Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo Drives Now Shipping (Finally!)

WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo

We’ve been waiting a long time for this one folks – an actual, shipping Thunderbolt external hard drive for mere mortals.

Western Digital has announced pricing and that it is now shipping 4TB and 6TB versions of its My Book Thunderbolt Duo external hard drives.  I first looked at these at CES 2012, while they were still getting them ready for final production.

The dual-drive system is configurable as a RAID 0, RAID 1 or JBOD.  As a RAID 0 drive, the Thunderbolt connection puts a single unit in the 280MB/s transfer range.  Additionally, a daisy-chained series of 6 drives configured in RAID 0 will deliver transfer speeds up to 780MB/s.

The 4TB model is priced at $600, while the 6TB model is priced at $700.  WD says it is now shipping the drives.  Check B&H PhotoAmazon and WD’s online store for availability. I should have my hands on one soon and will report back as soon as I get a first look at its performance.

More info in the full press release below. [Read more...]

MacBook Air Editing 4K RED Footage

The above video shows off some of the real world potential of Thunderbolt.  With the combination of a RED Rocket card and a Sonnet PCIe expansion chassis, even a little MacBook Air can chew through 4K RED footage at full resolution.

It was good to see some Thunderbolt products at CES 2012 finally starting to trickle into the market.  See coverage for LaCie, G-Tech and Western Digital for other Thunderbolt devices.

G-Tech G-RAID w/ Thunderbolt and G-Connect Wireless Storage

G-Tech G-RAID Thunderbolt

G-Tech was on-hand at CES 2012 showing off a couple of recent products from its line of performance storage products.

The G-RAID with Thunderbolt comes in 4TB, 6TB and 8TB capacities priced at $799, $999 and $1199, respectively.  It packs to 3.5″ drives at 7200RPM each as single 2TB, 3TB or 4TB drives. [Read more...]

Apple Final Cut Pro X Release Imminent Along with Thunderbolt Devices?

While WWDC 2011 would have been a fitting time to launch Final Cut Pro X, Apple failed to do so.  According to the info we got from Apple at the sneak peek back in April, Final Cut Pro X is due to arrive in the Mac App Store this month.  Since the teaser though, it’s been all crickets from the mothership. [Read more...]

New iMacs with Core i5/i7 Processors and Thunderbolt

Apple unveiled the new iMac desktops today.  The new models keep the 21.5″ and 27″ screen sizes and step up to Core i5 processors across the board in the base configuration – with Core i7 processors available as an upgrade.

As expected, the iMac now has Thunderbolt I/O ports (like the recently announced MacBook Pro models), which deliver data transfer rates at a whopping 10 Gbps – up to 20x faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12x faster than FireWire 800.  The 21.5″ models sport one Thunderbolt port, while the 27″ models offer two ports.  Four USB 2.0 and a Firewire 800 port round out the I/O options on the backside of the new iMacs.

Continue reading at Tech Tilt: New 2011 iMacs Announced.