Thunderbolt SSD - best option?

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  1. Poki macrumors 6502a

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    So now I need a SSD, as I didn't want to purchase the 256GB one from Apple. What is the best option?

    Problem is, the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt is too loud, and the Seagate TB Adapter looks terrible and is not the best setup for a desktop. I'd like a daisy-chainable drive with at least 120 GB of storage, speeds of at least 450 MB/s read and absolutely silent (should be doable with a SSD ...). Is there something like this?
     
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  3. Poki thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, I saw this. It has a great price, great speed and is noiseless. Now the only problem is it's not possible to daisy-chain it, and as the Mini only got one TB port, I would no longer be able to use one of these as portable TB SSD for the respective current project I'm working on different places.

    So, what I need is exactly this - only designed for desktops. No option there?

    OCZ talked about there "Lightfoot" TB SSD back in march, but never heard something about this again, and not sure if it has a spare TB port either.
     
  4. virtu macrumors newbie

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    And for just a SSD drive? Which is the best option for an 128gb?
    And need an adaptor to install it on the new MAC MINI 2012 entry level model?

    Or just unplug the HDD and plug the SSD?

    Thanks.
     
  5. Poki thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You mean to build it into your Mac Mini? I'd recommend the OCZ Agility 4 as it's cheap and reliable. If you need even more speed, of course there are faster drives. Don't forget to buy a external 2.5" HDD enclosure to stick the 500GB drive in that came with your Mini.
     
  6. virtu macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Poki =)

    And dont need any adapter to install the SSD into MAC MINI replacing the HDD to SSD?
     
  7. Poki thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No, but I don't know which screws are in the Mini. You may want to check at iFixIt.com before beginning to disassemble it. Be careful not to rip some of the small plastic cables in there.
     
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  9. fig macrumors 6502a

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    Amazon has had some really good deals on the Crucial m4 and Samsung 830 SSDs recently, keep an eye out and pick one up on sale. I've got an m4 in my iMac and it's been great.
     
  10. Poki thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Back to external TB SSDs - is there any drive like the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt out there that is silent (and possibly cheaper as the LaCie uses 2x120 GB Intel SSDs which makes it much more expensive than single SSD drives)?
     
  11. propower macrumors 6502a

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    As of today the External TB drive cases seem almost nonexistent.

    For me, similar situation, I am considering USB3. USB3 is a 5Gb/s protocol and TB is 10Gb/s. I found a link that showed sustained reads and writes to an external USB3 SSD that were > 200MB/s. That is good enough for me/ What about you?
     
  12. Poki thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I want Thunderbolt for several reasons. It's obviously faster with - very important - less latency, you don't ran out of ports (I'll need the 4 USB 3.0 ports for 3,5" drives and a DAC) and you can chain multple drives and put them in RAID to get even more performance.

    However, I may have to go with USB in the beginning as there's no TB drive that suites my needs and USB enclosures are very cheap anyways.
     
  13. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    yes


    http://www.macmall.com/p/LaCie-Hard-Drives/product~dpno~9105214~pdp.hcjeaji

    pull the 2 hdds detach the fan and put in two of these


    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-list...=8-1&keywords=samsung+256gb+ssd&condition=new


    I have run 2 lacie little big disks daisy chained in raid0 for almost 9 months as my boot drive. flawless.


    read thread


    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1280118
     
  14. Poki thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  15. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    the t-bolt is 209 usd a huge discount from 449 list. drop in any 2 128ssds you would be well under 350 Euro.


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  16. Poki thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Can't order there from Austria, but I could order the version with the SSDs inside for about 450€. Are you sure I can pull out the fan without getting any heat problems?
     
  17. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    i have been running mine without fans for more then 8 months. this applies to ssds only as they run much cooler then hdds. i give my lacies some breathing room and they are fine.
     
  18. Poki thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, I might try this when I scratched the money together.
     
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  20. Poki thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No.
     
  21. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68030

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    Lacie has the highest failure rate of any drives in the industry. I'd stay away from them unless you're looking to keep data recovery companies in business (which you're pretty much screwed when it comes to SSDs).
     
  22. Poki thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yesterday, I heard OCZ has the industries highest failure rate, today it' LaCie ... Any study which shows the real numbers?
     
  23. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68030

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    I'm just going by what I've seen working in the data recovery industry with companies like Drive Savers and Kroll for years. LaCie messes everything up with their own proprietary firmware that's junk. But hey, it keeps us in business.

    I can see OCZ being bad when it comes to SSD drives. They're generally bargain basement priced with slow speeds that come with going cheap.
     

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