ThunderBolt Drives : Ultra-Fast Mac BackupsShopping for the fastest Apple ThunderBolt backup drive? The emergence of ThunderBolt 3 is poised to radically shift the Mac data storage peripherals market as the interface of 10Gbps and 20Gbps ThunderBolt 2 changes to a smaller, reversible Type-C connector that's also used by modern USB-C devices.
The second generation 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 multi-interface GoFlex and Backup Plus drives, ThunderBolt adapter and cable bundles like the Seagate Backup+ 1TB Portable Hard Drive for Mac with Thunderbolt Adapter and Cable.
We've also seen the emergence of combo interface hard drives for Mac that incorporate *BOTH* USB 3.0 and ThunderBolt ports on the drive. Combo interfaces give alot of flexibility for transferring data among Macs or PC's, old or new. Additionaly, ThunderBolt SSD drive solutions are getting much cheaper as solid-state SSD drive prices have plummeted in the past year.
ThunderBolt Backup Drives For Mac
|LaCie 3-4TB ThunderBolt HDD Drive||Combo USB3 + ThunderBolt Drive||LaCie ThunderBolt *2* Drive|
|LaCie ThunderBolt Drive
3 & 4 TB Drive Options
|Cheap COMBO Laptop Drive
USB 3.0 + ThunderBolt
All Cables Included!
|ThunderBolt 2 HDD
Combo USB 3 + TBolt 2
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 backup drives for Mac and Windows 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 SATA SSD made can't fill even half of ThunderBolt's amazing data pipeline.
ThunderBolt SSD Drives For Mac
|ThunderBolt Dual SSD Drive||LaCie Combo USB3 + ThunderBolt||Solid-State TBolt Drives|
|LaCie TBolt SSD RAID
256x2 - 512GB ThunderBolt Dual SSD Drive
|LaCie Rugged SSD Drive
Combo USB 3.0 and TBolt Interfaces
|Akitio Portable SSD
120GB/240GB SSD Storage
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 drive ThunderBolt hardware. The most demanding, data-intensive commercial users will want multiple-drive ThunderBolt RAID HDD storage systems - or those 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.