What is a Thunderbolt SSD Enclosure?

The more you dive into the world of MacBook tech, the more terms you’ll come across. If you want your MacBook to run faster, smoother, and more efficiently, it’s worthwhile to take the time to learn these terms. Today, we’re going to walk you through three of these terms and then put them all together, all to answer your most burning question: What is a Thunderbolt SSD enclosure?

What does the term Thunderbolt mean?

When you’re talking about Apple MacBooks, Thunderbolt refers to a particular port on the side of your device. Apple replaced all ports with the Thunderbolt back in 2018, as the new technology had better capabilities than the other ports used by competing companies. This sparked a shift for Apple and the tech world as a whole, and now the Thunderbolt port is becoming the standard for many devices.

The Thunderbolt isn’t entirely new technology. Intel crafted the original Thunderbolt model in 2011, the Thunderbolt 2 in 2013, and the Thunderbolt 3 in 2015. It’s also important to note that Thunderbolt is the type of technology that works within the shape of the USB-C shape port.


What does the term SSD mean?

SSD stands for “solid-state drive.” SSDs are exactly that… storage devices that have no moving parts. SSDs have become industry standards to replace HDDs, which do have moving parts and are thus more likely to break. High-quality SSDs are designed to help your MacBook run more effectively, and can be either plugged in to your computer (external) or installed into your MacBook (internal).

What does the term enclosure mean?

Just like the word “enclosure” would imply, an SSD enclosure is used to cover your SSD and provide it with certain benefits. Enclosures allow you to choose an SSD and connect it to your MacBook, but different enclosures have different uses. For instance, Fledging’s Shell Thunder enclosure is made to be durable for portability and quiet cooling for hard workers who need their device to keep up with them, no matter where they are.

Another benefit of having an enclosure is that you can remove the SSD inside your enclosure and exchange it with another one, should you want or need to.

What is a Thunderbolt SSD enclosure?

Putting all the terms together, a Thunderbolt SSD enclosure is basically a storage device that uses the lightning-fast Thunderbolt port to store data and optimize your computer’s performance, enclosed in a case designed to keep your SSD cool and protected while allowing you to exchange the SSD as your needs change.

A Thunderbolt SSD enclosure is basically a MacBook’s best friend.

Why would I need a Thunderbolt SSD enclosure?

MacBook users could benefit from an SSD enclosure if they need more storage and want their Mac’s performance to be optimized. SSD’s are part of the secret to keeping older MacBook models running like new. SSDs are also excellent options for those wanting to keep personal and work files separate from one another.

Where do I find Thunderbolt SSD enclosures?

SSD enclosures can be very expensive and often not even worth the money you pay for them. Most SSD enclosures are made for laptops in general, not specifically for MacBooks, so you will need to ensure that each SSD will be compatible with your laptop’s manufacturer and model. Even so, if you really want to make sure your MacBook runs at its maximum potential, you’ll need to find one that matches your Thunderbolt port and is made for Apple MacBooks in particular.

However, the more you search for Thunderbolt 3-specific SSDs, the more you’ll realize that there aren’t many on the market, especially for a reasonable price. Sticking to their mission to provide affordable, made-for-MacBook tech that outworks the competition, Fledging has crafted the Thunderbolt 3 SSD enclosure to top them all. You’re unlikely to find any other SSD out there with the cooling, durable, lightning-fast utility of the Shell Thunder.

How do I choose the right Thunderbolt SSD enclosure?

Between the style, materials, storage space, speed, and connection, there’s a lot to consider. If you want an in-depth explanation, you can read our blog post here. To put it briefly, not all enclosures are made for every type of laptop. Some are generic, some MacBook specific, some made with small or larger storage and lower or faster speeds. 

Take a look at your specific manufacturer and model, paying special attention to the ports. Then, read up on the SSD enclosures that you’re interested in and make sure the specs match up with your expectations. There are lots of helpful reviews online that go in-depth about the pros and cons of nearly every SSD on the market, so you’re bound to find the right one.

Whether you’re a casual MacBook user that would like to keep your older model around longer, or you’re a data pro that would like a better-performing Mac with additional storage, a Thunderbolt SSD enclosure is the answer. For something so easy to use, the right SSD can revolutionize the way you use your MacBook.

If a Thunderbolt 3 connection is something you’re not willing to compromise on, look no further than Fledging’s Shell Thunder, the only enclosure on the market of its kind for Thunderbolt 3 speeds and additional specs designed to maximize your MacBook.

Either way, now you know what a Thunderbolt SSD enclosure is, how it can help, and where to go to find one. We hope you find the SSD that can make your MacBook run like the laptop of your dreams!

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