A lot of people enjoy ripping their media to a central server so it’s available anywhere on their network to any device they want. With high definition media, lossless high-resolution audio files, and even the potential of future 4K media, some people may be thinking about expansion. Western Digital just started shipping 4TB hard drives, so of course, their network-attached solution got an upgrade too. Via CNET:
The server houses two user-serviceable 3.5-inch hard drives and supports both RAID 1 and RAID 0 configurations. The top 8TB capacity is available only in the RAID 0 setup, which is fast but provides no redundancy. If you want data safety, you’ll have to opt for RAID 1, and in this case the My Book Live Duo’s cap is 4TB of protected storage space.
The My Book Live Duo is compatible with both Windows computers and Macs (including native support for Time Machine), and offers storage for both local-network and remote users via the Internet. The server comes with WD mobile apps for Android and iOS devices.
The new NASs are shipping now, with an estimated street price of about $660 for the 8TB, with a single drive 4TB coming in and $375, and a 6TB version hitting at $440. Hard drive prices are still recovering from the floods in Taiwan, and obviously a 4TB drive is a new technology you’re going to pay a premium on. With 4K movie files, when they become available outside of proprietary systems, topping 50GB, this kind of system would give any collector a great start.