Just like you probably were, I was pretty stoked to add a nifty Apple iMac to my editing suite. Even more excited to plug in a first-generation Mac Pro. What a screamer. And Thunderbolt? Wow, love that Promise RAID! But holy catfish, Batman, what to do with my trusty SATA RAIDs? Are they on their way to a garage sale? How do I get all my files over to the new Thunderbolt RAID? Then there’s the material that’s coming in from clients on USB 3.0 drives. I’m running out of ports!
Enter the AKiTiO Thunder Dock. (Trumpets blare, drums roll!) This quiet little rectangle plugs into your Thunderbolt port and gives you a second Thunderbolt port, two USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port and—here’s the kicker—two independent SATA ports to play your legacy RAIDs with nary a grumble or dropped frame! No, wait a minute, the real kicker is that this little guy actually works the way you expect it to! And keeps on working. Quietly.
To tell you the truth, I don’t know what else to say about the Thunder Dock. “It works reliably” should be enough (but don’t forget the SATA ports). My experience is that the others don’t. Buy it. It’s reasonably priced. Use it. Your drives will hum and you’ll be happy. You’ll forget it’s there. That’s how good it is. Seriously.
Raymond Singer is an actor, editor, cinematographer and screenwriter. His production company is called Cut to the Story.