Hot off the heels of the WD Black 2, here comes yet another dual drive offering from Western Digital – the WD My Passport Pro.
Unlike the WD Black 2, however, this one’s a specifically designed for you mobile digital road warriors out there (or at least those who need a portable Thunderbolt-laden drive ready to go anytime).
Yep, you read that right, kiddos. FINALLY, there’s now a WD portable HDD available that comes with Thunderbolt connectivity.
Just be wary, though, this one only comes with Thunderbolt connectivity. No USB 3.0. No USB 2.0. No FireWire. Just Thunderbolt.
Once available in Philippine stores, which I reckon won’t be too long now, you can pick up a 2TB WD My Passport Pro for Php15,990 or a 4TB WD My Passport Pro for Php21,990.
Full press release follows:
WD® INTRODUCES FIRST THUNDERBOLT™-POWERED PORTABLE DUAL-DRIVE
My Passport® Pro, Featuring Bus-Powered, User-Selectable RAID Storage in Capacities up to 4 TB, Delivers High Speed and True Portability for Creative Pros on the Go
MANILA, Philippines – WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company, and world leader in storage solutions for the connected life, today 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, 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 2 TB and 4 TB 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 233 MB/s, 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 22 GB 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.
Pricing and Availability
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 2 TB My Passport Pro is PhP 15,990 and the 4 TB model is PhP 21,990.