wd-thunderThunderbolt external hard drives tend to be pretty big, but then again we guess with the amount of storage offered and with the fast transfer speeds, chances are people who use these external hard drives typically leave their computers in one place, like in a music studio where they need to quickly access sound files and so on.

However for those who want the speeds of Thunderbolt but want something a bit more portable, you might be interested to learn that Western Digital has recently announced what they’re calling the world’s first portable Thunderbolt hard drive, the My Passport Pro.

As you can see in the image above, the drive itself isn’t too big. Granted it is bigger and slightly thicker compared to your regular external hard drive, but we guess if transfer speeds are a priority, then this should do the trick. The drive will come in 2TB and 4TB options and are configured as RAID 0, although users can swap to RAID 1 if they want.

According to Western Digital, the transfer speeds are at 233MB/s which suggests that they could even be used as a boot drive. Unfortunately Western Digital did not mention how much My Passport Pro would cost although given that Thunderbolt hard drives tend to be pricey, we expect that this would not come cheap, especially its portable nature.

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