Hard drive manufacturer Western Digital recently released its biggest Mac formated external drive, but the sad news is unlike Lacie, the new drive doesn’t come with Thunderbolt nor USB3 support. Like previous generations the fastest connection available is Firewire 800 for Macs and the faster eSATA for PCs, non eSATA and FW 800 machines can still use the slower USB2 standard. With an SRP of $550, the new MyBook Studio Edition II external drive have a maximum capacity of 6tb in RAID 0 configuration, and is stripped down to half when set to RAID 1.
The lack of Thunderbolt support might be justified by the pricetag, WD should have considered a faster USB3, but adding a USB3 support to a peripheral made for non-USB3 Macs is pretty much useless. Does this mean future Macintosh computers will not adapt USB3 in the near future? Probably yes.
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