ThunderBolt Port RAID DrivesLast Updated: February 28th, 2017
To truly leverage more of the 10Gbps, 20Gbps or 40Gbps of available bandwidth that Intel and Apple ThunderBolt ports deliver, you need more than a single mechanical or solid-state drive module. By combining multiple SATA III 6Gbps HDD or SSD devices in a multi-drive storage RAID array and striping data reads and writes across them, you can experience the fastest data transfer rates. Those with PCIe SSD modules will perform even faster. Note that unlike most single-drive, single port consumer backup storage products, these drives feature DUAL, daisy-chain ThunderBolt ports. A few select drives may also include a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port for a bit more flexibility in mixed platform environments.
Dual Drive ThunderBolt RAID Products
The most affordable ThunderBolt RAID solutions combine two mechanical hard disks or dual solid-state flash memory drive modules. For optimal data transfer speeds, they need to be configured in a STRIPED RAID 0 configuration to allow simultaneous read/writes across the two disk array. This may be either using a Software RAID setup configuring the drives using, say, the vendors or Apple's Disk Utility app, or it may be a Hardware RAID where onboard circuity controls the drive setup.
|Western Digital ThunderBolt Duo||LaCie ThunderBolt 2TB RAID Drive||ThunderBolt Portable RAID|
|WD TBolt RAID
4GB, 6GB, 8GB Models
|2TB LaCie ThunderBolt Drive
Dual 1 Terabyte Drives
|Western Digital TBolt RAID
2TB - 4TB Portable Drive
Muti Drive ThunderBolt RAID Products
The highest capacity ThunderBolt multi-drive RAID arrays can leverage anywhere from 3 to 12 hard drives that now currently range up to 4 Terabytes per disk in a STRIPED RAID 0,4 or 5 configuration. Although mechanical hard disks don't deliver impressive Read-Write speeds when only a single or dual drive is used, the efficiencies of striping data across 3 or more modules becomes so efficient that the roatational delay, latency and access times become far less of an issue. More importantly, you can achieve impressive performance and HUGE storage capacity at the lowest cost per Gigabyte that conventional spinning platter drives offer.
|Quad Drive ThunderBolt Array||5 Drive TBolt RAID||Buffalo Technologie SSD RAID|
|DataTale 4-Bay RAID
JBOD, RAID 0 & 1, RAID 10
|LaCie 5BIG TBolt Array
5 x 2TB = 10TB Storage
|SSD DriveStation mini
256-512-1TB RAID Options