Trying to Put Together a Thunderbolt Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by alexk403, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. alexk403 macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2012
    So currently I have a 2TB Western Digital MyBook Studio over USB3/USB2. I am getting about 115-120 MB/s over USB 3.0. I want to migrate to thunderbolt (I have rMBP but not the newest with thunderbolt 2, but that doesn't matter). I want to remain as cheap as possible, but certainly want something faster than what I currently have, so that pretty much takes things like the buffalo thunderbolt station out. I also certainly want at least 1TB, preferably 2 but 1 would be fine. I was thinking I could build my own but there doesn't seem to be any empty thunderbolt enclosures that are simply one drive (most have like 4 or 5, even 2 is too many). I know this is a hard question and if my search skills are worth anything than there is nothing on the market like this. Just wanted to see if anyone else had any opinions. I was also reading about the WD with the thunderbolt adapter but that doesn't seem very fast either. Thanks
  2. a.coward macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2010
    Unless you are planning to switch to SSDs or use a RAID enclosure,
    I don't think you will see much, if any speed improvements. And
    both these options won't be cheap. As it is, most, if not all, magnetic
    drives will not full utilize the bandwidth available from USB 3.0.
  3. alexk403 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2012
    Alright then lets say I would be willing to go to a 2-bay, so then I could put it in the RAID that makes it act like one big drive (don't know which one it is) and lets also say I am willing to go to SSDs, but I would still need 1TB. Does that open any doors for me? Thanks
  4. alexk403 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2012
    OK after researching some more I stumbled upon the Buffalo Drivestation DDR. The one professional review I read said it is that absolute fastest one drive hdd you can get, boasting read/write speeds of I think over 200MB/s. This seems like the best bet currently, especially since it is still 2 TB and only $120 ($20 less than my current drive, but almost twice as fast!). It seems that for my current situation and price range thunderbolt really isn't an option for me, but with those speeds I am very happy to stick with USB 3. Here is the link:

    The reviews say it is great when it works, but on amazon a lot of them are saying that the drive fails a lot so I will look into it. Anyone know of a USB3 drive 1TB/2TB that can beat these speeds? Thanks
  5. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    It's going to cost you, but get a Samsung 840 EVO SSD 1TB and put it in a USB 3 enclosure.

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