Recommendation sought: Thunderbolt 3, external SDD 1TB storage drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Eldiablojoe, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. Eldiablojoe macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2009
    West Koast
    In anticipation for the new MBP having at least one USB-C port for Thunderbolt 3 transfer speeds (40 gbps!), I am starting to explore my options for a backup solution. I have a few I use now (a CCC clone drive, one the holds my iTunes and Photos libraries, and one for TimeMachine backups), but i would really like to take advantage of the incredible speeds available with Thunderbolt 3.

    Can anyone recommend a good solution?
  2. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    No idea on backup, but it better have more than one USB-C port. Even the tiny HP Spectre has 3!

    But, regarding the port, USB-C supports USB 3.1 and TB-3. USB 3.1 is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2. So any existing USB drive will work. You just need the right cable.
  3. killawat macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2014
    I would steer you away from an actual Thunderbolt 3 solution unless you have serious high speed needs (2000 MB/s read/writes) or you know that you will connect multiple Thunderbolt 3 devices in a daisy chain and need the storage to be a part of that array. The 40 Gbps bandwidth really isn't needed for a single device. Only when you start adding things to the chain (such as displays, storage devices, eGPU, PCI-E devices) will you start to hit that limit.

    These are the types of enclosures you see for TB3 connectivity:

    A usb-c (or even USB 3.1 gen 1) interface will max out most drives (including any SSD or HDD) and cost a fraction of the price. If your stuff is USB 3 already I would just keep what you have, maybe get a USB-A to USB-C cable so can plug it right in to your new MBP.

    There are several USB-C solutions available for 2.5" drives, less so for 3.5" drives but they're coming out.
  4. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    Backup drives don't really need fast speed; it runs in the background and happens every hour. You want a lot of storage at ok speeds. Get a USB 3 hard drive with a lot of TB of space.
  5. FireWire2 macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2008

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