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Western Digital targets prosumer backup market with My Book Duo

Twice the drives, twice the fun
Tue Jun 24 2014, 15:43

my-book-live-duoWESTERN DIGITAL (WD) has unveiled the latest model in its My Book range of desktop storage devices.

The WD My Book Duo bears more than a passing resemblence to the Mycloud EX2, the personal cloud NAS device that WD released earlier this year.

Like the Mycloud EX2, it is a dual hard drive desktop device with hardware RAID and USB 3.0, available in 4TB, 6TB and 8TB capacities. However, the My Book is aimed at the backup market and does not offer remote access to NAS. It is, however, preconfigured for RAID 1, meaning that all data is mirrored across both WD Red drives.

The drive comes with WD Smartware, allowing incremental and automated backup cycles to be set, as well as integration with cloud services including Dropbox, Onedrive and Google Drive. This option can offer limited remote access via the Dropbox integration.

Also included is Acronis Trueimage software that enables complete drive cloning to the Mybook. The device has 256-bit AES hardware encryption with password protection to keep secrets, secret.

Western Digital EVP of content solutions and worldwide sales Jim Welsh said, "My Book Duo offers super-fast transfer speeds, massive capacity and integrated WD Red drives to provide the ultimate desktop storage solution for all your digital libraries."

The WD My Book Duo starts at £279.99 for the 4TB model, ranging up to £449.99 for the 8TB model, and comes with a one-year guarantee.

Earlier this year, Western Digital was heavily criticised after the cloud infrastructure that powers its Personal Cloud NAS devices collapsed and was offline for more than a week. µ


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