USB 3.0 on Mid-2011 Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by emieczko, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. emieczko macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2011
    Google, in it's infinite wisdom, has led me to an (approx) $80 adapter by Kanex that'll connect to the Thunderbolt port on my mid-2011 Mini. It provides a USB 3.0 port and an eSATA port. However... In addition to being a bit pricey, it's not well rated.

    Can any of you guys recommend options here for connecting a USB 3.0 device (at USB 3.0 speeds) to said Mac Mini? FWIW, I don't need the eSATA support
  2. keeper macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2008
    I use one and have a usb3 hub connected to it for my 2 external drives, works fine for me, however it's another box hanging off an EOL machine.

    May be worth looking at a small form factor PC rather than spending money it. I'm giving Apple till new year and I'll replace mine with a PC with a couple of internal drives, will be neater and faster.
  3. emieczko thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2011
    My Mini is still doing the job I bought it for without complaint. I really don't want to go through the hassles of setting up a new machine on a different OS just to get USB 3.0. I just want a faster means of moving data between it and a USB 3.0 hard drive that I use to backup a laptop...
  4. keeper, Dec 11, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2016

    keeper macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2008
    The reviews are mostly good on Amazon. I'm more than happy with mine.

    This is another version
  5. emieczko thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2011
    Intersting... The Amazon reviews are definitely better than those on the Apple Store.
  6. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Can you just use a gigabit ethernet network connection to the laptop? I have file sharing enabled on a mini that I use as an iTunes server and get over 100MB/sec copying files over my LAN.

    Direct-connected USB 2.0 drives only get around 30-35MB/sec. My small bus-powered USB 3.0 drives (like WD MyPassport Ultra) are also about 100 MB/sec. My larger desktop USB 3.0 external drives clock around 180MB/sec. however.

    How fast is the drive that you need to connect?
  7. wlossw macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2012
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  8. emieczko thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2011
    Ya know... Yeah, actually, that's an option, and maybe a pretty decent one, really. I had envisioned using an external drive as a mobile backup device and then syncing the drive to the main archive on the mini, but there's no reason I can't sync the laptop instead. The drive in question maxes out around 100 MB/s, so gigabit ethernet would be equivalent...

    and I already have that... Huh. Boyd01, you may be on to something here, lol!
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    That's two positive reviews (and none opposing so far)! I think I'm gonna give the ethernet workflow a shot, but if I decide I want my originally envisioned setup I think I'll give the Kanex a shot.

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