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WD 8TB My Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System

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Product Highlights
  • Thunderbolt Cable Included
  • Dual-Drive 8TB Storage System
  • Dual Thunderbolt Ports
  • Drive Speed: 7200rpm
  • User-Selectable RAID 0, RAID 1 & JBOD
  • Up to 10 Gb/s Data Transfer Rates
  • Includes WD Drive Utilities Software
  • Works with Mac OS X 10.6.8 or Higher

The WD 8TB My Thunderbolt Duo is a dual-drive storage system with two Thunderbolt ports capable of up to 10 Gb/s data transfer rates. The system supports user-selectable RAID 0 and RAID 1 modes, as well as JBOD modes. Plus, since Thunderbolt ports are bidirectional, they afford high-speed multitasking. You can also daisy chain multiple devices or peripherals using the two Thunderbolt ports for better efficiency and productivity. For added convenience, the drives are user-serviceable and the system comes with the WD Drives Utilities software. A Thunderbolt cable is included so you can immediately start operating this storage-system.

Move Data at Unprecedented Speeds
Video editors and other digital media professionals can do more work in less time thanks to the data transfer speed of the Thunderbolt ports on WD's My Book Thunderbolt Duo. It offers the fastest way to get information to and from your external drive
User-Selectable RAID or JBOD Modes
With the My Book Thunderbolt Duo, you can choose between RAID 0 (striping), RAID 1 (mirroring) and JBOD. RAID 0 offers the performance you need when designing or editing time-sensitive graphic-intensive media files. RAID 1 provides safer data protection by automatically generating a duplicate copy of your data. JBOD allows you to use this dual-drive storage system as two individual drives and select between HFS+J or ExFAT per disk. It's ideal for running Windows OS on a Mac
Dual Thunderbolt Ports
Daisy chain multiple devices or peripherals such as HD displays, media players, HD media capture and editing systems using the two Thunderbolt ports, if you want to maximize your workflow efficiency and productivity
High-Speed Multitasking
The bidirectional Thunderbolt technology delivers heightened speed for multitasking while video editing, 3D rendering and completing other graphics intensive projects
User-Serviceable
To replace a drive, just open the case and exchange the existing drive - no tools needed. If you fill up a drive, you can remove it and replace it with a fresh drive and begin saving even more of your work
WD Drives Utilities
Register your drive, run diagnostics, manage RAID or JBOD modes and more using WD Drive Utilities
Capacity 8TB
Interface Thunderbolt Ports x 2
Drive Speed 7200rpm
Data Transfer Rate 10 Gb/s (maximum)
System Requirements Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher
Computer with Thunderbolt connector
Thunderbolt cable
Configuration RAID 0 (max speed)
RAID 1 (data protection/mirror mode)
JBOD (use drives individually)
Power Requirements AC 100 - 240V (47 - 63Hz)
Operating Temperature 41 to 95°F (5 to 35°C)
Non-Operating Temperature -4 to 149°F (-20 to 65°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.9 x 6.5 x 6.2" (9.9 x 16.5 x 15.7 cm)
Weight 5.07 lb (2.30 kg)
WD 8TB My Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System
  • Thunderbolt Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • WD Drive Utilities Software
  • 2 - Year Limited Warranty
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    WD8TB My Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System
     
    4.4

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quiet (7)
    • Fast connection (6)
    • Large capacity / good size (4)
    • Easy to set up (3)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back-up (8)
      • Photo storage (4)
      • Additional storage (3)
      • Large projects (3)
      • Multimedia (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (5), Personal (5)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      It is great to have 8TB of storage.

      Overall, I am pleased with the Drive. Having 8TB of storage in one housing is a big plus. I partitioned the drive as two 4TB units, partition A and B .
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      Overall, I am pleased with the Drive. Having 8TB of storage in one housing is a big plus. I partitioned the drive as two 4TB units, partition A and B .

      I currently own two of the 4TB (Firewire 800) my book studio quad interface drives, one was my primary unit and the other was the backup. I was running out space as I do a lot of photography and video. Having the 8TB drive allowed me move my photography to Partition A and video to Partition B. Now I am using the individual 4TB (Firewire 800) drives as backups for Partition A and B.

      Speed wise, overall I am pleased. I think after reading all of the press on how fast it was my expectations where really high and in reality I would say overall it is better than what I was used to , but not as fast as I had anticipated. This could very well be due to how I used the drive and the type of work I do.

