Western Digital, well-known creator of computer hard drives such as the Caviar and Raptor series, has just announced two new external HDDs that have been designed with photographers and videographers in mind, offering highest-possible data rates as well as high storage capacity and data security. Also be sure to check out our recent review of the Thunderbolt Duo.
The WD My Book VelociRaptor Duo sports dual 1 TB 10,000 rpm WD VelociRaptor drives that provide data transfer rates of up to 400 MB/s via Thunderbolt. A second Thunderbolt port can be used for daisy-chaning multiple My Book VelociRaptor Duos in order to extend capacity and speed. With its two hard drives, the WD My Book VelociRaptor Duo can operate in RAID 0 and RAID 1 modes, the former making use of the full physical capacity of 2 TB, while the latter provides enhanced data security by mirroring all data on the second hard drive.
Additionally, the WD My Book VelociRaptor Duo supports JBOD for users running Windows on a Mac computer, and compatibility with Apple Time Machine and HFS + Journaled. The WD My Book VelociRaptor retails for an MSRP of US-$ 899.99.
The My Passport for Mac is a small and portable storage solution ideally suited for use with a MacBook. Offering up to 2 TB of storage, the My Passport for Mac now promises even higher data transfer rates thanks to its newly-gained USB 3.0 support. It is compatible with Apple Time Machine, making it an ideal backup solution. Additional data security features are password protection and hardware encryption. My Passport for Mac drives will fit nicely inside WD’s Nomad rugged case for protection against dirt, dust, moisture, and sudden impacts.
The My Passport for Mac comes in three sizes. The 500 GB version retails for an MSRP of US-$ 99.99, while the 1 TB version comes in at US-$ 129.99. Finally, the 2 TB version of the My Passport for Mac has an MSRP of US-$ 199.99.