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Old 08-30-12, 10:20 AM   #1
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Post Western Digital Releases Thunderbolt-Equipped VelociRaptor Duo & 2TB MyPassport

Western Digital released today two new products in its 'My' line: the VelociRaptor Duo and the MyPassport for Mac.

TheVelociRaptor Duo

WD's VelociRaptor Duo packs two 1 TB 10,000 RPM drives (with RAID 0/Raid 1), and offers two Thunderbolt connectors allowing, according to WD, 400mb/s 'SSD-like speeds'.

These 'SSD-like speeds' are certainly impressive: WD says the VelociRaptor Duo can transfer 22 GB full-length HD movies in less than 65 seconds, 2000 5 MB pictures in less than 33 seconds and over 500 5 MB songs in less than 8 seconds

'The My Book VelociRaptor Duo is the fastest and most reliable high performance consumer storage device on the market today,' explained Jody Bradshaw, senior director of WD's consumer storage solutions group, in a press release. 'Creative professionals now have access to a super-charged storage drive that will keep pace with even the most demanding projects. Daisy-chaining multiple My Book VelociRaptor Duo devices together offers even greater speed, more capacity and flexibility.'

The My Book VelociRaptor Duo is available from leading e-tailers and retailers for $899 (U.S)

MyPassport for Mac

In addition to launching the MyBook VelociRaptor Duo, Western Digital also launched the 2TB, USB 3.0-powered MyPassport for Mac.

One feature of note with the MyPassport is the password protection and hardware encryption features that are near must for any portable storage device. WD says that the My Passport for Mac drive is also compatible out of the box with Apple Time Machine for easy backup.

'Today's mobile consumers are looking for fast, safe, compact and reliable ways to access and transport their digital files,' said Ralf San Jose, director of product marketing for WD's consumer storage products group, in a statement. 'My Passport for Mac with USB 3.0 adds the convenience of a very fast USB connection that includes added security features that mobile consumers need when away from home. Adding all these benefits with an unmatched industry capacity of 2 TB provides the perfect solution for the demanding Mac customer.'

The MyPassport for Mac is available for $99.99 USD for the 500 GB, $129.99 USD for the 1 TB and $199.99 USD for the 2 TB.

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