(Old Model) Seagate Backup Plus Portable Thunderbolt Adapter
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- Take advantage of the revolutionary, high performance speed of Thunderbolt connectivity
- Tranfers occur at 10Gbps, which is up to 20x faster than USB 2.0 and 12x faster than FireWire 800
- Transfer HD movies and other large files in seconds with Thunderbolt's ultra-fast performance
- The STAE128 turns any Backup Plus Portable Drive into a blazing-fast Thunderbolt device for your compatible computer
- Completely bus powered, no external power supply needed
- Connect to the end of a daisy chain of Thunderbolt devices, or directly to the Thunderbolt port on your computer
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From the Manufacturer
Satisfy your need for speed. Designed to meet the demands of professional media creators, Thunderbolt technology allows users to unleash their creativity using high-bandwidth audio- and video-capturing devices, while transferring data at up to 10 gigs-per-second--up to 20x the speed of USB 2.0 and 12x the speed of FireWire 800.
Now this technology is available to you to address your growing storage needs with Seagate's new, flexible Thunderbolt adapters. Simply connect your Backup Plus drive and Thunderbolt adapter to your computer using your Thunderbolt cable to instantly begin transferring high-speed data and high-definition (HD) video on a single interface.
Speed with Precision
Built for accuracy, capacity and speed, Thunderbolt technology precisely moves vast amounts of data at up to 20x the speed of USB 2.0 and 12x the speed of FireWire 800.
Connect the Desk Thunderbolt adapter directly to your computer, or to displays and other Thunderbolt devices. With dual ports, you can daisy chain up to six devices. Works with any Backup Plus desktop drive.
Or take the Thunderbolt Portable adapter on the go--you can connect it directly to your computers Thunderbolt port. When you get home, attach it to the end of your Thunderbolt daisy chain. Works with any Backup Plus portable drive.
Data and Display Daisy Chains for When You're At Home
Thunderbolt technology supports two separate channels--one for high-speed data transfer and one for high-definition (HD) display on a single interface. Take advantage of this cutting-edge technology by connecting high-end displays to a Seagate Thunderbolt adapter and realize the benefits of maximum performance with minimal desktop clutter.
From Work Station to Train Station--No Outlet Required
The Seagate Thunderbolt Portable adapter is entirely bus powered, meaning you don't have to be tethered to a power outlet. That means that you have high-speed access to your data no matter where you are.
The Seagate Backup Plus Thunderbolt Family
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Top Customer Reviews
Drive adapter is bigger than I'd want to carry around in my laptop bag. The end with the plug for the drive is twice as "tall" as their standard go flex adapter ends, then you have the whole piece underneath it. So basically, for their "portable" solution, you're going to use twice as much space carrying the thunderbolt adapter and a drive as you would carrying just a USB 3 go flex drive and plug. It's built well though, very nice construction. Of course, this doesn't come with the thunderbolt cable. So do some digging since you can find them cheaper than $50.
Testing was done on a 2012 Retina Macbook Pro, so the laptop itself is also using SSD internally. Also interesting was how hot the adapter got in use. I was just plugging naked drives on it, not ones in the goflex adapters, so there was air between the drive and the unit, to help keep the drive from heating up the adapter. The SSD made it get less hot than the spinning drive did.
I took a 12GB file to simulate an average MKV movie or other similar large file type normal people might deal with. For testing the small, high number of files work, I took one of my JPG folders, which was about 4.7 GB total, made up of around 4,800 files.Read more ›
Works great with no issues of function. Easily ran off the port replicating my existing internal drive that I was replacing.
Later used with an older OWC SSD Sata-2 drive 240GB, both with Time machine and later to re-format for use in another machine.
Only issue of note, is that I found it best to put a small stack of paper under the drive when in the adapter to help shim it up. A partial stack of yellow 3M style post-em notes worked great for this.
The only caveat that I've read is that you can't put more than a 256GB SSD in it (at least if you are planning on using it as a boot drive). There is something about it not being able to power that big of a drive and people were having problems. Stick to 256GB's or less and you will be good to go. If you want to put a bigger one in there, consider buying the Backup Plus desktop thunderbolt adapter. It has a dedicated power cord so power consumption is not a problem.
That being said, I thought using a USB3 (5Gbits/s) to eSATA (6Gbits/s) adapter would yield similar results to a Thunderbolt connection, but that was not the case. I tried a number of USB3 adapters and drive enclosures and most, if not all, of the devices that bridged the SSD to the computer had a negative affect on the connection speed (read and write).
So far, the Seagate Backup Plus Portable Thunderbolt Adapter has been the clear winner. It was designed for use with certain Seagate external hard drives, but it can also be used with internal SSDs. Using an internal SSD leaves approximately an 1/8th inch gap between the top of the Seagate Thunderbolt Adapter and the bottom of the SSD, leaving the SSD somewhat unsupported. Simply inserting something to act as a spacer between the Thunderbolt Adapter and the SSD corrects the issue.
I carefully selected a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD ($230) to use with the Seagate Thunderbolt Adapter ($87), and a .5 meter Thunderbolt cable ($29) to connect the Thunderbolt Adapter to the computer (total cost = $346).
The results have exceeded my expectations. Using the AJA and BlackMagic Design drive speed testing apps, the Samsung 840 Pro had read speeds of approximately 420MB/s and write speeds of approximately 400MB/s.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works quite well. I am disappointed that Seagate no longer makes Backup Plus portable drives compatible with this adapter. Was my go to expandability solution for several years. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Beau L.
A great way to have thunderbolt functionality with seagate drives, but it DOES make the drive really bulky. I would rather spend a bit extra and have a compact thunderbolt drive. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mehmet
I guess the new trend in peripherals is to sell devices sans cords. The device works as advertised, but the need to purchase a separate cord is disappointing.Published 10 months ago by Chase K.