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WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY / HOME OFFICE

Western Digital's My Book Live Duo Creates Your Own Cloud

By Matthew Lentini | Wednesday | 18/01/2012

Western Digital is back with another one of its extra-chunky hard drives, this time sporting a cloud storage twist with all the bells and whistles like back-up, network-attach and RAID configuration that make these drives so premium-priced.


The new My Book Live Duo is a dual-drive storage unit that acts as a personal cloud storage system when hooked up to your Broadband connection or over Wi-Fi.

Users can remotely access their storage via web browser or through the WD mobile app on tablets and smartphones. DLNA-certified, the device can stream content around the home or office to other certified devices, or straight onto tablets and smartphones through the WD 2go app.

The 4TB version runs at $599.99 while the 6TB retails for $799.99 (well ahead of the sub-$400 and -$500 prices listed for the US).

Two drives can be slotted into the usual RAID configuration to either double the capacity or create a constant backup for the extra-sensitive users working with extra-sensitive data.

Whether on Mac or Windows, the Live Duo continuously mirrors one hard drive onto the other, so by the off-chance that one drive fails, the second comes in as a backup. The housing itself is powered by its own in-built 800 MHz CPU.

WD's latest My Books are distributed across Australia by Synnex Australia and Express Online.

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