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Western Digital Launches 8TB My Book Thunderbolt Drive

Western Digital has announced the availability of its My Book Thunderbolt Duo, which offers 8TB of storage space.

The My Book Thunderbolt Duo represents Western Digital's foray into the Thunderbolt storage device market. In terms of cost per gigabyte, the My Book Thunderbolt Duo is the most affordable storage device currently availability with a price of $850. In addition to the drive, a Thunderbolt cable is also included.

The drive contains two internal hard drives that can be set up in either RAID 0, which is the default option, or RAID 1 configurations.

In addition, Western Digital announced its My Book 4TB external hard drive, a single-volume external USB 3.0-compatible hard drive that costs $250.

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  • outlw6669
    Just received a set of 4TB WD My Book Essentials on Tuesday.
    For anyone expecting them to contain WD designed/built drives you will be sorely disappointed.
    Inside are 4TB 5400RPM Hitachi drives :/

    Well, at least their external drives are still €40 less expensive than a bare 4TB drive in Germany :)
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  • In terms of cost per gigabyte, the My Book Thunderbolt Duo is the most affordable storage device currently availability with a price of $850.

    In addition, Western Digital announced its My Book 4TB external hard drive, a single-volume external USB 3.0-compatible hard drive that costs $250.
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    850/8 = 106 per gb

    62.5/4 = 62.5 per gb

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  • yamman101
    basikmathsIn terms of cost per gigabyte, the My Book Thunderbolt Duo is the most affordable storage device currently availability with a price of $850. In addition, Western Digital announced its My Book 4TB external hard drive, a single-volume external USB 3.0-compatible hard drive that costs $250.***********************************************850/8 = 106 per gb62.5/4 = 62.5 per gb
    I think you mean per TB.
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  • alidan
    all i want is for a 4tb drive to hit 200$, they have a little more than 2 months to go. before my birthday and i need them at least at 250 by than... at least that way i can argue i pay half for one as a present.

    and yea, i can get 2 2tb drives for cheaper, i know, but i want all my data on 1 drive, instead of my current 5... to make the management of data so much easier.
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  • techcurious
    basikmathsIn terms of cost per gigabyte, the My Book Thunderbolt Duo is the most affordable storage device currently availability with a price of $850. In addition, Western Digital announced its My Book 4TB external hard drive, a single-volume external USB 3.0-compatible hard drive that costs $250.***********************************************
    850/8 = 106 per gb
    62.5/4 = 62.5 per gbFirstly, you accidentally wrote GB, but I am sure you meant TB anyway..
    Secondly, I am sure the article meant that the My Book Thunderbolt Duo is the most affordable thunderbolt drive. But I didn't check around to see if even that is true, as usually claims like these in articles like these (purely product announcements) are often inaccurate.
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  • techcurious
    outlw6669Just received a set of 4TB WD My Book Essentials on Tuesday.For anyone expecting them to contain WD designed/built drives you will be sorely disappointed.Inside are 4TB 5400RPM Hitachi drives Well, at least their external drives are still €40 less expensive than a bare 4TB drive in GermanyIt's one thing for a Toshiba Laptop to use a HDD from another brand (and perhaps we are just used to this happening), but another thing entirely for a Western Digital External Hard Drive to use a hard drive from another brand! Hard drive is in the product name for Pete's sake! It's not unreasonable to expect the drive inside to be Western Digital! I find this rather misleading and dishonest.. I always select my external drive's brand based on which brand of hard drive I want (on the inside) for the particular usage I have in mind.
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  • spookyman
    Maybe Western Digital buys Hatachi hard drives and puts their labels on them?
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  • outlw6669
    spookymanMaybe Western Digital buys Hatachi hard drives and puts their labels on them?Well, seeing as Western Digital was required to sell Hitachi's 3.5" hard drive business to Tohsiba when they acquired Hitachi, they are actually purchasing the drives from Toshiba.

    http://ftc.gov/opa/2012/03/westerndigital.shtm

    In any case, the drives I removed from Western Digital's enclosures have no additional Western Digital labels.
    They are clearly marked as Hitachi drives; model H3IK40003254SW's to be exact.
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  • sherlockwing
    TB on 5400rpm HDDs? the bottleneck is so ridiculous I can't stop but launch at this. USB 3.0/SATAIII was already way faster than any Hard drive can transfer so now they give you Tbolt which is almost twice as fast? lol.
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  • didgetmaster
    Seeing how WD and Hitachi are now the same company, that doesn't surprise me. It would really surprise me if you found a Seagate drive inside.
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