Apple ThunderBolt SSD Backup Drives

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 storage. With 1st generation 10GBps peak speeds on each of it's dual channels, and up to 20GBps speed possible on newer ThunderBolt 2 enabled Macs, flash memory storage drives are the best technology available to exploit the impressive bandwidth which Intel and Apple's ThunderBolt interface delivers.

If you have a Mac with an internal SSD or have upgraded your MacBook laptop or Macintosh desktop to a solid-state drive, complimenting it with one of these portable and compact SSD ThunderBolt backup solutions can help you experience the fastest TimeMachine backups and file copies ever!

Portable ThunderBolt SSD Backup Drives


Portable ThunderBolt SSD USB3+ThunderBolt SSD External ThunderBolt SSD
Akitio Neutrino Drive

120GB SSD ThunderBolt
External SSD For Mac

256GB USB3 + TBolt SSD
Oyen Digital SSD

256GB For Around $299


The above single-module SSD drives are some of the most-affordable solid-state backup solutions for Mac yet. With recent price drops on solid-state drives, reasonably affordable SSD ThunderBolt backups are now possible starting around $200 USD.

ThunderBolt RAID SSD Drive


*NEW* Akitio ThunderBolt RAID

256/512 Dual-Drive Versions
The Little Big Disk LaCie 512GB Thunderbolt SSD uses a pair of 256GB solid-state drive modules in a striped RAID 0 configuration to maximize the sheer speed of a ThunderBolt interface. They also offer a 1 TERABYTE SSD solution using dual 512GB Intel SSD modules. Unlike the lower-end, single-port consumer SSD drives featured above, this LaCie drive features dual, daisy-chain ports on the rear for connection with other TBolt peripherals and displays.

Akitio is proving to be an agressive new player in the ThunderBolt market, rapidly expanding it's line of ThunderBolt accessories and drives faster than others. Their now shipping a diminutive dual RAID SSD drive solution (based on tiny mSATA SSD modules) with integrated cable that fits in the palm of your hand - at reasonable per-gigabyte pricing right out of the gate.

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 doubled the previously dominant 3GBps SATA II drive specification. So the latest crop of SATA 3 SSD drives are able to easily 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, Samsung, SanDisk and others. To truly get the most benefit of an Apple ThunderBolt SSD external drive - you idally need to have a fast SSD in your MacBook or Macintosh desktop system to match an external ThunderBolt port drive's capabilities.

ThunderBolt 2 SSD Drive Options


ThunderBolt 2 SSD RAID

Dual PCI SSD Modules


Next-generation ThunderBolt 2 SSD drives like LaCie's PCIe SSD module based storage solution can sustain file transfers in the 1200-1400 MB/s range with swift and silent solid-state flash memory technology.

We're beginning to see the first 2nd-generation ThunderBolt 2 backup drives hit the market. As was the case when Apple introduced the interface on the Mac, Promise Technologies was the first to market with ANY sort of ThunderBolt storage solution. It was a 4 to 8 multi-drive RAID array and target to and priced for the professional and enterprise market. LaCie was the second to enter the space with a similarly pricey dual solid-state RAID array. Fast forward to 2014, and with the arrivial of ThunderBolt2 on the Mac Pro (and later MacBook Retina Pro models) once again, Promise is the first to market with a shipping ThunderBolt 2 solution, and LaCie announcing it's next-generation PCI-based SSD dual module ThunderBolt 2 SSD RAID solution. 'Announcing' is key here because as of late spring 2014, LaCie has yet to ship it's drive. Stay tuned and we'll eventually create a page specific to TBolt2 products as availability warrants.