Type-C USB 3.1 Apple Compatible Backup Drives

The future of Mac storage devices, displays and other peripherals will all center around a Type-C connector. As the unifying interface for both data and power, Apple is standardizing on a future of USB-C and ThunderBolt 3 -- BOTH of which use the Type-C interface - for nearly every type of peripheral computing device.

Here's a sampling of currently available Mac compatible storage devices with a Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface - though do note some of these backup drives include only a USB-C to USB-A cable for legacy connection to older Macs, but might NOT include a USB-C to USB-C cable for use on Apple's newest computers. Read product decriptions carefully as you may need to order one separately.

Type-C SSD RAID Type-C CalDigit HDD
Glyph Atom USB-C RAID

2x SSD Speed To 770MBps
CalDigit USB-C Hard Drive

2TB - Speeds To 130MBps

Type-C Samsung SSD Type-C LaCie HDD
T3 USB 3.1 Solid-State Drive

250GB To 2TB SSD Storage
Portable & Desktop USB 3.1 Hard Drives

Available 1TB - 8TB Capacities

Type-C AData SSD Type-C Sandisk Drive
10Gbps Gen2 SSD Drive

250GB Solid-State Drive
128GB USB-C Flash Drive

Dual Type A & C Plugs

USB 3.1 Gen 1 5Gbps Drives For 12" MacBooks

The Early 2105 12 inch MacBook introduced a single, reversible Type-C port on the left-hand side for both data and charging. Sadly, this USB-C port only supported Gen 1 speeds. Simply put, it was still 5Gbps USB 3.0 technology, but adopted the SuperSpeed+ Type-C connection. SOME drive peripherals makers rushed to market with USB-C drive enclosures or USB-C SSD or HDD backup drives that also adopted the Type-C interface, but who's chipsets still were limited to Gen 1 5Gbps speeds.

USB 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps Drives For ThunderBolt3 MacBook Pro

With the introduction of the Late 2016 TouchBar MacBook Pro line, Apple revised the USB protocol to support full 10Gbps SuperSpeed+ (Plus) USB 3.1 speeds. It does so via ThunderBolt 3 which incorporates BOTH ThunderBolt and USB 3.1 protocols in a single, unified interface. Apple also included more Type-C ports: 2 on the base 13" MacBook Pro, and 4 on the 13" and 15" TouchBar OLED enabled models.

ThunderBolt 3 "COMPATIBLE" Backup Drives

Because of the dual-protocol support in the latest generation of Type-C Macs, the average consumer won't think much about the USB-C vs ThunderBolt3 distinction. They'll just plug Type-C cables and peripherals into their Macs and not give much more thought about it. As such, some manufacturers are labeling their Type-C USB 3.1 hardware as "ThunderBolt 3 Compatible." More savvy users - and those who can afford more pricey ThunderBolt3 gadget will know there's a distinction for select devices and will be sure to use certified TBolt3 cabling when required.