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Manufactures are starting to release more selections for Thunderbolt equipped RAIDS. Many of these raids have different configurations in capacity, size, and speed. Choosing a Thunderbolt RAID can be a little difficult, as different manufactures have different features. In addition to this, Intel announced Thunderbolt 2 which can be found within the latest generation of MacPro. This may be something to consider, if you were looking to upgrade to latest MacPro. Which one is the right choice for your workflow? Is Thunderbolt even necessary cost with USB 3.0 being much faster than FW800 or E- Stata ? Well, here are a few options available now. Which one would you choose going forward.


Promise Pegasus 2 R4 Diskless


The Promise Pegasus RAIDS were the first ones out the door when Thunderbolt 1 was announced.  Once again they are leading the charge with a Thunderbolt 2 enabled raid. This diskless system allows you to pull out your own drives from your older generation MacPro and slip them into this enclosure. This makes perfect sense for people upgrading to the latest MacPro.  The raid also supports RAID Configurations 0, 1, 5, 6 , 10 and is backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1.




G-Tech G-Drive Pro


G-Tech have several configurations right up to 16TB for Thunderbolt raid support.  However the G-Drive Pro is the one that sticks out. It provides you with up to 4TB with a transfer rate of 480 MB/s . It’s smaller case allows it to be more portable and it supports windows and Macs. Pricing is yet to be announced.



Western Digital My Book


Western Digital has a few configurations of their Thunderbolt RAIDs, from Thunderbolt Duo with up to 8TB of capacity to their premium VelociRaptor Duo at 2TB. The VelociRaptor carries a premium price mainly due to the 10,000 rpm drives inside. The Raid supports JBOD, 1,and 0. Many seem to believe thats a little overkill and the standard 7200rpm drives in the duo are more than enough. What do you think?




Caldigit T3


CalDigit have some great support with the external raids. As many of you know I am currently using the Caldigit VR for the past couple of years.  The Caldigit T3 is a 3 bay drive that supports RAID configurations of 0, 1, and JBOD.  Throw some SSD’s in for better performance and the raid is capable of 850 MB/s .





Final Thoughts

As you can see many of these drives come with various configurations and set ups. All of them have their pros and cons. Some are faster than others, and while only one of  these support Thunderbolt 2, all of them seem pretty robust for storage solutions. Which raid do you feel would earn your hard erened money? Is Thunderbolt worth it or should I be looking at USB 3.0 raids to save some money ?

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