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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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Thunderbolt technology is a revolutionary interface supporting high-resolution display and high-performance data devices through a single port. At 10Gbps, Thunderbolt technology is up to 20x faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12x faster than FireWire 800. Transferring high-definition movies and other large files now can take seconds versus minutes when compared with older interface technologies. Taking advantage of the Backup Plus and USM design, the Seagate Thunderbolt adapter turns any Backup Plus Portable drive into a blazing-fast Thunderbolt device for your compatible computer. This portable solution allows you to take it with you everywhere you go, as it is completely bus powered, meaning you do not need an external power supply. Connect it to the end of a daisy chain of Thunderbolt devices, or directly to the Thunderbolt port on your computer. With the help of Thunderbolt technology and compatible peripherals, users can turn their everyday computer into a powerful workstation. System Requirements: Backup Plus or GoFlex Portable drive, Mac OS X operating system 10.6.8 or higher, Available Thunderbolt port, Thunderbolt cable. Inside the Box: Seagate Thunderbolt adapter, Quick start guide.

From the Manufacturer

Thunderbolt
20x Faster vs USB 2.0
Up to 20x the speed of USB 2.0 and 12x the speed of FireWire 800

Backup Plus Desk Thunderbolt Adapter allows for daisy-chaining of up to 6 devices

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.

Seagate Thunderbolt Adapters
Connect the Thunderbolt adapter to any Seagate Backup Plus drive for high speed data transfer

Seagate Thunderbolt Adapters, Time Machine Compatible
Featuring Time Machine software compatibility for easy backups

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.

Compatibility

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

Backup Plus Desk for Mac Backup Plus Portable for Mac Backup Plus Desk Thunderbolt Adapter Backup Plus Thunderbolt Adapter
Backup Plus Desk for Mac Backup Plus Portable for Mac Backup Plus for Mac Portable Drive Backup Plus for Mac Desktop Drive
  • Dual ports enable daisy-chaining up to 6 devices
  • Compatible with displays and other Thunderbolt devices
  • 3TB capacity
  • Includes 1-m Thunderbolt cable
  • Compatible with Time Machine software
  • Completely portable, no external power supply needed
  • Attaches directly to your computer or to the end of your Thunderbolt daisy chain
  • 1TB capacity
  • Includes 0.5-m Thunderbolt cable
  • Compatible with Time Machine software
  • Dual ports enable daisy-chaining up to 6 devices
  • Compatible with displays and other Thunderbolt devices
  • Designed to work with Backup Plus desktop drives only
  • Completely portable, no external power supply needed
  • Attaches directly to your computer to the end of your Thunderbolt daisy chain
  • Designed to work with Backup Plus portable drives only

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Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Hard Drive Portable
Brand Name Seagate
Item model number STAE128
Item Weight 3.4 ounces
Product Dimensions 4.8 x 3.1 x 1.1 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 4.83 x 3.08 x 1.09 inches
Color Black

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ASIN B009HQCARY
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 214 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #720 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Shipping Weight 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available October 15, 2012

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I had also reviewed the other Seagate desktop thunderbolt adapter, so was curious to how this compared to that one. Same as I did with the other, I tested this with two drives, one a normal 500 GB 5400 RPM drive pulled out of a Mac, and the other a Crucial M4 SSD. I tested both drives with the same file set, and also ran the test with a USB 3 adapter, to give a comparison. As with the larger desktop unit, there were parts where the thunderbolt really shined, and others that would lead me to just stick with the less expensive USB 3 depending on my actual expected use.

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.
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I bought this to hook up a 2011 MacBook Pro with Mountain Lion OS, for use with a new Samsung 830 256GB Sata-3 SSD. Thunderbolt port much speedier than the USB-2 alternative.

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.
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I wanted to have my iMac boot off of an SSD but wasn't willing to tear it apart (voiding the warranty) to do so. I ordered this little guy, threw in a 256GB Crucial M4 and it has worked flawlessly ever since. Boots up great, goes to sleep great, and is very fast and snappy compared to the mechanical hard drive it came with. I recommend it for anyone that wants the speed of an SSD but doesn't want to go through the process of disassembling their iMac to do so.

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.
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I have been researching the fastest and most cost effective way to connect a SSD to a computer via a Thunderbolt or USB3 connection. I knew that Thunderbolt communicates at speeds up to 10Gbits/s and USB3 up to 5Gbits/s. What I didn't know was that the 10Gbits/s bandwidth of a Thunderbolt connection was not fully utilized when connecting a eSATA SSD (6Gbits/s). Since the SSD was limited to 6Gbits/s, the fastest possible transfer rate would be 6Gbits/s.

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.
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