Western Digital launches 22TB and 44TB WD Book desktop hard drive
Western Digital announced the expansion of its WD Book line of desktop hard drives. The single-bay My Book is now available in 22TB of storage, while the dual-bay My Book Duo is now available in a 44TB model, the largest consumer-grade desktop storage Western Digital has ever made.
“Consumers continue generating data at a rapid pace. In 2022 alone, the average household worldwide generated more than 20 TB of data and we expect this number to continue to rise as people continue to consume and create more data,” said John Rydning, research vice president, Global DataSphere at International Data Corporation (IDC), a global market intelligence firm. “While many people rely on the cloud, we know consumers are looking for local storage at their fingertips to help them preserve and readily control their growing amount of personal and business data.“
The 22TB My Book is capable of saving and backing up files from a variety of storage devices, including documents, photos, videos, and other files from portable SSD/HDD, memory cards, and USB drives, and consolidating them into one logical and easily accessible location. For users of more powerful storage, the 44TB My Book Duo comes out of the box with the option to set it up as RAID-1 for redundancy (data mirroring) or used as two independent drives (JBOD) with the included software. The My Book Duo also has a hub function, and two USB 3.0 ports are provided on the back for user expansion.
The 22 TB My Book retails for $600 MSRP (£595) and the 44 TB My Book Duo retails for $1500 MSRP (£1490).