Currently Being ModeratedDec 21, 2012 2:37 PM (in response to BoloMK33)
This is not really an enclosure but you can use it with any Sata HD.
In Italy you can buy only the "holder" for about € 120
The connection of the HD is a standard Sata.
I have tested it myself with several HD and even put a short video on Youtube on how to do. here http://youtu.be/1Aa3BXmQVpc
In my opinion it is the cheapest way now to connect HD to TB.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 21, 2012 3:16 PM (in response to WALTER-MILANO-ITALY)
Yeah...not really what I was looking for...
I'm just about ready to decommisison a dual Xeon server here at my house and instead replace it with the Matrox DS-1 docking station so I can connect my MBP via Thunderbot to an external monitor (+ keyboard & mouse). All I really need from my old system is the data on the HDD (mainly pictures but other files too). That's why I was looking for the Thunderbolt enclosure so I could, in theory, pop in the existing HDD(s) and connect them via Thunderbolt to my MBP.
I scoured Amazon.com for something and all I got was Firewire enclosures....not what I was hoping for so I thought I would ask this esteemed body of people....
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2012 12:23 AM (in response to BoloMK33)
I see your point of wiev.
If your existing HDD(s) are Sata (as I suppose they are) you can connect them too to this Seagate device. They will probably need external power but not sure. Well it will not be a final solution but you could transfer your data very fast to another set of HDD 2,5" to be used with Seagate. And replace them will be a safety measure as you know any HD will break sometimes.
I am now replacin all my 3,5" with 2,5" to be used with TB. I believe we are in a transition: for my use I feel 3,5" too big if compared to 2,5" and even if they may be up to 3-4 TB and fater rotation I feel more confortasble to use 2,5". Ande in few months we will probably switch to SSD which will start to be affordable and in short time become few Tera.
Thanks for the points !!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 24, 2012 1:17 PM (in response to WALTER-MILANO-ITALY)
I've done a fair search out there and I find only a few manufacturers of TB capable external HDDs. None of these are selling only the enclosure....so you can populate with a HDD of your choice. All are pretty-configured with HDD from the manufacturer.
None also appear to come with TB cables...so that's going to be an added expense as well.
If anybody has a different view on this...please sing out.
A this point I'm thinking about one of the products from G-Technology as they seem to have some pretty good reviews and the user can configure if you want to use the device as one massive bank of memory or configure it for as a RAID array (typically limited to RAID0 or RAID1).
I'll keep looking but seems that the introduction of TB in the computer world is moving slowly...if at all.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 4:48 PM (in response to BoloMK33)
I am curently using two 4TB G-Drive externals that are daisy chained together. Very nice looking and quiet since they have no fans but use heat sinks intead. You can stack them however it is USB 3.0. They have been very reliable. The only issue I have had is that when my Mac Mini goes to sleep it drops the second drive in the chain. Work around is leaving the Mac Mini in never sleep mode and so far no drive unmounts have occurred.
Option 2 with Thunderbolt is the G-Raid which you can get up to 8TB with a RAID 0 controller. I have not had this one but had the FireWire 800 version of it and had fan failure twice in 1 year. Now I do leave my drives on 24/7 but the mac mini puts the drives to sleep when not in use. Eitherway the fans do not sleep they run all the time. I do not know if this is normal for all large externals or not.
I prefer the first unit, just wish it came in Thunderbolt but nothing yet. I would also like to find a single Thunderbolt case that would be expandable as needed and uses Thunderbolt. Ideally for me a rack mountable one that came in black would be perfect! The QNAP ( http://www.anandtech.com/show/5956/qnaps-jtb400-a-byod-4bay-thunderbolt-enclosur e ) mentioned earlier looks promising, but I am also still in the hunt.