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June 15, 2016

8TB My Book Pro Professional RAID Storage – Thunderbolt USB 3.0 – WDBDTB0080JSL-NESN

How WD WDBDTB0080JSL-NESN price changed over last several months:
How the price of WDBDTB0080JSL-NESN Book changed this year
8TB WDBDTB0080JSL-NESN comparison with other similar products:
I read a lot of reviews before I purchased WD 8TB


We should crowd source 8TB Professional pictures How My Pro popularity changed over time, compared 2016 to last year Productivity only made this Book My even better Elegant photographs taken this month


WDBDTB0080JSL-NESN review and price:

WD 8TB My features:

  • Pre-formatted for Mac OS X in RAID 0 mode (Reformatting required for Windows). Apple Time Machine compatible
  • Customizable hardware RAID 0/1 or JBOD
  • Two easy-access USB 3.0 device ports on the front of the enclosure
  • Two 20 Gb/s Thunderbolt 2 ports for high-speed workflow
  • High-speed performance with up to 350MB/s data transfer rate
  • Thunderbolt 2 or USB 3.0 connectivity
  • Dual-drive enclosure with up to 12TB capacity
  • Features RAID-optimized 7200-RPM WD Black drives
Other Info for this deal:

Warranty: standard manufacturer’s warranty
S&H: Free shipping if ordered online
WD 8TB’s dimensions and weight: check our reviews
Coupon: n/a

General WD WDBDTB0080JSL-NESN description
My Book Pro is WD’s fastest direct attached storage device for the creative professional. With up to 12TB of storage and 435 MB/s move rates, big files may be backed up, moved and edited directly from the device faster than ever. My Book Pro combines the power of dual 20-Gb/s Thunderbolt 2 ports, USB 3. 0 compatibility, the peace-of-mind of hardware RAID and the speed of two 7200 RPM WD Black drives all to speed up the workflow of creative professionals. Plus, it has convenient front-access USB ports to charge and sync smartphones, tablets or cameras.

Recent reviews:

Coming from a prosumer I have to say, I was a little cynical at 1st going with the RAID 0 over my common RAID 1 (for redundancy) but I bit the bullet, dove in, and have been quite surprised in the speed differences. So a little background, I mainly use my other RAID merchandise for storage, redundancy, and media editing. My current storage systems total to about 30 TB where I have a mosh-pit of peripherals ranging from Seagate to LACIE drives and RAIDs. My last favorite RAID was my 12TB MyBook running in RAID 1. Switching my workflow to this drive was one of my best decisions in a long time, if just considering time saved in file transfers alone. Before this RAID I had to copy my complete workflow onto my local SSD for editing before re-transfering it to an external HDD for short/lasting storage caused by the read/write restrictions of RAID 1 and JBOD arrays. Switching everything to the MyBook Pro allowed me to edit 4k media live from an external drive, the best feeling in the world coming from what I was used to I have attached some photos of the device, with an average result from a speed test ran from my Mac Pro 2015 (with its interior SSD). I ran the test some times with varying file sizes and the top speeds I was able to pull was 405MB/s write and 370MB/s read which competitors that of most standard SSD drives It also is ridiculously calm. Typically when I load up a last Cut project or run a speed test on a drive I can instantly heard the fans turn on like a jet engine. Regardless what I put this through I do not hear so much as a purr from it. You may think that’d because heating problems, I did, however in the center of a project its barely warm only time will tell if this drive will stand the test of time with it being a RAID 0, however I will be keeping this review updated as I use it over an expanded time period.

I have been happy with my Asus gaming laptop that I use mainly for image, video and audio editing. That’s, till I ran CrystalMark on my interior 7200RPM hard drive and the Western Digital My Book. CrystalMark measures my C drive at a respectable (at least I thought it was) 107. 2 MB/s READ speed and 100. 4 MB/s WRITE. The My Book running over a USB 3. 0 interface scored 4119 MB/s READ and 354. 2 MB/s WRITE in RAID 1 configuration. I’m awed. In fact, I think I’d like to go out and dance in the streets. Editing stills and video is going to be lots faster. I tested moves and copies with a folder containing 275,000 things aggregating 319 GB back and forth. About 90 minutes for each run. This is local, not network storage (although you may be able to designate it as a network drive in Windows, it’ll not be a NAS). It is a small, pretty light box that you may fit on your desltop. It’s deathly silent. It runs cool. In fact, I kept checking for air flow and heat. Nada. Creepy. There are two Thunderbolt and one USB 3. 0 Ports on the back. On the front there are two power only USB 3. 0 ports that you may use to charge phones, tablets and such. Nice, useful touch. The drives are easily replaceable. RAID is handled internally, so no extra load is place on your computer’s CPU. All in all, a bit costly, however totally worth it. I love it. Jerry$.

