Amazon with DataVision Computer Video has the Seagate Backup Plus 3 TB STCB3000400 3.5" Thunderbolt External Hard Drive for Mac for $209 with free shipping. Transfers data at 10Gbps via dual Thunderbolt ports and can support daisy-chaining up to 6 Thunderbolt devices.
Retail: $355

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    LJW Ben's cred: 269
    Posted 10:43 am PST 02/26/14

    Good price for it and it's nice, but only for the 2011 MacBook Pros that had Thunderbolt but no USB 0 Otherwise, USB 3.0 is much more cost effective and offers the same performance (the bottleneck is the hard drive anyway)

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    SmallWhyteGuy Ben's cred: 93
    Posted 4:25 pm PST 02/26/14

    I'm still waiting for LIGHTFOOT.

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    axactlee Ben's cred: -11
    Posted 5:33 pm PST 02/26/14

    LJW wrote:
    .. but only for the 2011 MacBook Pros that had Thunderbolt

    You really think Seagate built this whole "Thunderbolt" system just for the 2011 MacBook Pro ??

    There are PC boards and systems out there with Thunderbolt ports..

    $40 price drop since Feb 13th.. keep on going...

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3862
    Posted 6:13 pm PST 02/26/14

    ^ but it will never be as cost effective as USB3 unless someone *needs* to daisy chain several of them.

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    axactlee Ben's cred: -11
    Posted 8:55 pm PST 02/26/14

    dave_c wrote:
    ^ but it will never be as cost effective as USB3 unless someone *needs* to daisy chain several of them.

    Never is a quite big for that statement as concerning "cost effective"
    If you review my comment last time (see deal history tab below) on how it would/may be possible to run all / most your peripherals through the one port.

    Now that way "may" be just one of many possible cost effective scenarios.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3862
    Posted 10:28 pm PST 02/26/14

    ^ Thunderbolt will never be mainstream for the masses just like firewire wasn't. That's going to always keep the price higher than whatever version of USB it's competing against.

    It won't be long until motherboards have a half dozen USB3 ports on low end boards and at least 4 more on midrange and better boards. There isn't a need to run everything through one port and it also means that if any product in the chain fails then it may render everything after it inoperable.

    Having to run a continuous cable along all your peripherals could also be unwieldy and difficult to plan for tidiness, and nobody wants to pay more for something they don't really need or benefit from.

    I predict we'll see proprietary if not standardized super speed, short distance wireless data busses before we see mainstream single chain cable linked peripherals.

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    benjuang Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 1:31 am PST 02/27/14

    I'm an Apple fanboy, and I think I'm inclined to agree that Thunderbolt just isn't going to go mainstream, just like Firewire. :\

    I'm also more of a fan of being able to disconnect one drive or device from a hub. Imagine how annoying it would be to unmount everything just to pull one drive out of daisy chain of 5. (Yes, I have 5 external USB 2.0 drives plugged into one system right now.)

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