Thunderbolt 2 has opened up for whole new possibilities thanks to the great throughput possibilities, daisy chaining, and universal usability. WD announced their newest and their fastest external storage solution, the My Book Pro, that is based around the Thunderbolt 2 connection.
The dual-bay unit is equipped with hardware RAID 0, 1, and JBOD mode and comes with the latest 6TB 7200RPM drives for a raw capacity up to 12TB in a small form factor. The unit connects through dual Thunderbolt 2 connections for up to 20Gbit/s throughput each and the My Book Pro can achieve transfer rates up to 435MB/s. There are also smaller 6TB, 8TB, and 10TB models for those who don’t need as much capacity.
Since you can daisy chain up to six devices on a Thunderbolt 2 port, you can theoretically add six of these units to your system and get an impressive amount of raw storage capacity that is lightning fast at the same time. The My Book Pro comes with USB 3.0 ports for easy backups
“The My Book Pro device has been designed from the ground up for the creative professional workflow. We’ve been able to take the newest, highest capacity 6 TB 7200 RPM drives on the market and marry them with leading technologies to deliver a product you can leverage from the moment you connect it,” said Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing for WD’s Content Solutions business. “It really is designed to perform under the most demanding environments.”
The My Book Pro storage device is protected by a 3-year limited warranty and is available from the WD store as well as select retailers and distributors. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) will be $599.00 USD for the 6 TB, $749.00 for the 8 TB, $899.00 for the 10 TB and $999.00 for the 12 TB.