Fast, portable, thunderbolt storage?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Boe11, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. Boe11 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey folks,

    I'm not sure how much--if any--consensus there is on thunderbolt external storage a few years later.

    I'm looking to invest in some external storage for video editing that will use ssd drive/s and utilize the magical attributes of thunderbolt 2/3.

    Ideally, i'd like to buy an ssd-sized enclosure and just stick a 2tb samsung SSD into. Is that an option yet? It seems like this is still sort of a murky area and the drive options haven't changed much since TB was released.

    Just looking for some education and an update on the state of the external storage world with regard to macs and video work. I'd like to invest in something this spring if I can figure out what to buy. So far the only thing I've found that seems close is the lacy rugged drive but the reviews are pretty sketchy and I'm not even sure if you can stick your own ssd in it or not.

    I guess in my brain it just seems so straight forward. SSDs are fast. Thunderbolt is fast. I just want a drive that I can plug into my computer for fast, efficient storage on the go. Are we there yet?
     
  2. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    This has been touched on recently here, although in the context of the Mac Mini. http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/which-port-is-best-for-external-ssd-on-2013-mini.2021042/ I am using a 1TB USB 3.0 Samsung T3 external drive for video editing on a 2012 quad i7 Mini Server. I keep my current project on this drive and archive everything on some larger hard drives.

    The Samsung T3 is more than twice as fast as my USB 3.0 hard drives. Not sure what you are expecting in terms of speed, but this drive was a nice upgrade for me and the price was reasonable. Of course they don't come anywhere near the speed of the original thunderbolt, let alone v2 or 3 :)

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  3. Boe11 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That T3 looks like it might be just right if there are no suitable TB options. 2tb for $7XX. Not bad and seems like it'd be well-suited for editing on the fly or at the office.

    Thanks, guy.
     
  4. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, but it would be nice if the cost per GB went down instead of up with the larger drives. :)

    $170 500GB
    $350 1TB
    $730 2TB
     
  5. Boe11 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Dang, that is rather obnoxious haha. Might have to go with the 1tb version.
     
  6. MSastre, Dec 13, 2016
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  7. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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  8. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    A while ago I bought a G-Technology GDrive mobile hard drive with TB2, carefully disassembled it, and replaced the spinning drive with a 1 TB Crucial SSD. Yes, I was aware that I was invalidating the warranty.

    The GDrive enclosure is beautifully engineered and constructed.
     
  9. MSastre macrumors regular

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    I've been using 3 of their SSD's for about a year now with no problems.
    Also have a couple Crucial SSDs, again with no problems. Depending on your OS, make sure that TRIM is enabled.
     
  10. sarge macrumors 6502a

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    I tried to swap out a drive from a G-tech but the controller board wouldn't recognize it. Was one of the bigger enclosures though and not the mini

    These are expensive but I like them a lot because of the dual USB/T2 ports:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NV8PQ4...TF8&colid=2L1E4PPTJ7BJT&coliid=I3DYMYZAEA3XJH

    EDIT: Didn't realize you were only interested in SSD drive....
     
  11. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    LOL, that link for the Transcend Drive brags:

    Thunderbolt Interface for Blazing Fast Transfer Speeds
    With the advanced Thunderbolt Input/Output technology, the SJM300 portable hard drive delivers the unparalleled interface transfer rates of up to 10 Gb/s*, 20 times faster than USB 2.0

    You have to click a link that says "Show More" to see the disclaimer:

    *Maximum interface transfer rates shown. Owing to the HDD specifications, the maximum performance of SJM300 is 120MB/s
     
  12. sarge, Dec 14, 2016
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    sarge macrumors 6502a

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    Wow. I never even bothered to look at the * disclaimer. I do use them to move around 50,60,and 70GB video files though and they don't 't seem inordinately slow. Granted I'm not actually editing on them.
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    ....I see the Glyph portable drives are only 140 MB/s 1TB (External Rugged Mobile Hard Drive BBPL1000)
     

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