Thunderbolt External Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Peripherals' started by pgyanke, Jun 2, 2011.

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    I need a new portable hard drive. Since I'm using the 2011 MacBook Pro, I was hoping to buy a thunderbolt-enabled connection. Google searches don't show any current products.

    Anyone know how close we are to a thunderbolt-enabled external hard drive? Should I just buy what I need now or will waiting a month bear fruit?
     
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    They are not widespread yet.
     
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    So maybe I'll wait and see. Gotta say, though, the Lacie product is primarily SSD... probably going to be expensive.

    Thank you!
     
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    benhollberg

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    I remember 9to5 Mac had a list of Thunderbolt stuff when it was first released on the MacBook Pro. I just tried to find the article but couldn't, like the other posts here most of it wasn't available at the time. I do remember that Lacie being on there though.
     
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    I will be waiting to buy a thunderbolt product for sure, but yeah the SSD means pricey for sure... But it'll be worth it riiight?
     
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    Remember, Thunderbolt offers no speed advantage over Firewire for external traditional drives as the drive is the limiting factor. SSD, however...that is another story with TB.
     
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    TB offers some advantage even with traditional HDDs, be they 2.5" or 3.5", as FW800 is limited to 65 to 70 MB/s, but many HDDs can reach speeds of up to 120MB/s.
     
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    Thunderbolt is also advantageous in that it reduces the number of required connectors
     

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