Mobile thunderbolt drives?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by RonShort, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. RonShort macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2010
    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


    Apr 30, 2011
    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

    Jul 17, 2010

    I mean its main use would be on a t-bolt port but to connect to other devices for data transfer...
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
  5. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
  6. dasx, Jul 5, 2012
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    dasx macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2012
    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.

  7. awer25 macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2011
    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

    May 4, 2012
    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


    Apr 30, 2011
    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

    Oct 28, 2010
    Tens of Millions??????? :rolleyes: Intel introduced the first motherboard that supports the Thunderbolt peripheral standard in June (2012).
  11. Fortimir macrumors 6502a


    Sep 5, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    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


    Apr 30, 2011
    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

    May 4, 2012
    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

    Nov 3, 2008
    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

    Jul 17, 2010
    after reading this thread... i am now looking into a USB3 :cool:

    (yes on 2012 MBA)
  16. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago

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