Western Digital My Book Studio (2TB) review: Western Digital My Book Studio (2TB)

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
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The Good Will easily match your Mac if you're aesthetically driven. Metal casing gives a feeling of solidity.

The Bad Drive is non-user-serviceable. Mac focus means no USB 3.0.

The Bottom Line If you need a FireWire 800 drive, the My Book Studio gives a good amount of grunt, and is about as Maccy as one can Mac. Now we just need to wait for Apple to pick up USB 3.0, and we can forget about all these disparate interfaces.

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You can always tell when you're holding an Apple-based accessory, judging by exactly how much powder-finished aluminium is gracing the exterior. In the case of the new Studio, it's not just silver-coloured plastic, but actual aluminium, adding a bit of heft to the product.

It also ups the Mac ante by including Mac Pro-esque perforations and throwing in a pair of FireWire 800 ports. There's a USB 2.0 port as well, but make no bones about it — it's here for nothing more than compatibility.

Sequential reads (MBps)

  • e-SATA
  • FireWire 800
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • 149.572.5723.78N/A
    Hitachi G-Drive (3TB)
  • 127.3583.3320.32N/A
    Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II (6TB)
  • N/A83.5921.95
    N/AWestern Digital My Book Studio (2TB)
  • N/AN/AN/A117.8
    Western Digital My Book Essential (3TB)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Sequential writes (MBps)

  • e-SATA
  • FireWire 800
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • 153.1057.8122.95N/A
    Hitachi G-Drive (3TB)
  • 98.560.519.55N/A
    Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II (6TB)
  • N/A74.4323.02N/A
    Western Digital My Book Studio (2TB)
  • N/AN/AN/A93.82
    Western Digital My Book Essential (3TB)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

512K random reads (MBps)

  • e-SATA
  • FireWire 800
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • 57.9840.9118.45N/A
    Hitachi G-Drive (3TB)
  • 38.5334.3615.30N/A
    Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II (6TB)
  • N/A37.3918.69N/A
    Western Digital My Book Studio (2TB)
  • N/AN/AN/A40.69
    Western Digital My Book Essential (3TB)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

512K random writes (MBps)

  • e-SATA
  • FireWire 800
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • 66.8149.8722.86N/A
    Hitachi G-Drive (3TB)
  • 28.7329.3418.62N/A
    Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II (6TB)
  • N/A54.322.56N/A
    Western Digital My Book Studio (2TB)
  • N/AN/AN/A51.64
    Western Digital My Book Essential (3TB)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

4K random reads (MBps)

  • e-SATA
  • FireWire 800
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • 0.7220.6090.663
    Hitachi G-Drive (3TB)
  • 0.4670.4790.414
    Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II (6TB)
  • N/A0.5310.502
    Western Digital My Book Studio (2TB)
  • N/AN/AN/A0.610
    Western Digital My Book Essential (3TB)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

4K random writes (MBps)

  • e-SATA
  • FireWire 800
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • 1.7351.6011.724
    Hitachi G-Drive (3TB)
  • 0.2950.3030.310
    Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II (6TB)
  • N/A1.2121.156
    Western Digital My Book Studio (2TB)
  • N/AN/AN/A0.974
    Western Digital My Book Essential (3TB)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)


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Western Digital My Book Studio (2TB)

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