Lacie Rugged Thunderbolt (exchanging a HDD with SSD)?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Morphix, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. Morphix macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I have a SSD drive that I would like to use with my iMac. Could I buy a Lacie Rugged TH (1GB HDD version) and replace the HDD with my SSD drive? Would that work like that?
     
  2. hfg macrumors 68040

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    Yes ... that will work great! You can get refurb 1TB LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt/USB3.0 drives for about $99 from MacMall. Then swap for a SSD and repurpose the hard drive. Great little enclosure. What SSD are you using ... don't want to overpower it with an older high-power SSD of 500GB or more. Newer ones should work fine.
     
  3. Morphix thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey, I have a OCZ Vertex 4 M 2,5" SSD 512 GB (2012). Would that work??
     
  4. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    Personally, I doubt it. I have two LaCie Rugged SSD Drives - my older drive uses a Sandisk U100 and my newer one uses Samsung PM851 - both have far lower idle power requirements than your Vertex. Read up on Newegg's forums for comments by OCZ indicating the Vertex 4 "maybe" not working in "some" external enclosures for wont of insufficient power. IOW, it reads like bus power in the Rugged enclosure (and other bus-powered enclosures) is insufficient for your SSD.

    So, good luck...
     
  5. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    If power issues are a concern, consider the Delock 42490 2.5" Thunderbolt enclosure. It is AC-powered. I've been booting OS X off of one with a Samsung 840 SSD for the past 10 months and it's been flawless. They run about $80-$100.
     
  6. wacomme macrumors regular

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    I can get a refurb 1TB LaCie Thunderbolt enclosure from MacMall for $80. Is there any problem (heat, speed, etc.) with exchanging the 1TB HD with a Samsung 500GB 850EVO SSD?
     
  7. hfg macrumors 68040

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    I have several of those refurbished LaCie "Rugged" enclosures that I loaded with 840 EVO 500GB SSDs and am pleased with their performance. You should have no problems with 850 EVO as it also is very low power.
     

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