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

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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)


The charts above are beasts of many tells, most clear of which are the performance ceilings of FireWire 800 and USB 2.0, saturated before the drives can reach their potential. Once you hit the superior e-SATA, Hitachi's drive breaks away, while Western Digital's RAID-0 beastie, the Studio Edition II, does its best to nip at its heels, but suffers when it comes to random reads and writes. The USB 3.0-enabled My Book Essential drive makes an interesting data point, too: the lesser performance is a potential penalty of converting a SATA drive to USB.

There are areas where Hitachi's G-Drive takes the lead on the Studio, but this is likely a side effect of extra storage density meaning extra speed.

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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