Western Digital Launches First 'Thunderbolt' Drive
Western Digital has launched its first ‘Thunderbolt’ external hard drive.
Thunderderbolt was developed by Intel for Apple and offers transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, considerably faster than USB 2.0 (0.48 Gbps), eSata (3Gbps) and USB 3.0 (5Gbps).
According to Intel, Thunderbolt allows a full length HD movie to be transferred in less than 30 seconds.
The WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo dual-drive storage system offers two Thunderbolt ports for daisy-chaining multiple drives or other peripherals.
The drive offers out-of-the-box compatibility with Mac OS Time Machine and formatting for HFS and Journaled for Mac, while supporting a JBOD mode (allocate each disk individually to a specific task), which is good for those running Windows OS on a Mac.
The drive is available in two capacities: 4TB ($699) and 6TB ($899.99).