Use of Thunderbolt + external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Actha, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. Actha macrumors newbie

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    Hello

    First of all - I have searched to forum without luck - and Google too.

    I own a 2011 MBA 128GB with Thunderbolt.

    * I want to use an external hard drive 2.5" for storage - but not being limited of 25-30 MB/s.
    * I want to install Windows 7 on an external drive, so that I don't need to take up 40 GB of space on the SSD.

    There are no external hard-drives for Thunderbolt. Nor any thumb-drives.
    The USB ports are 2.0 which means 25-30 MB/s = slow.

    Is there any solution in Thunderbolt? Adaptors to USB 3.0, Firewire or anything else?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

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    There is only one Thunderbolt drive, which starts from $999 (4x1TB Promise Pegasus). Many devices have been announced but so far they have not been released.
     
  3. Actha thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yep, I know.

    But I was wondering if there were other functions in the socket.
    I mean - I don't need 10Gb/s or a external hard drive at 100MB/s read/write.

    1Gb/s is fine.
     
  4. OllyW Moderator

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    I think you've just got to be patient and just wait and see what gets released. The new Apple Thunderbolt Display has got a FW800, gigabit ethernet and USB 2.0 hub running from the Thunderbolt port so we might be seeing accessory makers releasing similar stand alone hubs some time soon.
     
  5. jsolares macrumors 6502a

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    There are two things on thunderbolt, two thunderbolt channels which are the PCIe lanes, and display port, there's nothing else at all.
     

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