Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My Passport Pro – Thunderbolt Powered Dual Drive Solution

My Passport Pro
Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) Company and world leader in storage solution recently introduced My Passport Pro, one of the first portable Thunderbolt powered dual drive solution, enabling creative professionals as well as enthusiasts, high performance and capacity in mobile solution. With user selectable RAID functionality, for MAC system, it delivers the needed performance for the most demanding application without the power adapter or extra cable and is available in the capacities of 2 TB and 4 TB. The drive is suitable for graphics professional on the lookout for high performance or consumers in need of reliable mirroring.

Western Digital’s slim line Passport drive is a good option for portable back-ups and is fairly a conventional hard drives with capabilities of high speed storage. My Passport Pro includes a Thunderbolt interface with twin hard disk which by default come configured as RAID 0 (striping) for maximum performance. WD’s Drive Utilities software can also be used to change configuration to RAID 1 (mirroring) for extra data processing, plain old JBOD for disks and will be available on OS X desktop.

Reliable for Creative Work

My Passport Pro is quite reliable to get the creative work from the field back to the studio which is powered by integrated Thunderbolt cable for true portability with speed as high as 233 MB/s for most of the demanding applications. There is no USB 3.0/2.0 port as the USB would not provide sufficient power for two internal disks and it cannot be used with older pre Thunderbolt Macs. Executive Vice President of branded products and worldwide sales, WD, Jim Welsh, states that `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 generated outside the studio.

He further stated that `from photographers, videographers and musicians to graphic designers and architects, people depending on portable storage for their livelihood would find My Passport Pro defining a new level of performance, reliability, especially portability’.

My Passport Pro Enables Video Manipulation 

According to Jason Ziller, Intel’s Director of Thunderbolt Marketing, he states that by combining dual storage drives on a portable, bus powered device, the My Passport Pro from WD is a powerful storage solution with high capacity for prevailing demanding users’. Powered directly through the integrated Thunderbolt cable, a design unique to WD, besides providing super fast transfer, also has edit and backup capabilities.

Superior to both FireWire 800 and USB 3.0, the Thunderbolt integrated technology of My Passport Pro enables video manipulation which is quick and easy with the ability to copy a 22 GB high definition video file in half the time that is required by a USB 3.0 drive working in RAID 0 formats. My Passport Pro, consisting of two 2.5 inch hard drives is housed in a sleek aluminum enclosure and is thoroughly shock tested for extra durability for reliable performance when working on the go. It will be available immediately by Apple and other major consumer electronics retailers as well as etailers and the pricing for the 2TB My Passport Pro will be $299.99 while the 4TB will be $429.99 USD.

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