August 30th, 2012 by Brian Beeler
Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo Released
WD has released an update to their popular My Book Duo line of external hard drives, this time instead of going for capacity, they're going for performance with a pair of 1TB WD VelociRaptor 10,000 RPM hard drives. The My Book VelociRaptor Duo is designed for creative professionals who want local access to SSD-type performance, without giving up capacity. In this case that means up to 400MB/s throughput over Thunderbolt, with Mac and PC compatibility. And should that not be fast enough, daisy-chaining VelociRaptor Duos together nets linear speed increases, 800MB/s for two and so on.
Like other Duo models, the pair of VelociRaptor drives are user serviceable, accessed via an easy to open panel on top of the unit. The drives can be configured in RAID0 for maximum performance, or RAID1 for data protection. The Duo also provides a JBOD option for users running a Windows operating system on a Mac. WD also includes a Thunderbolt cable and three year warranty with the unit.
My Passport for Mac Gets USB 3.0
Also today, WD has announced an update for their My Passport for Mac portable hard drives. Previously available in USB 2.0 and in capacities up to 1TB, the refresh updates the interface to USB 3.0 and takes capacities up to 2TB.
Price and Availability
The My Book VelociRaptor Duo caries an MSRP of $899. My Passport for Mac drives has MSRPs of $99.99 for the 500 GB, $129.99 for the 1 TB and $199.99 for the 2 TB capacities.