Apple's Thunderbolt affiliation accepted allows you to adapt HD video application a Apple MacBook Pro like never afore – alike topping the throughput accessible with an eSATA add-in card. LaCie's Thunderbolt adaptation of its Little Big Disk is a two-drive carriageable adamantine drive that'll calmly blooper into your laptop bag.
The Thunderbolt Little Big Disk is accessible in 1TB and 2TB adamantine drive versions, but the one that abounding editors will be afterwards appearance two 120GB SSDs for ultra-fast performance. All are accessible alone through the Apple Store, admitting at time of autograph the SSD hadn't appeared yet.
We benchmarked our assemblage application BlackMagic Design's chargeless Disk Acceleration Test app, which is advised to acquaint you if your accumulator is fast abundant to augment its alteration hardware. Application the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt in the accepted striped approach (RAID 0), we clocked a address acceleration of 245.8MBps and a apprehend acceleration of 476.6MBps – added than abundant for real-time HD or 2K editing.
In comparison, the 5,400rpm drive congenital into our MacBook Pro topped out at 92.0MBps (write) and 93.2MBps (read), which is aloof about acceptable abundant for SD formats.
We activated the Little Big Disk with both drives mirrored (in case you charge the added security), and got almost acceptable after-effects (127.6MBps address and 419.9MBps read). But with abandoned 120GB of storage, you will abandoned absolutely demand to do this if you are alteration on-set in a swamp, for example.
Thunderbolt allows assorted Little Big Disk to be daisychained together, and you can alike bung your adviser in too – admitting this will affect performance. The SSD adaptation of the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt isn't after flaws. Its amount will accumulate it out of the ability of best users – admitting it's able-bodied account the amount – and while Thunderbolt can bear power, the Little Big Disk has to be acquainted into the mains. Alike so, its achievement abandoned makes it a winner.