Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo Drives Now Shipping (Finally!)

WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo

We’ve been waiting a long time for this one folks – an actual, shipping Thunderbolt external hard drive for mere mortals.

Western Digital has announced pricing and that it is now shipping 4TB and 6TB versions of its My Book Thunderbolt Duo external hard drives.  I first looked at these at CES 2012, while they were still getting them ready for final production.

The dual-drive system is configurable as a RAID 0, RAID 1 or JBOD.  As a RAID 0 drive, the Thunderbolt connection puts a single unit in the 280MB/s transfer range.  Additionally, a daisy-chained series of 6 drives configured in RAID 0 will deliver transfer speeds up to 780MB/s.

The 4TB model is priced at $600, while the 6TB model is priced at $700.  WD says it is now shipping the drives.  Check B&H PhotoAmazon and WD’s online store for availability. I should have my hands on one soon and will report back as soon as I get a first look at its performance.

More info in the full press release below. [Read more...]

Western Digital Storage Products at PhotoPlus 2011

WD Gear

I caught up with Matt Bennion at PhotoPlus 2011 and talked to him about some of the recent products from Western Digital.

I’m very excited about the My Book Live, which I talked about when the WD 2go App was announced a couple months ago.  The update through the WD 2go App for the MyBook Live drives gives us so much power to freely share large files without the need of some middleman charging us for another storage or transfer service. [Read more...]

WD TV Live Hub and WD Photos App Review

The WD TV Live Hub is a set top box for your TV that gives you access to streaming content like Netflix and Pandora.  Other services like Flickr and Facebook are also accessible through the WD TV Live Hub.

However, where it beats out other streaming devices is with the inclusion of a 1TB hard drive and the ability to share media across devices on your network and remotely with your iOS or Android devices using the WD Photos App. [Read more...]