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WD ships My Book Duo, an 8TB RAID storage system for desktop computers

WD announces the availability of the USB 3.0 My Book Duo external desktop storage device, which offers up to 8TB of storage space and supports RAID configuration.

The new WD My Book Duo has up to 8TB of storage space. WD

If you're looking for a quick and secure way to back up a large amount of data from your computer, WD has something for you.

The storage vendor today announced the availability of the My Book Duo, which offers up to 8TB of storage space. The Duo comes with two WD Red internal hard drives that can be combined into a single volume using RAID 1 or RAID 0. The former is for data redundancy in case one of the hard drives dies, while the latter is for maximum performance and storage space.

The My Book Duo is a hardware RAID system, meaning its RAID configuration works independently from the host computer. You also have the option of using the two drives in a non-RAID setup called JOBD. Out of the box, the storage device is pre-formatted in NTFS (Windows), but it can be easily reformatted to work with Macs.

Supporting USB 3.0, WD says the new My Book Duo offers data rates of up to 290MB per second. The drive comes with WD SmartWare backup software included that allows for backing up the host computer's data to itself as well as onto a DropBox account. It also supports 256-bit AES hardware encryption and password protection to keep its data from prying eyes.

The new WD My Book Duo is available now in 4TB, 6TB, and 8TB capacities, with suggested prices of $280, $350, and $450, respectively. All capacities come with a two-year warranty.