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Western Digital6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System
 
4.2

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (20)
  • Attractive (18)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Large capacity / good size (12)
  • Easy to set up (11)

Cons

  • No power switch (4)

Best Uses

  • Back-up (14)
  • Video (12)
  • Additional storage (10)
  • Photo storage (8)
  • File transfer (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (14), Frequent user (5), Heavy duty user (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (10), Personal (6)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great affordable Thunderbolt RAID

Finally, Thunderbolt products are becoming a bit more affordable. I chose this over a similar dual-drive LaCie because I just trust WD's reliability a bit more. What can I say? It's fast. ...Read complete review

Finally, Thunderbolt products are becoming a bit more affordable. I chose this over a similar dual-drive LaCie because I just trust WD's reliability a bit more. What can I say? It's fast. In RAID 0, I get about 225 MB/s which is a bit slower than I was anticipating. In practical use, it seems super speedy. I was using a RAID connected over Firewire 800 before so it's a big speed upgrade.

I do wish there was a power button. It's just kind of meant to be on anytime it's hooked up via Thunderbolt. To turn it off, you do have to unplug the power of the thunderbolt cable. I think that's a giant pain. The drive does go to sleep after awhile but I still don't quite like powering something all the time.

I also got this unit as it's supposed to be really easy to swap out the drives. I did pop open the door on the top to look and it does seem to be easy.

Overall, I would say it's good.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Device failed

Well, it all worked as expected for a week, during which I spent 3 days moving my movie project onto it. Then the drive started unmounting itself every 30 minutes or so. This...Read complete review

Well, it all worked as expected for a week, during which I spent 3 days moving my movie project onto it. Then the drive started unmounting itself every 30 minutes or so. This got worse and worse until the drive unmounts itself every 10 seconds.

B&H suggested that this might not be the drives (which I sincerely hoped - thinking about that 3 days or work), and that I should call Western Digital. That's when the nightmare started. WD employ some company overseas to do tech support for them (the guy I spoke to confirmed that he did not work for WD). The people at this company do not seem to have any technical knowledge themselves and every stage of the process is broken up by a lengthy wait, whilst the representative looks up what to ask next on his computer. This process is made more difficult as English is clearly not their first language. After about 30 minutes the representative gave up (and we had done diagnostics that I had already done in about 7 minutes), and said that 'level 2' would call me back. I am still waiting.

I had already worked out what I needed to do .. remove the drives from this enclosure and insert them into another. That way I would be able to determine whether the Thunderbolt electronics in the enclosure were at fault, or the drives themselves. Simple really but neither WD nor B&H were willing to help me with that. My only option is to return the drive and get my money back - writing off three days of work.

WD customer service gets consistently bad reviews and so do their products, not sure why I thought this device would be a good idea! Don't buy this product.

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3.0

Beware of glitch in setup

By LGC

from Knoxville, TN

About Me Heavy Duty User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Quiet
  • Spacious

Cons

  • Unclear Setup Instruction

Best Uses

  • Backup

Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

Apparently when you set up your drive you cannot have any window open or anything running (including the manual for the drive) or the setup will fail. I went through two drives and two hours on WD help line to figure this out. And the people from WD had no idea that this was an issue - I figured it out from a review online another person wrote. The drive itself seems to be fast, quiet and reliable. I like the ability to mirror the drive using 2 3TB drives, or 2 separate 3TB drives, or one large 6TB. Price is a little high, so if not for all the set up trouble I would say closer to 4 stars.

 
1.0

Duo returned

By Group Effort Pro

from Southern NH

About Me Heavy Duty User

Verified Buyer

Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

I bought this drive for video storage. I currently own a promise pegasus drive but bought the Duo Drive due to the cost ($ for 6TB vs $[$] for 4TB). I fought with the drive for a week. Only 1 of the 2 drives worked initially. The second drive wouldn't mount to my iMac. It required a couple reformats to before it would function. At the end of the week the second drive became unmountable. Changed cables, changed ports, discontinued using other drives, nothing helped. Talked to Level I & II service at WD and determined bad drives. Video, like photography businesses need rock solid storage. This wasn't it. I returned it and am trying out a Lacie 2big 6TB hot swappable drive. Thanks to B & H for great customer service - no problems returning for refund!

