Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo Packs Dual 10K Hard Drives

Paul Lilly

Which would you rather have, raw speed or redundancy? That's the delightful decision buyers of Western Digital's new My Book VelociRaptor Duo external storage device will face if investing in what WD calls the fastest My Book ever. The dual storage backup device bites at backup chores with a pair of speedy 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor hard drives, which you can configure in RAID 0 for speed or RAID 1 for protection. Plus, you can daisy chain multiple My Books for even more performance.

"The My Book VelociRaptor Duo is the fastest and most reliable high performance consumer storage device on the market today," explains Jody Bradshaw , senior director of WD’s consumer storage solutions group. "Creative professionals now have access to a super-charged storage drive that will keep pace with even the most demanding projects. Daisy-chaining multiple My Book VelociRaptor Duo devices together offer even greater speed, more capacity and flexibility."

Each of the two drives are 1TB in capacity. According to Western Digital, the drives deliver SSD-like data transfers of up to 400MB/s, allowing you to transfer a 22GB full-length HD movie in just over a minute, or 2,000 5MB pictures in 33 seconds.

The caveat? There are two. First is the fact that it uses Thunderbolt, and second is the price -- it carries an MSRP of $900. Ouch.

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