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My Latest Toy: Western Digital My Passport Pro

As well as being a PC Doctor, I'm also a pro-am photographer (Shameless plug: Check out my Flickr page!), and one of the side effects of being a photographer that doesn't delete anything but the worst of shots is that you create masses of data.

Data I don't want to lose.

Dealing with the data problem is not much of an issue when you are working in front of a desktop system - you just bung in a new larger drive and get on with your day - but when you're working on a notebook, space is a premium. Even the 1TB PCI-e drive on my MacBook Pro (which is an insanely fast drive) isn't really big enough to handle everything - and there's no way to cram a larger drive into the system

So I have to rely on external storage.

For a few years now I've been a fan of Western Digital My Passport drives. They're small, fast, and reliable. Given my happy past experiences with these external drives, I was excited when Western Digital sent me a pair of 2TB My Passport Pro.

My Passport Pro

Unlike the My Passport drives which house a single drive, the My Passport Pro houses two drives. This makes them thicker, but the two drives have benefits. Using the supplied software you can configure these drives as RAID 0 or RAID 1 (depending on whether you want speed or data duplication) or you can set them to appear as separate drives.

My Passport Pro

The My Passport Pro comes equipped with Thunderbolt connectivity, and the cable is attached, which is great because it means I don't have to buy one, and won't lose the one supplied! This drive delivers transfer rates as high as 233 MB/s, so it's no slouch. The drive also gets power from the Thunderbolt connector so there's no separate AC adaptor to carry (or lose).


I've only had this drive for a few days and already it's fitted into my workflow very well indeed.