 
5.0

heavy duty

By Cooks Books

from Phila PA

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Durable
  • Easy To Install

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Multimedia
    • Office

    Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

    works as it should

     
    5.0

    No Cord

    By BK

    from Cincinnati, Ohio

    About Me Heavy Duty User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy To Install
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

        Pros....Super Fast. Can run time machine without affecting performance on my mac. Cons... no cord included and then you find it's a pricey cord.

         
        5.0

        big hd

        By Cooks Books

        from Phil PA

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable
        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home

          Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

          fast and safe

           
          5.0

          Best drive for the buck!

          By farnorth

          from College Place, WA

          About Me Heavy Duty User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Install
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • Missing Key Components

          Best Uses

            Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

            I bought this drive to use on a iMac server running OS X Mountain Lion Server. It was super easy to install (just plug it in) and set up.It's data transfer with the thunderbolt cable (not supplied) is as fast as the internal drive. I have set it up in the JBOD mode so it acts as two separate 3TB drives. One I use for server data storage and the other for Time Machine. It runs quiet and I am very pleased with its performance and look.As stated above it does not come with any connecting cables so you must purchase separately - currently they run about [@] so figure that into the price of the drive.I would recommend this drive for Mac storage at an inexpensive rate.

             
            5.0

            Great drive

            By Jake Y.

            from New York, NY

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Install
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Multimedia
              • Photography

              Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

              Silent and RAID-1 (or 0) config. is very easy and simply works. In RAID-1, it works great for redundant storage of camera RAWs (using Lightroom 4) and other important personal media. Speed-wise, there is only a small difference from the iMac's SSD-based Fusion Drive to this when working with RAWs on Lightroom. I'm also connecting a secondary display (through a Thunderbolt to HDMI adaptor daisy-chained from this drive and that works perfectly).

               
              4.0

              Solid solution for a Mac

              By Matt Payne Photography

              from Colorado Springs, CO

              About Me Heavy Duty User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast
              • Lots Of Data
              • Quiet

              Cons

              • Difficult To Configure

              Best Uses

              • Photography

              Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

              So far so good, this product is functioning great. I was able to transfer about 600 GB of photos in just a few minutes... wow. So far I am running in mirrored mode which is working great. I had trouble at first getting the mirrored RAID to work but figured it out. If I remember, you have to disconnect it on the desktop and then enable RAID.

               
              5.0

              Works well

              By JW

              from Walnut Creek, CA

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Install
              • Quiet

              Cons

              • Plastic Housing

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Multimedia
              • Office
              • Replacement
              • Upgrade

              Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

              Using on an iMac running OS 10.7.5
              WD software reconfigured RAID from 0 to 1 in minutes.

               
              5.0

              Fast, easy to use solid storage

              By littleolelady

              from Rockville, MD

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Durable
              • Easy To Install
              • Quiet
              • Spacious

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Multimedia

                Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                This is a great drive--it transfers with lightening speed, has a very quiet operation. It took me a little reading at the outset to figure out how to set it up to meet my needs. But nothing daunting, just some thought and reading. I'm putting a LOT of material on it and using the 2 independent drives to ensure a complete backup of the items stored. This is working so well, I'm going to get another so I'm set for the longterm.

                 
                5.0

                Great Drive at a Great Price (only B&H)

                By Sakellas

                from Melbourne, Australia

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • File Transfer
                  • Photo Storage
                  • Video

                  Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                  I'm in Melbourne, Australia and not only did this drive get here from N.Y in 5 days, it has proven to be a great addition to my network. It is super quite for starters (you don't even realise it is on most of the time) and takes up less room than my other drives. The Thunderbolt tech is truly revolutionary and can only be seen to be believed. Very happy with this purchase and NO ONE anywhere in the world...has it at the price B&H has it for. True bargain.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac
                   
                  5.0

                  Big storage, fast speeds

                  By Jimmy the Runner

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Thunderbolt Only

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • File Transfer
                  • Photo Storage
                  • Video

                  Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                  Exceptional storage capacity with fantastic speeds and performance. I maintain my entire library of photos from the last decade on this drive and it performs very well. Drive access is snappy, Lightroom doesn't lag a bit. Plastic body seems a bit more solid than previous versions of Western Digital external RAID solutions. As with any drive, you realize the highest speed potentials when copying or accessing large files. The small files are fast, too. Time Machine backups don't take hardly any time at all. Have I mentioned that it's fast?

