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    Western Digital My Book Duo S

    Western Digtial's high-performance direct attached My Book Duo Western Digital's strategy is more than just a skin-deep makeover. With a capacity of 20TB, the WD My Book Duo is the mother of all external drives. download WD 4TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID External Hard Drive - USB - WDBLWEJCH-NESN: My Book Duo is your personalized digital vault. With up.

    Western Digital recently revamped many of its consumer product lines with new bold products that all seem to follow the same design theme. We have all three of the new products in house for testing. The My Book Duo is the next "My" product to go under our microscope. Western Digital's strategy is more than just a skin-deep makeover. The capacities have increased, but prices have, for the most part, decreased. Meanwhile, WD's value-add software package went up to class-leading levels. It's a potent combination that's currently unmatched in the two-bay direct attached storage DAS market. Over the last several years the two-bay DAS market has shrunk. We think the rise of 4K video, which requires higher transfer speeds for real-time editing than most two-bay HDD-based systems can deliver, is one of the biggest reasons. The potent combination should give you enough of a performance increase to enable light 4K video editing in real time. Like the other new products in the "My" portfolio, Western Digital doesn't list many, or in some cases any, performance specifications. There aren't any sequential write or random performance specifications. Connectivity comes from a single USB 3.

    The USB 3. It also acts as a rather nifty doc for older devices that still utilise the USB 3.

    WD My Book Duo 4TB Two-Bay USB Type-C WDBFBEJBK-NESN B&H

    The USB-C port is used to plug directly into your computer. If you need to get to the two drives, then the top of the box can be removed. Inside are the two drive trays. These are also push-fit and can be released quickly by pushing in the release and pulling up. Once removed, a failed drive can be unbolted from the caddy and replaced with ease.

    There is also the option which is set-up through the software to enable encryption.

    This is bit AES hardware encryption. The My Book Duo can be used with either Mac or PC systems but it needs to be formatted in the correct file system for that system before use.

    Build Quality and Handling The latest WD Duo is a complete redesign from the previous generation which had existed for a few years. The updated look is definitely more stylish and overall it has a higher quality feel. The simple lines and single light across the front of the drive make it easy to see the statue of the drives.

    The ports are neatly hidden around the back and help to keep the drive and cables tidy. The switch to the latest USB-C port is the biggest step forward.

    The old USB 3. As usual with external hard drives, there is no type of cable lock to keep the USB-C cable locked into the back of the drive. While the USB-C connector is far more robust, for peace of mind, I would like to have seen an option cable guide or lock.

    Once the cable is connected and the drive is positioned, it can then be connected to your computer. It takes a few moments to mount, slightly longer than a single drive but still fast enough.

    WD My Book Duo 20TB Review

    Once it appears, it will show as with any other hard drive that you plug into your system. But, before you get started, it needs to be configured for your use and system. Once installed, which takes a few moments, it recognises the drive and you can click the Apps to install WD Drive Utilities. When I first started the WD Apps it asked for a firmware update, I clicked yes and it ran through quickly with no issues.

    From within WD Discovery, I clicked the cog next to the drive. RAID 0, or stripe, maximises the storage so will utilise both drives and give you a single storage drive with a 12TB capacity. Striping the drive will also give you the fastest read and write times.

    RAID 1 mirrors the content from each drive. This means that when you copy a file onto the drive, it will be duplicated across to the other drive. Before clicking OK, I made sure that I had the right file format for my computer. Then just need to tick the confirmation box and click configure, and the software handles the rest. As with any other drive, it can be ejected and remounted. If I need to power the drive down, I can eject it from the system.

    I can then use the button on the back to switch it off before removing the power cable. This can be done if I need to transport the drive or swap out a drive. This means that the storage is optimised for safety, so if one drive fails my content will still be safe on the other drive. RAID 1 also offers slower transfer speed than when compared with RAID 0, so this test will show the results from a real-world test of the drive being used as storage solution for photographers and videographers.

    Just as a side note, I also have a back-up running through BackBlaze to cloud backup. The first performance test is to run the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test.

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    For a drive of this type, those speeds are more than sufficient for all image manipulation from files directly from disk and most types of full HD video editing, again direct from disk. The estimate transfer time was 12 hours which proved to be quite close. Drive arrays with hot-swappable bays, like the LaCie 2big Thunderbolt 2 and Promise Pegasus R4 , are easier to replace, though.

    That said, the LaCie and Promise drives are made for high-availability environments, like engineering and graphics arts studios. The My Book Duo is more of a premium home backup drive. WD Smartware Pro can be linked to a Dropbox account, for cloud-based backup. If you have a need for complete backup for disaster recovery, Western Digital has licensed and branded Acronis True Image WD Edition software, which is available as download for free from Western Digital's support website.

    Acronis True Image lets you recover everything, including system files, even if your boot drive is completely unreadable. The drive's warranty is good, but not great: two years instead of the three we'd like to see on premium drives like this. That's not bad, but it's still two cents per gigabyte more expensive than the Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive.

    The Buffalo Drivestation is a bit pricier, at 7 cents per gigabyte. That figure is actually worth it if you use the drive as a double-fail safe backup.

    Ultimately, the Western My Digital Book Duo works best as a backup drive or a repository for large personal media libraries. The 8TB is a lot of space, as is 4TB of doubled data protection.

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