Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by pieuk, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. pieuk macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2011

    was just wondering when there would be a reasonably priced thunderbolt compatible external hard drive to be released as i am looking for a new portable hard drive and just remembered about thunderbolt.

  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Could be a while before prices come down again on storage
    The past year was pretty tough on suppliers due to natural disasters and such
    That goes for all storage, not just Thunderbolt

    I'm looking to make a purchase as well, but I think we will need patience on this
  3. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Hopefully we'll start seeing them later this year when Intel releases the specification to manufacturers of Windows PCs. Thunderbolt will be included in some chipsets for the Ivy Bridge processor.

    In the meantime, the only mainstream Thunderbolt products are the Apple Thunderbolt display, the LaCie drive (which starts at $400), the Sonnet Echo ExpressCard 34 adapter, and several RAID hard drive products geared toward the enterprise.

    I have used the Sonnet Echo ExpressCard 34 adapter to add an eSATA adapter that I use for a backup drive, but it is fairly pricey. Besides the $50 for the cable, the adapter is $149, and the eSATA card was another $15.

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