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WD2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive
 
4.5

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (19)

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    (5)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (20)
  • Fast (19)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Highly compatible (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • High volume (7)
  • Home (5)
  • Sensitive materials (4)
  • Video (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (20), Casual user (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (12), Business (11)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (24)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

High Speed Drive Suitable for Editing

I did a lot of research on external drives/RAID arrays with USB 3.0 and/or Thunderbolt and found this drive to be the fastest desktop option available aside from a RAID setup using SSDs...Read complete review

I did a lot of research on external drives/RAID arrays with USB 3.0 and/or Thunderbolt and found this drive to be the fastest desktop option available aside from a RAID setup using SSDs and USB 3.0. The real speed comes from this drive's RAID 0 / Striped out-of-the-box formatting combined with the transfer speed of Thunderbolt connection. The only downside to this setup is that if just one of the two drives in this setup goes down, then you will lose all of your data. Since I use cloud services for both personal and business data, my fail-safe solution was to house my cloud service folder directories on the Velociraptor. This means if for some reason one of the drives becomes corrupted, I would be able to restore everything from the cloud once I replaced the bad drive. I ran a read/write disk speed test on the drive and both read and write speeds averaged just around 360Mb/Sec (356.6 Write & 376.0 Read). This makes the drive suitable to work with live footage up to 10 bit 4:4:4 2K quality. Additionally the drive sleeps and wakes in sync with my iMac, so I don't worry too much about its life-span being driven down by unnecessary up-time. Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase.

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Should have lasted longer than 13 months

Love the drive for about 6 months and then it would randomly disconnect from my iMac. I would have to turn the drive off and then back on to get it to reconnect. I...Read complete review

Love the drive for about 6 months and then it would randomly disconnect from my iMac. I would have to turn the drive off and then back on to get it to reconnect. I had called WD support and they told me nothing was wrong with the drive.

Now 4 months later, the raid failed with a "Drive A failure". Fortunately I have all my data backed up but I expected better reliability from a product like this.

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2.0

Should have lasted longer than 13 months

By Taylormade

from Orlando, FL

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Pros

  • Fast

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

      Love the drive for about 6 months and then it would randomly disconnect from my iMac. I would have to turn the drive off and then back on to get it to reconnect. I had called WD support and they told me nothing was wrong with the drive.

      Now 4 months later, the raid failed with a "Drive A failure". Fortunately I have all my data backed up but I expected better reliability from a product like this.

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

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      5.0

      VERY FAST

      By Brother Brian

      from Spain

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Manage
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast
      • Highly Compatible

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small Networks
        • Video editing

        Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

        I love this thing. I was using a mycloud before which is nice to back things up and such, but we edit HD video with a lot of effects, RAW, etc and the speed of this drive blew my mind. I love it and would definitely recomend it.

        One thing that has happened one time was that I got an error when I went to delete a file and had to restart it to fix it. Havent had that issue since.

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

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        5.0

        Screams

        By Heath

        from Wilmington, NC

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

        I got this on sale for $[$]and it's quite a deal at that price. Consistently gets around 450MB/s or so read/write. It is a bit loud but unless you're recording audio I wouldn't worry about it.

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        5.0

        Great product for a great price!

        By A. Frizzell

        from Charlotte, NC

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

            I edit a lot of video with a small budget.

            I purchased two of these and it increased my productivity greatly. I can render projects incredibly fast now. Now my old firewire 800 drives collect dust.

            My only regret is not buying more when B&H had them on sale. They come packaged with a thunderbolt cable which is also nice.

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

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            4.0

            Good balance of speed/capacity/price

            By Alex Tardif

            from NorCal

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Manage
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • High Volume
            • Home

            Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

            I bought my 2nd one recently, run in RAID 1 for redundancy. Keep my video on one, photos on the other. Speed is great, capacity is OK by today's standards, but not amazing since you can only get up to 2TBs. I'd say it was extremely overpriced at launch, because these days it sells for less than half of the MSRP, at which point it makes it a decent value. Included thunderbolt is a nice touch.

