Type-C Apple Compatible Backup DrivesThe future of Mac compatible 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 connection - for nearly every type of Mac compatible peripheral computing device.
Best USB-C Drives For Mac : SSD & HDDHere's a sample of MacBook, iMac and Mac mini compatible USB-C storage devices with a Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface. Note some of these backup drives may 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|
|T5 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-C Mac Solid-State vs Hard Disk DrivesWith significantly faster data transfers, many will opt to buy a flash memory based Mac compatible USB-C SSD drive for maximum read/write speeds. However those with large files should look to USB-C hard disk drives with more affordable multi-terabyte capacities.
With cost per gigabyte of SSD's collapsing, Apple compatible Type-C Flash and SSD drives are becoming suprisingly affordable if your storage needs are in the 128GB, 256GB, 512GB capacity range.
USB 3.1 Gen 1 5Gbps Drives For 12" MacBooksThe 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 MacsWith 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 has also included more Type-C ports: 2 on the base 13" MacBook Pro, and 4 on the 13" and 15" TouchBar OLED enabled models.
More recently Apple has upgraded the iMac, Mac mini and reintroduced the MacBook Air, all which now support Thunderbolt 3 / USB 3.1 Gen 2 drives and devices.
ThunderBolt 3 "COMPATIBLE" Backup DrivesBecause 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.
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