I would like to daisychain a monitor through an external hard drive, using Thunderbolt. Are there any hard drives with an additional Thunderbolt port? Preferably compact and affordable. I would also be interested in an external HDD/SSD enclosure with the extra daisy-chaining port.

  • I understand shopping recommendations are frowned upon, but I think the lack of inexpensive Thunderbolt hubs affects many people. I've found some LaCie drives that are neither affordable nor very compact. Other than that, it looks like nothing out there. Mar 16, 2012 at 2:32
  • It's not that hardware recommendations are frowned upon, it's that they're specifically named in the faq as something that you should not ask.
    – Matt Love
    Mar 16, 2012 at 12:29
  • @MattLove I think this one is acceptable since he is asking for a specific recommendation. If he were to ask: "What TB drives exist?", that would be off topic, but this is on-topic, IMO.
    – daviesgeek
    Mar 16, 2012 at 18:54

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The drives with two thunderbolt ports are intended to work in a chain as opposed to the drives that only have one port. By necessity, these can only exist at the end of the chain.

Armed with this knowledge, you can always look at whatever models are for sale when you are considering a purchase and decide whether the added cost to have two ports outweighs the need to have a chainable device or buy a hub should one be eventually produced as a stand alone device.


The LaCie Little Big Disk supports daisychaining and includes an extra port for it LaCie Little Big Disk. At $400, it's pretty comparable to other TB disk drives I've seen on the market.

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