Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Western Digital today announced the new My Passport Pro, the company's first thunderbolt-powered, dual-drive storage solution. With user-selectable RAID functionality, the drive is suitable for graphics professionals looking for high performance or consumers who need reliable mirroring.

    The aluminum enclosure accommodates two 2.5-inch drives, providing a total of 2 TB or 4 TB of storage space. Because it connects via Thunderbolt, the drive is powered by the bus itself and requires no extra cables and no external power source. It also delivers transfer speeds of up to 233 MB/s.
    The My Passport Pro is available now at other major electronics retailers, including Apple, and online from Western Digital. The 2 TB My Passport Pro costs $299.99, while the 4 TB model is priced at $429.99.

    Article Link: Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive
  2. UnionVGF macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2013
    I wonder how blazing it would be with two SSDs in it?
  3. cmChimera macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
  4. Traisoon macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Same here.. :-(
  5. g4cube macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2003
  6. alksion macrumors 68000


    Sep 10, 2010
    Los Angeles County
    This looks great for MacBook Pro owners! Not that it wouldn't work for an iMac, but I prefer a vented enclosure with ambient fans for better cooling.
  7. sofila macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2006
    Ramtop Mountains
  8. jacklink01 macrumors member


    Apr 2, 2008
    Lafayette, IN
  9. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    So after several years the first thunderbolt powered drive is announced.
  10. mojolicious macrumors 68000


    Mar 18, 2014
    Sarf London
    I do wonder what the price of a plain old diskless Thunderbolt enclosure would come down to if a few companies started producing them in 2.5" and 3.5" flavours.
  11. technopimp macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
  12. willcapellaro macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2011
  13. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    The LaCie Rugged TBolt is TBolt powered and has both SSD configs and HDD configs. Although, this is the first dual drive bus powered enclosure I've seen.

    Which definitely gives it my thumbs up.
  14. Kobayagi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2012
    Insane prices, I understand it's faster than usb 3.0 but come on...
  15. GSPice macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2008

    a) The WD can be configured for RAID 1.
    b) For heavy, heavy-duty multicam video editing, thunderbolt streaming protocol wins over USB 3.0's data burst protocol
    c) Seagates gonna Seagate.

    Most people may not even care, though.
  16. rw3 macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2008
    DFW, TX
    Seagate Backup Plus Fast (4TB) - Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 3.2 x 0.9 inches ; 10.9 ounces

    Western Digital My PassPort Pro (4TB) - Product Dimensions: 5.65 x 3.48 x 1.74 inches

    Western Digital My PassPort Pro (2TB) - Product Dimensions: 5.65 x 3.48 x 1.13 inches

    The Seagate Backup Plus FAST is using two 9.5mm 2.5" drives whereas the 4TB Western Digital has two 15mm 2.5" drives installed. The 2TB is a little closer in size to the Seagate.
  17. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    Just reading Storage Review's take on this. Interesting, but yet again the single drive mode (jbod) is slower than a basic 3.0 Passport or most other 3.0 portables.
    Still, it's a a nice chunk of storage. Video people might love it. Most of the still image people I know are fine with a basic 1TB portable & a nexto or UDMA reader in the bag. We'll see how that hardwired TB cable holds up. Can't decide if it's a good thing or not.
  18. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago

    It's nice, but I'm always concerned by drives even SSD's that require power from a Logic Board....I know, It works, but my own theory is that it shortens the life of the PSU. If they release a version with an external PSU I'm in.
  19. nzalog, Mar 27, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2014

    nzalog macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2012
    I've been waiting for a mirrored raid in a portable drive for a while. Just wish it was USB 3 and OS agnostic. I avoid having one drive I keep a lot of stuff on because drives fail. It's a fact of life, data needs to be protected somehow.
  20. GSPice macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2008
    Are you concerned by the memory, CPU, GPU, fans, speakers, camera, display, keyboard lighting, or anything else that might be drawing power from the logic board? ;)
  21. nzalog macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2012
    Turning no your computer also shortens it's life, so does using it and so does letting it sit there. Sounds like your best bet is not buying a computer if you want the longest life out of it.
  22. 11thIndian macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2007
    Hamilton, Ontario
    Don't expect twice the performance for the same price.
  23. joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2012
    I've been booting off a LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt bus powered drive with an SSD in it since December 2012.

    This one is late to the party, but it does have two drives instead of just one.
  24. Mr Dobey macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2008
    I've been waiting for just this kind off super minimal/small device for a long time. Basically two 2.5" drives rubber banded together. Problem is now you could do two 1TB mSATA SSD drives stuck together with Thunderbolt 2 and get a much smaller package with the same performance.
  25. Hexley macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2009
    Summary: External dual notebook HDD: USB 3 vs Thunderbolt 1

    - $270
    - USB 3-based
    - Slightly faster
    - RAID0-only
    - 116.9mm x 82.5mm 22.35mm x 307g

    Western Digital
    - $430
    - Thunderbolt 1-based
    - Slightly slower
    - RAID0, RAID1 and JBOD
    - 143.4mm x 88.5mm x 44.2mm x 720g

    It appears that the less bulky and "slower" interface external dual notebook HDD used by Seagate is slightly faster than Western Digital model. But the WD can be configured for RAID0, RAID1 and JBOD while the Seagate is limited to RAID0.

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