ThunderBolt SSD Drive Enclosures

Shipping External SSD ThunderBolt Enclosure Products

So far, most of the shipping ThunderBolt drive cases are rather high-end products in the $250-$600 price range supporting dual or quad drive mechanisms in various RAID or JBOD configurability depending on the manufacturer. The DeLock laptop SSD/HDD encosure is the first single-drive ThunderBolt enclosure to reach the market. (Note it requires A/C power and does not include a ThunderBolt cable!) The 2 x 2.5" drive Akitio Duo enclosure is the most affordable Thunderbolt RAID case so far. With solid-state drive prices collapsing, it might offer a reasonable and very fast 512GB or 256GB (128GB or 250GB x 2) striped RAID 0 ThunderBolt solution.

Laptop ThunderBolt Enclosure 2-Drive ThunderBolt Enclosure 4-Drive ThunderBolt Enclosure
2.5" SATA III SSD Case

AC Power Supply Included
Akitio Thunder Duo Case

For Two SSD - HDD Drives
Promise Technology J4

Quad SSD - HDD Support

You'll really need to examine the technical specifications of each of the above ThunderBolt drive cases closely at the manufacturer's weibsites. Especially with these 1st-generation products, they may have extremely specific system and supported models and brands of drives required to function properly! For example, Promise's J4 ThunderBolt enclosure is curently NOT BOOTABLE (uncertain about the others in regards to bootability) - and suitible only for auxiliary data storage, not as a startup disk! How well Data Tale's enclosure works with 2.5" to 3.5" drive adapters is uncertain. Know what you're getting into before commiting to a big investment in either the drive enclosure or when purchasing multiple SSD's.

ThunderBolt SSD Drive Docks

Just slide a bare 2.5" laptop SATA SDD or HDD onto Delock's TBolt adapter or ThunderBolt Seagate's Backup+ drive sled -- or plop a 2.5" laptop or 3.5" full size drive into Rockstor's dual-slot ThunderBolt dock for a quick ThunderBolt data backup solution.

Delock ThunderBolt Adapter 2-Drive ThunderBolt Enclosure 4-Drive ThunderBolt Enclosure
2.5" SATA III SSD Adapter

AC Power Supply Included
RockStor ThunderBolt Dock

Dual Drive 2.5"and 3.5" Slots
Backup+ ThunderBolt Drive Dock

For 2.5" Laptop SSD or HDD

By far the simplest SSD ThunderBolt drive solution is using Seagate's Backup Plus ThunderBolt drive dock. With it's universal SATA connector, any 2.5" laptop size SSD or hard drive presses on in a split second and you have an instant ThunderBolt backup solution for around $89 USD. It may not be elegant with the bare drive mechanism exposed, but it's certainly workable and reasonably affordable. It's helped many folks performing solid-state drive upgrades as a reasonably affordable data transfer solution to ease the migration of your operating system, apps and data to a new SSD drive.

ThunderBolt SSD Transfer Cables

We've yet to see any dedicated ThunderBolt quick-connect transfer cable products like we've seen for USB 3 and USB 2 when a case or enclosure isn't absolutely needed. Their univrsal connectors allow any 3.5" or 2.5" SATA drive to be immediately usable. Particularly for PC and Mac computer technicians who need to transfer, clone, or backup client data, these are handy gadgets to have. It will only be a matter of time before a ThunderBolt interface transfer cable hits the market - although expect them to cost 3 times what current USB solutions do.