Western Digital has released a MyBook Duo desktop storage and back up drive offering as much as 20TBs capacity - for a price.
The MyBook Duo offers a RAID-configured black monolith to adorn any desktop, intended for users with out-of-control libraries of pictures, games, drone footage (!) and (mucky) videos. WD emphasises both the home and small business user can benefit from it.
"Both at home and in the office, people are creating and amassing huge volumes of data, and need high capacity, high-speed solutions to easily and confidently move and store that data in a single location," Sven Rathjen, vice president of product marketing of Client Solution at Western Digital.
"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. There has never been more of a need for a simple-to-use, massive capacity desktop storage solution such as My Book Duo for these content creators to keep pace with their growing storage demands."
Equipped with WD Red hard drives, which were announced in 10TB capacity last Spring, each has 360MB/s sequential read speeds and firmware tuned for RAID arrays. The message of this device seems to be "back it up, then back it up again".
Boasting a USB-C 3.1 gen2 port, which can then be backwards compatible with previous USB if you prefer (but it won't be as fast), there's also two USB A ports for attaching other hard drives, cameras, drones and the like.
There's also WD Security software built in with 256-bit AES hardware encryption for (hopefully) keeping your secret things secret.
It comes in configurations from 4TB up to 20TB - but doesn't come cheap. The 20TB model will set you back £619.99, while for people and businesses with less deep pockets £269.99 buys you the 4TB model, £299.99 buys 6TB capacity, £359.99 buys 8TB, £479.99 for 12TB and £559.99 for 16TB.
Western Digital has spent 2017 harmonising its various brands, with WD, Sandisk, HGST and G-Technologies moving much closer together. Elsewhere it has been in a long-running spat with Toshiba over the rights to its shared fabrication plant in Japan.
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