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WD My Passport Pro Dual-Drive Combines RAID and Thunderbolt to Deliver Ultrafast Speeds

By Lionell Go Macahilig - on 30 Apr 2014, 2:08pm

WD My Passport Pro Dual-Drive Combines RAID and Thunderbolt to Deliver Ultrafast Speeds

WD MyPassport Pro

WD is bringing to the country the first portable dual-drive equipped with Thunderbolt interface. Available in 2TB and 4TB storage capacities, the WD My Passport Pro comes with two hard drives housed in an aluminum enclosure. Harnessing Thunderbolt and RAID technology, the My Passport Pro promises to deliver up to 233MBps of transfer speeds, surpassing the limits of FireWire 800 and USB 3.0. WD primarily aims the My Passport Pro towards professional users of Mac systems with Thunderbolt interface.

For more information on the WD My Passport Pro, its availability, and pricing, read the following press release.

WD Introduces First Thunderbolt-powered Portable Dual-Drive

WD introduced My Passport Pro, the first portable, Thunderbolt-powered dual-drive solution, providing creative professionals and enthusiasts high performance and capacity in a truly mobile solution. For Mac systems, the My Passport Pro has user-selectable RAID functionality to deliver needed performance for the most demanding applications in the field, without the need for power adapters or extra cables. My Passport Pro is available in 2TB and 4TB capacities.

“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,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president of branded products and worldwide sales, WD. “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.”

“Thunderbolt technology makes new approaches possible for high-performance workflows,” said Jason Ziller, Intel’s Director of Thunderbolt Marketing. “By combining dual storage drives on a portable, bus-powered device, the My Passport Pro from WD is a uniquely powerful storage solution with high capacity for today’s demanding users.”

Directly powered via the integrated Thunderbolt cable — a design unique to WD — performance of My Passport Pro clocks in at speeds up to 233MBps, providing super-fast transfer, edit and backup capabilities. Another key feature of the dual-drive My Passport Pro is its user-selectable RAID function, which lets users choose data striping (RAID 0) for high performance or mirroring (RAID 1) for data redundancy, depending on the user’s needs. Superior to both FireWire 800 and USB 3.0, the integrated Thunderbolt technology of My Passport Pro makes video manipulation quick and easy—with the ability to copy a 22GB high-definition video file in half the time typically required by a USB 3.0 drive working in RAID 0 format.

Consisting of two 2.5-inch hard drives housed in a sleek aluminum enclosure, My Passport Pro is thoroughly shock-tested for extra durability to perform reliably when working on the go.

The My Passport Pro will be available at select retailers and will be distributed by EA Global Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. and Iontech, Inc. Pricing for the 2TB My Passport Pro is PhP 15,990 and the 4TB model is PhP 21,990.