ThunderBolt External SSD Drives For Mac
ThunderBolt technology and flash-memory based SSD external drives are a perfect match for the impressive data transfer rates of Intel and Apple's ThunderBolt ports. Solid-State external drive technology using ThunderBolt utterly redefines the performance of Mac external hard drive storage. With potentially 10GBps peak speeds on each of it's dual channels, flash memory drives are really the best technology currently available to even begin to exploit all the bandwidth TBolt offers.
External SSD For Mac
256GB USB3 + ThunderBolt SSD
The Little Big Disk LaCie 512GB Thunderbolt SSD uses a pair of 256GB SSD drives in a striped RAID 0 configuration to maximize the sheer speed of ThunderBolt interface. The 120GB and 240GB versions of Elgato Thunderbolt Solid State Drive is a single-drive solution at more affordable prices.
The evolution of the Serial-ATA drive interface specification to SATA III has been crucial for SSD ThunderBolt drives achieving peak Read and Write speeds. The 6GBps SATA III spec doubles the recently dominant 3GBps SATA II drive specification. So the latest crop of SATA 3 SSD drives are able to meet the demands of ThunderBolt. The timing is perfect. The newest solid-state drives are capable of transferring data (both Reads and Writes) faster than the SATA II spec allows. ThunderBolt SSD drive makers are leveraging the performance of recently introduced SATA III flash memory drives from OCZ, Intel, Crucial, Patriot and others.
To truly get the most of an Apple ThunderBolt SSD external drive - you need to have a fast SSD in your MacBook or Macintosh desktop system to even begin to match an external ThunderBolt port drive's capabilities. If your Mac didn't come with one, the above recommended SSD internal drive upgrades for Mac are all bleeding-edge, current generation solid-state drives.