Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo with Dual Thunderbolt Announced

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When it comes to external hard drives, there are a couple of major things that we look for aside from reliability: we want plenty of capacity and we want plenty of speed. For all the Mac users out there, your prayers may have been answered in the form of the My Book VelociRapter Duo from Western Digital.

Available starting today, this is being touted as the fastest My Book external hard drive system ever. Inside, you’ll find a pair of 1TB 10,000 rpm hard drives for a combined two terabytes of storage. These drives are user-accessible and replaceable. And yes, they support RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD.

The kicker is that if you swing around to the back of this black box, you’ll find two Thunderbolt ports. Link them both up for even faster speeds and, like all other Thunderbolt products, this can be daisy-chained too. In fact, since the Thunderbolt interface is not the bottleneck, you could daisy-chain two of these devices together and effectively double your data transfer speed.

Of course, all this capacity and speed is going to come at a Thunderbolt kind of price. The Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo retails for $899.99 and is available starting now at select US retailers and online at wdstore.com. This is cheaper than if you tried to get two terabytes worth of Thunderbolt-flavored SSD storage, but it’s still not exactly an impulse buy either.

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WD® INTRODUCES ITS FASTEST MY BOOK® EXTERNAL HDD SYSTEM EVER

My Book VelociRaptor™ Duo Combines Extreme Speed of Two 1 TB 10,000 RPM Hard Drives with Revolutionary Thunderbolt™ Technology

IRVINE, Calif. – Aug. 30, 2012 – WD®, a subsidiary of Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), and a world leader in external storage and connected home solutions, is combining two high-speed technologies to produce one of the fastest and most robust dual-storage systems ever offered. Supported by the Mac OS X operating system, the new My Book® VelociRaptor™ Duo dual-drive storage system becomes the ultimate storage drive for performance hungry Mac computer users and creative professionals.

My Book VelociRaptor Duo provides ultimate speed and performance with two 1 TB 10,000 RPM WD VelociRaptor drives along with two Thunderbolt™ ports. The 2 TB dual-drive storage system is ideal for editing high resolution video, 3D rendering, graphic design, and other demanding digital media applications. This boost in performance delivers solid state drive (SSD) -like data transfer rates of up to 400 MB/s for greater work-flow productivity. The dual-drive storage system offers RAID 0 for performance or RAID 1 for protection; and the twin Thunderbolt ports offer daisy-chaining multiple My Book VelociRaptor Duo drives and other high performance peripherals without impacting data transfer speeds or performance. The My Book VelociRaptor Duo also comes complete with a Thunderbolt cable in the box and is user-serviceable.

Photographers, graphic designers and post-production professionals can conduct several high intensity tasks such as video editing and 3D rendering, while completing other graphics-intensive projects. My Book VelociRaptor Duo customers will now have the ability to transfer 22 GB full-length HD movies in less than 65 seconds, 2000 5 MB pictures in less than 33 seconds and over 500 5 MB songs in less than 8 seconds.

“The My Book VelociRaptor Duo is the fastest and most reliable high performance consumer storage device on the market today,” explains Jody Bradshaw, senior director of WD’s consumer storage solutions group. “Creative professionals now have access to a super-charged storage drive that will keep pace with even the most demanding projects. Daisy-chaining multiple My Book VelociRaptor Duo devices together offers even greater speed, more capacity and flexibility.”

While RAID 0 maximizes the drive’s speed and capacity, RAID 1 support allows users to create a second copy of their digital content on the drive for added protection, security and peace of mind. The drive also provides a JBOD (just a bunch of disks) option for users running a Windows® operating system on a Mac.

Additional features found on the My Book VelociRaptor Duo dual-drive storage system include out-of-the-box compatibility with Apple Time Machine and HFS + Journaled for Mac computers; capability for multi-stream workflows; and a 3-year limited warranty.

Price and Availability

The My Book VelociRaptor Duo dual-drive storage system is currently available at select U.S. retailers and online at www.wdstore.com, starting at $899.99 MSRP USD. Additional information can be found on the WD website at http://www.wd.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=860.

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