I purchased the GoFlex Desk 3TB a while back, when I bought the retina MacBook Pro, but I only went with the USB 3 version. The retina MacBook Pro had some USB 3 hiccups (now resolved for me) and so I never was happy with the USB 3 connection. It was quicker than USB 2, but wasn’t all that impressive. Luckily this drive can be [swapped out for a Thunderbolt connector](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B007IJ7UKE/ref=nosim&tag=brooksreview-20), and I purchased that a few days back.

Thunderbolt is fast, like move 5GB in “less than a minute” fast — and that’s to a spinning platter drive, not an SSD. It’s really expensive to go with Thunderbolt drives right now, which is why I only have one, but it is the future and makes a huge difference given that I keep my iTunes library and photo archives on the drive.

I highly recommend this.

[There’s also a portable version](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B007IJ7T4G/ref=nosim&tag=brooksreview-20), but I haven’t tried it so I can’t speak to its quality.

Posted by Ben Brooks