Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt to boot iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Damian83, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Damian83 macrumors member

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    im going to buy the new 2012 imac but im not interested in the fusion drive, because i already have a ssd. my original idea was to mount it in the internal sata port, but once i saw the teardown, ive changed mind and im thinking to connect it using this adapter: http://www.expansys.com/seagate-stae126-thunderbolt-adaptor-ltd-edition-for-mac-235442/
    my question is if it is sata 2 or 3, and which are differences between STAE121, STAE126, and STAE128. it seems to be all the same product but nowhere i can find differences and if is sata 2 or 3. thanks
     
  2. 5piN macrumors member

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    I just bought one and its SATA3, i believe all those models are the same and its just different numbers for different market regions.

    I would get it from Maplin as its about £10 cheaper and you can find a further £7 off with a voucher.

    I get a write speed of 357MB/s and read 386MB/s using a Samsung 256 840 Pro. So probably around 100MB/s less then internal but still impressive nonetheless and cheaper!
     
  3. Damian83 thread starter macrumors member

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    seagate support told me its sata3 too... but im doubting it considering your read/writes values are exactly the max speed sata2 can reach...
     
  4. qamaro macrumors member

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    They are SATA3, I have both the STAE128 (portable) and STAE129 (desktop). Both worked well although you don't get full SATA3 speeds of the SSD's with them. You can see some results of my testing on this thread:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1489710&page=2

    They are pretty good for the price depending on what you need.
     

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