View Full Version : 8 Terabytes for $850, good deal?

Ronell M Cross
10-09-2012, 12:55 PM
Western Digital is really getting in bed with Thunderbolt. It already has a 2TB 10,000RPM monster, and now it's got an 8TB external drive with Thunderbolt.

The MyBook 8TB is the largest consumer level Thunderbolt drive, and it works with RAID 0 and RAID 1. It comes with a Thunderbolt cable, too, which is nice. It's also got two Thunderbolt ports, so you can daisy chain six together for 48TB of Thunderbolt magic. On the downside, it doesn't have a USB 3.0 alternative, so if you have to work with an alternative machine that doesn't have a Thunderbolt port, well, you're screwed. It's $850, and available now at WD's online store. [Western Digital]


What do you guys think of using something like this?

[I got this from this post on Gizmodo... http://gizmodo.com/5950228/heres-a-humongous-new-8-terabyte-thunderbolt-hard-drive]

10-09-2012, 02:30 PM
I have this thing, and I edit from it daily. It works.. but its not super fast.
Compared to my SSD via USB3

So, not getting the benefit of the thunderbolt speed.

I am planning on buying the Drobo (http://www.drobo.com/products/professionals/drobo-mini/index.php) full of SSD's.

10-09-2012, 02:30 PM
8TB, Thunderbolt, at under 900USD.
Its close but are WD trustworthy?
I know the older MyBooks crapped out pretty easily.

Matthew Bennett
10-09-2012, 02:39 PM
I wish someone from the past could read this post title, they'd flip. I almost flipped - I keep forgetting how much data we have now...

Cut to ten years from now... "4 Petabytes Solid State - good deal?"

Frank Glencairn
10-09-2012, 05:29 PM
So, not getting the benefit of the thunderbolt speed.

Hmmm... looks like there is a bottleneck somewhere.

I get this from a single 2TB Baracuda via USB3


From my cheap external USB3 RAID with two of the same HDDs as above it's like 280MB/s

Maybe there is a missing or old driver somewhere in your system.
At least the SSD should be much faster.


Brad Ferrell
10-10-2012, 09:04 AM
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/890519-REG/Western_Digital_WDBUSK0080JSL_NESN_8TB_MY_BOOK_THU NDERBOLD.html


Brad Ferrell
10-10-2012, 09:05 AM
This would make an excellent addition to a TB-enabled laptop for DIT work on-set but I still think Drobo takes the cake.

Peter J. DeCrescenzo
10-10-2012, 01:03 PM
To the O.P.: Whatever storage system you go with, don't forget to factor-in the not inconsiderable cost of backing it up properly. Also, "RAID" does not equal "backup", unless you have >1 of them containing identical data. That goes for Drobo, too. And, not everyone is completely happy with Drobo reliability or their customer service. YMMV.

10-10-2012, 01:14 PM
Bought recently.......

G-Technology 8TB G-RAID External Hard Drive Array with Thunderbolt $836.00 at b&H

Tim Hole
10-10-2012, 05:35 PM
. ... not everyone is completely happy with Drobo reliability or their customer service. YMMV.

You can count me as one of these people.

I would be unnerved about having 8TB on two drives. That's a lot of data to potentially lose with only one mirror. For my purposes 4TB is not really enough space. Its ok for personal work though.

Amr Rahmy
10-10-2012, 07:06 PM
these options are not bus powered, are they?

i thought the wd mypassport or the only bus powered wd option.

10-10-2012, 10:11 PM
That's a lot of data to potentially lose

Anything can happen and it does from time to time