Western Digital said on Thursday that it is now shipping the My Book Thunderbolt Duo, an external dual-drive storage system with an ultra-fast data transfer rate thanks to Intel's Thunderbolt technology. It arrives in both 4 TB and 6 GB capacities, costing a hefty $599.99 and $699.99 respectively.
WD reports that the My Book Thunderbolt Duo can be configured by the end-user in three ways: RAID 0 for speed (striping), RAID 1 for data protection (mirroring), and JBOD for using the two drives individually (Just a Bunch Of Disks) in HFS+J or ExFAT.
The My Book is also user-serviceable, meaning consumers can simply open the casing and replace the existing drive(s) when needed -- there's no need for a screwdriver. The external drive even sports dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy-chaining multiple My Book Thunderbolt Duo devices or other peripherals.
"The intelligent Thunderbolt connector provides two channels of up to 10 Gb/s transfer rate in both directions," WD states. "This means data can travel both ways without compromising bandwidth. Add to that the power of multiple drives processing data and you get amazing speed."
Obviously the only platform that can presently use the My Book Thunderbolt Duo is Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Lion, but at least Windows platform users will have a Thunderbolt-based storage solution when compatible desktops and laptops arrive this year. Unfortunately, despite the price, consumers will still need to buy a Thunderbolt cable on top of the external drive purchase, as the cable is not included.
"Offering lightning-fast throughput in both directions, the new WD Thunderbolt Duo storage systems are just what I need for organizing, editing, and archiving complex High Definition video projects," said Bruce Dorn, DGA (Director's Guild of America). "These new WD Thunderbolt Duo systems are the perfect solution for video filmmakers who are desperate for an uber-fast time sensitive project management solution."
For more information about the My Book Thunderbolt Duo, head here. The My Book Thunderbolt Duo is available now at select U.S. retailers and online at www.wdstore.com starting at $599.99 USD (4 TB) and $699.99 (6 TB).