These Thunderbolt Duo drives can be configured in RAID 1 but the big payoff is RAID 0, which provides speeds up to 300MB/s. You can also read my first impressions of the WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo drives with real world speed tests.
Online backup service Backblaze continues to post an enormous amount of data concerning its experience with over 40,000 hard drives from all the major manufacturers. This data is unique in that it demonstrates the real world failure rates from hard drives that are being pushed on a daily basis. That’s something I can’t do in a review of a single hard drive. [Read more…]
Every photographer needs more storage. To help you out, we’re giving away a 1TB WD Elements USB 3.0 portable hard drive this week. These are great little drives for toting photos and videos while you are on the move, and the USB 3.0 connection gives you the best throughput this portable drive can offer. [Read more…]
It is a USB 3.0 interface and comes pre-formatted in NTFS for Windows. However, I use it in a Mac environment and it was very simple to reformat it for Mac OS X. [Read more…]
Backblaze just posted its data on failure rates of hard drives that it uses in its data center. At the end of 2014, it had 41,213 drives active for storing all of the data in its unlimited backup service.
It uses a variety of hard drive capacities across HGST (formerly Hitachi), Seagate and Western Digital. There is everything from 1.5TB to 6TB drives in operation. [Read more…]
Western Digital has released its new My Passport Slim line of portable hard drives, which offer capacities in 1TB or 2TB flavors and a USB 3.0 interface. The My Passport Slim features an aluminum enclosure and 256-bit hardware-based encryption. [Read more…]
The Western Digital VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt drive is a power-user’s dream external drive kitted out with two 10,000RPM VelociRaptor drives. Inside the box, WD includes a Thunderbolt cable (a $50 accessory), which was missing from the original WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo.
The drive has two Thunderbolt ports, which allows you to daisy chain it with other My Book Thunderbolt Duo or VelociRaptor Duo drives. Additionally, you can add a displayport monitor at the end of the chain. [Read more…]
Western Digital is adding to its My Book Studio line with a new 4TB drive that features a USB 3 interface. The new unit retains the single drive form factor in 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB flavors.
The new USB 3 drives are Mac formatted out of the box for compatibility with the newest Macs that now offer USB 3 (of course, they are also backward compatible with USB 2.0). Accordingly, the new drives are compatible with Apple Time Machine and they offer 256-bit hardware-based encryption for added security against unauthorized access to the drive and its contents.
Pricewise, the My Book Studio 1TB is $159.99; the 2TB is $189.99; the 3TB is $239.99; and the 4TB is $299.99. The new drives are already available on Western Digital’s website and I expect them to show up soon at B&H Photo.