External ThunderBolt HD?

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  1. macbook pro i5 macrumors 65816

    macbook pro i5

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    Like the title says but i thought if I got a ThunderBolt port might as well use it to get data transfered quickly,my question is could you get one for minimum for 100 NZ dollars?
     
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    No, as there are only RAID systems available for at least 300 USD.
    You might have to look for FW 800 HDDs, though I don't know if you can get 1 TB or more for less than 100 NZD.
     
  3. macbook pro i5 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wait.... isn't FireWire slower then USB 2.0?
     
  4. mac26 macrumors 6502

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    I believe firewire 800 is 800 megabytes p/ second while USB 2.0 is only 480 megabytes
     
  5. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    You can get the Seagate Thunderbolt GoFlex 2.5" adapter for $99 and use any 2.5" SATA drive. This is expandable so when budget allows you can switch to SSDs and get RAID 0 performance in a portable bus powered solution. My observations are based on real world testing of the Seagate Thunderbolt GoFlex 2.5" adapter with 1TB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex, 750GB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Pro, 512GB Samsung 830 SSD media, 256GB Samsung 830 media, and 480GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G. The SSDs were within 10-20% of the perform on Intel Sandybridge SATA III 6.0Gbps connections. This is outstanding considering the Intel Sandybridge SATA III 6.0Gbps is the best performing SATA III chipset currently available. I also have a LaCie Thunderbolt Little Big Disk which is currently modified with dual 240GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSDs and previously test dual 256GB Samsung 830 SSDs. The LaCie controller severely limits the performance of these drives and I am only able to net 400 MB/s from RAID 0 tested in OSX and Windows 7 Professional x64. I even installed the Marvell RAID drivers.
     
  6. macbook pro i5 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    THANK YOU :) all this time i was thinking that FW is slow tech.....;)
     
  7. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    No sir.
     
  8. negativzero macrumors 6502

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    Whoa damn, overkill much?
     
  9. macbook pro i5 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No not really just abit hard to follow along without paragraphs;)
     
  10. negativzero macrumors 6502

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    No, I was referring to the setup. That's some serious hardware.
     
  11. macbook pro i5 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    oh ok then that makes sense then:D i thought you were referring to the grammer issues!!!!:p
     
  12. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    There is a Thunderbolt external SSD sold by elgato but never heard of SSDs.
    Quite interesting.
     
  13. Fandongo macrumors 6502

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    How do you RAID 0 off a single adapter that kills the Thunderbolt chain?
     
  14. shardey macrumors 6502a

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    Wrong, firewire 800 is 800 megabits/s (mb/s) which 8 megabits = 1 megabyte (MB). Theoretically it has transfer speeds of 100MB/s while USB 2.0 is limited to 480mb/s or 60 MB/s.
     
  15. mac26 macrumors 6502

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    Oh, I never knew this. thanks!
     

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