External drive enclousure

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  1. rick987611 macrumors member

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    So I got a new iMac, and now have two internal SSD drives from my retired windows box. I'd like to use them. Any external enclosures that will hold 1 or 2 drives. Id like them to be usb3 or thunderbolt, and match the iMac.
     
  2. theSeb macrumors 604

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    It sounds like you need the Akitio neutrino thunder duo

    http://www.akitio.com/portable-storage/neutrino-thunder-duo

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  3. rick987611 thread starter macrumors member

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    That seems way more expensive than I was planning to spend. I figured I would get something for like $50. Guess not.
     
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    The only thing with the Thunderbolt logo that you will get for like $50 is a Thunderbolt cable. If you're on a budget, then look for a USB 3 dual drive enclosure and even that will be a struggle for $50, based on my quick perusal of Amazon.com
     
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  6. JediFragger macrumors newbie

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    Yup, although I personally am liking the look of that Akitio :cool:
     
  7. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Me too, but I don't really want to add another darn enclosure to my set up.
     
  8. Icculus macrumors 6502

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    If you need it for a few drives, I would recommend this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-Pr...id=1414011719&sr=8-1&keywords=4+bay+enclosure

    Its USB 3.0, 4 bay enclosure. Disable Sync (otherwise drives disconnect when your mac goes to sleep) and you are good to go. I would also recommend switching out the fan as its mega cheap, but I am weird like that. Been running mine for a while, its quiet and haven't had 1 issue.

    There is a Raid version of this at $189 on Amazon, USB 3.0 as well. No thunderbolt.
     
  9. theSeb macrumors 604

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    I prefer the Orico enclosures, if you're going for a 4 bay one.

    http://www.amazon.com/ORICO-3549SUS...F8&qid=1414012010&sr=8-1&keywords=orico+4+bay

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  11. JediFragger macrumors newbie

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    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!! :eek:

    :cool::cool::cool:
     
  12. Icculus macrumors 6502

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    No kidding! Wife was awesome enough to let me upgrade to the Retina iMac, no holds barred as I could custom configure any which way, since I got so much grace for the iMac I have decided not to push the envelope for the Raid Array at this point in time. I figure I will buy a HD every 2 months or so, and then by this time next year I will have the drives and should have the funds to buy the promise raid array...with some groveling to the wife of course. :)

    imo this was the upgrade I have been waiting for. I have a 5 year old Mac Pro with a 27" Cinema Display, obviously not thunderbolt, and its been a great machine but its time to upgrade. Cannot wait for Friday!
     
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  14. CaptOblivious macrumors member

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    FYI terrible reviews for that raid enclosure on Amazon
     
  15. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Could you be a little more specific?
     
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  18. Talarspeed macrumors member

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    Look at Drobo for many different options that will fit your needs.
     
  19. cycledance Suspended

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    they are probably small, old ssds. sell them.
    buy a 1tb ssd (around 350 bucks) and put it into a 20 dollar usb3 enclosure.
     
  20. nrubenstein macrumors 6502

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    Ugh. Seagate?
     
  21. Icculus macrumors 6502

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    Seagate drives have been treating me really well for years so I am sticking with then
     

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