Properly designed Thunderbolt enclosures

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by cube, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. cube macrumors G5

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    I have a TB RAID, but it's not designed properly: when you switch it off, daisy chaining does not work.

    Are there any enclosures which are actually practical?
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    I just discovered something that might be even worse: 4K passthrough is not working.
     
  2. gwang73 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using this from g-technology: http://www.g-technology.com/accessory/g-dock-ev-thunderbolt-enclosure-only. This one can be configured as a raid via software (MacOS Disk Utility) and works when turned off. They have other series with hardware raid and I don't see why it wouldn't work the same.

    I currently have this connected between my MBP and 27" mDP Apple Cinema Monitor (MBP-->G-Tech-->Monitor). Monitor is working with the G-Tech turned off.
     
  3. matreya macrumors 65816

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    I don't turn off my TB enclosures, I find drives last longer operating 24/7 than being strained from starting up and winding down from power on/off.

    I tried a G Technology STUDIO-R RAID enclosure, and found that the fan couldn't keep the drives from getting a little too warm...
     
  4. gwang73 macrumors 6502a

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    It does get quite warm but haven't had a drive failure yet. Been using it for 2 years now but I mostly use SSD's now as they read/write faster than the raid 0 dual 7200rpm drives.
     
  5. cube thread starter macrumors G5

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    I should mention that I disqualify RAID enclosures that are not software managed (password, splitting, etc.).
     

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