External Thunderbolt enclosure

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  1. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    Hi All,

    I was wondering if anyone could help me out here. Anyone know where I can buy an inexpensive external thunderbolt HD enclosure...

    I'm looking to upgrade a family member's 2011 iMac and a family friend's 2011 Mac Mini to an SSD, but I don't want to open either up at the risk of breaking someone else's computer (If it was my own I'd probably do it :p). So I want to buy a 128GB (inexpensive) SSD and put it into an also cheap external enclosure to use as the boot drive. However I can't seem to find an empty external thunderbolt enclosure, other than hugely expensive multi disk ones. Do these things exist at all?
     
  2. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    I use a seagate thunderbolt adapter on my 2013 iMac with a 512 crucial m100 ssd as a boot drive. Works great, average around 400 mb

    When I bought it from bhphoto it was like 80 bucks. For whatever reason it's like 180 now. U can get it cheaper on eBay.

    One thing I'm interested in is the western digital raid thunderbolt 4 Tb drive. Integrated Tb cable and u can run it either in raid 0 or 1. Doing it in 1 means 2 tb drive with the other 2tb as a backup. Nice idea for a boot drive. I think the speeds are only around 250 mb but it's still way faster than a mechanical drive.

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  3. oldmacs thread starter macrumors 68040

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    So hang on... How does the seagate thunderbolt adapter work??? What is it? an enclosure? What have you got the crucial SSD in?
     
  4. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    I put my ssd in this

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    It locks into the Tb adapter. I have it on a twelvesouth shelf behind my iMac out of sight. Been working flawlessly about 2 years straight now. I'm actually thinking of swapping out the 512 gb for a 1 Tb.
     
  5. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    There's also this. It's not portable though

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00HESVYCE?vs=1
     
  6. matreya macrumors 65816

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    You're not going to find an inexpensive external thunderbolt hd enclosure, simply because Intel are the ones that make the chipsets, and they set the prices.

    SO you have the option of buying something like this, and pulling the HDD out and replacing it with an SSD (which I have done twice for 2 different macs):

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MOTGTBH5T1.0/

    or

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Lacie/9000490/
     
  7. matreya macrumors 65816

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  8. oldmacs thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I've considered that but I got a bit nervous :/ How come OWC don't make that one without the internal drive.. surely it would cost less without the drive???
     
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    The first one is interesting.
     
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  12. matreya macrumors 65816

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    It's a shame that OWC doesn't sell it without the hdd - it's easy to remove the hdd and install an ssd. 6 simple philips head screws.
     
  13. oldmacs thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Well thats good to know thanks :)
     
  14. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    oldmacs asked the question:
    "I was wondering if anyone could help me out here. Anyone know where I can buy an inexpensive external thunderbolt HD enclosure... "

    Answer:
    There AREN'T any "inexpensive" external thunderbolt enclosures.

    Suggestion:
    Unless you have a mission-critical reason why you absolutely need thunderbolt, go for USB3 instead. MUCH cheaper, and nearly just as fast...
     
  15. matreya macrumors 65816

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think a 2011 mac mini and imac have USB3...

    That said, people have been reporting problems with USB connected drives on various Macs since 10.9.5 (there's a large number of threads on apple's discussion fora about this issue)

    For a system drive, I would stick with Thunderbolt.
     
  16. oldmacs thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Unfortunately neither the 2011 iMac or 2011 Mac Mini feature USB 3.0 ports :/
     
  17. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    That's why u use PayPal
     
  18. thedeske macrumors 6502a

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    Mid 2012 for portables & late 2012 for iMacs/minis - All UASP out of the gate
     
  19. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    oldmacs wrote above:
    "Unfortunately neither the 2011 iMac or 2011 Mac Mini feature USB 3.0 ports :/"

    Oops, oversight on my part.

    You might consider something like this:
    http://www.amazon.com/MiniPro-FireW...&sr=8-2&keywords=oyen+usb3+firewire+enclosure

    Has -both- USB3 -and- firewire800.

    Do you have a firewire port on the iMac?

    This will not be "as fast" as USB3, but it will give you a decent connection for now, and will have USB3 available for the next computer you get...
     
  20. oldmacs thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I've thought about adaptors but so many have poor reviews and are expensive. Also the iMac and Mac Mini are both going to be in use for a while yet as neither are my own Mac....

    Firewire is a good suggestion, but will there actually be any speed improvement?
     
  21. matreya macrumors 65816

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    FireWire is too slow to really take advantage of an SSD... go with Thunderbolt.
     
  22. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

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    This is what I have and it's the best you'll get.
    http://www.amazon.com/Akitio-Neutri...1438922082&sr=8-8&keywords=akitio+thunderbolt

    Key Features
    1. Cheaper than most single thunderbolt enclosures
    2. Bus power
    3. Can power 512GB drives (seagate adapter is known to kill drives due to not providing enough power)
    4. Includes thunderbolt cable
    5. Isn't driveless, but at least it includes an SSD
    6. Fastest write speeds you'll get in a bus powered thunderbolt enclosure
     
  23. thedeske macrumors 6502a

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    Not bad for a thunderbold enclosure. The original retail is funny - over 500!
     
  24. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    Interesting. My seagate adapter has been fine but I'd like to upgrade to 1 tb. This may be an option.
     
  25. Ray2 macrumors 6502a

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    Is the 2011 mini so much more difficult than a 2010? I've done several hdd/ssd swaps in 2010's and it's quite simple. Lot's to remove but none of its difficult. All you need is an AdaptaDrive.
     

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