Best Thunderbolt drives for Mac in 2024 that you can buy right now

All Macs that you can get today have Thunderbolt ports on either the front, back or side. Thunderbolt connections are blazing-fast data transfer ports and can be used for a range of different applications. They're capable of transferring super high-definition signals for example, so you can hook up a 4k monitor. One of the more common uses is high-speed data storage.

There are loads of compatible drives out there, but we've found you the best you don't have to trawl through pages upon pages of them on Amazon. There are colorful ones, portable ones, and desktop options.

Which Thunderbolt drive should you buy?

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The Thunderbolt connection on your Mac features lightning-fast data transfer speeds, making getting that movie off a hard drive a load faster. If you want the fasted read and write speeds on the cheaper side of a supercomputer, then make sure you look for a drive with a Thunderbolt connection.

The best drive for everyone will be the Samsung X5. It's got incredible performance but doesn't cost too much. It's also got a shockproof casing, so there won't be any problems if it's dropped.

The G-Technology drive might not give you the speed of an NVME SSD, but it does give you oodles of space to store your stuff. If you want somewhere to store your stuff that you won't be accessing quite so much, then this drive is absolutely perfect. It's not portable though, so bear that in mind.

Tammy Rogers
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As iMore's Senior Staff writer, Tammy uses her background in audio and Masters in screenwriting to pen engaging product reviews and informative buying guides. The resident audiophile (or audio weirdo), she's got an eye for detail and a love of top-quality sound. Apple is her bread and butter, with attention on HomeKit and Apple iPhone and Mac hardware. You won't find her far away from a keyboard even outside of working at iMore – in her spare time, she spends her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays. Also known to enjoy driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.

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