Western Digital, the world’s leader in external storage solutions, showed off their My Book Thunderbolt Duo drive a few weeks ago at MacWorld 2012. Thunderbolt technology is capable of producing up to 10 gigabits per second of throughput on each of two channels in both directions. The external drive connects to your computer via a 10Gbps thunderbolt port. The device harbors two 3.5-inch drives in either 4TB (2x 2TB) or 6TB (2x 3TB) variants. Actual transfer rate tests conducted by Western Digital, yielded results for thunderbolt of >250 MB/s on the 6TB systems and >225 MB/s on the 4GB drives. They were also able to display how a daisy-chain of 6 My Book Thunderbolt Duo drives would look.
Western Digital states the “Thunderbolt technology will improve workflow speed and efficiencies for enthusiasts and professionals dealing with large digital files such as video, audio and still photos.” This drive definitely looks to be setting a new height in storage, speed and backup capabilities that would really lend itself as a great tool for many consumers, especially video professionals. Could you imagine being able to transfer a full HD movie in 30 seconds or backup nearly 9,000 hours of music in just over 10 minutes? Well that is a connected world that we want to be apart of in the future as a standard. As we stated above the Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo will be available in 4 TB and 6 TB hard drives and availability and pricing have yet to be announced.