Thunderbolt Interface

Hmmm... trying to find a Thunderbolt interface card for a PC and can't find any. I would assume it is a PCIe card? I want to test Thunderbolt as a server back. Will the Thunderbolt drives (when swapped) always come back as the same drive letter and are the hot-swapable?

RIght now I am backing up to external USB hard drives and use USBDLM to assure they come back in as the same drive letter. External USB, by the natuer of the beast, is hot swapable. Will Thunderbolt behave the same?
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SteveCommented:
Thunderbolt is a new technology and hasn't been integrated into many motherboards yet.
It's designed to be part of the motherboards infrastructure so adding it on afterwards depends on if your motherboard & GFX card support it. You can add a specifically designed PCI-e card to compatible motherboards, but most compatible motherboards already have the Thunderbolt included.

Not many manufacturers made the cards yet.

Why do you specially require Thunderbolt? As most consider level HDDs aren't currently that fast it is unlikely to provide performance over 3.0, eSATA or Firewire for normal backup performance.
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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
As far as speed your comment is correct. There isn't a hard drive out there that can keep up with USB 3.0 let alone Thunderbolt. To the normal user I am going to call that miss-advertising. The average hard drive will read mayve 120MB/s and write mayve 100MB/s so the whole eSata, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt senario is way, way over rated.

   I am really looking for a way to back up servers using swappable 2.5" external hard drives and would like to use a docking station to make it easy on my users. I have been using Sagate FreeAgent Go drives which come with a docking station. The problem is that they are 1) USB 2.0 and 2) have been discontinued. Seagate has a Thunderbolt option with a docking station and their Backup Plus drives. It might be worth checking out.
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SteveCommented:
until Thunderbolt is more widely implemented I suspect you're just heading down a more complicated road than you'd like.

You could consider an RDX drive as that is effectively a caddy, but they're not cheap.
Many users just use portable external HDDs without a dock but if a dock is the way you want to go its a toughie.
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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
Your are right. RDX drives are way too expensive for what amounts to be just a hard drive. I am currently going USB 3.0 with plain old external USB hard drives. They work. A docking station would just be icing on the cake. I am in no rush. Someone will come out with something sooner or later.
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