Western Digital Targets Mac Users with 6TB Drive

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Western Digital announced a new two-disk raid called My Book Studio Edition II, and the company is aiming it at “creative pros and Mac enthusiasts.” The relatively small enclosure holds up to 6TB of storage, and it’s Time Machine-friendly out of the box. Windows users, however, can reformat the drives for their OS.

The drive is a quad interface device — WD is pushing its FW800 support, but it also has FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA support. The company is also labelling it “eco-friendly” in that it uses “approximately one-third less power than standard dual drive external storage systems.”

The enclosure is also relatively small, at 6.54” tall, 3.87” wide, and 6.06” deep.

WD’s site is a little vague on which RAID versions the device supports, but it appears to support RAID 0 (striping) and RAID 1 (mirrored). The company has not yet returned our request for clarification, but we’ll update this article as soon as we get an answer.

The device is priced at US$549, and it’s available now on WD’s website. There’s also a 4TB version for $459 and a 2TB for $249.

My Book Studio Edition II

Western Digital’s My Book Studio Edition II Two-Disk RAID

Source: Western Digital

Comments

MyRightEye

If they were targeting Mac users, any more than all the smaller ones of this drive that I own already, they’d have a Thunderbolt interface.

MacHead

“There?s also a 4TB version for $449 and a 2TB for $449.”

That’s actually $459.99 for the 4 TB and $249.99 for the 2 TB.

cb50dc

MyRightEye, I don’t know if I can fault them for not having T’bolt. Did the industry have any working knowledge of that before the MBP refresh a few weeks back?

I’d think they might have done more forward thinking with USB 3.0 ? but who knows whether The Steve will even go there.

In any case, that’s a big honkin’ hunk o’ hardware. Looks like currently the Ford F-150 of storage.

Lee Dronick

In any case, that?s a big honkin? hunk o? hardware. Looks like currently the Ford F-150 of storage

Twenty years ago I bought a 600MB hard drive and didn’t think I could ever fill it. SCSI interface, thick short cable, and a terminator. 

Good point about WD not knowing about ThunderBolt.

BurmaYank

Twenty years ago I bought a 600MB hard drive and didn?t think I could ever fill it. SCSI interface, thick short cable, and a terminator.?

Ah, yes - I remember those days so fondly.  I thought the same thing about getting my external 40 MB Apple HD about 21 or 22 years ago.

And also when, 23-25 years ago, after having previously installed the $?00.00 512 KB RAM upgrade into my Mac 128, which I subsequently upgraded with the Apple conversion kit to a 1 MB RAM Mac with a SCSI interface, for many more hundreds of dollars, I then installed an internal (!!!) (10MB?) MicahDrive AT into that that Mac (pseudo-)Plus, by soldering onto the motherboard a piggy-backed interface for that HD, for I think around $1200.

Yacko

I have to laugh. Formatted HFS+ and Windows users need to reformat. I’ve been on the wrong side of the format equation for so long that this feels real good.

cb50dc

600MB hard drive ...and a terminator.

Evil Arnold or Good Arnold?

Sorry, too easy a target, I know.

Nicolas diPierro

Gosh, I sure hope they include their crappy, unremovable software suite.

Dave Hamilton

That?s actually $459.99 for the 4 TB and $249.99 for the 2 TB.

smile Thanks for the heads-up and correction, MacHead!

MyRightEye

These drives never came with any software other than a RAID selection tool.

wab95

If they were targeting Mac users, any more than all the smaller ones of this drive that I own already, they?d have a Thunderbolt interface.

Exactly. I was about to make a similar point.

Did the industry have any working knowledge of that before the MBP refresh a few weeks back?

They may not have, but the blogosphere has been rife for months with rumours about ‘Lightpeak’. The absence of this feature on WD’s new release highlights either poor intel and/or poor planning; certainly poor timing. If its competitors come out with similarly spec’d storage offerings at competitive prices that are T’bolt enabled, WD will have to respond (at some cost) or eat their losses.

Apple’s third party developers/manufacturers/partners, like their competition, really need to start planning ahead and accommodating new and emerging technologies. That is where Apple are headed.

wab95

About T’bolt, it should be noted that current connection configurations will be (or are supposed to be) able to be adapted to T’bolt. Perhaps this is what WD was relying on. As to the performance of these adaptations relative to T’bolt primary connections, it is less clear - at least to me.

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