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Of Course You Need A 2TB 10,000RPM Hard Drive With Two Thunderbolt Ports

Cloud storage is great, but sometimes you still need fast, humongous local storage. How fast and humongous? How about, say, 2TB at 10,000RPM with two Thunderbolt ports.

Western Digital’s MyBook VelociRaptor Duo is actually two 1TB 10,000RPM drives in one housing and claims transfer speeds of up to 400MB per second. The two Thunderbolt ports allows the drive to be daisy-chained to additional VelociRaptors, to increase capacity and performance.

Sadly, the VelociRaptor Duo is only compatible with Mac OS X. It has support for RAID 0 and RAID 1, and it comes with a $US900 price tag.

The speed and size is typically best put to use on large video-editing projects. But while the 10,000RPM alone is pretty good — though the real world difference between 7200RPM and 10,000RPM isn’t thaaaat huge — combining it with Thunderbolt means you’ve basically got a humongous RAIDable SSD.

For more overkill hard drives, Western Digital has also bumped its pocket-sized USB 3.0 My Passport drives up to 2TB, which will cost $US200. [Western Digital]

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