Elgato’s external Thunderbolt SSD drives are lightning-fast

The Elgato Thunderbolt SSD “drive combines a solid-state drive with Intel’s lightning-fast (sorry) Thunderbolt connector,” Kenny Hemphill reports for Register Hardware. “Inside its charcoal metal enclosure is a 3Gbps Sata SSD, 120GB in this case, made by SanDisk.”

“There’s a single Thunderbolt connection on the back. Bus-powered Thunderbolt drives like this one must always be the last drive in a chain as they can’t pass the necessary 10W of power to a downstream port,” Hemphill reports. “Tests using QuickBench 4 showed just how blazingly fast this drive is. For files between 2MB and 10MB in size, it recorded an average read speed of 265.8MBps and an average write speed of 257.4MBps.”

Hemphill reports, “By comparison, the built-in SSD in my MacBook Air achieved 217.2MBps and 204.8MBps, respectively… Suggested Price: £350 / US$$429.95 (120GB), £570 / US$699.95 (240GB) + £50 / US$69 for Thunderbolt cable.”

More in the full article, including photos of the drive, here.

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LaCie’s wicked fast Thunderbolt Drives turn MacBooks into Mac Pros – February 15, 2012
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Apple’s Thunderbolt cable costs $49 because it’s smart – June 30, 2011
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        1. I paid $900 for a 20Mb Rodime external HD for my Mac plus back in 1987. It measured 1 foot by 1 foot by 4 inches high and made a perfect sand for the Mac to stand on. I could only fill about 3/4 of it after one year.


          1. 1985/86, I bought a SuperMac external SCSI drive for my Mac512ke that I had a SCSI port put on.
            SCSI port: $500
            SuperMac 10MB HDD: $1399.
            Mac 512ke: $2500 with UCLA discount.
            This stuff today is a steal!!!

            1. That brings back memories. Like Buster, I put a 20 MB Rodime under my lab Mac Plus in 1988 ($NZ 2,100). I remember that it was a perfect size and colour match. A year later, I was able to upgrade it to a 40 MB drive, and the 20 MB Rodime was relegated to beneath my Mac 512 (not a good colour match) with the battery compartment modified to fit a SCSI port. I can’t recall the cost of the modification but it was eye-watering.

        2. I purchased a 5MB HD for my Apple IIGS when they first came out at $1,500. Problem is where you need that speed is in Video Editing where you also need many times the disk space.

      1. I’m not certain, but I think my first external drives (a pair of 143k 5.25″ floppy drives) were around $300 each. They sat beautifully under my 9″ monochrome “Green Screen” on top of my Apple ][+

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