Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo (WDBUPB0040JSL / WDBUPB0060JSL / WDBUSK0040JSL / WDBUSK0060JSL / WDBUSK0080JSL)
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Runs Cool and Quiet
Richard Drdul, Amazon
18 November 2012
Summary: I am using the My Thunderbolt Duo with my MacBook Pro in RAID 1 configuration, giving me a mirrored 3 TB volume. It's easy enough to set up with OS X's Disk Utility, so there's no need to install the included WD software (if you think you might want to use the WD software, copy it from the drive before changing the RAID configuration, as it will be deleted in the process).
Summary: I was astounded by the speed of this product in Raid 1 configuration. I was debating for a while what configuration I would like to have it in. You have 3 options - Raid 1 ( 6GB fastest speed) Raid 0 ( 3GB slightly slower speed but highest security of data ) or JBOD (2 x 3 GB disks- each seen as single disks - lower speed but able to hot swap out the disks). I was debating for a while because I was not sure if I wanted all of that space and instead go for security.
Summary: The drive works as expected. This is the 3rd Western Digital drive I've owned and i have not been disappointed. The only negative is the cost for a Thunderbolt drive which I assume will decrease in the future.
Summary: This is an incredible piece of equipment. It is fast! reliable! and easy to set up! Accessing 300mb image files across our gigabit ethernet network is as fast as if they were on the local machine using them.
Summary: The drive installed without any problems. I configured it as two separate, 3TB volumes. It's very quiet and transfer rates seem quite good, although I have only done a little informal testing. I use one volume for my Parallels VMs and am happy with the performance I get. I have daisy-chained to another thunderbolt drive (Seagate GoFlex) and everyday usage seemed to work fine, but Carbon Copy Cloner complained about mount points moving (for the Seagate) when I was imaging...
Summary: Western Digital and I have a history, so I was a bit concerned about making this purchase. My concerns were verified when the unit arrived, I plugged it it, it winked, and stopped. Sigh. WD customer support shipped another as I immediately got a RMA and returned it. Two days later I got a new one, in a plain box with no other documentation. No matter, plugged this 4T bad-boy in, and did 500GB of upload in a few hours. Quiet, big, and flawless.
Summary: I am a home user, so my interests are mostly photo and document storage as well as light video editing. When I was shopping for external storage, my primary goal was to have automated backup of all my files, which this does beautifully. I was so sick of recovering lost files from dead hard drives and starting all over again! This is the perfect backup solution. In case you're wondering, this device has 2 internal hard drives, 2TB each, which are user accessible.
Summary: This is by far the FASTEST raid system available for a Mac. Transfer rates are extremely good and the first time I used it I backed up 300+ GB of RAW photos in under 1 hour. The only downside is you have to get a Thunderbolt cable which at the current time Best Buy doesn't sell so you need to purchase it from apple. But other than that its great!
Summary: Device works great through the ThunderBolt interface on my iMac; the speed is great and the raid configuration tool (speed vs reliability) was trivial to set up. The price is definitely steep; hopefully it will come down in future generations as the underlying tech cannot be any more expensive than USB 3 or eSATA. Also: WD, come on...where is the cable in the box? That is just cheap.