Upgrade from usb 2 to thunderbolt your thoughts

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  1. SamTheeGeek macrumors 6502

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    I got a wd 6tb usb 2 external drive and im looking to upgrade for the new mac pro

    Should i get the thunderbolt drives available now or wait for thunderbolt 2 drives?

    Thank you
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Thunderbolt 2 just became available and there's no guarantee that drive makers are going to rush to provide TB2 drives. If they do they'll probably be more expensive. Unless you need the performance, i'd opt for thunderbolt
     
  3. SamTheeGeek thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Difference is 10gb/s and 20gb/s right? I think 10gb is more than enough
     
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    What kind of drives do you plan to use? Unless you are doing RAID for example, a standard hard drive cannot even saturate a USB3 connection, much less TB. If you are just using standard drives there is little reason to spend the extra money for TB over USB3. See this test.

    From the test:

     
  5. SamTheeGeek thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This is the thunderbolt one i am thinking to get

    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=630

    The ones i already have is the same thing but usb 2
     
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    How do you plan to configure it? If you put two SSDs in there in RAID0 for speed, then yes, you would benefit from TB. But if you are just going to pop a regular hard drive in there in non-RAID, you will get the same result with USB for less money. If you want to multiple drives in one unit like that though, yes the TB is a good option.
     
  7. SamTheeGeek, Oct 28, 2013
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    Im not gonna change anything with the drive i sent ya, what it comes with is what i get. I just want faster speed for final cut pro x etc and yes raid 0
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Then yes raid0 with TB would be worth it.
     
  9. SamTheeGeek thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Excellent
     
  10. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

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    Those are two HDD, not two SSD. They are not going to exceed USB3. In fact unless you need the storage capacity, a single SSD will be faster than two HDD.

    Make sure you back up - RAID0 is more likely to fail than a single drive.
     
  11. SamTheeGeek thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Even when they are not ssd why would they just sell it thunderbolt and say its ultra fast?
     
  12. PicardsDome macrumors newbie

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    Spinning drives won't saturate TB 1 much less TB 2.
     
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    Marketing
     
  14. SamTheeGeek thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I just hope that i notice the difference on the new mac pro instead of the usb 2 dual hd wd 6tb
     
  15. webcity macrumors member

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    I was looking at some thunderbolt drives yesterday and noticed that some of the units have WD Green drives in them (5400 or 5900rpm) so the reviews were saying there was little point in them being thunderbolt because the actual drives weren't fast enough. Brands like the G-Tech drives are 7200rpm drives so much quicker.
     
  16. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Or less politely, looking for victims who are willing to pay through the nose for technology that doesn't give them any actual benefits.

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    Still nowhere fast enough to get any benefits from Thunderbolt.
     

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