Use of Thunderbolt + external hard drive

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

  1. Actha macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2011

    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


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    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

    May 4, 2011
    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


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    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

    Aug 8, 2011
    Land of eternal Spring
    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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