WESTERN DIGITAL MY BOOK RAID MANAGER
Equipped with two WD Red Hard Disk Drives (HDDs), premium duo bay external hard drive with RAID, backup software and password activated encryption. Many RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) options exist to connect My Cloud Expert Series EX2 Ultra, My Book Duo, My Cloud Pro Series PR I have a degraded WD My Book USB External RAID configured for Download the Western Digital Raid Manager, this application will test your.
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Western Digital provides data storage solutions, including systems, HDD, Flash SSD, memory and personal data solutions to help customers capture and. I have a my book pro 11 set up as a raid 1, and it works perfectly without a hitch I updated the software and drivers from the WD site and it. Thanks I am desperately trying to install "Drive Manager Utility" for my WD Mybook Studio II 4TB Raid disk. I looked at the Control Panel, and the drive shows up.
This isn't just two drives and a meaningless SATA pass-through, this is a real drive, so it can do things like this. It's not something I need, so I didn't sit through the encryption process, but if you need it, it's there.
Cons: Big brick for power. This should be expected, and I'm not taking off eggs for this, but I want to make sure you get it.
It's basically a laptop power adapter 12V, 4A. That's not wrong, that is correct, that's FOUR amperes.
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This thing will suck power. Of course it will, it's 2 x 10TB drives. Just keep that in mind. I wouldn't pack it up too tight either, in case it gets hot.
Mine doesn't seem to run too hot, but it may under heavy load or prolonged usage. I have my doubts -- it's not even WD branded. Putting out that much current from a medium-sized brick. That remains to be seen.
The length on this is good, though. Maybe too long, frankly, considering how thin the wire actually is. The 3-year warranty is good, but not great.
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I've also had my issues with WD, in particular with an older model of exactly this type -- a 2-drive "My Book Duo. I've only used this for 30 days see below , and indeed this is a very new product, so I can't speak to the longevity of this particular product.
Looking at the warranty, the reputation, and my personal experience of WD leads me to believe that the product should be generally good and probably reliable, but there are no guarantees and, like I said, I can't tell you with any certainty that WD will make it right -- because I know that sometimes they don't.
A good number of people are reporting failures -- and a good number of them are reporting little help from WD. As always, buyer beware.
And in the end, like I said, minus one egg. Sorry WD, nothing you can do about this. You should have settled the issue back then, because from now on, I'll harbor that doubt that you'll fail to deliver on failure -- within the warranty period!
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Less important issues: USB 3 cable could really stand to be longer. Not impressed by the 3-footer that came included.
Shiny super glossy finish. This is a con for me. The unit boasts a quad interface, but in reality it only has three types of onboard connectors-two FireWire ports, one mini USB 2.
If your Mac doesn't have FireWire ports, the drive ships with a special cable with a FireWire connector on one end and a FireWire connector on the other end. If you want to share this drive with a PC, you'll need to reformat it to FAT32, a Windows-friendly format that the Mac can read and write.
You'll have to install the included WD Drive Manager software and use its tools. At comparable capacities, striped RAID arrays are faster than a single drive, since such an array uses two heads to read and write across both drives at the same time.
The downside is that if one of the two drives fails, you lose all of your data. A mirrored array RAID 1 offer greater protection against drive failure by maintaining one drive as an exact duplicate of the other. If you have a need for complete backup for disaster recovery, Western Digital has licensed and branded Acronis True Image WD Edition software, which is available as download for free from Western Digital's support website. Acronis True Image lets you recover everything, including system files, even if your boot drive is completely unreadable.
The drive's warranty is good, but not great: two years instead of the three we'd like to see on premium drives like this.
Western Digital My Book Pro Edition II sucks!
That's not bad, but it's still two cents per gigabyte more expensive than the Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive. The Buffalo Drivestation is a bit pricier, at 7 cents per gigabyte.
That figure is actually worth it if you use the drive as a double-fail safe backup. Ultimately, the Western My Digital Book Duo works best as a backup drive or a repository for large personal media libraries.
The 8TB is a lot of space, as is 4TB of doubled data protection.The dual USB 3. And its best not to do that while shutting down Windows.
I purchased the Pro Edition II recently. Did it get so lonely that it put itself out if its misery? And in that one instance where failure occurred before expiration of the warranty, I was sent a dud replacement drive. With super-fast transfer rates, you can store or archive all your large files from DSLRs, action cameras, drones and other devices.
Mine booted back up fine, and my Time Machine backup mounted fine.
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