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WD My Passport Pro Thunderbolt-equipped dual-drive launched

Western Digital has introduced a new portable external storage solution in the form of the WD My Passport Pro, which is a dual-drive unit that comes with Thunderbolt support for zippier file transfer speeds.

The My Passport Pro has two 2.5in drives and comes in 2TB or 4TB models, with the user being given the choice of RAID 0 or RAID 1 (data striping or mirroring respectively – in other words, performance or backup).

And speed is also ensured with the Thunderbolt cable, with actually comes integrated in the unit, so it’s bus-powered, and you don’t have to worry about carrying around power/interface cables with the device. WD claims that the Pro hits transfer speeds of up to 233 MB/s via its thundery link.

WD also says that the device has been thoroughly “shock-tested” to ensure that if you drop it while out and about, your precious data won’t be lost through drive damage (hopefully, anyway).

Jim Welsh, executive VP of branded products and worldwide sales at WD, commented: “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.”

If you’re thinking of splashing your cash, the My Passport Pro is available now, costing £239 for the 2TB model, and £349 for the 4TB version.

Western Digital also recently launched its My Cloud EX2 two-bay NAS.