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WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage

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Product Highlights

  • 8TB Storage Capacity
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Ports
  • Formatted in NTFS for Windows
  • Max. Data Transfer Rate: 290 MB/s
  • 256-Bit AES Encryption
  • RAID 0, 1, and JBOD Configurations
  • Includes WD Drive Utilities
  • User Serviceable Enclosure
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The 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage from Western Digital is an external RAID storage enclosure that comes equipped with two Western Digital Red drives. These RAID tested drives come preconfigured within this enclosure in a RAID 0 format for optimum performance supporting data transfer rates of up to 290 MB/s. The drives can also be reformatted to either RAID 1 for enhanced protection or JBOD to use the drives individually.

The My Book Duo comes pre-formatted NTFS to be used on systems running Windows 8 or higher, Windows 7, or Windows Vista. A simple reformat is required to use the My Book Duo with Mac based systems. To plug the My Book into your PC you can use either of the two USB 3.0 ports on the back along with an additional USB 3.0 port for charging devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Dual-Drive Performance
The My Book Duo is designed for performance as it supports data transfer rates of up to 290 MB/s so you can transfer your entire media collection quickly and efficiently.
Enhanced Capacity
With 8TB of capacity, you can consolidate and save your entire photo, video and music collection, and other important documents on this storage vault.
Speed and Security with Hardware Encrypted RAID
Integrated 256-bit AES hardware encrypted RAID provides maximized bandwidth for sustained performance and reliability while encrypting your important data for ultimate security.
Multiple Data Management Options
Preconfigured to RAID 0 for maximum performance and capacity out-of-the box, with the option of setting RAID 1 for maximum protection or JBOD to use the drive individually.
Complete Backup Solutions to Secure Your Data from Loss
My Book Duo offers a comprehensive suite of backup options to help protect your media collection and important files with local, cloud and system-level backup.
Enhanced Security with Password Protection
Keep your private stuff private. Protect your sensitive data from unauthorized access with password protection.
Expand Capacity and Organize Your Workspace
Two USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect an additional drive for increased storage capacity, with the other port available to simultaneously charge your smartphones, tablets or other USB devices.
Configure, Manage and Diagnose Your Drive
With WD Drive Utilities, you're in complete control. With this software you can run drive diagnostics, manage RAID configurations, erase and format your drive, register your drive and more.
Easy to Set Up, Easy to Use
Ready to use right out-of-the-box pre-formatted in NTFS for Windows OS users. The drive can also be easily reformatted for Mac OS X.
Ultra-Reliable with WD Red Drives
The My Book Duo ships with integrated WD Red hard drives, designed and tested for reliability and optimal performance in small RAID environments.
User Serviceable Enclosure
Ready to upgrade your drives to expand storage capacity? With the simple push of a button, pop open the enclosure and insert new drives with ease. No tools required.
Capacity 8 TB
Interface 2 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x power supply USB 3.0 port (DC in)
Operating Specifications Interface transfer rate: Up to 5 Gb/sec in USB 3.0 mode and up to 480 Mb/sec in USB 2.0 mode
Power Requirements 110-220 VAC
System Compatibility Formatted NTFS for Windows 8 or higher, Windows 7 or Windows Vista operating system
Operating Temperature 0 to 35°C
Non-Operating Temperature -40 to 70°C
Dimensions 6.5 x 6.2 x 3.9" / 165 x 157 x 99 mm
Weight 5.00 lb / 2.24 kg
WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage
  • WD SmartWare Pro
  • WD Drive Utilities & Security Software
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited 2-Year Manufacturer Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    WD8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage
     
    4.5

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quiet (18)
    • Fast connection (17)
    • Reliable (10)
    • Versatile (9)
    • Durable (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back-up (16)
      • Multimedia (12)
      • Large projects (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Multimedia professional (10), Tech professional (7), Tech savvy (7)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (15), Business (7)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (16), Mac (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent and Fast Storage Solution

      Having recently purchased the WD 8TB My Book Duo External Raid enclosure I wanted to share a few thoughts about this excellent product. I primarily use this product as a backup and archive device....Read complete review

