The Fastest ThunderBolt Drives For Mac OSX

Best ThunderBolt External Drives For Mac

The best and fastest ThunderBolt drives for Mac backups are delivered by pairing the ultra-fast ThunderBolt port bandwidth with SSD Solid-State flash memory drive technology. If high-performance matters a lot to you, and you can afford the price premium, you'll be glad you opted for an ultra-fast external SSD ThunderBolt backup drive solution for your Apple computer.

Fast ThunderBolt SSD External Drives

Unleash the true potential of your Mac's ThunderBolt port with a solid-state ThunderBolt SSD external storage solution. A growing number of Apple compatible portable SSD backup drives are reaching the market at reasonable price points starting under $200 USD for 256GB SSD units. With flash memory prices collapsing, the fastest ThunderBolt SSD storage option is growing in both affordability and drive capacity.

Cheap ThunderBolt SSD Drive LaCie Combo USB3 + ThunderBolt Solid-State ThunderBolt Drive
Monster Digital Overdrive SSD

Integrated TBolt Cable
LaCie Rugged TBolt SSD

Combo TBolt and USB3 Interfaces
Akitio Portable SSD

128GB/256GB SSD Storage

Fast ThunderBolt Hard Disk External Drives

For more storage capacity at a far lower cost per Gigabyte, external ThunderBolt hard drives using HDD mechanisms still offer reasonably snappy Read / Write performance at decidedly more affordable price points than SSD's.

LaCie ThunderBolt HDD Drive Combo USB3 + ThunderBolt Drive LaCie ThunderBolt RAID Drive
LaCie ThunderBolt Desktop

3 & 4 TB Drive Options
Cheap COMBO Laptop Drive

USB3 + ThunderBolt
Both Cables Included
ThunderBolt RAID 2TB Drive

Dual 1 Terabyte Drives

Unless they're in multi-drive array's singular HDD drives fail to perform anywhere near ThunderBolt's true bandwith potential - even when using the fastest mechanical disk drives available. Temper your performance expectaions, but know that your spinning-patter drive is transferring data as fast at it can, even though it may not be using a fraction of the available bandwidth. In general, dual HDD drive arrays perfom on-par with a singular SSD module. When 3 or more HDD mechansims are combined in a striped RAID 0 configuration the performance becomes quite impressive.

Even Faster ThunderBolt 2 Drives

On 2nd-Generation Thunderbolt 2 drive ports, they doubled the data transmission speeds to 20Gbps. This provided the bandwidth needed for super-fast PCIe SSD arrays to achieve their potential and still allow 4K and 5K video display support with room to spare.

Insanely Fast ThunderBolt 3 Drives

The most recent Apple MacBooks and select Apple desktop comptuers now feature 40Gbps ThunderBolt3 ports using the new, universal Type-C connector. ThunderBolt 3 ports support both 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds as well as 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 speeds.

A new generation of ThunderBolt 3 drives for Mac and DIY enclosures will the the best backup drive choice for truly high-end computing and enterprise environments. For the average Apple consumer with more modest needs, the second generation of full-speed USB 3.1 Type-C USB-C backup drive for Mac will be plenty fast.

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