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    Thunderbolt 1 (yes one) hard drive enclosure? Anyone know?
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    I take my early 2011 MacBook Pro on the road as a pre edit computer. It has been maxed out with ram and SSD main drive and SSD where the DVD drive used to be etc. It is fast enough to edit HD with however....
    Space the final frontier is my issue. I bought a Samsung 500 gig SSD to use outboard with it and put it in my Ninja 2 drive caddy for use with the FW 800 dock. It is not fast enough. My MacBook Pro has a TB version 1 port which is 10Gbs but I have not been able to find and enclosure that is small and compatible. My only other option is changing the size of my second internal drive to 1TB which I would rather not do since I would like to have a more than one 500gig external.
    Anyone know of such a beast?
    FYI I have a Belkin TB 1 dock that I use with the laptop which I bought of someone here, it has a modified version of usb 3.0 but is bulky. So since I travel alot I would like to keep the gear down to a minimum.
    Thanks for your input and no I will NOT upgrade my laptop... not yet anyway.
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    Thunderbolt is backwards compatible, so your TB3 drive will work at reduced speeds on a TB1 host.


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    Not an enclosure but works well for me Buffalo Thunderbolt hard drive


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    Thanks all, shame on me for not checking out the backwards compatibility. I went to the Apple store last night and bought a TB3 to TB2 adapter cable..ouch! $59.00 (cdn) and will pick up a TB3.USB3 drive enclosure today and connect them with my male to male TB cable from the Belkin dock. Hopefully this will be faster than my FW 800 setup.
    Cheers all and thanks again for the help.
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    Just to follow up on my post and to clarify for anyone else who might want the same info. It did NOT work. I bought a $57. TB2 to TB3 adapter from the apple store, connected my TB2 cable to the MacBook Pro (TB1) and then to my SSD in the USB type C/TB3 enclosure and -nothing, zip, bubkas,nada. So I am not sure what "backwards compatible" really means in this case. So I have a backwards compatible Type C drive that will run on the USB2 port of my laptop and a fancy adapter for the adapter bag....oh well.
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    Not sure if they still make them but G-Tech made a G-Drive mobile drive with thunderbolt. I have one that came with a 7200RPM drive and I took it apart, removed the drive and put in a SSd drive. TB1 device and it works great so far. It has USB3 and TB ports so I use it with my 2011 MBP as a TB and on iMac as a USB3 drive.

    Also check out MacSales to look for just a portable drive enclosure with TB1.
    https://eshop.macsales.com/Search/?f...21=Thunderbolt


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    Will do Thomas thanks for the info!
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    I could be wrong with this but I believe that what looks like a thunderbolt port is actually a mini-display port. It might work with some thunderbolt 1 drives but I double it will work with the adapter cable because it isn't a true thunderbolt. We have an old macbook pro in the office as well and we use a thunderbolt 1 drive with it on that port, but the computer shows it as a mini-dp, not thunderbolt.


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    The early 2011 and late 2011 MacBook Pros have thunderbolt ports:
    https://support.apple.com/kb/SP620

    The TB2>TB3 adapter in my experience can be a little finicky. A direct TB connection, as in the link Thomas posted above, ought to work — your Belkin TB dock already functions properly, so you know that the TB port on the MBP works.


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