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WD Debuts First Portable Thunderbolt-Powered Dual-Drive

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A new drive aimed at creative pros and enthusiasts.

The folks over at Western Digital today formally introduced the My Passport Pro, which is the first portable, Thunderbolt-powered dual-drive solution.

Available in 2 TB and 4 TB capacities, the My Passport Pro is aimed at creative professionals as well as enthusiasts and is directly powered via the integrated Thunderbolt cable. WD boasts performance of 233 MB/s as well as user-selectable RAID function (RAID 0 or RAID 1) and is comprised of a pair of 2.5-inch hard drives inside an aluminum casing.

"The only Thunderbolt dual-drive solution that's bus-powered, WD's My Passport Pro enhances the workflow of mobile creative professionals by providing fast transfers and data protection for the large amounts of digital content they generate outside the studio," Jim Welsh, executive vice president of branded products and worldwide sales at W.D., said. "From photographers, videographers and musicians to graphic designers and architects, people who depend on portable storage for their livelihood will find My Passport Pro defines a new level of performance, reliability and especially portability."

The 2 TB My Passport Pro is priced at $299.99, while the 4 TB model costs $429.99. It's already available in stores.

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    joraph , March 28, 2014 1:43 AM
    So expensive
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    fleeb , March 28, 2014 3:42 AM
    USB 3.0 = 625 MBb/s. What's the point if the HD performance is only 233 MB/s?
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    ubercake , March 28, 2014 4:47 AM
    Also, I'm guessing the actual write speed is half that if you choose the RAID 1 option?
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    cah027 , March 28, 2014 6:40 AM
    Would have been better if they used SSD's
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    Ragnar-Kon , March 28, 2014 7:18 AM
    USB 3.0 = 625 MBb/s. What's the point if the HD performance is only 233 MB/s?
    Just because USB 3.0 runs that fast doesn't mean the drive itself has that kind of performance.Loving Thunderbolt (especially the Firewire-esque daisy chain), but price for the hardware is still too high for me to jump into it. Don't want to spend an extra $60-$150 just to get a motherboard with Thunderbolt.
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    ubercake , March 28, 2014 7:59 AM
    Would have been better if they used SSD's

    It is WD after all. They aren't too on-board with this newfangled (?) SSD market. Their only attempts at SSDs haven't been affordable/competitive at a consumer level. Platters are still where it's at with WD. They definitely do platters well.
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