WD Debuts First Portable Thunderbolt-Powered Dual-Drive

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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  • So expensive
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  • USB 3.0 = 625 MBb/s. What's the point if the HD performance is only 233 MB/s?
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  • Also, I'm guessing the actual write speed is half that if you choose the RAID 1 option?
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