Apple ThunderBolt Drives : Ultra-Fast Backups For Mac
The second generations of Apple ThunderBolt backup drive solutions have reached the market. We're seeing far more affordable ThunderBolt Hard Drives with prices under $200. Seagate ships affordable and very versatile consumer oriented ThunderBolt backup drive solutions with its GoFlex and Backup Plus drives, ThunderBolt adapter and cable bundles like the Seagate GoFlex 1TB Portable Hard Drive for Mac with Thunderbolt Adapter and Cable.
We're also seeing the emergence of combo interface hard drives for Mac that incorporate BOTH USB 3.0 and ThunderBolt ports on the drive. Additionaly, ThunderBolt SSD drive solutions are getting much cheaper as solid-state SSD drive prices have plummeted in the past year.
Shipping ThunderBolt Backup Drives For Mac
|LaCie 1TB ThunderBolt Platter Drive||*NEW* Combo USB3 + ThunderBolt||LaCie ThunderBolt 2TB Platter Drive|
|1TB ThunderBolt Drive
Dual 500GB Drives
|Cheap COMBO Laptop Drive
USB 3.0 + ThunderBolt
All Cables Included!
|2TB LaCie ThunderBolt Drive
Dual 1 Terabyte Drives
It isn't just Pro Video Editors, Music Studios or DVD and Photo Archive Companies that benefit from Mac backups and auxillary storage over ThunderBolt. Anyone who has large sets of data to move from point A to B will appreciate the lighting speed ThunderBolt ports can provide.
If there's one 'gotcha' to reading from - or backing up to - a ThunderBolt harddrive, it's limitations in the current speed of conventional mechanical hard drives. Even Solid-State SSD hard drives for Mac and Windows backups need 2 or more drives for truly impressive ThunderBolt performance. (Remember, ThunderBolt is a cross-platform technology that will benefit both Apple and PC users.) While 2 to 4 times faster than mechanical hard drives, even the fastest single SSD made can't fill even half of ThunderBolt's amazing data pipeline. Currently ElGato offers a single-SSD TBolt solution. LaCie offers a dual-SSD TBolt option in it's Little Big Disk line.
ThunderBolt SSD Drives For Mac
|ThunderBolt Dual SSD Drive||*NEW* Combo USB3 + ThunderBolt||ElGato Solid-State Drives|
|LaCie TBolt SSD RAID
256x2 - 512GB ThunderBolt Dual SSD Drive
|LaCie Rugged SSD Drive
Combo USB 3.0 and TBolt Interfaces
|ElGato 120 or 240 SSD
* Cable Sold Separately *
The ONLY technology that can truly leverage 10GBps TBolt and provide best Mac backup speeds is in multi-drive platter arrays -- or pairs of flash-memory based SSD ThunderBolt drives. The most demanding, data-intensive commercial users will want multiple-drive ThunderBolt RAID storage systems using 2 or more SSD's for peak throughput. However, benchmarks have shown that conventional drives in RAID units of 4 or more are highly efficient spanning reads and writes across mechanical drives and deliver suprisingly fast reads and writes at a musch lower cost per Gigabyte than SSD solutions.