AKiTiO Thunder2 Quad Mini

With Thunderbolt™ 2, speeds are doubled from 10Gb/s to 20Gb/s and the interface supports true uncompressed 4K video but what does that mean for Thunderbolt 2 storage drives in the real world? What requirements have to be met in order to fully utilize this new technology?

In this article we will have a look at the upcoming AKiTiO Thunder 2 Quad Mini, a 4-bay storage enclosure designed for up to four 2.5" SATA-III drives that features the latest Thunderbolt 2 interface.

AKiTiO's Thunderbolt 2 drive, the Thunder 2 Quad Mini, will be available this summer in 2015.

Thunderbolt 2 dock

Whenever a new revision of a technology is released, the question arises, do you really need to upgrade and if you do, what requirements have to be met in order to fully utilize the new technology.

In this article we will have a look at the latest Thunderbolt™ 2 interface and how it affects AKiTiO users that have already purchased or are thinking of purchasing a Thunderbolt product. With Thunderbolt 2, speeds are doubled from 10Gb/s to 20Gb/s and true uncompressed 4K video can be transferred and displayed.

To learn more about Thunderbolt technology in general, please visit Apple or Intel.

WD HDD

One of our customers recently came to us with a Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB, External, 5400 RPM Hard Drive (WDBACX0010BBK-NESN) that he wanted to take apart and insert into one of our enclosures. He did not like, as he put it, “the cheap look and feel of the plastic WD enclosure” and wanted to remove the hard drive from the enclosure and install it into one of our aluminum enclosures featuring USB 3.0, FireWire and eSATA interfaces.

It seemed like a fine idea to us until he took apart the WD enclosure only to find that the hard drive within the enclosure was NOT a SATA hard drive, but rather a USB Native hard drive.

What that means is that the drive has a USB port connected to it rather than the typical SATA connector and therefore cannot be connected to the bridge board of a normal external enclosure or installed into a laptop. Basically, it can only be used in the WD enclosure.

MyCloud Mini 5 stars

The Holiday season has arrived along with all of the joy and happiness that comes with it. Here at AKiTiO we get happiness and joy from seeing our MyCloud Mini listed as the only 5 star rated Personal Cloud NAS on Amazon.com.

When we started this personal cloud project we initially introduced it to many of our OEM customers. The responses that we received were mostly negative. The project managers and decision makers did not see a market for this type of product and did not think that consumers would be able to understand how to use it. While that may very well be true for many, if not most of the current personal cloud NAS products on the market, it is definitely NOT true for the AKiTiO MyCloud Mini.

Neutrino Thunderbolt with SSD

When choosing an external storage drive, the "best" solution is not simply the fastest or the one with the biggest storage capacity but the product that is most suitable for how you intend to use it. In this article, we will have a look at the Neutrino Thunderbolt with its built-in solid state drive (SSD).

Thunderbolt, with theoretical transfer rates of up to 10Gbps, is currently the fastest interface available for our storage drives. Clearly, the Neutrino Thunderbolt is built for speed but why use a SSD? Does it make a difference for the transfer rate compared to a normal HDD?

Advantages

  • HDD: Large storage capacities and low cost in comparison to SSD
  • SSD: Noiseless, lower power consumption, low temperature, not affected by movement and about 4-5 times as fast as HDD