OWC support said a Thunderbolt HHD isn't worth it
So I've been looking into buying hard drives and a SSD. Been thinking of getting a 256GB SSD for my OS/applications, but lately have been thinking it might be a good idea to make the SSD a sample drive (sample libraries I use often).
Anyways, in my pursuit for fast performance, I contacted OWC. I inquired about Thunderbolt drives. The response was "To take advantage of the speed of Thunderbolt the drive(s) in the external would have to be SSDs. Standard SATA drives will not benefit from the Thunderbolt connection and would have similar performance as one used internally." So a HHD won't see any benefit/speed from a Thunderbolt drive. It has to be a SSD for the Thunderbolt to be useful in speed. OWC expanded on that saying "There are external units that use standard drives. They can connect through Thunderbolt, but won't take advantage of the speed of a Thunderbolt port."
I also asked if swapping my optical drive for a hard drive would see faster speeds than an external hard drive. Their response was "They (optical or external) would both operate around the same performance since the bus in the machine supports higher speeds than the standard SATA drives can reach also."
I guess I will forget buying an expensive HHD Thunderbolt drive. Doesn't seem like their is any benefit.
"It ain't the instrument, Baby!" - Ray Charles