WD My Book Pro 8TB (2 x 4TB) Two-Bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array

WD My Book Pro 8TB (2 x 4TB) Two-Bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array

WD My Book Pro 8TB (2 x 4TB) Two-Bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array

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Product Highlights

  • 2 x 4TB 3.5" WD Black Hard Drives
  • Two Hot-Swappable Drive Bays
  • Thunderbolt 2 & USB 3.0 Interfaces
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, and JBOD
  • Hardware Configured in RAID 0
  • Max. Data Transfer Rate: 350 MB/s
  • Formatted in HFS+ Journaled for Mac OS X
  • Reformatting Required for Windows
  • Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor
  • Apple Time Machine Compatible
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The My Book Pro 8TB (2 x 4TB) Two-Bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array from WD comes with two WD Black 7200 rpm hard drives that are pre-configured in RAID 0 to deliver a transfer rate up to 350 MB/s. It sports a dual-core Intel Xeon processor and two hot-swappable bays. The drives are formatted in HTFS+ and offer a total capacity of 8TB for your Mac system. You can reformat the drives to use the My Book Pro with a Windows system or configure them into a hardware RAID 1 or JBOD. When configured into RAID 1, you can safely and redundantly store your 4K videos, high-definition images, and 3-D renderings as well as interactive and data-intensive projects on the My Book Pro. To keep up with the fast transfer rates, WD has outfitted it with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, which offer a data bandwidth of 20 Gb/s and the ability to daisy chain up to six devices. Additionally, it includes a micro-B to Type-A USB 3.0 cable that connects to the rear of the My Book Pro to support the two USB 3.0 ports in front, so you can charge and sync smartphones, tablets, and cameras.

The WD My Book Pro 8TB (2 x 4TB) Two-Bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array operates using 100-240 VAC at 50-60 Hz. Included with this array is a Thunderbolt 2 cable, a USB 3.0 cable, and a power supply. It is protected by a limited 3-year warranty.

Offers performance with the combination of Thunderbolt 2, WD Black drives, and hardware RAID:
  • Thunderbolt 2 - supports up to 20 Gb/s data-transfer rate; daisy chain up to six additional Thunderbolt devices with no impact on throughput speed
  • WD Black internal 7200 rpm drives - designed for creative professionals, experts, and users with high-performance requirements
  • Hardware RAID - My Book Pro handles RAID processing, so there's no impact on your computer's CPU performance
Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 Connectivity
  • Connect up to six devices in a Thunderbolt daisy-chain for an optimized single-cable workflow with 4K monitors, additional storage devices, and peripherals
  • USB 3.0 compatibility for use with non-Thunderbolt systems
Hardware RAID Options
  • RAID 0 (Default) - stripes your data across both drives for the fastest data transfers and maximum capacity
  • RAID 1 - Mirror your files - automatically saves a copy on each of the drives in the unlikely event of drive failure
  • JBOD - allows your computer to view and use the two drives as separate volumes
Additional Features
Centralize your important files - aggregate all your digital content to open up storage space on your computer
Suitable for backup - protects your files with Apple Time Machine, which provides system-level protection
Storage capacity - with up to 8TB of capacity, you can save and protect all your photos, videos, music, and important documents in one safe place
Easy to set up, easy to use - My Book Pro is pre-formatted for Mac OS X, so it's ready to use right out of the box. The array can also be easily reformatted to NTFS for Windows users
Hardware RAID - because RAID processing is handled by My Book Pro, data bottlenecks are reduced and throughput is improved
WD Drive Utilities - you can manage RAID configurations, run drive diagnostics, and format the drives
User serviceable system - no tools required to replace or upgrade drives
What Can You Do with My Book Pro
Creative professionals
  • Easily save your studio workflow
  • Use as your primary storage for projects
4K video producers
  • Connect and edit via multiple 4K screens
  • Quickly scan 4K content to quickly find resources and project-edit points
Studio photographers and photography enthusiasts
Transfer your images to the My Book Pro by using the front-mounted USB ports - giving you the capacity you need for your RAW files and high resolution editing

Photo curators
  • Store and protect your extensiveLightroom or iPhoto library
  • Quickly and easily navigate through your library
Create, manipulate, and store CAD files and renderings using the My Book Pro drive