            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Saved hours of frustration

            By Andrew

            from Santa Fe, NM

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Manage
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Video editing

            Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

            Once I figured out that I needed to separate capture folders from project files on separate disks, my existing setup was so slow that I almost gave up video editing! Then I discovered the VelociRaptor.

            With 10,000 rpm, RAID 0, and thunderbolt connections it is screamingly fast and now allows me to edit in realtime without skipped frames. An excellent buy and strongly recommended.

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

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            4.0

            Nice Addition to Mac Video Studio

            By Kayak Dan

            from Metro Washington DC

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            Pros

            • Easy To Manage
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast
            • Highly Compatible

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

                Replaced Firewire scratch drive with one of these. Fast, quiet and simple set up.

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

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                5.0

                2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt

                By cjw

                from Bluffton, SC

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Manage
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Fast
                • Highly Compatible
                • Thunderbolt Connection

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • High Volume
                  • Home

                  Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

                  I am using the drive to back up photos and files from a PC when I switched to a MAC. One problem with MACs is that they don't have enough places to plug in accessories (and some won't work on a hub). The thunderbolt connection has solved this problem.

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

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                  5.0

                  Great Product

                  By Monomoy

                  from Cape Cod

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Fast
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

                  Solid quality external hard drive. I use it for all my video and media. Reliable, quiet and B&H. Great service.

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

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                  1.0

                  Loved it while it worked

                  By Taylormade

                  from Orlando, FL

                  About Me Power user

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                  Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

                  Great external drive and fast at that. Had been using for music storage and photo management and processing. Fortunately, I kept a back up on my Sinology NAS because after 2 months, it has failed.

                  Will not have to contact WD customer support due to the time it has been since purchase but this is unacceptable reliability.

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

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                  5.0

                  Great addition to photo workflow

                  By themfleck

                  from Philadelphia, PA

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Manage
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Fast

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • High Volume

                    Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

                    I use this as the primary working storage for my photo archive. With the drives configured for mirroring, you get protection from hard drive failure and the Thunderbolt connection and high speed drives give enough performance for day to day use in managing large RAW files.

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

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                    5.0

                    Small, light, fast, easy.

                    By jdsteel

                    from Pittsburgh, PA

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Manage
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Fast

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • High Volume

                      Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

                      Purchased for a new MacPro for media storage and "Time Machine" (backup). I've just started using it but so far everything has been great. Worked right away, large media files work well with Final Cut Pro video editing. It is doing exactly what I want. 10,000 rpm hard drives are close to SSD speeds for a fraction of the current price of 2T of storage. The Thunderbolt interface does a great job of moving lots of data quickly. I am also happy that it turns off by itself when I turn off the Mac.

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

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                      5.0

                      Great for Mac backup!

                      By Joe P,

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Fast
                      • Highly Compatible

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • High Volume
                        • Home

                        Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

                        This drive linked with Time Machine quickly and easily. Everything you need is in the box!

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

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                        4.0

                        Good drive

                        By Nurtzof

                        from Cocoa Beach, FL

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Fast

                        Cons

                        • Bulky
                        • Loud

                        Best Uses

                        • Recording
                        • Small Project Studios

                        Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

                        Got this on sale as a Thunderbolt audio drive for my project studio. I use the two thunderbolt ports to connect to my Mac and my other thunderbolt drive - so this sits in the middle of the chain. Th other drive holds my virtual instruments and samples. Recording has been good, though I have gotten several buffer overrun errors. I haven't been able to determine root cause yet. Prior to using this drive I never got those errors. It could be simply the passthru that's causing the problem, but I just haven't seen enough from the error messages yet. It happens maybe once every hundred to two hundred takes. Not very often, but often enough so that I notice.The drive has periods when it is loud as well. Loud enough that I need to put a little auralex around it when recording live.But the 10k speed is really nice and my read/write speeds are good. If I could have afforded it I would have probably gone with SSD, but for the money this was a good deal.

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                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        4.0

                        Holy speed!!

