I Just Got a Panasonic GH4 – Now What? Hard Drives.
UPDATE 20140806 Amazon just dropped the price for the 4TB to $279, the 6TB to only $349 and the 8TB to $449!
Here’s the direct link http://amzn.to/1sfQANg
The My Book Duo consists of two mechanical hard drives, and ships preconfigured as RAID 0 for maximum performance, but almost no safety in terms of data management. Luckily, users can opt for RAID 1 for increased data protection or JBOD in order to use each drive individually. Also keep in mind that the drives arrive formatted NTFS for Windows 8 or higher, Windows 7 or Windows Vista operating system, so it requires reformatting for Mac OS X.
- High-speed performance with up to 290 MB/s file transfers
- Dual-drive enclosure with up to 12 TB capacity
- 256-bit AES hardware encrypted RAID
- Multiple data management options: RAID 0,1; JBOD
- Shipped pre-formatted for Windows in RAID 0 mode
- Cloud backup with Dropbox
- Local and cloud backup
- WD SmartWare Pro integrated automatic backup software
Speed and Capacity:
A slight disadvantage over G-Tech’s Studio line is that the Duo features USB 3.0 connectivity and not Thunderbolt. But, if you have an “older” Mac or a PC this is actually an advantage.
Important: The PREVIOUS batch of My Book Duo had only USB 2.0. So make sure you get the right one!
Western Digital claims up to 290 MB/s transfer speeds which is not far from G-Tech’s 360 MB/s on the G-RAID Studio line. G-Tech claimed speed on the G-SPEED line is almost twice as fast, but so is the price, and that’s where the Duo shines.
The product comes in flavors: 4TB, 6TB, and 8TB.
- WD My Book Duo 4TB dual-drive, high-speed premium RAID storage goes for
- WD My Book Duo 6TB dual-drive, high-speed premium RAID storage goes for
- WD My Book Duo 8TB dual-drive, high-speed premium RAID storage goes for
In a nutshell, you basically pay $330 for 4TB and then $100 for every additional 2TB. Pretty simple and a very good deal. As a comparison, G-Tech’s G-RAID Studio 8TB go for $849.95 and the G-Tech Studio 12TB goes for $1,299.95.
What really got our attention:
The Duo ALSO includes a copy of WD SmartWare Pro and a a copy of Acronis True Image. We haven’t used and most likely won’t use these apps as we LOVE and completely trust Chrosnosync.
Another surpising and really cool feature from the Duo is the direct Dropbox integration (get 2.5GB FREE with this link): you can set up the WD My Book Duo so that everything on your Dropbox account gets backed up, or you can also access data that you save to the cloud via Dropbox. The hard drive can password protected by 256-bit AES encryption, which is ideal in large studio situations or when sharing desks at a tech incubator.
We are definitively getting a couple WD My Book Duo 6TB. What about you?
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