Mobile thunderbolt drives?

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  1. RonShort macrumors member

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    What is out there? All I have see is the seagate... Ideally I want something fast/big and need someway to also connect to USB devices for transfer....
     
  2. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    If a device is USB 2.0, going through Thunderbolt won't help.

    For now though, the best consumer option are the Seagate drives unless you have a 2012 MBA with USB3.0
     
  3. RonShort thread starter macrumors member

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    I mean its main use would be on a t-bolt port but to connect to other devices for data transfer...
     
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    Pretty lame read/write speeds for both the Thunderbolt and USB3.0...
    Putting a regular drive in an enclosure for use through TB or USB3.0 isn't that great. SSDs are the way to go. Problem is, of course, their price...

    This is a Mid-2010-128GB-MBP SSD that I took out and stuck into an USB3.0 enclosure. The enclosure was just 15€, so not the best one out there I guess.

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    It's still such a price premium. You can get a 1TB 2.5" drive for ~$85. Throw in another $15 for a USB 3.0 hub and you're at $100 for a 1TB external drive with an interface that's only bottlenecked by the drive itself. That means it's still a $130 premium just for the Thunderbolt interface/cable. Crazy.
     
  8. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

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    This has been true for every technology at the beginning of its lifecycle. Not crazy and not new. You want the latest technology, you pay a premium for it.
     
  9. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    It's not emerging technology. It's well over a year old now and on tens of millions of computers, and I can pretty much count the amount of devices on one hand. Price premium is too high for that.
     
  10. TPadden macrumors 6502a

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    Tens of Millions??????? :rolleyes: Intel introduced the first motherboard that supports the Thunderbolt peripheral standard in June (2012).
     
  11. Fortimir macrumors 6502a

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    It's been out for just over a year and up until now has only been on a small handful of Macs. They've just started touching the PC world in the past few weeks.

    I've had Thunderbolt on my iMac over a year, but this past month I was able to actually afford a few peripherals... and it's pretty amazing. But seriously, I got a 3TB Thunderbolt external w/ a cable for under $350. That's not bad at all.
     
  12. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    They were introduced in Macs as of early 2011.

    As for the number, this 2012 CNet article cites them selling 5.x Million Macs in a single quarter.

    This Fortune article says they sold 4 Million Macs in Q1 '11 (admittedly the quarter immediately preceding Thunderbolt)

    I only looked at a few articles, but it seems Apple sells around 4-5 Million Macs a quarter, and every one of them has Thunderbolt (minus the Mac Pro, but no one still buys that). That's 16-20 Million Macs with Thunderbolt over the last 12 months.


    I got a 3TB USB 3.0 drive (& cable!) for $129. $350 for the same internal drive is overpriced, considering neither I/O system is the bottleneck.
     
  13. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

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    Your reading comprehension skills match your ability to explain technology prices.

    I did not call it emerging technology, you did. You then proceeded to build a bigger pile of fiction on your 'emerging technology' mistake.
     
  14. urkel macrumors 68030

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    Are you running a 2012?

    Ideally, Id prefer a TB drive but realistically USB3 offers incredible speed at ZERO price markup so is their a specific reasoning for needing TB?
     
  15. RonShort thread starter macrumors member

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    after reading this thread... i am now looking into a USB3 :cool:

    (yes on 2012 MBA)
     
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