Thunderbolt sataIII enclosure

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by killerham, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. killerham macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2009
    I want to buy a thunderbolt enclosure for an SSD to replace my boot drive for my 2011 27" iMac.

    I've been looking at the LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt:

    But it comes with a hard drive. Where can I get just the enclosure?
  2. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Unfortunately, no-one sells the drive enclosures as bare units :/
  3. killerham thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2009
    Is getting a thunderbolt to usb 3.0 hub a good idea then?
  4. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
  5. Darby67 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    the corner of Fire and Brimstone
    I purchased this from OWC and I am pleased with it. Pretty easy to remove the spinner, but know it voids the warranty on the enclosure. Sadly finding an enclosure only is pretty tough and after much searching read a quick blurb on Bare Feats with the idea.

    Edit, just saw matreya's post...
  6. hfg, Nov 30, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2014

    hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    You can usually find refurbished units at LaCie or MacMall for around $100, then remove the hard disk and repurpose or sell it and install your SSD. This is one of my favorite enclosures with both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 capability. And, it can boot external Windows via Thunderbolt.

    Currently on sale for $99 here:

    You can also get a Seagate GoFlex/BackupPlus Thunderbolt Adapter which will accept a bare drive, and then search eBay for empty GoFlex/BackupPlus disk enclosures for a finished look. These used to be $99 at Amazon, but it seems they have gone up at the moment. Check eBay for these as well.


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