Hi all. Like many of you, I've been anxiously awaiting the release of the new Mac Pro. Now that the new Mac Pros have been released I find myself baffled by the lack of external Thunderbolt 2 drives to mate with the Mac Pro. I had decided to purchase two WDBUSK0080JSL-NESN "WD 8TB My Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System" Hard Drives before I realized that the new Mac Pros would support the faster Thunderbolt 2. If I'm going to upgrade to the new Mac Pro now is the time to jump from Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt 2 (T2), right? Why would I want anything slower if I'm going to make the switch? I also embraced the idea of using my hoped for WD T2 in the JOBD mode ("Just A Bunch of Discs") which the first gen of Thunderbolt drives by WD supported. The WDBUSK0080JSL-NESN model according to B&H Photo is discontinued. I took that as a great sign that WD would rapidly replace this model with a T2 version but nothing yet.
My desire - given that 1) I need more file space very soon anyway and, 2) Apple has abandoned FireWire 400 and 800 (which is what I use with current external drives) is to get the latest Thunderbolt 2 technology (and not be behind a generation already!) to help me start standardizing around Thunderbolt 2. I know I could/can limp along for a while using my existing external drives with Thunderbolt adapters or I can use the USB 2.0 ports, again, to just limp along, but none of this solves my "running out of space" issue.
I had fully expected two things in early January 2014: That Apple would have had a good number of third parties such as Western Digital (and new Apple display options too!) lined up with new products supporting T2 and that Western Digital (like LaCie) would have made some T2 announcements at CES. Neither happened.
I hate to delay my Mac Pro purchase whilst waiting for T2 external drives of large capacity but that is where I sit. I truly hope WD comes through with a solution which helps me and others and soon!
I would like to see WD's response to Seagate's GoFlex Satellite portable HDD.
I would suggest WD to have tri-band GBit WIFI connection in 2.5" Element portable form factor (with built-in Lithium Polymer battery).
'Qualcomm recently released the AR9004TB chipset. This tri-band wireless setup adds 60GHz WiGig to the usual 2.4 and 5GHz dual-band 802.11n formula for "multi-gigabit in-room performance." Though far from finalized, the 802.11ad standard being pushed by the WiGig alliance should be able to hit speeds of 5Gbps."
At 5Gbps, it will be as fast as the new USB 3.0 standard! But now WD don't have to worry about the "weak cable problem"
There are many portable hard drives available for home use that requires USB connectivity. Though USB connectivity is ideal for data transmissions, developing a portable hard drives that also provide wireless connectivity would help for homes with many desktop/laptop/Mac/IPAD devices to share the wireless enabled portable hard drive as a shared drive over the home network much as wireless printers do and facilitate sharing of music, photo and video files easily.
Please feel free to post your opinions on this idea.