Dock for SSD w/ Thunderbolt Connectivity

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  1. garycurtis macrumors 6502

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    I want to use an SSD as an ext. Boot Drive. Just big enough to hold the OS. My objective is to overcome not getting Fusion Drive or an Internal SSD when i bought my new iMac in December.

    No intention of rigging up a RAID device. Which brands are priced reasonably and will allow booting? (I don't want to spend $400+)
     
  2. wesk702 macrumors 68000

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  3. garycurtis thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So, putting the OS on the drive and booting from it are no problem?

    I had read the some brands of TB docks don't do well configured as the Startup Dive.
     
  4. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    I don't think it makes sense to buy a device with an SSD installed just for its enclosure.

    I'm going to buy one of these Delock Thunderbolt enclosures here in Japan soon.

    http://amzn.to/1e5YEgt

    No SSD is included, so you can get one you in the size you choose. It is AC-powered and I consider that a plus, especially when you're talking about powering 256GB+ SSDs. I believe it is fanless though. It uses the Asmedia chipset.

    There should be absolutely no problems booting off of and running OS X from it.
     
  5. wesk702 macrumors 68000

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    Me and a bunch of others from the other thread wanted to find a silent enclosure, with no ac power, and no fan, so that's why we bought the other one. To each his own, but yes a powered will be faster but this gets 400MB/s which is no slouch and yes you will have no problems booting an OS, even OS One. Not many TB enclosures with the needs mentioned above that doesn't have the drive included.

    If you do go the AC powered route definitely look into SaSaSushis rec, powered wil get more speed, but noise is another factor depending on if you need a silent studio.
     
  6. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Upon rereading my first reply, it comes off as a bit condescending. I see your point. It is sad that there are so few options for plain Thunderbolt enclosures yet. You're probably also familiar with the Seagate STAE128. It is another popular option for those seeking bus-powered and fanless. It is not nearly as attractive as the one you went with though.

    Well, I don't believe the Delock I mentioned has a fan, just AC power. The reason it is so cheap is that it uses the Asmedia chipset, which so far as I know is the first non-Intel alternative to the market.

    When I do buy it I will be sure to post benchmarks, etc.
     
  7. wesk702 macrumors 68000

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    No worries, all good recommendations
     

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