No space for external HDD on Retina MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Elmzeh, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. Elmzeh macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2013
    Hi Guys!

    Hope you're all good!

    Last night I received my new Retina MacBook Pro which for the short amount of time I've spent on it so far, seems AMAZING however I could use some help!

    I'm looking to start recording some videos on my system via screen capture software but will need the data/videos to go to an external HDD - the issue at present is that the Retina only has 2 USB 3.0 ports, the issue is that I need 3 to be in use all at once..

    1) Mouse
    2) External USB Microphone
    3) External HDD

    The above 3 are musts and so far I cannot find a way of not using them all together to accomplish my goals...

    I thought this could be a solution as its a Thunderbolt External HDD however I don't really want to spend £500+ on it..

    I've found the below to be a potential option as all it would require would be a re-format to be Mac compatible however I'm still not sure how I'd be able to use them all at once;

    I've had a look around but not found any solutions so far - are there any USB extenders or is there such a thing as a USB 3.0 to Thunderbolt adapter that I could purchase?

    Any help and guidance here would be great! :)
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

    Tobias Funke

    Apr 3, 2012
  4. shnn2011 macrumors member


    Feb 19, 2013
    A hard drive is a hard drive, just buy one. there's no point in a USB 3 to Thunderbolt adapter unless you need that USB port for something else.

    The rest of the stuff that you're asking about is totally up to your preference.
  5. laurasaur25 macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2013
    I'm currently researching to buy a rMBP so am still new to all this... Someone correct me if my suggestions are wrong.

    1. I know they make USB converters that allow you to convert a single USB port into multiple ports. A quick search found something like this:

    There's obviously different variations.

    2. I've been looking into different external hard drives and looked at the reviews for one this morning that allow for automatic wireless back up:,2817,2386590,00.asp
  6. andeify macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2012
    No Thunderbolt to USB 3 adapter exists at this present time, although you can get Thunderbolt docks that have extra ports like this Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock which has 3x USB 3 ports.

    A cheaper option would be to get this powered hub, and put the Mouse and Mic on it.®-Uspeed-7-Port-Adapter-Chipset/dp/B006TTA75Y/ref=sr_1_11?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1374087112&sr=1-11&keywords=USB+hub
  7. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    I see several solutions here
    - replace the mouse with a Bluetooth mouse.
    - does it have to be an external mic, or are the internal mics not good enough? (i have no exp in this department, so I'm just asking)
    - if your router supports it, network the drive.
    - Thunderbolt hub, but that will run you a couple hundred dollars at least.
    - externally powered USB hub.

    Pick your poison. Of course you could sell the MBP and get a laptop with 3+ USB ports, but I don't think that's a solution you're looking for lol :p

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