Company: Western Digital
Pros: Easy to use; compatible with Time Machine; two separate hard drives; RAID 1 mirroring and RAID 0 striping supported; iTunes server option allows music to be played across network.
Cons: No major weaknesses.
The My Book World Edition II is the latest addition to Western Digital’s popular range. This considerably fatter version contains two separate hard drives that allow it to act as a RAID drive, supporting RAID 1 mirroring and RAID 0 striping, making it one of the more versatile RAID drives in this group.
Our review unit had two 1TB drives (2TB total) and cost £240, with a two 2TB drives model (4TB total) costing £510.
The WE II uses a browser interface for adjusting its settings, but Western Digital get extra brownie points from Mac users for enabling the drive to use Apple’s Bonjour networking system. The web interface also caters for people with different levels of technical knowledge, from Basic mode to Advanced, which provides RAID settings and an iTunes server option. There’s a handy Update button in the browser interface that allowed us to install the new software automatically, and Western Digital has included its own WD Anywhere Backup program.
Performance was good too, coming in at 19 minutes for our file back-up test. The only feature missing is the wireless networking of Apple’s Time Capsule. However, the World Edition II is over £100 cheaper than the 2TB version of the Time Capsule, making it a good choice for any home or business user that needs plenty of extra storage at a competitive price.