WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo 6TB
Revolutionary Thunderbolt™ technology
User-selectable RAID 0/1
Daisy chain up to six drives or devices
While Daily Reviews have been widening their review category types, bringing it’s reader a more diverse collection of product reviews, we do from time to time like to go back to our root. It’s been a while since Daily reviews had a Western Digital product sitting on our desk (mainly due to availability), and so this has been months of anticipated waiting. For all the external storage lover’s out there, this is one option that is bursting with WD drive goodness. Introducing the WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo 6TB.7
Finally, a drive that can keep pace with your creativity. The leading-edge speed of Thunderbolt technology lets creative pros design, store, edit, render and produce graphics, movies, music and more in record time. My Book Thunderbolt Duo brings performance to a whole new level. In the deadline-driven world of HD video editors and other creative professionals, this drive keeps your creativity moving with its amazing data transfer rates of up to 300MB/s
It’s been a while since we got to test drive a WD unit, and so when the My Book Thunderbolt Duo arrived, we were eager to see what improvements and changes had taken place from previous versions. Removed from it’s shipment case, it’s clear to see that aside from a minor colour change the design/construction remain exactly identical. When looking at the My Book Thunderbolt Duo, it’s very reminiscent of the old encyclopedia’s back in the day, with the exception of the rounded edged/corners, it’s easy to see why the name ‘My Book’ is rather fitting, because that’s exactly what it looks like!!!!
Sporting an all silver chassis, the My Book Thunderbolt Duo is like previous version very simplistic and side from a few ports sitting at the reverse of the unit, there’s really not much that jumps out at you. The reverse ports are but a few, featuring 2 x Thunderbolt ports, a DC power port and a Kensington security lock. The Thunderbolt Duo allows you to daisy chain up to six drives or devices to create, edit, render and save your creative endeavors without hesitation. Multi-tasking at unmatched speeds. Workflow efficiency and productivity with the speed and flexibility of dual Thunderbolt ports.
Providing consumers with a design that could so easily be put on show or hidden away should the desire meet, the My Book Thunderbolt Duo is a versatile unit. For those users looking for an all-singing all-dancing, lights in yer face kinda people, this is probably not going to appeal – a reserved, sleek, basic design is the order of the day.
Under the hood, the WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo sports a total of two drive bays and comes pre-shipped with some lovely WD drive goodness (both drives are hot-swappable meaning no tools are needed – simply pull out and replace). You have three storage size options available, 4TB, 6TB and 8TB. We are taking a look at the 6TB version, which specs wise, replicates the 8TB version (and 4TB version), aside from the it having a slightly smaller storage option to that of the 8TB unit. Sitting underneath a fully vented button push-release trap-door, are two 3TB drives, these are of course the faous RED drives. WD Red is designed specifically for NAS systems that have 1 to 8 drive bays in both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch form factors. The drives are designed and extensively tested for compatibility in the unique 24×7 operating environment and for the demanding system requirements of home and small office NAS.
The My Book Thunderbolt Duo is user-configurable and features the following RAID options: RAID 0 (striping) for performance, RAID 1 (mirror) for redundancy) or JBOD to use two individual drives. JBOD makes the Duo ideal for users looking to run Windows on a Mac, while RAID 0 & 1 provides users with the flexibility to focus on having secure storage or performance from their drives.
Western Digital are constantly pushing the performance envelope, combining it with basic/simplistic design, resulting in a piece of kit that not only works but works well in any given environment. The only obvious drawback to the My Book Thunderbolt duo are the drives contained within, while still nippy, i would have much preferred to see some 7200RPM drives installed, which would have even further pushed the capabilities/performance of this storage system. I’m all for keeping things that work, but in terms of design materials and to match it’s name of being something wondrous, i can’t help but wonder whether a steel chassis would have been more appropriate – giving the consumer a little luxury for their money? Nonetheless Overall the My Book Thunderbolt Duo does exactly what it says on the box, Already populated with drives, it’s ready right out of the box!!!!