At the beginning of this month Western Digital announced the My Book Live Duo, a two bay version of their popular My Book Live. Not to disparage the single hard drive My Book Live, both the Live and the Live Duo offer a remote backup option to another My Book Live or NAS on the network.
The Western Digital My Book Live Duo looks just like the standard Live, albeit twice the thickness.
All of the ports are on the back of the unit, including a USB expansion port for adding additional storage capacity that can be shared over the network.
Western Digital went from a design on the original My Book Live that was difficult to access the hard drive inside to a very user intuitive layout on the My Book Live Duo that lets users access the internal drives with very little effort. Given the passively cooled design of the My Book Live Duo, users should stick with 5400RPM or Green hard drives.
WD includes a quick start guide with the drive that pretty much says plug it in and run the included CD. One area added over the original My Book Live model is a drive configuration section inside the control panel area. The mobile apps provided by Western Digital provide a rich content experience, with easy access to files no matter where you are (as long as you have an internet connection). When it comes to performance, the WD My Book Live Duo handled itself pretty well over gigabit Ethernet. The Western Digital raised the bar with the My Book Live Duo, perfectly fitting the market segment of buyers who want network accessible media, but don't want to go through the hassle of setting up an entire NAS. The My Book Live Duo brings a lot to the table, expanding on all of the great features of the original My Book Live, as well as increasing capacity or data redundancy through two drive bays. The world’s largest manufacturer of hard drives, Western Digital has expanded the capacity of its storage device in personal cloud by presenting model WD My Book Live Duo 8TB.
The My Book Live Duo supports RAID 0 and 1, works with Windows and Mac operating systems (including native support for Time Machine), and provides storage for the users of the local network and remotely via Internet . Western Digital also offers mobile applications for Android and iOS to access from any smartphone or tablet with market leading systems.


As according to us, WD My Book Live Duo 8TB is pretty promising, if you were looking for NAS system with large storage then this WD solution is best. When we reviewed the original My Book Live, we raved about its simple setup, which includes bypassing the need to alter any router settings. But the benefit of a two drive Duo are obvious, having the option to use one drive for data and one drive for redundancy provides a little more peace of mind. Western Digital has the suite of aforementioned apps for tablets and phones, and provides online access through a browser interface for computers. Besides the aforementioned port, the layout is rather sparse with the only other items being LAN, power, a lock slot, and a reset button. With a quick press on the top latch the cover opens, exposing the two Western Digital hard drives inside underneath a metal retention bracket.
Since this storage device is passively cooled, using faster 7200RPM drives may cause overheating and premature failure.
If you don't have an optical drive, don't worry, once the My Book Live is connected to the network it's easily found by both Macs and PCs.
To allow mobile users to log in, you can setup activation codes on a per-user basis to work with the WD 2go Mobile Apps.
When tested from an iPhone or iPad outside of the office, the devices were quick to connect to the My Book Live and were able to access files immediately. By including RAID capabilities, the Live Duo can finally be included in the category of devices people can use backup files to and sleep safe knowing the system can handle a drive failure. The software is easy to setup, the web interface is designed beautifully and looks great, and the mobile apps available for both iOS and Andriod are very well made.
With personal cloud being all the rage, the Duo delivers on all counts and expands on storage capabilities with RAID1.
If you find it expensive but you need a cloud storage system like this, WD offers versions 4 and 6 Tbytes with reference price of 375 and 440 dollars. Out of the box mirroring mode is the default configuration letting users access the full 4TB capacity, but users may also switch to RAID1 should data redundancy be more important than total volume size.


The Duo also provides backup services for computers on the network, with support for Apple's Time Machine. The drives are quickly removed by unscrewing a thumb-screw holding on a retention plate, allowing you to pull on the handy plastic tab to lift the drive out.
From there you can access the software folder to install the included software, or not, it's not required once you know the IP address of the device. In RAID1 your data is safe in the event of a single drive failure, with total capacity being 2TB.
Western Digital finally hit all marks with this network device, offering an all-in-one media serving package for home and mobile devices with RAID capabilities. We also love WD's mobile apps, which continue to get updated to make access to files on the go fast and easy, especially for storage-constrained tablets and other mobile devices. On the entertainment side, My Book Live Duo is DLNA certified making streaming of content to home theater devices simple, and it offers iTunes server support to help users organize and stream media files.
The drives are also labeled A and B to quickly identify which drive has failed and replace the correct one.
In spanned mode you have double the capacity at 4TB, but have increased risk that half your data could go missing with a single drive failure. While not as fast as some of the bigger NAS units, it offers plenty of speed for moving media files around and providing backup space for home computers.
For users opting for more data protection, you can convert to RAID1 on the fly, and in our initial testing still retain the WD-supplied data on the drives from spanned mode. It is still highly recommended to make sure you have a backup of your data though before you go through this process.



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