Hard drive enclosures?

Rafi Clang

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 17, 2019
Hi all!

The enclosure of my Lacie 4TB d2 external drive has suffered a power failure and needs replacing - the HDD inside is still healthy fortunately. (source: local comp repair store)

I used that drive's TB2 connection with my 2013 Mac Pro and want to get a new enclosure that will afford me the same speeds

It seems that I should look at buying a USB-C/TB3 enclosure, since TB2 is out of date, and then purchase a usb-c/TB3 to TB2 adaptor - does this seem the right strategy and if so can anyone recommend some decently priced options for enclosures that'd suit for the HDD inside the Lacie d2?



macrumors Core
Feb 20, 2009
Best advice I can offer:

Take the drive OUT OF the Lacie enclosure.
Then, buy either:
- a USB3 3.5" enclosure
- a USB3/SATA "docking station" like this:
(this is just an example, many others are available)

The drive that you have is a platter-based hard drive, is this correct?
If so, the drive connection scheme (tbolt v. USB3) makes no difference.
The "speed" will be limited by the speed of the platter-based drive.

I wouldn't be surprised if it's all but impossible to find an empty thunderbolt2 enclosure in the 3.5" form factor...


macrumors Core
Feb 20, 2009
The "double slot" docks might be problematic.
I'd get one with a "single slot".
Fewer [potential] problems that way.
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