Desktop publishers
Aggregate large catalogs of media files and always have them handy to use in your Adobe Indesign and Illustrator flows
UPC: 718037834740
In the Box
WD My Book Pro 8TB (2 x 4TB) Two-Bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array
  • 3.3' / 1.0m Thunderbolt 2 Cable
  • Micro-B to Type-A USB 3.0 Cable
  • Power Supply
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Total Hard Drive Capacity 8 TB
    2 x 4 TB WD Black 7200 rpm hard drives
    Formatted HFS+ journaled for Mac OS X
    Requires reformatting for Windows operating systems
    Number of Total Expansion Bays 2
    Supports hot swap
    Processor Dual-core Intel Xeon
    RAID Hardware RAID 0, 1, or JBOD
    Maximum Transfer Rate Up to 350 MB/s (via Thunderbolt)
    Standard Memory 4 GB
    Ports 2 x USB 3.0
    2 x Thunderbolt 2
    1 x USB 3.0 (micro-B)
    Power Specifications
    Power Input 100 to 240 VAC
    50 to 60 Hz
    Temperature Operating: 32 to 95°F / 0 to 35°C
    Storage: -40 to 158°F / -40 to 70°C
    System Requirements
    Thunderbolt 2: Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later, Windows 8.1 64-bit or later
    USB 3.0: Mac OS X 10.7 or newer, Windows 7 or later
    Backward compatible with first-generation Thunderbolt systems
    Physical Characteristics
    Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.51 x 4.28 x 5.82" / 216.15 x 108.71 x 147.83 mm
    Weight 7.9 lb / 3.6 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 10.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.7 x 8.2 x 8.0"
    My Book Pro 8TB (2 x 4TB) Two-Bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great So far so good. As advertised. How I'm using it: I'm a photographer/designer and have a pretty good library (40K + photos) I have an iMac, 27, mid-2011, 1 TB internal HD. I have been using a standard regular external (3TB) HD as a time machine backup and I've been running out of space working directly on my internal HD for photos, so I bought this, run it solely for the photo library, and free up my internal HD. I still use my regular external HD as a time machine backup. So far so good, works great. I'll be looking forward to upgrading my computer, which will give me the Thunderbolt 2 connection and doubling my speed. It's still really fast though, with only being able to use Thunderbolt 1.
    Date published: 2016-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Raid Speed for Editing Bought this to use as a primary Raid0 drive for editing with a MacPro and FCPX. While it may not reach the advertised speeds, I've had no trouble editing and compositing 2K/4K footage. Render speeds are fine and playback is a dream. And it's quiet, nice to look at on the desk and has the additional USB3 ports for file transfer.
    Date published: 2015-11-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does what ir's supposed to/ Although the drive can be set up in various raid configurations, mine is set up as RAID 0 to maximize capacity for my video files. It's connected via USB 3 because HP hasn't published a Windows 10 driver for its thunderbolt card yet. An installation issue I had was quickly resolved by WD Tech. over the phone. It's a lot of storage with fast transfer rates and doing it's thing without a fuss. Another brand I tried didn't provide dual Thunderbolt and USB 3 connectivity, so I switched to this.
    Date published: 2015-12-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far, so good! Easy to set up, though using the USB cable to download and use the software for RAID changes and drive utilities, then having to switch back to the Thunderbolt cable for everyday use is a bit cumbersome. I don't intend to use the USB again for quite awhile. Still... I transferred my photo library to the My Book for primary storage and access for editing and organizing workflow. Once its awake, it is speedy, though initially a little noisy. Big plus is easy access to the drives and large capacity/$ spent. Also like the USB ports on the drive enclosure -- very convenient.
    Date published: 2017-09-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have finally found what I need I have been looking for a way to back up my Lightroom images. I am a Windows user and had difficulty finding a software solution to this job. Even though this drive array is sold pre-formatted for Mac, the Western Digital tech support talked me through the set up for Windows, efficiently and painlessly. I have used WD drives over the years and this set-up will compliment the little portable units.
    Date published: 2015-12-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Book Pro 8TB RAID Array I'm using the My Book Pro in the RAID 1 configuration on my MacBook Pro. Setup was easy and converting from the RAID 0 factory setting to the RAID 1 was very straightforward. I was up and running in about 15 min. Love the Thunderbolt interface.
    Date published: 2017-02-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good for editing 4K videos I bough this raid WD hard drive for editing 4K footages a few days ago, I tested with the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test and give me over 300Mbs not�what I expected over 400Mbs, I try it with a small commercial with 4K footage and it did it well.
    Date published: 2018-01-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good and I would recommend to a friend I have been using a LaCie external 1 TB drive with Firewire connection for back up of files from my Apple 13 in MacBook early 2011 model with 2.3 GHz intel core i5 with 4GB of memory. For those who maybe not up to date with the 13' it has two USB 2 ports, I Firewire and one thunderbolt series 1. I have an EIZO CG247 monitor which uses the Thunderbolt connection and one of the USB Ports for second cable. The other USB Ports is for my EPSON Pro 3880 printer. I am a keen amateur photographer (ex professional from 100 years ago). I use Photoshop and Bridge. I have been storing photographs on my LaCie which meant they were not being backed up although files on my MacBook Pro have been. I was told by Apple that I could not add memory to my notebook until I found out very recently I could add up to 16 GB's. As you can see my current set up is a very long way from perfect. At the time I ordered the My Book Pro 8TB which I have set up as RAID One I had no idea it was going to solve problems I didn't know I had. First of all the My Book Pro takes up one of the USB Ports as I can no longer use my Firewire connection (which is out of date anyway), which meant I was down a port already. I am now using the My Book Pro two front USB ports one to attach my printer cable and with the second port I attach my card reader In the past I had to take one of my cables out in order to up load photographic images. Going forward in the next week or so I will purchase addition memory to improve performance. Next year February or March I will consider updating to the latest 15 MacBook Pro with 16 GB or memory which according to all the rumours flying around, if you believe them, should be released by end of year. At that stage I will then be able to take full advantage of what the My Book Pro provides. In the meantime I understand my current set up remains for from adequate but at least now the risk of loosing my photographs has been eliminated by having the MBP as RAID One.
    Date published: 2016-09-09
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