WD 8TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo External Desktop Hard Drive

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About this product

Overview

  • 8TB desktop hard drive gives you a massive storage capacity for all your documents, pictures and videos
  • Thunderbolt (Gen1) connections can transfer up to two times faster than USB 3.0, while the drive spins at 7,200rpm
  • Perfect for storing all your valuable documents and pictures as a backup

Product overview

• 8TB desktop hard drive gives you a massive storage capacity for all your documents, pictures and videos
• Thunderbolt (Gen1) connections can transfer up to two times faster than USB 3.0, while the drive spins at 7,200rpm
• Perfect for storing all your valuable documents and pictures as a backup
• Daisy chain devices such as HD monitors and media plays through the dual Thunderbolt ports for nearly unlimited efficiency
• RAID 0/RAID 1 functions allow you to either enhance your system’s performance or automatically generate a duplicate copy of your data
• JBOD mode allows you to use the hard drive as two individual 4TB drives
• WDBUTV0080JSL

What can I store on this hard drive?
This hard drive has 8TB (8,000 GB) of storage, so you have plenty of space to store your files. You can store up to 54.25 hours of 4K video at 30 fps, 264 hours of 1080p video at 30 fps, 2,000 two-hour DVD films, 2.56 million digital photos or 132,800 hours of digital music.

What makes this hard drive different?
The My Book Duo from WD comes as two 4TB hard drives that give you a total of 8TB of storage. The built-in RAID software allows you to change the function of what the hard drive can do, meaning you can make it perform in the best way for you. By choosing RAID 0 you can boost the speed and enhance your system performance and by choosing RAID 1 the hard drive will automatically generate a duplicate copy of your data. This ensures you will always have a spare copy if your original was corrupted along the way. By selecting JBOD mode (Just a Bunch of Disks), you can use the system as two individual drives and save to the two 4TB drives separately.

Does this only come as a Thunderbolt connection?
This particular model comes with the Thunderbolt connection. The speed of this connection is twice as fast as USB 3.0 and more than 20 times as fast as USB 2.0. That being said, this hard drive is only compatible with Mac based computers. However, the dual Thunderbolt ports allow you to daisy-chain your other Thunderbolt devices, such as HD monitors and media players, for almost unlimited workflow efficiency and productivity.

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Blazing fast transfers, looks nice, could do with a few more features. Quick to transfer, easy to use, pleasant experience. I do regularly receive an error message when plugging the device in saying "drive in slot b missing", however both drives are present as it displays 8TB available memory. Not sure if WD are aware of this error as I'm not the only person experiencing this when searching on line.
Date published: 2016-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Price! Satisfied with the product! The best price on the market after WD!
Date published: 2016-09-29
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Specification

Connectivity

Connection Type:

Thunderbolt

Construction

Colour:

Silver

Product Specifications

One Touch Backup Button:

No

Power Specifications

Power Supply:

Mains

Operating Specifications

Storage Capacity:

8000GB

Disk Speed:

7200RPM

Drive Form Factor:

3.5 inch

Good afternoon. My Mac has Thunderbolt 2 connectors. Does the drive unit come with a Thunderbolt cable suitable for Thunderbolt 2 connectors?

Asked by: MartynB
The item is only shown to have Thunderbolt connection. A cable is not shown as part of the package.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-10-13

Will this be useable on a 2015 iMac 27 ins Thunderbolt port Does it work straight out of the box

Asked by: woodywoodpecker
This hard drive is only compatible with Mac
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-09-19

What hard drives are used in this product? Can you identify the model number please, as this has a bearing on transfer speed and durability.

Asked by: ChrisF
Western Digital product number is as follows : WDBUTV0080JSL They do not provide any specifications about the brand, speed, performance or technical specifications of the drives used inside the unit. The reason for this is that it means they can use different drives inside the units as long as the overall specification remains the same.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2017-03-09

Hello...I have an HP Zbook 15 G3 Mobile Workstation with thunder bolt...I was wondering if this would work perfectly because on ur specs I can see only Mac pc's

Asked by: Higgs
This is only compatible with Mac as this uses a thunderbolt connection which is only found on Mac systems.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2017-01-28

If one of the 2 disks faile is it possible to replace it with a new ond?

Asked by: sParky56
Yes, if you wish to utilise RAID it must be replaced with a drive of the same type. If not using RAID then you can replace with a different drive and use the device in JBOD config.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2017-01-17

can I daisy chain two of these drives together to give me 16 tb storage altogether-using only 1 thunderbolt cable into my mac?

Asked by: paul
Unfortuently this would not be suitable to daisy chain together.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2016-10-05
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