Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo (WDBUPB0040JSL / WDBUPB0060JSL / WDBUSK0040JSL / WDBUSK0060JSL / WDBUSK0080JSL)
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Stay away if you have a Mac
27 March 2016
Summary: Have had this drive now for about six months, running El Capitan. Continuous problems with WD software, problems with permissions, have to enter computer password any time I want to add/delete/move files, problems connecting to the drive, Apple's Disk Utility can't access to repair disk permissions,...
Excerpt: This drive would not work the way I wanted it to with my iMac.
I wanted to use it a JBOD. However, in this configuration it would not stay mounted. This appears to be a problem with many RAID enclosures.
So, I switched it back to RAID. Now encryption of TimeMachine backups is not possible.
First Amazon Review... For a reason, and not a good one.
Matthew J Genuardi, Amazon
19 September 2012
Summary: I purchased this item on July 9th, 2012. Since that time, it has sat on the same spot on my desk, merrily plugging away... Until this morning that is. Just over two months later, one of the drives has decided to crap out, and I need to replace it.
Summary: Although billed as "ideal for running Windows OS on a Mac," this drive is listed by the manufacturer as "not supported" for Windows--as I learned after wasting half a day trying to get Windows 7 (running on a Mac Mini) to recognize it. So I guess I'll have to ship it back tomorrow.
Summary: I used this for iMovie backups. I have 10 years of home video of my 3 kids, imported them all from tapes and eventually ran out of room on my 2TB Mac, so waited for a "reasonable" priced thunderbolt drive to hold the large files (a lot of it is very large HD video).
Summary: I had this for about two months before one of the hard drives conked out (which I understand is a fairly common occurrence on these). Thank God I had it mirrored and was able to back up the data to my iMac. I've chosen to give it two stars instead of one, though, because when it works, it works.
Could do much better, no hardware RAID and no support for encryption
Crazy Shopper Alex, Amazon
20 September 2012
Summary: In general it is a nice product, however there are couple of things to note, which I didn't expect: 1) the box is pretty dumb. There is no dedicated hardware RAID. It just presents the two disks and the management utility given by WD in fact sets up Apple's software raid solution.
Summary: I bought 2 such drives (6TB model) in expectation that they are fanless and almost silent. What a big disappointment - these drive DO have fan and and they are not silent! After long copy operations (say 30-40 min) the drives get quite hot and fan noise is unbearable!
Summary: The good points are that the build quality is great, it looks lovely and is very fast indeed. Unfortunately I've pretty much had only problems with this unit. After a couple of months the RAID configuration 'degraded' and it wouldn't rebuild.