      Having recently purchased the WD 8TB My Book Duo External Raid enclosure I wanted to share a few thoughts about this excellent product. I primarily use this product as a backup and archive device. You can never have too much storage space and this 8TB wont disappoint. The performance aspects are dead on what the manufacturer suggest. I am getting 288MB Read and 266 Write using Raid O. This helps a lot with amount of time spent backing up my data. As software and programs are generally getting larger. Not really a con, but I want to clarify that the power on light also acts as a disk activity light. Not to be confused with the 2 disk indicators lights that will stay dark unless there is a Disk Failure or you are Rebuilding a Raid Mirror array, then they indicate by turning Red. Hope this clarifies if anyone thinks they received a unit that isn't working right by not lighting up. So far, so good and highly recommend.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Extremely unreliable - files disappear

      Many times the drive lets me work and save files. However when I reopen the files, they no longer exist! It is very bizarre but files are disappearing from this drive! It is...Read complete review

      Many times the drive lets me work and save files. However when I reopen the files, they no longer exist! It is very bizarre but files are disappearing from this drive! It is setup in Raid 1 and with the included WD drives.

      Reviewed by 27 customers

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      1.0

      Avoid Like the Plague

      By NiceShotSteve

      from Denver

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Nothing

      Cons

      • Everything

      Best Uses

      • nothing

      Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

      This thing deserves NO STARS. Both original drives failed extended test. Then both replacement drives (direct from WD) failed extended test. Obviously WD's QA system is non-existent. Buy something else from B&H.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      5.0

      Nice and Quiet

      By froejoe

      from Rochester, NY

      About Me Tech Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast Connectivity
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • None so far

      Best Uses

      • Multimedia

      Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

      I purchased this to host my iTunes Library. Although there's a Mac-specific version of this box, I bought this unit instead and just reformatted the drives for HFS+ Journaled and set it up as RAID0 (Striping) for performance purposes. So far, it's been running flawlessly. It runs cool and there's no drive vibration.

      There have been complaints on the Internet about RAID failures, but I think that issue is related to drive spin-up after sleep. In other words, the drives may not spin up in unison. So, I used Western Digital Utilities to set the drives to never sleep. The pre-installed "Red" drives are already energy efficient, and I'm willing to pay the extra few cents in power consumption to keep them running 24 x 7. I use Time Machine to back up my iTunes Library to alleviate any concern about using RAID0.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      1.0

      Extremely unreliable - files disappear

      By Martin

      from Montreal

      About Me Multimedia Professional

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • None

      Cons

      • Extremely Unreliable
      • Files Disappear

      Best Uses

      • Do Not Use
      • Do Not Use At All

      Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

      Many times the drive lets me work and save files. However when I reopen the files, they no longer exist! It is very bizarre but files are disappearing from this drive! It is setup in Raid 1 and with the included WD drives.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      5.0

      Perfect for media center

      By Nirino

      from Brazik

      Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

      Pro: small, easy to install, good backup software
      Con: there is no ethernet port

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      5.0

      Great Backup device for Lightroom

      By Feraa

      from Bel Air

      About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast Connectivity
      • Quiet
      • Reliable
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

        Use this as a Raid 1 backup for lightroom

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        Flexible - Robust - FAST!

        By Dan C

        from Northbridge, MA

        About Me Multimedia Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast Connectivity
        • Quiet
        • Reliable
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Large Projects
          • Multimedia
          • Travel

          Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

          Like all WD products, this drive handles my media files beautifuly. Another winner from Western Digital courtesy of my favorite Big Boy's Media Playground, B&H !

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          Good 8tb

          By Boomer

          from California

          Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

          Relatively quiet and two additional USB3 plugs that allows you to plug two more devices. Handy for me to add my two 2tb portable drives without using a hub. Overall I'm extremely pleased with the drive.

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          5.0

          When you need some room

          By ifay

          from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

          About Me Graphic Illustrator, Movie Buff, Tech Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Durable
          • Fast Connectivity
          • Quiet
          • Reliable
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None I Have Encountered

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Laptops
          • Large Projects
          • Multimedia

          Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

          I bought this unit to archive downloaded movies, which inherently take a lot of storage space. This is magnified by the fact that I have a 60-inch, 1080p television, so I download only 1080p movies that are at least 8GB in size. Well, a small drive just doesn't cut it. The 8TB My Book is a terrific place to start. It is roomy, fast at both read and write, and performs flawlessly. Is it as fast as my Thunderbolt 2 drives? No, but it more than holds its own against other types and sizes of drives. And it is extremely quite. recommend it without reservation.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Solid and Affordable

          By WC

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Multimedia Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Large Projects

            Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

            Easily reformatted to use with a Mac, and RAID is easily configured to RAID-1 on a Mac with the downloadable utility from WD. Solid construction, decent transfer speed at as a mirrored array. I plan to get more to use as backup drives.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Fast, strong, economical

