UPDATED: Replaced references to “Live Duo” with just plain “Duo”. I’m interested in the DAS solution.
I’m looking for a solid RAID-1 USB3 DAS solution, so naturally I’m investigating the WD My Book Duo. My main concern is ensuring the recoverability of my stored data, whether a single drive or the enclosure itself fail. I’ve been unable to find a definitive answer to the question I pose in the subject. That is, if I remove one of the NTFS RAID-1 disks from the My Book Duo enclosure and connect it to a Windows 7 PC, will I be able to mount the partition and read the disk contents, assuming the disk is “healthy” and encryption is not being used?
I’ve heard some reasons why this might not work:
- The My Book Duo may use a proprietary partition format that can’t be read by Windows.
- The My Book Duo might routinely perform RAID-1 health operations/checks that may leave the array (or each disk) in an inconsistent state for much of the time.
If you’ve successfully removed an NTFS-formatted RAID-1 disk from the My Book Duo and recovered data from it directtly from a Windows PC, I’d be interested in hearing about it. Or if I can get an “official” yes or no response to this question, that’d be great too! Thank you very much for your time.