Here's a Humongous New 8 Terabyte Thunderbolt Hard Drive

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Western Digital is really getting in bed with Thunderbolt. It already has a 2TB 10,000RPM monster, and now it's got an 8TB external drive with Thunderbolt.


The MyBook 8TB is the largest consumer level Thunderbolt drive, and it works with RAID 0 and RAID 1. It comes with a Thunderbolt cable, too, which is nice. It's also got two Thunderbolt ports, so you can daisy chain six together for 48TB of Thunderbolt magic. On the downside, it doesn't have a USB 3.0 alternative, so if you have to work with an alternative machine that doesn't have a Thunderbolt port, well, you're screwed. It's $850, and available now at WD's online store. [Western Digital]


I don't really see the need for external hard drives via TB yet. 10Gbps is fast, too fast. SATA 3.1 is only rated at 6Gbps, which will never be hit in the real world anyway, at least not for consumers. USB 3 can be saturated at 4-5Gbps at like 10% the cost. I guess daisy-chaining is cool... but at $50 a cable, the price point just isn't there yet.

TB is going to thrive with the "external PCIe" market... things like external graphics cards and what not. Very cool tech, just not being utilized correctly in this case.