WD 4 TB My Book Pro
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- Proven reliability: Combines power, compatibility, peace-of-mind hardware, speed and convenience to accelerate your workflow
- Advanced connectivity: Daisy chain up to six additional thunderbolt devices at the same time with no impact on throughput speed
- High-speed dual-drive performance with WD Black drives see wd.com/mybookpro for performance by configuration
- Thunderbolt 2 or USB 3.0 connectivity
- Compatible with Apple time machine
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Western Digital My Book Pro 6 TB. Thunderbolt 2, USB3.0 / 2x 3.5" Black HD RAID 0,1,JBOD / Hotswap / 435 MB/s / incl. Thunderbolt, USB cable
1 x My Book Pro 6 TB
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rrPerformance Driven. Proven Reliability.
Designed specifically for the creative professional and data intensive users, My Book Pro is WD’s external storage solution yet. With up to 12 TB of storage and up to 435 MB/s transfer rates, large files can be backed up, transferred and edited faster than ever. My Book Pro storage brings performance, reliability and an set up possible all in one device.
- Dual-drive enclosure with up to 12 TB capacity.
- High-speed performance with up to 435 MB/s data transfer rate.
- Two 20 Gb/s Thunderbolt 2 ports for high-speed workflow.
- RAID-optimised 7200-RPM WD Black drives.
Harnessing the power of dual 7200RPM WD Black drives, Thunderbolt 2 technology and hardware RAID, My Book Pro storage is designed to perform in high-speed workflows.
With dual 20 Gb/s Thunderbolt 2 ports and USB 3.0, My Book Pro also has two front USB ports to charge and sync smartphones, tablets or cameras on the fly.
Connect the My Book Pro storage to your Mac or PC. This drive is flexible to do either with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 ports.
Leverage Thunderbolt 2’s daisy-chaining to connect up to six devices like 4K monitors, video editing equipment or additional My Book Pro storage devices. Get up to 20 Gb/s data-transfer rate with no impact on throughput speed.
Integrated Hardware RAID
Because RAID processing is handled by the My Book Pro storage device, data bottlenecks are reduced and throughput is improved with no impact to your computer’s CPU performance.
Storage Designed for the Way you Work
My Book Pro professional RAID storage was created with photographers, videographers and other creative pros in mind. It offers the performance, capacity and flexibility you need to quickly transfer and manage the hours of HD footage or thousands of shots from your last shoot so you can spend more time doing what you love.
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Even the Lacie 2Big Thundebolt 2 (advertised with lower specs to the WD) gives a constantly higher speed of 40 to 60MB/s (320-340 when it writes), which is a significant difference to the WD speed..
I find it hard to understand buyers who scored it high, how can they be satisfied with its low performance, compared to specs. It is not only a few MB/s difference but a full 120MB/s lower to the advertised speeds. The drive is struggling to go over the 280MB/s when it writes.
Repacked and returned.
Its fast and reliable, it sits under my desk and I can't hear it. I have it in Raid 0..... Yeah I know I am courting possible disaster and should go to RAID 1.... I like it though, I use it with a 2015 iMac i7 and its quick, quiet and has lots of space, appears to be very well built
My review is based on the 8tb version which I'm using connected to an iMac via thunderbolt 2. I'm using it in RAID 0 mode. Obviously this is the more kamikaze way to go, but it gives me the full 8tbs and much better performance, which for me is well worth it. By using Carbon Clone Copy, I constantly back up my data, so RAID 0 is not totally kamikaze if you regularly backup. It just might be more tricky or time consuming to rebuild if a crash happens.
I'm primarily an audio visual creator. My process involves photography with in regards to timelapse sequences, 4K video editing and sound design. The reason that I'm specifying this is in order to highlight that I've experience with these mediums in regard to this RAID.
Firstly- for audio or music produciton, I would definitely give this RAID setup a miss. The reason for this is solely down to the noise the drive makes. The noise this makes when reading and writing data is like a muffled wood pecker having a go at a tree (well not exactly-but its quite annoying despite being not too loud). Also, the fans themselves can be fairly loud when they kick in. Unless you like your recordings to have some avant garde wood pecker sound background sound sort of feel, I'd pass on this.
The speeds which aim getting from the WD 8tb My Book Pro are much slower than the advertised max potential speeds. In my tests with the Blackmagic Disk Speed Tests I am getting a maximum of 310 mbps for writing (although it is generally more around 250/270 mbps). The read speeds i'm getting over Thunderbolt 2 on my iMac are around 300 to 320 mbps. I was quite disappointed by these results considering many users seem to be getting results closer to 400 mbps. Ive had two units, and they've both performed the similarity. I tested the drive one out of the box as well as after loading with data.
In regards to working with HD video. With my h264 1080p Canon 5d iii footage, i'm seeing a major upgrade in performance when working with Final Cut Pro X. Even when working with projects with many layers and effects the performance is excellent. I found it totally workable to have the cache, media and backups all on this RAID without any dips in performance With 1080p video editing it's quite easy to go effects crazy if you feel the need without having to worry about rendering much (until needed). Obviously the computer you use will be a big part of this equation.
This next part is where I've mostly changed my review. I'm now shooting 4K video with a Panasonic GH4 and I'm using this RAID as part of my workflow. I am quite surprised to have a decently performing workflow with 4K editing with my IMac and the WD 8tb Book Pro. I've found that with regards to Final Cut Pro X libraries, I can use the RAID to store the media for each library. I am using my internal SSD for the cache, and in doing so I'm able to work without having to use proxies.
In my tests I found I could stream 3 4K clips all sowed down using optical flow and a few effects on each without dropped frames. I'm shooting the GH4 in UHD with mov format.
When using the WD 8tb as the only hard drive and thus housing the cache on it too, I found I got dropped frames with one single clip with the same settings. This is to be expected with the speeds of any two disc HDD RAID 0 option I'm pretty sure.
For reference my machine is the late 2015 Skylake iMac 4.0 i7 - AMD Radoen 395X with 16 gigs of DDR3 Ram - this is hardly a proper online 4k editing machine, and nor is the WD an ideal 4K storage solution, however, I've surprisingly found it can most definitely work quite well indeed! For those of us who can't afford an 8 core Mac Pro or have super fast 12tb SSD RAIDs, I think there is still the potential to work without proxies without having to sell off body parts.
For anyone doing basic 4K editing wit no multi cams or crazy amounts of effects, this might be a worthwhile consideration as the only part of your storage equation.
I should also add that I'm now running a Dell 4K monitor as a second monitor connected to the Thunderbolt 2 port on the back of the WD Book Pro. For this it works absolutely flawlessly.
So all in all this is not a bad option at all. As stated at the beginning- I would definitely give this a miss if music production is your game. For photography and HD Video editing this is definitely a solid option, and it might even be decent enough for some 4k editing. Not too shabby all in all.
I also noticed a comment when updating my review which was in regards to the noise issue. The person rightly pointed out that a long optical thunderbolt cable could solve the issue by allowing the unit to be placed in a cupboard. This would be good, however, it takes the overall price to a level at where one could buy a RAID 5 enclosure+ drives instead of this. This alternative solution would obviously allow for faster speeds, more storage potentially as well as actual redundancy.
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