                        By Ben Revzin Photography

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Manage
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Fast
                        • Highly Compatible

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Sensitive Materials

                          Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

                          I bought this setup to backup my top portrait and event photos. I especially liked that you can swap the drives so once you fill them up you can still you this same docking system. The setup was really quick and I changed it from striped raid mode to mirroring mode, when in stripe raid the speed is crazy fast. I'm talking over 360MBPS! Once I put it in mirror mode I got about 150MBPS through a disk speed test. So far so good and the transfer speeds through thunderbolt with LightRoom 5 are working great.

                          I was not expecting it to be so loud but with a top speed of 10,000rpm I can understand where all the nose comes from.

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

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                          5.0

                          High Speed Drive Suitable for Editing

                          By Ryan the Motion Graphics Designer

                          from Norwalk, CT

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Fast
                          • Highly Compatible

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Media Editing

                            Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

                            I did a lot of research on external drives/RAID arrays with USB 3.0 and/or Thunderbolt and found this drive to be the fastest desktop option available aside from a RAID setup using SSDs and USB 3.0. The real speed comes from this drive's RAID 0 / Striped out-of-the-box formatting combined with the transfer speed of Thunderbolt connection. The only downside to this setup is that if just one of the two drives in this setup goes down, then you will lose all of your data. Since I use cloud services for both personal and business data, my fail-safe solution was to house my cloud service folder directories on the Velociraptor. This means if for some reason one of the drives becomes corrupted, I would be able to restore everything from the cloud once I replaced the bad drive. I ran a read/write disk speed test on the drive and both read and write speeds averaged just around 360Mb/Sec (356.6 Write & 376.0 Read). This makes the drive suitable to work with live footage up to 10 bit 4:4:4 2K quality. Additionally the drive sleeps and wakes in sync with my iMac, so I don't worry too much about its life-span being driven down by unnecessary up-time. Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase.

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

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                            5.0

                            Excellent media drive.

                            By KOZ

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

                            This drive is quiet and fast. An excellent choice for audio, video, graphics, or photography.

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                            4.0

                            Very Fast External Drive

                            By metamorphis8

                            from Los Angeles

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Very Fast

                            Cons

                            • Limited Controls

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

                              I have only owned the drive for a couple of weeks as of this writing, so I cannot speak to the long term reliability of a spinning disk system. However, it is by far the fastest external drive that I have used. It reads and writes at approximately 350 mbs which is faster than external ssds. I run it on a 2011 Macbook Pro.I use it to load various audio plug-ins, and for this it works very well. The only thing an audio user might want to remember is that it can emit a high pitched whine as it spins up, and if you are recording live, and into a sensitive microphone, it might pick up the noise.A few gripes: there is no on/off switch, so one has to manually dismount the unit, but even when done, it mounts itself. Over the long term, this might decrease the drives' lives. There are also no other ports than thunderbolt 1, so it won't work with anything but a thunderbolt equipped computer. FInally, even when the mac is asleep, the drive spins up for its own unknown reasons. I am not using it as a time machine backup, so it is not clear why this is so.For the price-I bought it on a discount-it seems well worth it so far, given the reasonable capacity and the excellent speed. Time will tell.

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                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              5.0

                              Speed

                              By tepozjon

                              from Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Manage
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Fast
                              • Highly Compatible

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • High Volume
                                • High Volume Storage
                                • Home
                                • Sensitive Materials
                                • Small Networks

                                Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

                                I felt lucky to find a Thunderbolt drive at such a great price. This drive makes use of the Thunderbolt connection on my Macbook Pro and allows me to use it for photo storage. It is as fast as the internal drive so it expands the system with no loss in speed. Highly recommended if you have that Thunderbolt connection unused. The drive comes with a cable and is formatted for a Mac. Easy setup.

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

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Extremely fast and very quiet external s

                                By POM

                                from Jersey City, NJ

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Manage
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Fast
                                • Highly Compatible

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Sensitive Materials

                                  Comments about WD 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive:

                                  This Hard Drive is perfect for people who edit a lot of HD video. I use this when editing footage in Avid Media Composer and FCPX. Highly recommended for anyone with Thunderbolt connectivity with the Mac Pro.

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

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