Western Digital updates My Book storage system

Striped RAID configuration the default

Western Digital (WD) released the second-generation My Book Studio Edition external storage system scaling it to a total capacity of two terabytes.

The My Book Studio Edition II is a dual-drive system that is formatted for Apple's Mac OS X and is available now in capacities of one and two terabytes.

WD claims the new My Book is more "eco-friendly" through the use of its GreenPower hard drives for one-third the power consumption of similar units.

It features FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 interfaces, backup software, a capacity gauge to see how much space is available, and a five-year warranty.

The Studio Edition II is factory-shipped in RAID 0 (striped) configuration, but RAID 1 (mirrored) can be configured configurable.

More technical customers will also appreciate the ability to open the case and replace the disks inside.

A spokesperson for WD told TechWorld the system can be formatted for use with Windows and Linux, but doing so will erase the Mac-specific software pre-installed.

Vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups Jim Welsh, said the company developed the My Book Studio Edition II external drives to cater for Mac enthusiasts and creative professionals.

"Configured with RAID 0 out of the box, photographers, graphic artists, videographers, and others who require large amounts of storage will experience high performance combined with power savings and quiet operation when they use the new My Book Studio Edition II storage system," Welsh said.

The two terabyte Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II is available for $A699 from computer retailers.