Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My book VelociRaptor Duo (WDBUWZ0020JBK)
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Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo 2TB
25 January 2013
Conclusion: Building on premium external storage solutions such as the Thunderbolt Duo, Western Digital's release of the also-Thunderbolt-connected My Book VelociRaptor Duo 2TB ups the speed ante via the use of two 10K RPM drives housed inside a well-built enclosure. Able to transfer 100GB in comfortably under 10 minutes and practically as quick as having a SATA 6Gbps connection direct to the PC, the VR Duo is a premium choice for users who need capacity and speed.
Conclusion: The VelociRaptor Duo takes the some of the fright out of ultra-fast RAID storage. Video production folks will find the price worthwhile, but everybody else is better off looking at less-expensive USB alternatives.
Pros: It’s super-fast! Includes Thunderbolt cable.
Testing Thunderbolt-Enabled External Storage: Gigabyte Z77X-UP5TH meets WD Velociraptor Duo
17 October 2012
Conclusion: The Gigabyte Z77X-UP5TH is an impressive motherboard and overall, you aren't paying a huge premium for its onboard Thunderbolt ports. As pricing stands now, the Z77X-UD5H-WB is very similar to the UP5TH minus Thunderbolt and it's $210 versus $240 . If you're already spending over $200 on a motherboard, the extra $30 is probably worthwhile unless you're certain you won't make use of the functionality, which includes the ability to daisy chain up to 12 devices plus two...
Pros: Last-gen, no holds barred Z77 motherboard. Great feature set including x2 thunderbolt ports, x4 6Gb/s SATA ports and x10 USB 3.0 ports. Good layout and construction. Good capacity, features and performance provided by Velociraptor hard drives in RAID. Thunderbolt support means you can daisy chain other drives and devices without hitting bottlenecks so easily.
Cons: A tad expensive, even for what you're getting. Very expensive and not a great value versus SSDs. Thunderbolt-only. For more capacity, WD's own Thunderbolt Duo might make more sense.
Conclusion: If you have the need for speed, the Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo is the drive you want sitting next to your MacBook, PC, or iMac with Thunderbolt.
Pros: Speedy as a SSD on read operations. Larger capacity than a SSD. Can be configured for RAID 0 or RAID 1. Faster than SSD on write operations. User serviceable. Can be daisy chained using dual Thunderbolt ports. Comes with Thunderbolt cable.
Cons: Only Thunderbolt interface. No visual capacity indicator.
Excerpt: While we were testing the WD My Book VelociRaptor Duo, a funny thing happened. At one point, we reflected on our first external hard drive--a 40GB unit salvaged from a laptop--and remarked at how quaint it seems in comparison to WD's powerful, spacious storage beast. Indeed, external storage has come a long way in a relatively short time.
Pros: Impressive RAID 0 performance, Solid single drive performance, Ease of use, Three-year warranty
Cons: No RAID in Windows Yet, Pricey, Heat dissipation seems inadequate
Review: My Book VelociRaptor Duo pricey but fast and feature-rich
25 September 2012
Conclusion: If you have the need for a high performance drive, and are willing to drop $900 on 2TB, then the My Book VelociRaptor Duo is a great choice. In our tests, this drive more than exceeded our expectations, posting faster transfer speeds than most drives we’ve seen. Its myriad of other features made it incredibly easy to set up and use, and with two 10,000-rpm drive mechanisms and two Thunderbolt ports, this drive is the stuff media professionals dreams are made of.
Pros: Very fast transfer speeds, Two Thunderbolt ports, Time Machine compatible out of the box, Configurable as RAID 0/1/JBOD, Easy-to-use bundled software, User-serviceable drives, Thunderbolt cable included
Conclusion: The Thunderbolt interface can easily deal with a ton of bandwidth. Given the right storage configuration you can sustain close to 1GB/s of transfers, while driving your display, all over a single unassuming cable. The advantages of Thunderbolt over USB 3.0 really come from its ability to hit ultra high transfer speeds, as well as its ability to connect storage and display to a notebook with a single cable.
Conclusion: When you check out the spec sheet it’s clear that Western Digital was trying to assemble a speed demon with the My Book VelociRaptor Duo. The company achieved that goal and has managed to deliver the reliability of RAID by using two high-end drives.
Excerpt: The VelociRaptor Duo takes Western Digital's WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo and gives it a significant performance boost by replacing WD's Green drive mechanisms with its VelociRaptor mechanisms. With these 10,000-rpm drives inside--to go along with the 10 Gbps Thunderbolt connectivity--the VelociRaptor Duo is intended to rival the performance of solid state drives, and in our tests, it proved to be more than a worthy competitor. See all: desktop hard drive reviews .