Western Digital launches My Passport Pro, first Thunderbolt-powered portable dual hard drive

By Shawn Knight
Mar 28, 2014
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  1. Western Digital recently introduced the My Passport Pro. The storage solutions company describes it as the first portable, Thunderbolt-powered dual-drive solution that operates without the need for an AC adapter or any extra cables.

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +329

    2TB $299 waaa it should be $199!
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    Just another BS product. There isn't s single portable hard drive today that could use up the throughput of USB 3.0, and while the latter is ubiquitous, thunderbolt is totally not, and an absolute overkill for such a device.

    The only area in which it will perform faster than a USB 3.0 equivalent is sucking money out of your pocket, because thunderbolt connectivity is more expensive.
  4. VitalyT, you should learn a bit about RAID-0, this mode increases the speed by reading/writing data simultaneously from/to both drives.
    m4a4 likes this.
  5. The 230mBps iw for sure in raid0. a regular mechanical drive can do 100-150mBps. bottom line is usb3 is enough for this kind of speed. thunderbolt is not needed here.
  6. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    Absolutely true. Not sure what Guest #1 is talking about; even with RAID-0, there's plenty of throughput available in a USB 3.0.
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  7. It is ridiculous that this is being called the first Thunderbolt bus powered drive. I have been using the G-Tech 1TB drive for over a year. That is powered by either the Thunderbolt port or a USB 3 port. Does not even have a power adapter and gets speeds of 130 MBs with a single drive inside.

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