Western Digital (WD) is expanding its lineup of My Book external HDDs today with the 22 TB My Book Desktop Hard Drive ($599.99), the company’s highest-capacity consumer hard drive ever, and the 44 TB My Book Duo ($1,499.99), a RAID-optimized unit that bundles two of those drives together for maximum storage. Both are available now at select Western Digital retailers, e-tailers, and on the Western Digital store, according to a press release.
“Consumers continue generating data at a rapid pace. In 2022 alone, the average household worldwide generated more than 20TB of data1 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.”
“With multiple devices used in our everyday life, we have the ability to instantly create, consume and generate massive amounts of content,” said Susan Park, vice president of product management at Western Digital. “Our goal is to help people easily and reliably store it all.”
From a Western Digital press release:
The 22TB My Book offers users the ability to back up and preserve thousands of documents, photos, videos and other files from a variety of storage devices including portable SSDs and HDDs, memory cards and USB flash drives, consolidating them into one organized and easy to access location. For those looking for more robust storage capabilities, the My Book Duo is also now available in a 44TB capacity, equipped with RAID-optimized Western Digital drives that are ready to perform at maximum speed and capacity right out of the box. My Book Duo can be reconfigured to RAID-1 for redundancy (data mirroring) or used as two independent drives (JBOD) with the included software.