21.5-inch, Mid 2011 thunderbolt external SSD

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  1. HackDaBox macrumors member

    HackDaBox

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    Hi,

    I wish to add an external SSD via the thunderbolt port as i have only USB 2.0 and not 3.0 and the speed on USB 2.0 sux.

    I would love an adaptor and see very cheap ones ($10 USD) on amazon from USBC to SATA ( these are for the new MacBook Pros recently announced ) but is there a cheap adaptor or 2.5" drive bay and thunderbolt cable i can buy ?

    when i looked into this years ago the only option was a seagete adaptor or buying a buffalo external 1TB spinning hard drive and swapping the 5200rpm drive for an SSD which is very expensive !

    Thanks Guys,

    HackDaBox!
     
  2. bent christian Suspended

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    If the 2011 has Thunderbolt, the Transcend StoreJet 500 is the cheapest option. I boot from one at work. At 290MB/Sec (write) and 380 MB/Sec (read), it is slower than USB 3.0, but does have TRIM support. Strangely, the read speed of this drive is better over USB 3.0 than Thunderbolt (430 MB/Sec). This tells us it uses a crap controller. Given the better read speeds, I boot via USB and not Thunderbolt. Either way you choose to boot, the shorter seek time will make a huge improvement over HDD.
     
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  4. IngerMan, Nov 7, 2016
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    IngerMan macrumors 6502a

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    I just got this delivered yesterday. I read that Crucial has decent garbage collection but I shall see as time goes on, it is not as good as having Trim enabled but better than nothing. I am just using the drive for some large games and other useless data I wanted to keep separate. Upon install I erased the drive and configured it to Journal encrypted and was surprised it did give me the 274.37GB of space, unlike a lot of reviews I read said 248....

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