External SSD Thunderbolt? Best Model?

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  1. MacProFCP macrumors member

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    I am a Pro Video editor. I use Final Cut, Aperture, and Photoshop. I am looking for a blazingly fast SSD hard drive to connect to my 2013 Mac Pro. I do not want to upgrade my internal HD, as I keep the system separate from my documents.

    Thunderbolt enclosure with SSD seems like the way to go, but am open to USB 3.0 - Looking for suggestions.

    Notes:
    1) This is for mission critical documents, and needs to be reliable.
    2) Of course it will be backed up with Time Machine...
    3) I expect this to run around $1,000.
    4) Prefer 2 TB unit
    5) My system is set up as follows:
    2013 Mac Pro with 512 SSD, 64 GB ram
    External 1 USB3: Documents, music, finished movies, photos, etc. - THIS IS THE DRIVE I AM UPGRADING

    External 2 TB: Final Cut Pro
    External 3 TB: Backup for External 2
    External 4 USB3: Time Machine for internal HD and External Drive 1
    External 5 USB3: Raw video files for long term storage
    External 6 USB3: Backup for External 5
    2 Dell 4k Displays, 1 Dell 1080 Display
     
  2. Synchro3 macrumors 68000

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    USB 3.0 has no TRIM support regarding SSD's. Thunderbolt has.

    I propose LaCie Little Big Disk.
     
  3. rw3 macrumors 6502a

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  4. williamh macrumors regular

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    BlackMagic's multidock 2 might be a great solution for SSD via thunderbolt 2. I'm using the multidock2 with 4 SSD's and they perform very well.
     
  5. hfg macrumors 68040

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    I suspect the Lacie Little Big Disk suggestion was for this version rated at 1375MB/s:
    http://www.lacie.com/products/mobile-storage/little-big-disk-thunderbolt-2/


    The ThunderBay 4 mini is also a good choice ... and on sale today for $429 with SoftRAID5 software:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/TB4MSR0GB/

    OWC also has a Cyber Monday deal on the full size ThunderBay 4 with SoftRAID5 software for $425.
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/TB2SRKIT0GB/
     
  6. MacProFCP thread starter macrumors member

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    I like the idea of the enclosures, but I'm having trouble finding REAL SSDs. Everyone seems to have SSHD.
    This is mission critical and needs to be reliable.
    The Lacie Drive is only 1GB- not large enough.
    Please keep sending suggestions.
     
  7. AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    Suggestion: "Time Machine"

    Even SSDs fail - backups are still important.
     
  8. MMcCraryNJ macrumors 6502

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    I'm still waiting for a TB enclosure for Apple's PCIe SSDs. OWC has a USB 3.0 enclosure, but as mentioned, no TRIM support. Would be great to put my stock 256GB stick in a small enclosure
     
  9. BeatCrazy macrumors 65816

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    I would be interested in this option as well.
     
  10. MacProFCP thread starter macrumors member

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    That's obvious. My issue is that I want a drive that is not prone to failure. Thankfully, I have only experienced a few of these in my life because I only buy reliable drives.
     
  11. MacProFCP thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes. I am very willing to get the OWC 2 TB upgrade for $1,500 but there is no Thunderbolt PCIe enclosure that I could find that would work with a stock MacPro type connection.

    I am hoping someone can point me to a real SSD / Thunderbolt option at 2 GB. Even at a cost of $1,500.
     
  12. nigelbb macrumors 65816

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    TRIM support can be provided by Disk Sensei (the new improved TRIM Enabler) that uses Apple's own supported API in Yosemite & El Capitain
     
  13. Mago macrumors 68020

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    No 2TB TB ssd on the market unless you go DIY. I if you go DIY the best alternative I could suggest you is either get an 256 gb akiito thunder (2.5 or m2) take apart and upgrade with 2 1tb ssd, and also if you have deep pockets (as many here with an Mac pro) you could get an external pcie doc from akiito (or owc) and install an Intel m.2 solution at about 2.4 tb will be expensive about 2500 but no other solution will be faster
     
  14. MacProFCP thread starter macrumors member

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    From what I understand, there is no current 2 TB SSD drive available. So I am looking for two 1 TB RELIABLE SSD drives that I can install in a single enclosure.
     
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    Yep... lots of forum members here use them and they work just fine.
     
  18. AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    The Pro comes with a 10 year warranty, it that helps your decision.
     
  19. AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    Noticed in a review on http://storagereview.com that the EVO is rated at 150TB lifetime writes, and the PRO at 300 TB.
     

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