      I do want to note that I am powering my apple 30" Cinema display using one of the thunderbolt interfaces on back of the drive with no problems.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Does Not Work With OS X Version 10.8.5

      Western Digital does not have the software to configure the partitions on the drive if you are using Mac OS X Version 10.8.5

      Western Digital does not have the software to configure the partitions on the drive if you are using Mac OS X Version 10.8.5

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again

      By daya

      from NY 11365

      About Me Technically Challenged

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast Connectivity
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Multimedia

        Comments about WD 8TB My Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

        This is used to store wedding videos...this is excellent for me...

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

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        1.0

        Does Not Work With OS X Version 10.8.5

        By ToddPhotog

        from NJ

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about WD 8TB My Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

              Western Digital does not have the software to configure the partitions on the drive if you are using Mac OS X Version 10.8.5

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

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              4.0

              External storage with backup capability

              By The Photo-Guitarist

              from New York

              About Me Multimedia Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast Connectivity
              • Quiet
              • Reliable
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Large Projects

              Comments about WD 8TB My Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

              This hard drive is great when formatted as Raid 1. You still get 4 gigs of storage and full protection of data if one of the two drives fails. I use it for music and photo files. The tunderbolt connection is fast and works perfectly with my new Mac Mini. It looks good and is compact considering the amount of storage. The price is reasonable compared to similar units. Only trade off is that the exterior is plastic. With that much info stored in one place I would prefer a metal box.

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

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Just what I needed

              By Lara

              from New Orleans, LA

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast Connectivity
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Large Projects
                • Multimedia

                Comments about WD 8TB My Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                Great drive in terms of speed and size. I'm a photographer, so transfer speeds are key in keeping my workflow moving. It was totally plug-n-play as far as getting started, but I couldn't get the native software to reformat the drive from RAID 0 to RAID 1. I kept getting an error message. Finally I went into the Mac Disk Utility and I was able to do it from there.

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

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                5.0

                Good for the Money

                By Joe

                from Albuquerque, NM

                About Me Multimedia Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Connectivity
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Large Projects
                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about WD 8TB My Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                  This is a good hard drive for the money. Seems fast and reliable so far. I use it mostly for backing up data. I will pull items to solid state drive on a MacBook Pro to edit when needed or able.

                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Suits my needs

                  By shar

                  from bucks co pa

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast Connectivity

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Laptops

                    Comments about WD 8TB My Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                    Used to store photos and bu hard drive.

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

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                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    perfect

                    By romeo

                    from vinkovci, croatia

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Fast Connectivity
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about WD 8TB My Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                        perfect

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

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                        5.0

                        Good performance

                        By Theodor

                        from Santiago, Chile

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • High Capacity

                        Cons

                        • No Power Switch

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Backup
                        • Photo Storage

                        Comments about WD 8TB My Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                        Up to now, very efficient and real fast!!

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

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Fast and Quiet

                        By FilmPhotoWeb

                        from Seattle, WA

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy to use
                        • High Capacity
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • Expensive

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Photo Storage
                        • Video

                        Comments about WD 8TB My Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                        I'm using the drive to store a lot of video files. I edit with a 15" macbook pro and this drive is my primary storage/editing drive. It works quite well. It's much faster than the firewire drives I'd used prior to upgrading to this one. File transfer is crazy fast, but opening and working with files on the drive is quite snappy too.And it's very quiet, which I like. I rarely hear the thing at all. I only give it four stars based on the price, and that has more to do with the state of thunderbolt drives in general - they're all too expensive. This one was actually one of the lowest $/TB on the market.

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

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                        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great product

                        By Lena

                        from Boise, idaho

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy to use
                        • High Capacity
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • No Power Switch

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Photo Storage

                        Comments about WD 8TB My Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                        Reliable and fast.

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

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        It is great to have 8TB of storage.

                        By Jeff

                        from Vancouver

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy to use
                        • High Capacity
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup
                          • Photo Storage
                          • Video

                          Comments about WD 8TB My Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                          Overall, I am pleased with the Drive. Having 8TB of storage in one housing is a big plus. I partitioned the drive as two 4TB units, partition A and B .

                          I currently own two of the 4TB (Firewire 800) my book studio quad interface drives, one was my primary unit and the other was the backup. I was running out space as I do a lot of photography and video. Having the 8TB drive allowed me move my photography to Partition A and video to Partition B. Now I am using the individual 4TB (Firewire 800) drives as backups for Partition A and B.

                          Speed wise, overall I am pleased. I think after reading all of the press on how fast it was my expectations where really high and in reality I would say overall it is better than what I was used to , but not as fast as I had anticipated. This could very well be due to how I used the drive and the type of work I do.

                          I do want to note that I am powering my apple 30" Cinema display using one of the thunderbolt interfaces on back of the drive with no problems.

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

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