2.5" Thunderbolt Drive Enclosure?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Josh Kahane, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. Josh Kahane macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2006
    Suffolk, UK

    I already have an unused SSD which I'd like to put in a 2.5" thunderbolt enclosure if possible. Does anyone know of any available?

    I can't find one, if not, what a good alternative solution might be?

  2. jeroen020 macrumors member


    Aug 25, 2012
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    I've been look into Thunderbolt external storage for a while now. Most solutions include disks such as LaCie or G-Drive.

    You can plug an SSD in the Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt. It will fit but won't be very solid, you may want to pick up a GoFlex enclosure on eBay to put your SSD in.

    Caldigit mentions an enclosure but it doesn't seem to be for sale: http://www.caldigit.com/Thunderbolt/T1T2.html

    I bought a LaCie Thunderbolt eSATA hub and hooked it up to 2x256GB Samsung 830SSDs that I put into eSATA enclosures myself, set up in RAID0, getting 440MB/s that way.
  3. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007

    I use something like these with my goflex adapter.
  4. Nemic macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2012
    I use the portable Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter with a Crucial M4 256 GB SSD, and it works very well.

    It is very fast.

    I am currently using elastic bands to attach a small pad of paper to the SSD, so that it does not flex too much - when plugged in the SSD does not rest against the adapter base.

    There is a long thread in the Mac Mini forum, where they were testing various sizes of SSD's with this adapter, with varying success.

    I also use this adapter to transfer photo's from CF cards, using an adapter I bought on eBay.

    My thread about this is here :http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=14859567#post14859567

    In the photo's you can see how the card does not rest against the base of the adapter. Also I think that the base may be magnetised, so think that having some sort of gap or barrier may be advisable.
  5. mario24601 macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2010
    ministation would work too if you dont mind opening up to tear out the hdd...ministation comes with TB cable so little cheaper.
  6. marmotmammal macrumors member


    Oct 16, 2009
    San Francisco / Stockton, California
    I don't think there's a 2.5" enclosure available yet. I've been looking and waiting, gave up on Caldigit. I use the Seagate GoFlex for home with raw 2.5" and 3.5" drives. That method is rouge, but it works, and I use rubber band technology to secure the drive, and junk mail to pad it.

    But I'd like a bus-powered Tbolt drive for the road, one which I can interchange drives at my leisure, just like I do on my desktop workstation. If I feel adventurous I'd buy a Lacie or OWC 2.5" Tbolt/USB3 external drive and try to open it. If I could see both of them at a store, I can assess if it's possible. There probably won't be a 2.5" Tbolt enclosure for a while. It's too niche. It took years for Acomdata to make FW800 2.5" enclosure, and very few companies followed suit.

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