Affordable Mac USB 3 Backup Drives

Mac Compatible USB 3.0 Drives

USB 3.0 Mac backup drives offer Macintosh users the most affordable Apple compatible storage solutions. The SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Universal Serial Bus standard for many Macintosh computing peripherals was an important advancement. It opened the door to much, much faster Mac compatible peripherals of all sorts at a far lower cost than comparable ThunderBolt devices.

The USB 3.0 ports that were standard on many older models of Apple computers since 2012 are fully backward compatible with Mac USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 devices. That helps to preserve your existing investment in USB Mac accessories while opening options for even faster gizmos and gadgets. One of the first categories of products to rapidly adopt USB3 was in the Mac backup drive marketplace. All major drive and storage device manufacturers switched to USB 3.0 chipsets very rapidly, and it's happening again with the transition to 10Gbps SuperSpeed Plus Gen2 USB 3.1 connectivity in the latest Thunderbot 3 equipped Mac systems.

Best Selling Apple Compatible USB 3.0 Portable Drives

Given that 3 out of 4 Apple computers sold are MacBook laptops, demand for small and portable mobile Mac backup drives are most in demand. Here's a selection of very affordable data storage solutions.

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6 Colors - WD USB3 DriveLaCie USB3 Portable
Western Digital USB 3 HDD

Up To 4 Terabyte Capacity
LaCie USB 3 Backup Drive

500GB and 1TB HDD Drives
Akitio SSD For MacSeagate Backup+ USB3
Akitio USB3 aDrive

Seagate Slim HDD Drive

500Mb-5TB 4-Colors

HDD vs SSD : Speed vs Capacity

With potentially up to ten times the performance over legacy USB 2.0 ports, solid-state SSD drives are a far better match for the bandwidth available on a SuperSpeed USB 3.0/3.1 port. It's an ideal combination for high speed file transfers and data backups in a fraction of the time it used to take. With prices per gigabyte of SSD storage now reaching .15 cents per GB or less, and drive capacities of SSD's now hitting a full terabyte or more, external USB 3.0 SSD drives are becoming far more affordable for an Apple compatible backup storage solution. For home and small business users they deliver performance rivaling a ThunderBolt drive at a much, much lower cost. If cost is your primary concern, lean towards a HDD - hard disk drive for high storage capacity at the lowest cost per Gigabyte.

Best Selling Mac Compatible USB 3.0 External Flash Drives

An evaulatin of the fastest performing SuperSpeed USB thumb and keychain drives for ultra-portable file transfers and data backups. Of note, select Apple friendly flash drives are using far more sophisticated controller chips and higher-speed flash memory to deliver Read / Write speeds approaching those of SATA solid-state SSD drives.

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