WD 8TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System

WD 8TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System

$599.95

4.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 4 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    The WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo dual-drive storage system gives you the ideal combination of performance and capacity. And thanks to two Thunderbolt ports you get the superior data transfer speeds that only Thunderbolt technology can offer. Daisy-chain multiple devices through My Book Thunderbolt Duo and enjoy nearly unlimited flexibility and performance in your creative life.

  • Highlights

    • Revolutionary Thunderbolt technology with two Thunderbolt ports for high-speed data transfer
    • Dual-drive storage system with user-selectable RAID 0/1 that automatically duplicates your data
    • Compatible with Time Machine
    • User serviceable hard drives
    • WD SmartWare automatic continuous backup software
    • HFS+ formatted
    • Daisy-chain multiple devices like HD monitors, video and audio editors and media players for nearly unlimited productivity
    • Handle video editing, 3D rendering and other graphics-intensive projects simultaneously
    • Includes Thunderbolt cable
  • Did you notice?

    If you fill up a drive and need to replace it, simply open the case and exchange the existing drive—no tools needed.
  • Apple Recommends For

    Store and backup data from your Mac at the unprecedented speeds of Thunderbolt technology.
  • What's in the Box?

    • WD Dual-drive storage system with Thunderbolt connectors
    • Thunderbolt cable
    • AC adapter
    • Quick install guide
  • Tech Specs

    • Other Features: Kensington Port, RAID support
    • Connections: Thunderbolt
    • Power Source: External power supply
    • Height: 6.5 in./16.5 cm
    • Width: 3.9 in./9.9 cm
    • Weight: 4.73 lb./2.15 kg
    • Length: 6.2 in./15.7 cm
  • System Requirements

    Mac

    • Mac OS v10.5, v10.6, or v10.7
    • Intel
    • Thunderbolt port

    Windows

    • Windows XP/Vista/7 (requires formatting)
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: WDBUTV0080JSL-NESN
    • UPC or EAN No.: 718037817910

    Warranty

    • Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
    • Warranty: Three years

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (4.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Skip LaCie and get this instead

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    I upgraded to a new iMac with a larger HD, no FireWire, and Thunderbolt. This meant I needed a large-capacity Thunderbolt disk for I upgraded to a new iMac with a larger HD, no FireWire, and Thunderbolt. This meant I needed a large-capacity Thunderbolt disk for Time Machine backups. The desire to run a RAID-1 configuration for redundancy further drove up my storage capacity needs.

    I originally tried LaCie's "2big Thunderbolt" product but quickly returned it when I discovered this gem from Western Digital. Compare to the LaCie, the WD is smaller, sleeker, quieter, and significantly cheaper. It also works with Kensington's cable locks, which the LaCie lacks. Finally, WD's drive utility software is simpler and cleaner, and unlike the LaCie, does not have to run in the background all the time.

    This would be a 5-star review except for two nits. First, instead of a separate power "brick," the plug itself is huge. This crowds out two neighboring outlets on my UPS. Second, LaCie's mechanism for hot-swapping the internal drives is much easier (which isn't to say that the WD is difficult at all).

    • Written by from Madison

    66 of 67 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Skip LaCie and get this instead
  • Great Speeds with HUGE storage

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I have this unit in a RAID 0 configuration and am getting Blackmagic disk speed tests around 250 - 260 Mbps. It is great for vide I have this unit in a RAID 0 configuration and am getting Blackmagic disk speed tests around 250 - 260 Mbps. It is great for video editing, game storage, and holding ALL my media files. Now I need to get another one to be able to back up all that stuff. RAID 0 is NOT the safest way to store your data.

    • Written by from Irvington

    22 of 23 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great Speeds with HUGE storage
  • Great drive for the money!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I've had this for well over a year connected to our family iMac running OS X Server. I use it to store iTunes media for the home I've had this for well over a year connected to our family iMac running OS X Server. I use it to store iTunes media for the home and the Time Machine backup destination. To get the redundancy, you have to set it up as RAID1 (not the default RAID0). This does mean that the documented space is now cut in half (4TB is really 2TB, 6TB is really 3TB, 8TB is really 4TB), but you have peace of mind knowing that if one drive fails, your data is safe. I've had two failures since owning the drive, and the solution behaved as expected by rebuilding my data once the faulty drive was replaced. It looks nice and runs quiet -- get it.

    • Written by from Wake Forest

    20 of 20 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great drive for the money!
  • Great drive for the money!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I've had this for well over a year connected to our family iMac running OS X Server. I use it to store iTunes media for the home I've had this for well over a year connected to our family iMac running OS X Server. I use it to store iTunes media for the home and the Time Machine backup destination. To get the redundancy, you have to set it up as RAID1 (not the default RAID0). This does mean that the documented space is now cut in half (4TB is really 2TB, 6TB is really 3TB, 8TB is really 4TB), but you have peace of mind knowing that if one drive fails, your data is safe. I've had two failures since owning the drive, and the solution behaved as expected by rebuilding my data once the faulty drive was replaced. It looks nice and runs quiet -- get it.

    • Written by from Wake Forest

    20 of 20 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great drive for the money!
  • Not really a dual drive

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    Purchased the Thunderbolt Dual-Drive (6TB) about 9 months ago thinking that it would be extra secure (2 replaceable hard drives mi Purchased the Thunderbolt Dual-Drive (6TB) about 9 months ago thinking that it would be extra secure (2 replaceable hard drives mirroring each other!). Actually, they don't really offer independent storage and the whole hard drive failed. Data recovery was very expensive, something that I was certain I could avoid (there are 2 drives there!). Again, it doesn't work that way. When it was working, it was fast and effective and functioned very well. I would have rated this very highly until, without warning, it died. I was shocked to learn that a smaller and far less expensive single hard drive would have offered just as much storage security.

    • Written by from Calgary

    26 of 57 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Not really a dual drive
  • Great Speeds with HUGE storage

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I have this unit in a RAID 0 configuration and am getting Blackmagic disk speed tests around 250 - 260 Mbps. It is great for vide I have this unit in a RAID 0 configuration and am getting Blackmagic disk speed tests around 250 - 260 Mbps. It is great for video editing, game storage, and holding ALL my media files. Now I need to get another one to be able to back up all that stuff. RAID 0 is NOT the safest way to store your data.

    • Written by from Irvington

    22 of 23 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great Speeds with HUGE storage