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Digital storage solutions specialist Western Digital (WD) introduced My Book Live Duo, a personal cloud storage system that combines shared storage and remote access with double-safe backup or increased capacity of a dual-drive system with RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) technology. My Book Live Duo is available in 4TB and 6TB capacities and is listed at $399.99 and $499.99, respectively.

Compatible with Mac and PC operating systems, My Book Live Duo continuously maintains a second copy of all your files for real-time data backup in mirrored mode (RAID 1). Half the capacity is used to store users’ data and half is used for a second copy. In the event that one drive fails, data is protected because it’s duplicated on the other drive. For automatic backup, Windows users can use the included WD SmartWare software and Mac users can utilize the features of Apple Time Machine backup software to protect their data.

In spanning mode, the two-drive system combines both drives into one large volume acting as one drive for maximum storage capacity, while its built-in 800 MHz CPU delivers enhanced performance for demanding applications. Designed around recent advances in Ethernet chip technology, My Book Live Duo personal cloud is designed to deliver read speeds faster than traditional USB 2.0 drives.

As with the company’s My Book Live personal cloud storage solution, My Book Live Duo connects to the home network to create shared storage that users can access within the home or anywhere in the world through secure remote access. Remote access to My Book Live and My Book Live Duo is available on any computer through the company’s Website and with WD mobile apps for Apple’s iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Google Android-based smartphones and tablets.

Additionally, the My Book Live Duo system’s built-in media server streams movies, photos and music to any Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)-certified multimedia device such as a WD TV Live streaming media player, Blu-ray Disc player, Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 game consoles and smart TVs. Users can also stream movies, photos and music to their tablet or smartphone directly from My Book Live Duo through the WD 2go mobile application.

"My Book Live Duo is really the ideal, all-in-one storage and entertainment solution for today’s ultra-connected consumer," said Chris Bull, director of marketing for WD’s connected home solutions group. "The ability for consumers to safely backup all their digital content, as well as access and share content from anywhere in the world on their tablet, smartphone or any computer, truly provides a unique and rewarding experience for anyone who wants to enjoy, and needs to protect, valuable digital content."