Used Thunderbolt with new Retina MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jimbo1mcm, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010
    I have the base Retina MBP model, 2.3/8/256. I made a clone of my hard drive using a Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter and a Seagate 500GB, 7200rpm drive. I had to purchase the Apple Thunderbolt cable.

    It took 20 minutes to move the 80GB and make the clone, using Super Duper.

    The Thunderbolt Adapter does get warm.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    It is because it is an active cable.
  3. imorton macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2010
    Wow, 80gig in 20 mins, sounds awesome.

    Do we know how long it would have taken with USB2.0 and a 7200rpm external 2.5" HD just for comparison?
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    USB 2.0 is the limiting factor, as it offers only up to 37 MB/s, even a 5,400 RPM HDD would be faster than that (75 MB/S).
    With USB 2.0 at roughly 35 MB/s, 80 GB would take 39 minutes, theoretically, if the transfer speed would be constant, but USB 2.0 is not that constant.
  5. jimbo1mcm thread starter macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010
    80 GB with 2.0

    As I recall, it would take about 45-60 minutes for a transfer, using 2.0
  6. rschramm macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2012
    Results using Buffalo MiniStation and SuperDuper

    New MBP w/retina display, 2.6Ghz 16Gb mem.
    New Buffalo HD-PATU3500Gb MiniStation w/Thunderbolt
    SuperDuper v2.7 (v90)
    Backed up 92GB
    22:37 minutes at 47.18MB/s (peak~61MB/s)

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