Western Digital hauls out weighty tome with 20TB external storage

Sluggish Red drives pumped with RAID to get speed up

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Western Digital has bundled a pair of slow Red drives into a My Book Duo external storage product, using RAID to get the speed up.

It has an up to 20TB capacity rating, massive, and great for digital content storage and/or backup. Sven Rathjen, VP of product marketing, Client Solutions, said: "We see it within new content creation segments such as the drone market and with enthusiasts, as well as professionals, producing and editing massive, high-quality photo and video files."

This writer's 4TB backup drive now looks skeletal, miserly even, in comparison.

The features are:

  • 4, 6, 8, 12, 16 and 20TB capacities
  • Two WD Red disk drives
  • 360MB/sec sequential read speed
  • RAID-0 or RAID-1 with RAID-optimised firmware
  • USB Type-C port
  • Two USB Type-A hub ports
  • Password protection and 256-bit AES HW encryption

It comes with WD Discovery software for Backup, Security and Drive Utilities.

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WD My Book Duo

The hub ports mean content product devices, like digital cameras, can be hooked up to it. The 10TB 3.5-inch helium-filled Red disk drives were announced in May. These are NAS-type drives, spinning at 5,400rpm with a 180TB/year workload rating.

We expect Seagate to ripple its 10TB drives through its LaCie external storage range and announce capacity upgrades as well.

The My Book Duo has a three-year limited warranty and prices run from $259 for the 4TB model up to $799 for the 20TB version. Personally, for backup purposes, I'd like a five-year warranty. ®


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