It is about time that we had available some single drive Thunderbolt hard disks available for our Macs. Seagate, the well-known hard drive maker here are giving us a 3 TB hard drive that we can connect using Thunderbolt. The cost of the drive from the Apple stories $409 and obviously is more expensive than you would pay for hard drive that is not Thunderbolt enabled. For certain types of work on your computer, your MacBook Pro or your iMac, the Thunderbolt speed is going to be well worth getting. So the price to buy the drive isn’t quite so bad, especially when you consider that the Thunderbolt cable is included also. Cheaper than having to go high end like with a Pegasus Raid Thunderbolt drive.
Thunderbolt drive also good for backup
With this GoFlex desk Thunderbolt adapter drive from Seagate you get 10 Gb per second file transfer speeds. This drive will also work with other adapters and maybe you already have the same drive with a FireWire adapter. It would be interesting to see how much the FireWire adapter costs in comparison. FireWire 800 is pretty fast, but Thunderbolt file transfer speeds are much faster.
Goflex desk Thunderbolt – Formatted as a Mac drive but can be interchanged with a PC
There is a downloadable HFS plus driver available for the PC that will allow you to connect up to a Windows PC if absolutely necessary. Certainly there could be times when you need to get some files from somebody that you are collaborating with that only has a poor Windows PC.
Backup your files with a Thunderbolt hard drive
This Seagate GoFlex Desk adapter external Mac hard drive is fully compatible with Time Machine. Even though this Thunderbolt hard drive might be compatible with Time Machine, I’m sure I could think of much better uses for it. I would be more likely to use this drive as a scratch disk for working with Final Cut Pro.
Seagate 3 TB GoFlex for Mac review
GoFlex desk 3TB Review
The drive is very easy to set up and you can use the line disk utility to partition it. You might perhaps set it up so that you have 2 TB for Time Machine and 1 TB for the scratch disk. The drive is compact and quiet and doesn’t run too hot. It seemed the a pretty robust drive and looks like it much work it will last a good long time. It does come with a three-year warranty and will probably last longer than that. You will be able to plug it in to your Apple Thunderbolt cinema display or directly into your Mac. GoFlex desk for Mac Review from Mac20Q.