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Western Digital ships My Book Thunderbolt Duo, dual-drive storage

Western Digital has announced that its first external hard drive with Thunderbolt support is now on sale.

The My Book Thunderbolt Duo is, as the name suggests, a twin drive storage system for the Mac with either 4TB or 6TB of total space.

Users can configure the device in RAID 1 to create a second back-up copy of important data on the second hard disk, or just use both hard drives to store the maximum amount of movies, music and whatever else takes your fancy.

Thunderbolt technology offers high-speed connectivity and boons such as daisy-chaining.

Jody Bradshaw, general manager of WD consumer storage solutions, said: “Its dual Thunderbolt ports provide amazing creative flexibility while allowing daisy-chaining of up to six My Book Thunderbolt Duo drives or other high performance peripherals for fast and efficient workflow.”

“The combination of storage, backup, security, flexibility and speed makes the My Book Thunderbolt Duo the ideal choice for creative professionals that need to write, store, protect and edit high-definition and graphic intensive projects.”

The Thunderbolt Duo is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher and is priced at £500 for the 4TB version, or £580 for the 6TB model. Currently it’s showing as out of stock on the Western Digital website, but we’re sure that will change imminently.