ThunderBolt Solid-State Drive Cases

External Thunderbolt SSD Drive Enclosures

Most of the currently shipping Thunderbolt drive cases are rather high-end products in the $250-$500 price range supporting dual or quad drive mechanisms in various RAID or JBOD configurability depending on the manufacturer. The 2 x 2.5" drive Akitio Duo Thunderbolt drive enclosure is the most affordable Thunderbolt RAID case so far. With solid-state SATA drive prices collapsing, it offers a reasonable and very fast striped RAID 0 Thunderbolt SSD array solution.

Laptop Thunderbolt Enclosure 2-Drive Thunderbolt Enclosure
GTech TBolt Drive Case

For 2.5" SATA Drives
Akitio Thunder Duo Case

For Two SSD - HDD Drives

You'll really need to examine the technical specifications of each of the available Thunderbolt SSD dock peripherals and drive cases closely at the manufacturer's websites. Multi-drive solutions may offer hardware based RAID with switch selectable independent or paired drive modes, other's may require a software RAID utility to configure the solid-state drives to a striped or mirrored configuration.

Know what you're getting into before commiting to a big investment in either the Thunderbolt drive case or when purchasing multiple SSD's. Matched pairs of sets of identical capacity drives are optimal.

Thunderbolt SSD Dock Adapters

Just slide a bare 2.5" laptop SATA SDD or HDD onto Delock's TBolt adapter, Seagate's Backup+ drive sled, Gtech's ruggedized case -- or plop a 2.5" laptop or 3.5" full size drive into Rockstor's dual-slot Thunderbolt dock for a quick Thunderbolt data backup solution.

HDD SSD Thunderbolt Dock Thunderbolt Drive Sled
RockStor Thunderbolt Dock

Dual Drive 2.5"and 3.5" Slots
OWC Thunderbolt 2 Drive Dock

Combo Interface with USB 3.0

Thunderbolt SSD Drive Dock

By far the simplest SSD Thunderbolt drive solution is using a now-discontinued Seagate's Backup Plus Thunderbolt drive dock. With it's universal SATA connector, any 2.5" laptop size SSD or hard drive presses on in a split second and you have an instant Thunderbolt backup solution that originally sold for around $89 USD. It may not be elegant with the bare drive mechanism exposed, but it's certainly workable and was reasonably affordable. It helped many folks performing solid-state drive upgrades as a reasonably affordable data transfer solution to ease the migration of your operating system, apps and data to a new SSD drive.

Thunderbolt SSD Transfer Cables

We've yet to see any dedicated Thunderbolt quick-connect transfer cable products like we've seen for USB 3 and USB 2 when a case or enclosure isn't absolutely needed. Their univrsal connectors allow any 3.5" or 2.5" SATA drive to be immediately usable. Particularly for PC and Mac computer technicians who need to transfer, clone, or backup client data, these are handy gadgets to have. It will only be a matter of time before a Thunderbolt interface transfer cable hits the market - although expect them to cost 3 times what current USB solutions do.

As more Thunderbolt drive enclosures become available - you're going to want some of the fastest SATA interface SSD drives available to really take advantage of the data transmission speeds Thunderbolt is capable of.

DIY Thunderbolt SSD Bare Drives

As a larger variety of bare drive enclosure with Thunderbolt interface options become available - you're going to want some of the fastest 2.5" laptop size SSD drives available at retail to really take advantage of the high data transmission speeds. Look to Samsung, OCZ, Crucial, and SanDisk in particular to deliver the fastest and best SSD drive modules that you'll want to use for your own DIY Thunderbolt storage solutions. Now that we have a range of of choices in external Thunderbolt cases, many do-it-yourself geeks will want to build thier own PC and Mac compatible SSD Thunderbolt drives to match thier budget and performance needs.

In an ideal world - Think leading-edge technology. 6Gbps SATA III is what most conventional spinning platter hard drives are now shipping with - and is backward compatible with SATA I and SATA II anyways. The current SSD market is using the SATA III interface in all new models like the Micron/Crucial M500 Drive . OCZ Technology's next-generation Sandforce-based Vertex 4 SSD offers great performance boasting potential Read AND Write speeds in the 550 MBps range. The new Intel 5XX Series SSD is it's a 4th Generation SATA 3 drive now using a Marvell chipset.

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