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jkeekij

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Is OWC wrong how? Im assuming that you want to recycle hard drives in empty enclosures. Where did you see that Intel won't allow them without disks?
 
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Inconsequential

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Is OWC wrong how? Im assuming that you want to recycle hard drives in empty enclosures. Where did you see that Intel won't allow them without disks?

I asked OWC if they plan to sell the above TB enclosure without disks.

They said no as Intel won't allow it.
 
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jkeekij

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That's strange. I would love to hear why they are prohibited from selling it diskless. Doesn't make much sense to me.
 
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Inconsequential

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That's strange. I would love to hear why they are prohibited from selling it diskless. Doesn't make much sense to me.

Lacie and OWC both don't sell diskless TB enclosures.

I bet someone can't find a diskless TB enclosure other than a Drobo.

And i'd never, ever buy one of them!!!
 
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cube

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There are empty TB RAID enclosures.

And I also found single-bay 2.5" empty TB enclosures, but they only have one port.
 
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Inconsequential

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Not really suitable as a long term solution...


Areca sells a multi-bay Thunderbolt enclosure. Comes empty.

A.

For $799 or more I could buy a USB 3 hub and 4 separate enclosures for a quarter of the cost for crying out loud.

The longer I look the more I realise that actually, I can't just swap from my Mac Pro to something else without spending stupid amounts of money or having to sell hard disks that I don't need.

Somebody somewhere has made some utterly stupid decisions.
 
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g4cube

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There are several manufacturers offering diskless Thunderbolt enclosures. Use your Google skills.

More on point is that not every drive is suitable for a Thunderbolt enclosure. Perhaps OWC and others don't want the headache of explaining why a foreign drive isn't working correctly at a critical moment.

Granted, all HDD and SSD should be perfect :D

Alas, there are some stinkers out there that just may cause a problem for some users who may lack the tech skills to resolve issues that might arise.

All OWC could say is that "it should work".

On the business side, it's all about contribution margin. Every sale should be profitable in order to be successful in the long term. And there needs to be sufficient volume.

The actual volume of sales for empty chassis is probably NOT in the millions or even in the hundreds of thousands. Selling a few hundred here or there doesn't pay the bills. Factor in the likely support calls to troubleshoot an issue that may be due to faulty firmware, and this cost is not insignificant.

Don't get me wrong, it would be great if things "just worked!"
 
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Inconsequential

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Firstly, I've spent the last two days searching for enclosures. They are very rare and very expensive.

The good news is OWC will be releasing a diskless version of the TB enclosure.

Happy days.
 
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cube

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Google is your friend. Akitio...DataTale...They certainly aren't inexpensive.:D

Akitio = Inxtron = Macpower

DataTale = Onnto

There are also some specific rebadges of those at some well-known brands
 
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