            By clubsodapro

            from SF, CA

            About Me Multimedia Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Connectivity
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Large Projects
              • Multimedia

              Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

              I'm in the process of moving a lot of my workflow onto this drive as a first point of contact. The included software is helpful and reassuring and the drive seems fast and well made.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent and Fast Storage Solution

              By Digistar

              from Key West, FL

              About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Professional, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • 288 Read And 266 Writes
              • Fast Connectivity
              • Quiet
              • Versatile
              • Whisper Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Large Projects
                • Quick And Efficent Backup

                Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

                Having recently purchased the WD 8TB My Book Duo External Raid enclosure I wanted to share a few thoughts about this excellent product. I primarily use this product as a backup and archive device. You can never have too much storage space and this 8TB wont disappoint. The performance aspects are dead on what the manufacturer suggest. I am getting 288MB Read and 266 Write using Raid O. This helps a lot with amount of time spent backing up my data. As software and programs are generally getting larger. Not really a con, but I want to clarify that the power on light also acts as a disk activity light. Not to be confused with the 2 disk indicators lights that will stay dark unless there is a Disk Failure or you are Rebuilding a Raid Mirror array, then they indicate by turning Red. Hope this clarifies if anyone thinks they received a unit that isn't working right by not lighting up. So far, so good and highly recommend.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

                Share this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Protects Your Most Important Files!

                By Ace Pilot

                from Upper Midwest

                Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

                Creating a RAID 1 backup copy of my families most important documents & pictures went off without a hitch. Why did I wait so loing to add this additional protection? Had I known had easy it was to do this I would have done it much sooner. You can't go wrong with this solution.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Works as usual

                By Kitfox Guy

                from San Diego, CA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Almost Easy To Install
                • Cheap
                • Fast Connectivity
                • Quiet
                • Replaceable Drives

                Cons

                • Check Your Drivers
                • Stank For A While

                Best Uses

                • Multimedia

                Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

                Plug it in and it works, almost. The directions aren't totally clear that you can open the disk to initiate the software installation (not required). Previous My Books installed their software as soon as you plugged it in. Another problem (mine) was that communications were only running USB 2 speeds. How did I know? HDTune. I had to dig around and update the driver to my USB hub, not trivial since my motherboard maker was convinced that my driver was up to date. However it turned out that USB hub maker was purchased by another company and further updates had continued under another name. (Renesas vs NEC) Once I got that all figured out and updated the driver I was up to USB 3 speeds.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                5.0

                8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage by

                By bearwitme

                from VA

                About Me Tech Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast Connectivity
                • Quiet
                • Reliable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

                  Plan on keeping my picture on this puppy as additional protection.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  4.0

                  So Far so Good

                  By Amarth1972

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Multimedia Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast Connectivity
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Multimedia

                    Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

                    Pleased with the speed of the drives and overall robust nature of the unit. Easy to set up for RAID1 and like the sleep management option too...

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Saved my project after crash

                    By American Media Productions

                    from Morehead City, North Carolina

                    About Me Multimedia Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Fast Connectivity
                    • Quiet
                    • Reliable
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Large Projects

                      Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

                      Two days after installation, my Adobe Premier Pro CS6 project crashed. Would not open. Months of work and days away from a deadline. It backed-up the entire project to the very last edit. I would have lost the client had it not been for my new WD Duo RAID external drive. Fantastic unit. I owe B&H and WD a debt of gratitude.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      I have back up

                      By christian

                      from Two Harbors Mn

                      Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

                      I run as it came in a raid configuration and ist always backing up just what I select. Love the feeling of security.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Works well and easy to set up

                      By Northwest Indy Mike

                      from Northwestern Indiana

                      About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast Connectivity
                      • Quiet
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Multimedia

                        Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

                        Needed a third backup point for my photographs. I bought this for the RAID capability. With the purchase of a third drive, I can both backup onsite and still store a copy offsite. Easy to set up, just takes a while to back up everything the first time. After that, I don't even realize it's working.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        WD 8TB RAID Storage Device

                        By Rick

                        from Maryland

                        Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

                        This storage device was a snap to install and we are totally pleased with its outstanding performance. We use it to archive HD video and playback after our shows air.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Gives what it promises

                        By Northwest Indy Mike

                        from Northwestern Indiana

                        About Me Serious Amateur Photograp

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast Connectivity
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup

                          Comments about WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage:

                          Bought this to back up my photos. Easy to set up and use. Now I just have to invest in a third WD drive so I can store backups offsite.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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