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Elgato ships Thunderbolt SSD external drive

updated 09:50 am EST, Tue March 6, 2012

Elgato Thunderbolt SSD in stores in a week

Elgato joined in the ranks of those shipping Thunderbolt-ready gear on Tuesday by starting shipments of the Thunderbolt SSD. Its external drive is solid-state only and takes advantage of the extra bandwidth to hit 270MB per second in peak read speeds on its single-drive array. Going to flash storage also makes it near-perfectly silent and makes it skip-proof, further helped by the all-metal body.

The drive doesn't have a second Thunderbolt port and can't daisy-chain as a result, but the Thunderbolt port's power connection lets it run solely from the computer and thus serve as a truly portable drive. Although intended primarily for Macs, it should work with the newer generation of Thunderbolt-equipped Windows PCs once they reach shops.

Drives come in both 120GB and 240GB capacities at prices of $430 and $700 respectively. European stores have the Thunderbolt SSD immediately, while Elgato expects American stores to have them within a week.

By Electronista Staff


  1. MyRightEye

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2008


    They need to sell just the enclosure

    I want to be able to select my own SSD thanks. And though they are first and that demands a price premium, these prices are unjustified with the low cost of SSD drives today.

  1. e0feldgg

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    Joined: Feb 1999


    One thunderbolt connector?

    Thunderbolt promises to be a great way for us to run a multitude of peripherals - IF ONLY manufacturers give us another port so we can daisy chain. My current configuration has a display port adapter at the end of the thunderbolt chain. I will not be able to incorporate this drive into this setup, and I am sure many other users with non thunderbolt displays will find themselves in the same boat.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Two things

    1) I agree with e0feldgg: selling a Thunderbolt device with just one port is pretty stupid. Especially when you charge this kind of money for it. Thunderbolt means daisy-chaining, and while it might not be a problem now, it could be once TB gains more traction.

    2) 270 MB/sec?? Please.

    Thunderbolt allows speeds of up to 10 GBit/sec per channel, roughly translating to 1 GB/sec data transfer speeds (if both sides are fast enough, of course). There are SSDs out there today that easily hit 500 MB/sec read and write, or more. No excuse for Elgato to put such a slouch into their pricey boxes.

  1. Athens

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    Joined: Jan 2003


    Another failure

    I think Apple also fails for not putting 2 TB ports on Macs (the exception for the air for its size. Its nice to have a daisy chain setup for gear that will always be hooked up but it would have been nice to have a second port on Mac's for those devices you plug in once in a while so you don't have to break the chain to plug in. This hard drive is a example of one of those devices. Future iPods, and iPhones that might run on TB are another example of plug in and unplug devices that won't have 2 ports for daisy chaining. A TB hub will solve this down the road too. But it would have been nice to have 2 ports on the Mac's, one for the daisy chain and one for devices to plug in as needed.

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