WD recently released the first Thunderbolt-powered external hard drive – the WD My Passport Pro. If you notice at the picture below, it looks thicker than your regular WD My Passport drive. It is thicker, why? Because not only does it feature a super-fast Thunderbolt connectivity, it also features two drive (meaning it’s a dual drive) that can be configured in RAID 0 mode, giving it an SSD-like speed, or in RAID 1 which is the mirror mode for double safe data protection. Check out the rest of its features and specs, price and where to buy below.
The WD My Passport Pro is for Mac system providing creative professionals and enthusiasts the combination of speed, storage capacity and mobility that they are looking for. It clocks at 233MB/s providing super-fast transfer, edit and backup capabilities. Users can select whether they want the maximum speed and storage capacity via RAID 0, or they can set it to RAID 1 mirror mode for backup and double safe data protection, at the expense of capacity and speed.
It doesn’t require any external power, the WD My passport Pro is powered directly through the Thunderbolt port. And the cable is integrated with the device so you won’t lose it by any chance. It features a durable aluminum enclosure just like in other WD My Passport external drives. By default, the My Passport pro is preformatted to HFS+ J so it can be used with a Mac OS Mavericks or Mountain Lion device out of the box.
The WD My Passport Pro has a dimension of 5.65″ x 1.13″ x 3.48″ for the 2TB capacity and weighs 1.01 lbs. The 4TB capacity is slightly thicker at 1.74″-inch and weighs a tad heavier at 1.59lb due to its capacity. It has an operating temperature of 0°C to 35°C and a non-operating temperature of –40°C to 65°C.
Package contents include the portable hard drive, integrated Thunderbolt cable and a quick install guide.
Price and Where to Buy
The WD My Passport Pro 2TB capacity, WDBRMP0020DBK is currently priced at $341.23, while the 4TB capacity, WDBRNB0040DBK is priced at $429.99. It also comes with a 3-year limited warranty from WD.
Too bad Thunderbolt isn’t fully implemented in Windows devices yet, so we might not be seeing a similar device for Windows anytime soon.