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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:49 pm    Post subject: Western Digital Demonstrating Thunderbolt Drive at Macworld Reply with quote

Western Digital Demonstrating Thunderbolt Drive at Macworld
Thursday, January 26, 2012
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Western Digital today announced they are demonstrating their upcoming My Book Thunderbolt Duo dual-drive storage system at Macworld. The company didn't provided further information about the new drive, but it's said to have dual Thunderbolt ports on the back for daisy-chaining up to five other devices or drives. No word on pricing or availability either, but we'll keep you posted when we learn more. The My Book drives have always been one of the more popular lines out there.

Update: Engadget has posted a video of the drive in action at Macworld.



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please be affordable! I want a TB drive so bad. I like the ones from LaCie, but they start at like $500. I'm really hoping someone comes out with one in like the $300 range.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The LaCie 2big with Thunderbolt looks awesome. I'm just waiting for LaCie to announce the pricing for the 4TB model to decide. I have a feeling it's going to be well over $500 though.

http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10573
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will chime in I have the lbd from lacie and did a mod.

the thread is a long one

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1280118

I run a pair of samsung series 470 ssds in raid0 as my operating osx it is a 512gb size it is great! I have used it about 1675 hours according to my smart utility. It boots and runs great. I keep it on 24/7. If the big units are the same as the little one you can run your machine as raid0 raid1 or jbod all via your disk utility. I use 4 to 5 watts running the pair of ssd's. so I was able to pull the fan out and have a quiet lbd.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm already saving for my $300 worth of cables to string six of these together. Wink

Thunderbolt is certainly turning out to be a rich man's standard. I'd probably rather have something from LaCie (based on build quality and materials), but let's hope WD does something special with pricing here. Then again, I guess a lot of that depends on the price of hard drives these days. There's still a shortage, right?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben_Tex wrote:
There's still a shortage, right?


Yes, it could have impact for as much as 1 year.

WD will certainly help drive the price down a bit. Of course they are going to want to make as much profit per unit as possible for the first little while as well, so don't expect them to be cheap... just cheaper than LaCie.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah price is truly a killer. in feb a 1 drive ssd comes out for t-bolt I will look for link.


http://www.anandtech.com/show/5330/elgatos-thunderbolt-ssd-bus-powered-120240gb-available-in-february


http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/products/ThunderboltSSD.html
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@philiparcario
I saw that one mentioned here a couple weeks ago. I still can't get over the fact that Elgato is getting into selling drives.

@Bandit Bill
I would rather have the drive from LaCie. Funny thing is... They probably buy their drives from WD. Which has to be something that dramatically helps WD with pricing externals.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

philiparcario wrote:
yeah price is truly a killer. in feb a 1 drive ssd comes out for t-bolt I will look for link.


http://www.anandtech.com/show/5330/elgatos-thunderbolt-ssd-bus-powered-120240gb-available-in-february


http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/products/ThunderboltSSD.html


I just do not understand why a company would sell a thunderbolt drive without having another available thunderbolt port to attached other devices. It seems like it defeats the whole purpose of thunderbolt if it kills your expandability.
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Am Yisrael Chai! wrote:
philiparcario wrote:
yeah price is truly a killer. in feb a 1 drive ssd comes out for t-bolt I will look for link.


http://www.anandtech.com/show/5330/elgatos-thunderbolt-ssd-bus-powered-120240gb-available-in-february


http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/products/ThunderboltSSD.html


I just do not understand why a company would sell a thunderbolt drive without having another available thunderbolt port to attached other devices. It seems like it defeats the whole purpose of thunderbolt if it kills your expandability.



many rumors that the 2012 mini will have 2 t-bolt ports... also a long awaited piece of gear is out seagates t-bolt goflex adapter. 99 bucks plus apple t-bolt cable is needed for 50 bucks a total of 149. I purchased one direct from seagate. here is my thread on macrumors



http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1317577


I will post ssd results when it arrives.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Am Yisrael Chai!
It makes a little sense for a portable drive to be used with a MacBook on the go, but I hear you. No daisy-chain, no deal for me. Especially if I'm going to drop big bucks on something.

@philiparcario
I'm hoping for 2x Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 on the next Mac mini.

I'm sure that Seagate adapter is decent, but you can get a USB 3.0 enclosure and cable for about a quarter of the cost. And, that's the problem I have with Thunderbolt at this point. It's still too costly to be mainstream. USB 3.0, on the other hand, is gaining some major steam. At least when is comes to storage devices.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried ordering one of the Thunderbolt adapters from Seagate, but it's backordered. Do you know when the desktop version is coming out philiparcario?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
Yes, it could have impact for as much as 1 year.

I just wonder if that shortage is actually real. Seagate and WD are said to be making record profits on the increased pricing. Before the flooding, they had been struggling for years to find a bottom. Heck, it almost seems like they were giving drives away two years ago. I guess the supply could be tighter, but you sure wouldn't know that going into a Best Buy or shopping on NewEgg. They seem to be fully loaded.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2399769,00.asp
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aquaman wrote:
I tried ordering one of the Thunderbolt adapters from Seagate, but it's backordered. Do you know when the desktop version is coming out philiparcario?


I don't know > They sold the cords out in a day.


I have found them online at higher prices with a hhd included.


http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/841887-REG/Seagate__SEAGATE_500GB_PRTB_7200RPM.html




here is the adapter at a huge markup!!!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=840972&Q=&is=REG&A=details


I was lucky to get the one I did direct from seagate. 99 bucks


Truly a shame how a good product is sooooo overpriced.


This reminds me of how tickle me elmo would sell out during christmas season.




try getting listed for an email notice it is free

http://www.pcsuperstore.com/products/11527874-Seagate-STAE121.html
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Dinshaw wrote:
Bandit Bill wrote:
Yes, it could have impact for as much as 1 year.

I just wonder if that shortage is actually real. Seagate and WD are said to be making record profits on the increased pricing. Before the flooding, they had been struggling for years to find a bottom. Heck, it almost seems like they were giving drives away two years ago. I guess the supply could be tighter, but you sure wouldn't know that going into a Best Buy or shopping on NewEgg. They seem to be fully loaded.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2399769,00.asp


It's real.

My store has difficulty sourcing drives in large quantities. In fact we have been restricted to only selling drives for service repairs so we have enough to service our clients computers when they break down.
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