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Western Digital My Passport Pro

Western Digital My Passport Pro [1] was announced last month on the 31st March 2014.

It is the first portable, Thunderbolt-powered dual-drive with integrated Thunderbolt cable. Because it is powered by Thunderbolt, you do not need a separate power source.

It is meant to be used with a Mac and hence it will come pre-formatted with HFS+ J. And of course, you can expect it to work with Apple Time Machine.

The internals consist of two 2.5-inch hard drives housed in a sleek aluminium enclosure and it is thoroughly shock-tested for extra durability to perform reliably when working on the go. Because it has two hard drives, you can configure it to be RAID 0, RAID 1 or JBOD.

It measures 143.4mm (length) x 88.5mm (width) x 44.2mm (height) and weighs 718g.

It is available in two sizes, the 2TB will be retailing for S$499 and the 4TB will be retailing for S$699.

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Box Front [2]
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Box Front

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Box Back [3]
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Box Back

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Box [4]
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Box

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Box Internal [5]
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Box Internal

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Box Open [6]
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Box Open

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Box Open [7]
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Box Open

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Box Contents [8]
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Box Contents

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Top [9]
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Top

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Bottom [10]
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Bottom

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Side [11]
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Side

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Integrated Thunderbolt Cable [12]
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Integrated Thunderbolt Cable

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Integrated Thunderbolt Cable Holder [13]
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Integrated Thunderbolt Cable Holder

Western Digital My Passport Pro - With Western Digital My Passport Essential SE [14]
Western Digital My Passport Pro – With Western Digital My Passport Essential SE

Western Digital My Passport Pro - With Western Digital My Passport Essential SE [15]
Western Digital My Passport Pro – With Western Digital My Passport Essential SE

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Indicator Light [16]
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Indicator Light

On paper, Western Digital claims it can go up to 233MB/s for both read and write speed. I tested the speed using Blackmagic Disk Speed Test [17] and I got pretty close. For RAID 0, I got about 198.6MB/s for write and 205.8MB/s for read. For RAID 1, I got 100.4MB/s for write and 103.3MB/s for read. In contract with USB 3.0 on my Western Digital My Passport Essential SE [18], I got about 58MB/s for both read and write.

RAID 1 - Disk Speed Test [19]
RAID 1 – Disk Speed Test

RAID 0 - Disk Speed Test [20]
RAID 0 – Disk Speed Test

USB 3.0 - Disk Speed Test [21]
USB 3.0 – Disk Speed Test

WD Utilities [22]
WD Utilities

Western Digital My Passport Pro [23]
Western Digital My Passport Pro