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Western Digital Offers First 4TB External HDD

Gordon Kelly


Western Digital Offers First 4TB External HDD

Our primary storage tip on TrustedReviews has long been back up your data and if you're feeling flush then try this...

Western Digital has announced the "world's first four terabyte external hard drive for P2P fanatics for creative professionals" and it certainly employs Mac design sensibilities (read: metallic + minimalist) to woo punters.

Based around a pair of 2TB Caviar Green HDDs, the 'My Book Studio Edition II' dual drive system comes in a RAID 0 configuration and offers four interfaces: eSATA, FireWire 800 and 400 as well as USB 2.0. By using the Green line users should expect reduced power consumption along with quiet operation while a useful capacity gauge has been added to show how much space is available at a glance.

"With 4 terabytes of capacity, photographers, graphic artists, videographers and home video enthusiasts alike will have the space they need to store hours of high definition videos as well as the performance they need for demanding video editing applications," said WD president of marketing Dale Pistilli building the hunger of Usenet aficionados.

The 4TB version of the My Book Studio Edition II goes on sale immediately for £599.99 and boasts a tidy five year warranty. My only concern? You can buy entry level NAS in this price bracket...

Update: Turns out the price is £429.99 - there was an error in the release - now that makes a sizeable difference...


My Book Studio Edition II Product Page


June 10, 2009, 7:39 am

Glad to see the introduction of 4GB series, descending prices for the lesser models for all the professionals like us.


June 10, 2009, 12:27 pm

At what point does it become excessively pedantic to point out errors in the comments section rather than the main article?


Geoff Richards

June 10, 2009, 12:39 pm

At this point, I'd say :)

We don't have the functionality to allow user-editing of Comments, so once you hit enter you're stuffed. Besides, typing GB instead of TB is so easily done. It just happens that some of us have the necessary tools to cover our tracks, but you guys don't (yet) :)

Daniel Gerson

June 10, 2009, 1:41 pm

Okay, but "P2P fantatics" clearly is a spelling mistake unless fantatics is hip P2P insider lingo for fanatics. Maybe that's why it's scratched out... ;)


June 10, 2009, 4:06 pm

Can you RAID 1 it if you don't want your data to go "poof" if a drive fails (OK< you only have 2TB's then)


June 10, 2009, 4:17 pm

Could you run this is a backup config eg RAID 1 (I think its raid 1 could b raid 0 - whichever 1 backs things up) - great technical terms :-). If you could that would be sweet to get 2TB


June 10, 2009, 5:24 pm

Its nice to have RAID as option but it is still a single point of failure no matter how you configure. I am in need of a storage upgrade but holding off until the inevitable price realignments later this year.

Tony Walker

June 10, 2009, 10:17 pm

Yep, RAID 1 mirroring available.

Might have to get one of these as backup to my 1Tb RAID 1 NAS (Netgear Readynas DUO). Shame the 2Tb drives aren't cheap on their own or a 2Tb 2nd NAS would be an idea - if the Readynas supports the drives yet.


June 10, 2009, 10:54 pm

building the hunger of Usenet aficionados. - ONLY 4TB? not sufficient for this aficionado ;)

Anyway, I much prefer my own method of creating NAS/SANS..cheaper too I bet!

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