Long time hard drive manufacturer
Western Digital is putting out a new member of its well-known My Book
line of external storage products – the
My Book Thunderbolt Duo. Offered in 4TB (2x2TB) or 6TB (2x3TB)
capacities, WD is targeting “creative pros, and today's need-it-now
consumers” with the device. Meanwhile, those with more time or
those with a knack for customizing everything they own may get a kick
out of choosing between RAID 0 (combined capacity of both drives but
less reliability), RAID 1 (capacity of one drive but more
reliability), or JBOD (separate drives showing up in the operating
system) modes to configure the drives in the casing.
Aside from those facts, the device
brings compatibility with the new Thunderbolt interface to the table,
potentially allowing much higher data transfer speeds than even USB
3.0 (10Gbps vs. 5Gbps) – provided the disk drives installed inside
can keep up, that is. The device offers two of the ports on the back,
allowing one to daisy-chain multiple Thunderbolt devices in a manner
similar to the older Firewire standard. WD also hints that the user
can swap out the pre-installed drives with larger ones in the future
without cutting their three year warranty short.
Thunderbolt port on a MacBook Pro.While the Thunderbolt Duo is restricted
to Mac users for now, PC manufacturers are slowly but surely
beginning to integrate the interface into their designs, so not to
worry; we will not be out of that loop for too much longer.
Anyway, WD is pricing the Thunderbolt
Duo at $599.99 and $699.99 for 4TB and 6TB, respectively, and, if
you're not willing to purchase
one online, the drives should begin to fill up brick-and-mortar
store shelves during the next couple of weeks.
UPDATE: The Thudnerbolt Duo is now available here at Amazon and other major retailers.
Tech Report; See WD's press release here.)