Best affordable 4-bay external hard drive caddy? Thunderbolt?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fs454, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. fs454 macrumors 65816

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    So I'm looking to downsize from my Mac Pro + MacBook Air setup to just the Retina MBP. Considering I'm going cross country and am going to be mobile between LA and Boston, carrying around a 75lb Mac Pro and a monitor to do video work is illogical, and now that the rMBP is out, I'm all over switching it up.

    My only concern is, I have so much archived data and just plain stuff, probably 3TB+ worth, and when I sell my Mac Pro, I'll be pulling at least two of my bays and keeping them with me. I also work on large projects via alternate drives. The only thing that I seem to be losing with the rMBP is the 4 swappable drive bays and I've been looking to find a solution to that. However, the big names like Drobo seem to be offering what I want at really high prices, like $400-800, which to me doesn't make too much sense.

    Are there any good devices that will do what I need with a fast interface without being a huge cost? I know Thunderbolt is fairly new but I haven't been following the release of these products as this will be my first computer with TB. I don't need any included storage.

    Thanks.
     
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    unless you define affordable, there are not many thunderbolt accessories that are exactly cheap
     
  3. fs454 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, seems that way. You'd think someone would come out with something affordable by now though.

    Would USB 3.0 be a decent alternative? I'd really prefer the bandwidth of TB for video but I guess if I'm only polling one project drive at once for the most part, it won't be that bad.
     
  4. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020

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  5. fs454 thread starter macrumors 65816

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  6. jcpb macrumors 6502a

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    TB stuff are expensive due to Intel's pricing (those TB cables are no run-of-the-mill USB3 cabling) and spec enforcement policies, and anemic adoption (device makers can charge a premium and the market will bear higher prices relative to USB3).
     
  7. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

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    I was in much the same situation, albeit for photo work. I ended up managing to pare down everything to 2.2tb so a 768gb MBPr and 2tb wd passport worked out for me. (with a Time Capsule as backup)

    If I couldn't manage to fit, I would have gotten a CalDigit T2 in 2x4tb raid 1 - and maybe another for Time Machine.
     
  8. Kcatthedog macrumors newbie

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    Caldigit is thinking about a caddy byod but won't decide till sept worth the wait if you can make do !
     

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