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WD introduces VelociRaptor Duo in UAE

Dual-TB HDD system delivers ‘SSD-like’ performance

The VelociRaptor Duo carries two 1TB 10,000 RPM hard drives and two Thunderbolt ports.
The VelociRaptor Duo carries two 1TB 10,000 RPM hard drives and two Thunderbolt ports.

External storage company WD, a subsidiary of Western Digital Corporation, today announced it is combining two technologies to produce a dual-storage system that it claims is "the fastest and most robust" it has ever offered.

Supported by the Mac OS X operating system, the My Book VelociRaptor Duo is described by WD as "the ultimate storage drive for performance-hungry Mac users and creative professionals".

The My Book VelociRaptor Duo carries two 1TB 10,000 RPM WD VelociRaptor hard drives along with two Thunderbolt ports. The 2TB dual-drive storage system is aimed at editing high resolution video, 3D rendering, graphic design, and other high-resource digital media operations. The VelociRaptor Duo is said to deliver data transfer rates of up to 400 MB/s, which WD compares to the performance of a solid state drive (SSD). SSD storage is electronic non-disk technology that delivers transfer rates anywhere between 100MB/s and 600MB/s, where enterprise hard disks normally deliver in the 100MB/s-to-150MB/s range.

The dual-drive storage system offers RAID 0 for performance or RAID 1 for protection; and the twin Thunderbolt ports allow the daisy-chaining of drives and other high performance peripherals without - WD claims - impacting data transfer speeds or performance.

The My Book VelociRaptor Duo also comes complete with a Thunderbolt cable in the box and is designed to be user-serviceable.

WD bench tests are claimed to show that My Book VelociRaptor Duo users will be able to transfer 22GB full-length HD movies in less than 65 seconds, 2000 5MB pictures in less than 33 seconds and over 500 5 MB songs in less than 8 seconds, which shows transfer rates of between 300MB/s and 340MB/s.

"The My Book VelociRaptor Duo offers lightning-quick data transfer performance and rock-solid reliability for demanding consumers," explains Khalid Wani, sales director, Branded Business, Middle East, Africa and India, WD.

"Creative professionals can rely on the drive's potent performance to tackle even the most demanding projects, and with the ability to daisy-chain devices without negatively impacting performance, the My Book VelociRaptor Duo offers supreme flexibility."

The My Book VelociRaptor Duo dual-drive storage system is currently available for a MSRP of  $1000.