Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My book VelociRaptor Duo (WDBUWZ0020JBK)
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Nurtzof, B&H Photo
1 January 2015
Excerpt: Got this on sale as a Thunderbolt audio drive for my project studio. I use the two thunderbolt ports to connect to my Mac and my other thunderbolt drive - so this sits in the middle of the chain. Th other drive holds my virtual instruments and samples. Recording has been good, though I have gotten several buffer overrun errors. I haven't been able to determine root cause yet. Prior to using this drive I never got those errors.
Excerpt: I bought this setup to backup my top portrait and event photos. I especially liked that you can swap the drives so once you fill them up you can still you this same docking system. The setup was really quick and I changed it from striped raid mode to mirroring mode, when in stripe raid the speed is crazy fast. I'm talking over 360MBPS! Once I put it in mirror mode I got about 150MBPS through a disk speed test.
Pros: Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Highly Compatible
Excerpt: I have only owned the drive for a couple of weeks as of this writing, so I cannot speak to the long term reliability of a spinning disk system. However, it is by far the fastest external drive that I have used. It reads and writes at approximately 350 mbs which is faster than external ssds. I run it on a 2011 Macbook Pro.I use it to load various audio plug-ins, and for this it works very well.
Summary: I bought this recently and one drive was failed yesterday.....(no more spinning sound) I took this as my bad luck and I am looking forward to putting it back to five stars later on after the replacement. So far so good after the replacement and I'm satisfied with the service.
Summary: The Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo is a great drive at a pretty steep price. You really need to know your needs before dropping this many clams on a hard drive, though. It is designed for the video or photographic professional who need the speed for editing HD video. If you are looking for a device to backup your personal documents, photos and videos, there are probably lots of 2TB USB 3.0 devices that are going to be fast enough for you and much more cost...
Summary: I am not taking price into account for this review: as it is electronics, it should drop immensely, soon. All the hard drive basics are good. It has fast, reliable drives and a fast, soon to be standard connection. Interestingly, the drives are actually a size somewhere between 2.5" and 3.5" - I'm guessing the size WD uses for their portable external hard drives - and mounted to a 3.5" chassis/heat sink, with the SATA connection bridged to said chassis.
Summary: The big draw of this is obviously Thunderbolt and the Velociraptor drives. And yes, both are fast, but WD makes another Thuderbolt product that costs 2/3 of what this system does, and has 3 times the storage. I have it also, and I can say that for large files this device can has come 45% faster, though that's not always the case, and the speed difference almost disappears with small files.
The fastest in the WD line as well as the priciest
Matt Hausig, Amazon
27 September 2012
Summary: The advantage of Thunderbolt attached drives is speed comparable to having the drives connected directly. In this product the drives are two 10,000 RPM Velociraptors, some of the fastest non-SSD hard drives you can find. The tradeoff is that they are not cheap, lack the larger capacity of slower drives and are a bit noisier. Like the other My Book models, there is quite a bit of heat generated, but its less of a concern here ate least with regard to the drives.