB port, FireWire 800 or 400 port, eSATA port or eSATA adapter card
Mac OS X 10.4.10+, 10.5.2+
Windows 2000/XP/Vista

@@ Note: The 4 TB version works with Windows Vista only. Windows 2000/XP do not support hard drives with capacities above 2 TB.
Dimensions(HxLxW)
6.54 Inches x 6.06 Inches x 3.87 Inches
Weight
5.2 Pounds
Warranty
WD 5 year warranty

Western Digital My Book St Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers

(0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Has Issues

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from Everett, WA  -  Power user

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

30 second setup

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from Hewlett, NY  -  Power user

I use it for storage of massive photo files. Allows me to keep all my original file as well as my altered files. Out of box and into function on my Mac in a matter of seconds. No surprises, it just works.

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TOm b  is this new or used?
Andrew L  I bought two drives, both were packaged as new. I already have two similar drives, making a total of four. The serial numbers of the ones I just bought showed one with a larger number in the S/N, suggesting it was a newer lot, and one with a smaller number, suggesting it was from an older lot. One internal drive died in the "older" unit. Made me wonder if the "older" one was a refurbished unit? Adorama referred me to Western Digital. I contacted Western Digital requesting an RMA -- however as I had put sensitive data on it, I did not want to lose control over a damaged drive, and so requested a replacement without a return, and noting that I would shred (yes, they can be shredded) to failed unit. Western Digital has a policy to allow such an RMA without a return to protect sensitive data. I filed all the paperwork, but have not yet received the replacement in several weeks. I bought replalacement internal drives, just in case, so I used the one that I had, and the new, expected one from WD will be my next spare. I suspect that if I update the firmware, available from Western Digital, that the performance of all drives will be the same -- I have not yet done that. Long answer, but given the serial numbers and the drive failure, I thought the longer answer more useful. Bottom line? I would recommend a buy. If the serial number begins with a "1" it's older, if "3" it's newest (my interpretation). I would suggest updating the firmware before you put any data on it. Adorama is the only place that I've found these drives that use Firewire. Both Adorama and Western Digital's customer service were excellent.
ronjon28 r  Is this a good back up drive for photos and can it be used with a second drive?
Marie R  how can I tell whether I have a usb 3.0 or 2.0
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