Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by lympero, Nov 5, 2016.

  1. lympero macrumors 6502a

    lympero

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    I want to use this adapter the other way in order to connect a usb-c external ssd to a thunderbolt port on a mac mini 2011. The site says "As a bidirectional adapter, it can also connect new Thunderbolt 3 devices to a Mac with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port." (http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MMEL2AM/A/thunderbolt-3-usb-c-to-thunderbolt-2-adapter)

    This means i need an extra thunderbolt cable to connect this adapter to mac mini and then the usb-c end to the external ssd?
     
  2. satinsilverem2 macrumors 6502a

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    This should work provided that the drive you want to use is thunderbolt 3 and not just USB C. And yes you will need a thunderbolt 1/2 cable to connect.
     
  3. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Chances are your external SSD is USB, not Thunderbolt. USB-C connectors can carry both USB signals and Thunderbolt signals, but both ends must support the same protocols or it won't work.
     
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  5. lympero thread starter macrumors 6502a

    lympero

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    Thanks! This usb 3, 3.1, type c, thunderbolt 3 thing is so confusing.
     
  6. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Yes. The way people have been speaking of USB-C is confusing.

    Just remember this: USB is a data transfer protocol. There have been several generations of USB, USB-2, USB-3 and each is backwards compatible with prior generations. To use USVB, you need connectors (plugs) on the ends of cables and devices. The original connectors were called Type-A and Type-B. They were problematic, fragile, and frustrating because they had a right-side up. The new connectors are called Type-C, and they are nice because they are small, sturdy, and reversible.

    To make matters better (or worse), the new Type-C connector is designed to be future-proof, so it's multi-purpose. It supports USB signaling, as well as Thunderbolt, PCI-Express, ethernet, HDMI, and DisplayPort.

    Don't use USB-C when speaking of protocols. It's just a connector. The new MacBook Pros support USB 2 and 3, Thunderbolt (1, 2, and 3), DisplayPort, wired ethernet, and HDMI. They just do it with a Type-C connector.
     
  7. RandomRazer Suspended

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    ca n u hook a mini display port vga adapter to the thunderbolt to thunderbolt 3 adapter?
     
  8. chabig macrumors 68040

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    To connect a VGA display to the USB-C port, you would plug in a USB-C to VGA adapter, like this. The USB-C to Thunderbolt3 adapter doesn't carry mini-displayport signals.

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  9. RandomRazer Suspended

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    i wnated to save some money ad use a vga to mini display port adatper onto a thunderbolt 3 adapter lol
     

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