Thunderbolt External Hard Drives at CES and Macworld 2012

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After the recent CES and Macworld conventions, indications are that Thunderbolt technology is starting to take hold. A number of new products were introduced like the Elgato Thunderbolt SSD hard drive, the first bus powered Thunderbolt hard drive and the Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter.

Lacie continued with their commitment to Thunderbolt, presenting the LaCie 2big and the eSATA hub Thunderbolt series.

Western Digital displayed a prototype of their new My Book Thunderbolt Duo. The Duo has two 3.5 inch hard drives in either a 4TB (2 x 2TB) or 6TB (2 x 3TB) RAID 0 array. With two identical disks it would be ideal if there was support for RAID 1 (mirroring) also. This will be confirmed closer to the launch date.

Thunderbolt External Hard Drive

It has two Thunderbolt ports so potentially up to six Thunderbolt devices can be daisy chained off each Thunderbolt port. That’s a lot of storage space if you daisy chain a few 6TB My Books together. They won’t run at Thunderbolts max but the transfer speeds are still an impressive 2Gbps.

 

Thunderbolt Port

The My Book Thunderbolt Duo currently only supports Apple MAC hardware. Not surprising as only Apple have adopted Thunderbolt technology so far. No doubt Western Digital will be looking to change this though as PCs are due to be implemented with Thunderbolt ports later this year.

Another SSD, OCZ’s Lightfoot is a small and light external SSD with a Thunderbolt port.

Thunderbolt Hard Drive

Designed to be a truly portable device, this little Thunderbolt external hard drive is ideal for carrying around.  It is due to be available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB sizes.

With a Marvell controller and reported transfer speeds of up to 750 MB/s it could be a very useful bit of kit to have in your laptop bag.

Bear in mind though, it can’t be daisy chained as it only has the one Thunderbolt port.

Thunderbolt Port

It will be interesting to see what further developments materialise during the year with Thunderbolt Technology.

I’ll keep you posted.

 

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