WD keeps pounding out the sectors this year, and the My Book Studio Edition II 6TB continues the trend. The II represents the fact that this unit houses not one, but two 3.5-inch hard drives inside for a whopping 6TB of external storage. The Studio Edition II is clad in a silver exterior, making it one of the few accessories that fits well with any computing environment, whether it’s Mac or PC-based.
Since WD does market the My Book II to content creationists and media enthusiasts who run OS X, the system comes with USB 2.0 and eSATA ports as well as FireWire 400 and 800. Unlike the Western Digital MyBook 3.0, the MyBook II doesn’t have USB 3.0. It doesn’t have Thunderbolt either, since the product was likely too far along when the new interconnect was introduced.
The My Book Studio Edition II comes formatted in HFS+ (the file system used by OS X) out of the box, though obviously switching over is just a matter of a few software toggles. The system also lets users configure whether they want RAID 1 (resulting in one 3TB drive that’s mirrored) or RAID 0 (one 6TB drive that isn’t).
Unlike some devices, WD touts the My Book II’s user serviceability, pointing out the fact that consumers can pop the drive open to replace the disks inside.
With a 5-year limited warranty and 6TB of storage, the My Book II clocks in at $549.99, and it’s available now from WD’s online store.