Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo (WDBUPB0040JSL / WDBUPB0060JSL / WDBUSK0040JSL / WDBUSK0060JSL / WDBUSK0080JSL)
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Been going strong since 2011
Bryan "West coast Producer/Director in TV/Film, I love new tech almost as much as love good tech!", Amazon
1 week ago
Summary: Great drive, been running like a champ since 2011, I'm a professional video editor and have put this drive through it's paces over the years! When I first bought the drive it was my first thunderbolt external, I did almost everything from it opting to edit directly off the drive rather the use the internal of the 2011 imac I was using at the time thanks to Thunderbolt's data streaming design. Even in JOB mode, the drive was fast enough to work in a 1080p workflow.
Summary: I just connected this drive to my Mac Pro, and it works as advertised. It's also quiet, and drive access for replacement is pretty straightforward. However, I was surprised to discover that it uses Apple's software RAID for mirroring, rather than implementing hardware RAID directly. Why should you care? Because Apple's software RAID isn't very good, in my experience. In particular, when it discovers a read error on a drive, it considers that entire drive to be failed.
Excerpt: I use this drive as a Time Machine backup for my 27" iMac. The Thunderbolt interface is a necessity for me for speedy backups, and the 8TB capacity is fantastic. What this drive does not have, and I've seen this before on many drives, is a power button. The only way for the drive to boot up is to plug a Thunderbolt cable into it. This is somewhat annoying. A small power button on the front of the drive really would have been a nice touch.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Highly Compatible
Excerpt: Bought for a 2012 I7 iMac. Was tired off buying USB 3 hubs that didn't work with various drives. Construction typical WD - plastic but strong. Feels Solid. Thunderbolt expensive but speed and daisy chaining great not to mention leaves USB ports open for other devices. Drive A failed in the first 4 days. Program warned and now I need to replace drive. No longer being in the US I wasn't sure about replacement warranty but phoned local WD dealer.
Summary: To save power the drive goes into an energy saver mode. I would have liked an option to define the energy saver levels and have one option that wakes the drive up when I begin to use my Mac. As it is, when I do make a call to the drive I need to wait for it to rev up. Once it is active the speed is by far the best of any external drives I have used.