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Have you ever tried moving a large 20GB file from one computer to another without a network-attached storage drive? It’s a painful, slow process with a substantial chance of failure. Also, seeing a Windows or Mac computer progress bar estimate that it’s going to take a little over a year to finish the data transfer doesn’t exactly help.
If there’s one thing you should know about Thunderbolt connectivity, it’s this: Thunderbolt transfers data fast. Very fast. 10Gbps fast. Twice that of USB 3.0’s 5Gbps speed. If you’re looking for an external hard drive that can transfer data at those speeds via dual Thunderbolt ports, includes RAID support and provides up to 2TB of storage space, the Western Digital 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive delivers.
Time is money, as the saying goes. Any technique or tool that can help you work faster can also help you get more work done in a given space of time, thus leading to greater profits. At the very least you’ll be able to carve out more time to spend with your family, friends, hobbies or just a nice comfy chair.
There was a time when only large corporations used RAID storage. It was partly because only large corporations had enough data to warrant the use of RAID storage and partly because only large corporations could afford to purchase and maintain such high-end storage. RAID storage is still used by large corporations, but today you’ll find that RAID storage is also used by small businesses and individuals.
External hard drives continue to offer more and more capacity. That’s nothing new. But Western Digital’s My Book Live Duo drives are new, and so are many of the neat features they offer. Part external hard drive, part NAS device and part cloud storage, the My Book Live Duo drives are as versatile as external hard drives can get.
I have a backup methodology in which I maintain two external hard drives. I back up all of my files—documents, pictures, music, movies, etc.—on each drive so that if one of the drives goes belly up, I still have all of my files intact on the other drive. This is almost like maintaining a RAID 1 array, except with a lot more hassle.
There was a time when only very large corporations needed RAID storage. RAID storage is still used by large corporations, but today you’ll also find small businesses and individual users taking advantage of its features. Data Robotics’ Drobo storage arrays make affordable entry points to failsafe storage, and they’re made all the more affordable with the instant savings you can get from B&H until the end of June.