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Any 1TB external drive with thunderbolt adapters you recommend?

Appl3FTW

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Seagate 1TB GoFlex Ultra-Portable Drive w/Thunderbolt Adapter has been discontinued. Anyone recommend something similar? Thank you!
 

Appl3FTW

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I like the LaCie "Rugged" series with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interface. I usually get them as a "refurbished" unit from MacMall and either use them as is, or swap out the hard disk drive for a SSD. Currently they are $80. If you don't like the orange shock bumper, it is easily slipped off.

http://www.macmall.com/p/LaCie-External-Hard-Drives/product~dpno~9597442~pdp.icbeahb

yes I saw that, but I think I'm going with g-tech 1tb thunderbolt/usb 3.0 from the apple store. I just liked the Seagate because the adapter is so convenient swapping out different drives. the others are builtin and unswappable.
 
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hfg

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Not sure what you mean by "builtin and unswappable", but the "Rugged" is easily opened by removing 4 screws, sliding out the PC board, and simply unplugging the drive and replacing it. There is no glue, tape, or other issues with the drive replacement.

It does appear that the g-tech is a 7200rpm drive, whereas the LaCie used a 5400rpm drive.
 
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hkoster1

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The point of having a Thunderbolt drive is daisy-chaining additional drives, so you should consider drives with two Thunderbolt ports. If daisy-chaining is not wanted, then a USB-3.0 drive is a lot cheaper and has in practice little or no speed penalty.
 
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matreya

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Judging from the number of posts on Apple's discussion fora about USB drives unmounting randomly, I would still (and actually do in my usage) prefer Thunderbolt drives to USB3 ones. Apple still has issues with USB3 drives randomly ejecting.
 
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dud3tt3

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Judging from the number of posts on Apple's discussion fora about USB drives unmounting randomly, I would still (and actually do in my usage) prefer Thunderbolt drives to USB3 ones. Apple still has issues with USB3 drives randomly ejecting.

i had the random ejecting issue with 3 different usb 3 drives... so i went thunderbolt instead. working great now. I have a Buffalo MiniStation 2TB, and a Transcend Storejet 300 2TB.
 
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