What is this thunderbolt plug in thing?

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  1. iHazbadmac macrumors newbie

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    What is this? Does this increase preformance? Is it a memory drive? See the picture in the attached files.
     

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  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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  4. iHazbadmac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But the screenshot you took was on the page, which explained what Thunderbolt is. Is that not understandable?

    Simple explanation: It is an interface to connect a computer with an external HDD, just like USB 2.0/3.0 or Firewire 400/800, but offers much faster speeds than USB or Firewire. Therefore those external HDD enclosures using Thunderbolt come with several HDDs, that way they can be used in RAID (combining several HDDs into one) to get faster read and write speeds.
    USB 2.0 offers 35 MB/s, Firewire 800 offers 65 to 75 MB/s, Thunderbolt offers almost 1 TB/s.
    The other advantage is also connecting several Thunderbolt devices in a chain (daisy chaining) and still have fast transfer speeds.

    Is the above understandable?

    The below is from the same page you already visited:
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    And a hello without sarcasm is rare, especially with cases, where a simple answer can be found via search (which is faster than creating a thread here, or registering here) or reading the contents of the site you already visited and took a screenshot of. How can we know, what kind of knowledge you have. Maybe you don't know anything about computers, thus not understand anything on the Thunderbolt page (the one you visited and took a screenshot of). If that is the case, you may never need the Thunderbolt port.

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  6. iHazbadmac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I know what that is. Im asking what the box plugged into the thunderbolt port is.
     
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Oh, maybe he's asking what the peripheral device is. Looks like some kind of multi-bay hard drive enclosure. Probably the only distinguishing feature about whoever the manufacturer is is that it has a TB port.
     
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    Ah:
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    Sorry for the misunderstanding.
    Maybe this can help in the future: http://lifehacker.com/398463/how-to-annotate-images-in-preview
     
  9. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    ^ Which is also on the very page that the OP snagged the photo from.

    +1. A little reading (and using Google) goes a long way.
     
  10. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    OP did you get that shot off of Apple's page?
    Either way, it's basically like USB except a lot faster, and what's connected to it is basically a very large external hard drive that people use for external storage purposes that they need access to at very high speeds.
     
  11. mape2k macrumors regular

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    I feel you. If people would read more careful, the unnecessary answers about "You don't know what an interface is" could have been avoided. Even so, your post is not the most clear one. Next time, formulate short and clear and people will understand it better :)
     
  12. randomrazr macrumors 65816

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    did u seriously not even google this question? LOL
     

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