Western Digital launches My Book Duo with capacities of up to 20TB, starting at $260

While Microsoft is trying to figure out how to limit the footprint of new games on your console hard drive, Western Digital just announced a new range of RAID storage drives capable of backing up 'colossal' amounts of information, which might come in handy if you have a rather large library of games or a vast collection of selfies that are dear to your heart.

Starting at 4TB and going all the way up to a massive 20TB in capacity, these storage systems allow you to transfer data to and from the drive at lightning speeds of up to 360MB/s with a USB Type-C connection. Beyond that, it offers an additional two USB Type-A 3.0 ports, which can be used to charge several devices while using the drive if so desired. The My Book Duo comes with several adapters for the USB Type-C port, which allows for even more connectivity options.

According to WD, these new products are designed for media professionals and consumers alike:

“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.

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.”

According to reports, the included device management software offers several options to match your data needs, including RAID-0 for maximum data transfer speeds, or RAID-1 for maximum protection against loss, but the latter slows down transfer speeds. These drives also support 256-bit AES hardware encryption with WD Secure, which helps keep your data safe straight out of the box. The My Book Duo uses an indeterminate number of WD RED drives in each device, which spins at a maximum 5,200rpm.

These hard drives will go on sale worldwide, and comes in 4TB, 6TB, 8TB, 12TB, 16TB, and 20TB options, starting at a retail price of $259.99 in the US going up to $799.99 for the top tier model. It also comes standard with a three-year limited warranty.

Source: WDC | Image via Engadget

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