I'm looking for the fastest, most reliable external drive I can buy for under $300 that has at least 1TB of storage with preferably a Thunderbolt connection simply because I'm out of USB ports. I'm just going to be using it to store all my files (pictures, music, documents, projects, etc.) while my iMac's built-in drive will have all my applications. I know it's pointless to get a Thunderbolt drive with an HDD inside since that'll just bottleneck the speeds but the only SSD Thunderbolt drive I found with 1TB is $1000. The best external drive I've found is this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C0NWAPS/?tag=thewire06-20 It's faster than any Thunderbolt drive I've found but it's USB 3. Sadly, they don't make a Thunderbolt version. A USB to Thunderbolt adapter would solve my problem here but it doesn't seem like Apple has one. The best Thunderbolt drive I've found is this: http://www.amazon.com/LaCie-Thunderbolt-Series-External-9000353/dp/B00AJJIUKO It's significantly more expensive and significantly slower but because I have nowhere to plug in the Buffalo, I'll have no choice but to buy LaCie. Though, I'd guess to say the LaCie is quieter since it has heat sink instead of a fan. I would also think that with less moving parts, it'd also be more reliable. Would I really notice the difference in speed between the Buffalo and the LaCie? I'll be using these drives to store and read files off them. This includes playing music off them in iTunes and working with large 10K Photoshop documents over a GB in size. So which of these two should I buy? If you say the Buffalo, then how do I get around the USB? Are there any others you would suggest? Edit: Just discovered the Seagate Thunderbolt Adaptor which I can use to connect any standard SATA hard drive or SSD to my Mac via Thunderbolt. The first SSD I would consider to connect to this is the Crucial M500 since it's the cheapest SSD I can find for 1TB and it's from a reputable brand. Still, this setup is about $700 since I'll have to buy a Thunderbolt cable separately.