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WD My Book VelociRaptor Duo review: the way Thunderbolt was intended

A review of the WD My Book VelociRaptor Duo external hard drive

The Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo shows what's possible when you combine Thunderbolt with a traditional hard drive, you get an external hard drive with extremely high transfer rates. It's technically possible to daisychain several of them to increase the speed even more. So if you want external storage with a Thunderbolt connector, then the Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo is a great solution. See all storage reviews.

Thunderbolt is an interesting technology. It was introduced last year on Apple computers, and by now the first PC products are available with the new connector that combines PCI-Express and DisplayPort. It lets you connect multiple peripheral devices to your computer and has extremely high transfer rates. Western Digital was one of the first manufacturers to implement Thunderbolt in its products, and the My Book Thunderbolt Duo had two hard drives and two Thunderbolt connectors.

While it was a nice product, the performance was a bit of a letdown. Contrary to what you'd expect, WD did not employ high-speed disks and instead used slower, environmentally-friendly disks. The transfer rates were not really impressive, with 217.6 MB/s for writing and 221.1 MB/s for reading in RAID 0.

WD makes up for this with the new Western Digital My Book Velociraptor Duo. It's a My Book equipped with two very fast 10,000 RPM 1 TB disks, the fastest WD currently has.

The casing of the Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo is virtually the same as that of the Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt, except that it has a different colour. On the front there is a LED that lights up when the device is in use, and on the back you'll find the two Thunderbolt ports along with the plug for the power supply.

The included WD Drive Utilities lets you configure the drives in RAID 0, RAID 1 or as individual drives (JBOD). This software is currently only available for Mac. A nice extra with the WD My Book VelociRaptor Duo is the bundled one-metre Thunderbolt cable. That saves you around £40. 

The Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo shows what's possible when you combine Thunderbolt with a traditional hard drive, you get an external hard drive with extremely high transfer rates. It's technically possible to daisychain several of them to increase the speed even more. To read the full review, head over to Hardware.Info.

Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo

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