Thunderbolt as fast as internal drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Richdmoore, May 3, 2011.

  1. Richdmoore macrumors 68000

    Richdmoore

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    Hello, I am trying to figure out if an external thunderbolt drive will be as fast as the internal hard drive on these new macs.

    My dream would be to get a fast external thunderbolt ssd boot drive in the future, so I can keep AppleCare by not opening my new iMac.

    Any ideas (iMac has an sata6 hard drive connection, right?)
     
  2. Siggen macrumors 6502

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    afaik it has not been released yet.

    afaik, it will be released this year.
     
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603

    philipma1957

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    this device is supposed to do what you want

    http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10549

    hurry up and wait for it just like I am. I will not buy a new iMac until this does just what we want!
     
  4. Richdmoore thread starter macrumors 68000

    Richdmoore

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    Thanks for the link. If the speed graph on that web page is believed, it looks like it will run circles around the internal hard drive.

    Of course, I remember some macs (ppc?) couldn't boot off of USB, only FireWire external drives.

    I will be in a holding pattern as well until I know for sure about this and lion is released.
     
  5. iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

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    I talked to a Apple engineer. He said that is possible to boot off the thunderbolt port. But of coarse Apple will not support running OSX off a external drive.

    No big deal. As soon as I talked to him, i hung up the phone and cancelled my ssd + 1tb combo drive. And ordered a i7.
     
  6. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    That doesn't really make sense considering you can boot OS X from a FW drive. If Thunderbolt supports it, I'm sure Apple will support it eventually.
     

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