My Book Pro holds 2 Western Digital Black drives. These drives were used in servers which have heavy handling and are so far superior to the Green drives that majority of people purchase. I already use a 4TB Black internally in one of my MacPros. It comes with a 3 year warranty. A Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable is included. The included USB 3 cable that plugs into the unit has a regular USB connector on the other end so it can attach to a USB 2 or 3 port. The power cord plugs into a brick that cables to the unit. This is an improvement over drives that have the brick plugging directly into the outlet. The Pro offers you a choice of mirror (auto-backup), striped (splitting data blocks between drives), or as JBOD (Just a Bunch of Drives). I’ll be using the unit to store raw footage and last production movies. Backups now live on my other 4TB drives. This gives fast procedure times using Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt on my major MacPro (good thing there are 6 Thunderbolt ports). The 2nd Thunderbolt port lets daisy-chaining to another Thunderbolt drive (up to 6 drives in the sequence). In comparison to USB 3, Thunderbolt is twice as fast and Thunderbolt 2 is 4 times as fast. If you want to use the 2 drives as independent storage devices (JBOD), you must configure it using USB 3. Then plug it back into Thunderbolt. Personally, I want the full 10TB to use as fast Thunderbolt for raw footage and last video. Since you pay a premium for Thunderbolt over USB 3 drives, I will use my USB 3 drives as backups. If you only use USB 3, there’s a much cheaper variant offered by Western Digital. For those who like the RAID idea of using the 2nd drive to back up the first, be aware that many of us have had the unit or both drives fail leaving us with no data.

Compare WD 8TB with similar products:

Transcend 256GB USB 3.0 External Solid State Drive (TS256GESD400K)

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  • 410MB/s and 380MB/s
  • Features UASP support
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connection options
  • One Touch Auto-Backup Button
  • Light weight yet durable
  • Connection bandwidth up to 5Gbits per second
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Toshiba 2TB Canvio Basics USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (HDTB220XK3CA)

  • Our 2.0TB Drive is capable of storing up to 571,000 digital photos or 526,000 digital music files or 1,640 downloaded digital movies.
  • Protects your drive (Internal Shock Sensor and Ramp Loading Technology).
  • USB 3.0-powered portable add-on storage.
  • Gives you peace of mind with Toshiba’s 1-year Limited Warranty
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Seagate Game Drive for Xbox 2TB Green (STEA2000403)

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WD My Book 2TB External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 File Backup and Storage

  • 2-year limited warranty
  • Up to 4 TB capacity
  • Automatic, continuous backup or file backup option
  • Password protection and hardware encryption
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G-Technology G-DRIVE Professional External Hard Drive 4TB (Gen6, USB 3.0/eSATA/FireWire800) (0G02927)

  • “Fan-less” design with unique silent cooling technology
  • Transfer rates up to 165MB/s
  • USB 3.0/2.0, eSATA, FireWire 800
  • Apple Time Machine compatible
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LaCie d2 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series 4TB External Hard Drive (9000303)

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My Book technical ratings and MSRP
  • Thunderbolt 2 or USB 3.0 connectivity
  • Customizable hardware RAID 0/1 or JBOD
  • Two easy-access USB 3.0 device ports on the front of the enclosure
  • Features RAID-optimized 7200-RPM WD Black drives
  • High-speed performance with up to 350MB/s data transfer rate
  • Two 20 Gb/s Thunderbolt 2 ports for high-speed workflow
  • Pre-formatted for Mac OS X in RAID 0 mode (Reformatting required for Windows). Apple Time Machine compatible
  • Dual-drive enclosure with up to 12TB capacity

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  4. WD 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Desktop RAID External Hard Drive – Thunderbolt – WDBUTV0060JSL-NESN
  5. WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo 6 TB Dual Drive High-Speed Storage with RAID
  6. OWC ThunderBay 4 0GB 4-Bay Professional Grade Enclosure w/ Thunderbolt 2


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