Thunderbolt External SSD's?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by bmstrong, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. bmstrong macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
  2. philipma1957, Feb 22, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2012

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
  3. bmstrong thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
    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...
  4. laxman101 macrumors regular

    May 6, 2011
  5. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    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

    Oct 23, 2010
    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

    Oct 15, 2008
    I failed to order my Thunderbolt cable so now I have to wait for that.
  8. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    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

    Oct 26, 2011
    You didn't have to modify the SSD to work with the seagate right?
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    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

    Feb 27, 2010
    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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