OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual + LaCie Thunderbolt eSATA Adapter. Worth it?


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Oct 29, 2013
I was originally looking into getting a G-Tech G-RAID 4tb Thunderbolt external enclosure but was turned off by its price, lack of freedom to switch out hard drives, and the rumor of their support being terrible.

I stumbled upon the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual + LaCie Thunderbolt eSATA Adapter. Is it a good idea to go with this since I wish to take advantage of the thunderbolt speeds on my iMac?

This drive would be used to hold everything but my OS and Applications. It would keep my recorded music from Logic and Garageband, video files and libraries for Final Cut and iMovie, iPhoto Library, iTunes Library, all other documents, and more. I would plan on having this in RAID 0 and have it backed up to a different external USB hard drive as well.

This enclosure does not have thunderbolt support built into it, but with an eSATA cable would attach to the LaCie hub.

Would I fully experience the thunderbolt speeds?

Also, I had read on the forums that USB 3.0 Macs had sleep issues with this. I would prefer to go the thunderbolt route rather than the Firewire route if possible.

Thank you.

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