I'd like to put some spare disks in enclosures and use the Thunderbolt interface. Does such a thing exist yet? I can't find any. Are there technical issues or licensing restrictions that have stopped this? My searches have turned up no general purpose enclosures and I find that surprising.

This seems like a ServerFault issue but I was sent packing here instead.

  • I was looking for this a couple of days ago and found nothing other than an announced product with no market date. – MetalMikester Sep 14 '12 at 10:51

Taken from Apple.com

Promise Pegasus R4 and Pegasus R6, LaCie Little Big Disk and 2big, Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter, Elgato Thunderbolt SSD.

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    Thanks but those already come with drives (other than the proprietary Seagate adapter). I am looking for an empty enclosure into which I can put a drive that I already have. Something much simpler than a $1000 multi-drive RAID stack. – lcbrevard Sep 2 '12 at 12:46
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    I believe that the GoFlex adapters use SATA internally, so you may be able to use one as a generic TB --> SATA adapter. Google "goflex bare sata" for examples of others trying this. – Jason Sep 2 '12 at 14:49

The new Drobo 5D and Drobo mini are both thunderbolt enabled, empty enclosures. Who knows when they'll ship though :/

  • At $849 and $649, I don't think those are simple HD enclosures. – MetalMikester Sep 15 '12 at 0:17

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