External Thunderbolt Enclosure?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Josh Kahane, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. Josh Kahane macrumors 6502

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    Hi

    Is it possible to buy an empty thunderbolt enabled HDD enclosure or are they not available yet?

    Thanks.
     
  2. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    At Newegg they only have variations of SATA or USB for external enclosures.

    They have for $379: Seagate GoFlex STBC3000102 3 TB 3.5" External Hard Drive - Retail - Black

    LaCie and Buffalo also make external thunderbolt drive packages.
     
  3. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    I've been looking, and so far the answer is no.

    There are a handful of Thunderbolt enabled drives out there, but they are usually double-disk affairs (such as the Western Digital) or SSD (and very expensive SSDs at that). Nothing is enclosure only :(

    Seagate offer an a Thunderbolt adapter for their external drives (GoFlex desktop and GoFlex portable), but again these are rather expensive (circa £150 and £100 respectively, just for the adapters).
     
  4. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not a drobo user, so I can't speak to this, but these come empty.

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/21/drobo-mini-drobo-5d-thunderbot-drives/

    I feel like i heard something from OWC about possible thunderbolt stuff later this year. There is def. something odd about this connectivity, licensing, etc, because so far we only have G Tech, Promise, and Lacie options with disks filled
     

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