Thunderbolt External SSD's?

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  1. bmstrong macrumors 6502a

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  3. bmstrong thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My concern is the single Thunderbolt port. I wish I could find an external SSD at 128 with a USB 3.0 and a Thunderbolt...
     
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  5. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    Has anyone found a suitable enclosure to use with the Seagate adapter cleanly? I've got an unused SSD sitting here, and as of today.. a new Thunderbolt adapter!
     
  6. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Is it possible to take an existing GoFlex drive and disassemble it? I'm in the same situation. My Thunderbolt adapter just arrived today and I plan to use it with an SSD. For now, I'll just plug it in and use some post-its as a spacer.

    Have you done any testing yet? What kind of speeds are you getting? I am hoping this winds up faster than the Echo ExpressCard dock with an eSATA card.
     
  7. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    I failed to order my Thunderbolt cable so now I have to wait for that.
     
  8. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I just ran some tests and I am very impressed with the Seagate adapter.

    I have an Intel 320 Series SSD (160GB) and using an eSATA adapter through the Echo ExpressCard slot, I was getting write speeds of about 74MB/s and read speeds of about 128 MB/s. Using the Seagate adapter, I'm getting write speeds of 167MB/s and read speeds of 266 MB/s. This is a keeper for me.
     
  9. jterp7 macrumors 6502a

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    You didn't have to modify the SSD to work with the seagate right?
     
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

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    No, I just plugged it in. It's a standard SATA port. However, since the GoFlex drives are enclosed, if you plug in a bare drive there is some space underneath. I am trying to figure out if it is worth it getting a GoFlex hard drive and using the assembly to make an enclosure.
     
  11. martinm0 macrumors 6502a

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    If you've got the money, I say go for it. I have been looking for dead/broken versions online to grab one cheap, but haven't seen any. Otherwise, hopefully a cheap silicone sleeve or other case can be used to give the proper fit for the HDD, or a simple little few mm riser can be added. Not sore if the intention is to use the drive constantly, or to just pop in and out as needed (as I will be doing).
     

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