WD releases My Book Thunderbolt Duo in 4 TB and 6 TB capacities
By Darren Quick
March 15, 2012
Western Digital (WD) has begun shipping its first Thunderbolt equipped storage device in the form of the My Book Thunderbolt Duo. The device is a dual-drive unit available in 4 TB (2 x 2 TB) and 6 TB (2 x 3 TB) capacities and features dual Thunderbolt ports (and only dual Thunderbolt ports – there’s no USB to fall back on here) on the rear for daisy-chaining of up to six My Book Thunderbolt Duo drives or other Thunderbolt peripherals.
The My Book Thunderbolt Duo features a brushed aluminum exterior, which seems to be the default standard for the majority of Thunderbolt peripherals hitting the market. It offers RAID 0, 1 and JBOD mode (Just a Bunch of Disks), which allows each drive can be accessed directly as an independent drive – handy for users running Windows on a Mac with Boot Camp.
Aimed at Mac-based creative professionals dealing with large graphics, video, or music files, or just Mac users with a truckload of digital content that needs moving around in a hurry, the unit is compatible with Time Machine out of the box and comes formatted as HFS + Journaled for Mac. It measures 6.5 x 6.2 x 3.9-inches HxDxW (165 x 157 x 99 mm), with the 4 TB unit weighing 4.73 lb (2.15 kg) and the 6 TB unit weighing 4.98 lb (2.26 kg).
The 4 TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo is available now for US$599.99, while the 6 TB model sells for $699.99. A Thunderbolt cable will need to be bought separately.