                  The only gripe I can think of with this drive is that the Thunderbolt is the only means for connectivity. Pretty minor gripe, though, considering one has to take this into account when purchasing the drive.

                  Very happy with this purchase. Can't wait to fill it up with more photos in the coming years.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac
                   
                  4.0

                  Great product

                  By Blong

                  from Aspen

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • No Power Button

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • Video

                  Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                  This drive has incredibly fast transfer speeds, as advertised. I enjoy having the option to set it up in different modes. The only downside (other than not including a thunderbolt cable) is that I wish that it had a power button. I don't run Time Machine (as I believe it's a waste of space and prefer to choose what I back up), and only need to run the drive every other week or so. While it's a small issue, I have to plug in the drive every time I use it so it doesn't automatically boot up each time I turn the computer on.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac
                   
                  4.0

                  big capacity

                  By magicsea

                  from oregon

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • High Capacity

                  Cons

                  • No Power Switch

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • File Transfer
                  • Photo Storage
                  • Video

                  Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                  good value for money. It may not be the fastest thunderbolt drive, but it is much faster than any usb drive.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac
                   
                  5.0

                  simply Best

                  By Girish Rohat

                  from Burney, CA

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • Portable
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup

                    Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                    home use easy to install

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

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Fast file transfers & large capacity

                    By Joe

                    from Austin, Texas

                    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
                      • File Transfer
                      • Photo Storage
                      • Video

                      Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                      So while this is pricier than a non-thunderbolt equipped drive, it's also faster. Be aware in addition to the higher price you'll have to pony up for a $ dollar thunderbolt cable as they only include one in the new 8TB model which is considerably more expensive. I bought this for time machine backups but you could easily use it for any purpose, specifically something that needs faster transfers that you'll get with USB 2.0 or Firewire. This isn't the fastest Thunderbolt drive out there, but it is one of the quietest and cheapest. It was a good compromise which is why I only gave it 4 stars.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac
                       
                      4.0

                      Solid Storage Option with limitations

                      By DiskJockey

                      from Frederick, MD

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Replace Drives
                      • Easy to use
                      • High Capacity
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                      • Cable Not Included
                      • Cost
                      • No Internal Raid

                      Best Uses

                      • Additional Storage
                      • Backup
                      • File Transfer
                      • Photo Storage
                      • Video

                      Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                      Thunderbolt is fast, making this drive a good buy. Really wish it had an internal RAID controller instead of having to do it at the OS, but it works well. For the price, the thunderbolt cable should be included. if it had these options it would get a 5 star rating.

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

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Cool and Quiet

                      By Drdul

                      from Vancouver, BC

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Cool
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy to use
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Backup

                        Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                        I am using the My Thunderbolt Duo with my MacBook Pro in RAID 1 configuration, giving me a mirrored 3 TB volume. It's easy enough to set up with OS X's Disk Utility, so there's no need to install the included WD software (if you think you might want to use the WD software, copy it from the drive before changing the RAID configuration, as it will be deleted in the process).

                        I have been pleasantly surprised by how cool the My Thunderbolt Duo runs, even when it's in constant use. It's also pretty quiet. Not quiet enough that I can't tell the difference when the drive spins down after a few minutes of inactivity, but quiet enough that I don't notice it until it spins down.

                        I have an external monitor daisy-chained off the drive via a mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable, and it works fine (except for the occasional bug in OS X 10.8.2, but that's not related to the drive). I can't comment on reliability as I've only been using it for a few weeks.

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

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Affordable RAID

                        By Spanky

                        from Santa Barbara

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup
                          • Photo Storage
                          • Video

                          Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                          I use this product as my working Hard Drive(s) for video post production. Easily setup as RAID 0,1, or JABOD (Just A Bunch Of Disks) this is a quiet strong performer.

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

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I Recommend This External Hard-Drive

                          By Photo_Phil

                          from Southern California

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup

                            Comments about Western Digital 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System:

                            I purchased this external hard drive for specific use as my Time Machine and so far, I am very happy with it. It was very easy to set up and with 6TB of potential storage space, I feel it is a great investment. The software that comes pre-installed on the hard drive is very easy to use and truly functional, as opposed to other hard-drive utilities I have used in the past. While the investment is higher than other hard-drives, for what I am using it for, I feel that it will pay for itself over time. I would definitely recommend this hard drive to family and friends.

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

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