USB 3.1 Type-C to Thunderbolt

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by davosfromgot, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. davosfromgot macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I've got an old Macbook Pro Early 2011 with Thunderbold (the first version I guess).
    I've now bought a case for my SSD which has an USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C output.

    Since Thunderbolt supports up to 10 Gb/s, I thought about using it instead of the USB 2.0 ports. However I couldn't find any Type-C to Thunderbolt cable on Amazon or eBay.

    Is such cable available anywhere?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. EugW macrumors 603

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    No.
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    Don't confuse Thunderbolt with USB. The two are completely different protocols. The only way those are shared are through the Thunderbolt 3 ports on the newer Macs. Those same ports are also access connections for USB-C. That's the cute, oval connector on your SSD case. Your case is only USB-C, however. It will connect to a Thunderbolt 3 port, as that port shares with USB. But, you can't convert a Thunderbolt 1 or 2 port to USB. There's no USB bus on that connection like there is on the Thunderbolt 3 Macs. There's two choices - a thunderbolt hub that provides multiple connections. I think some of those also offer USB as part of the ports offered. It's not a simple adapter cable, and still pretty pricey, particularly if all you need is USB.
    The OTHER choice is connecting from your USB 2.0 ports to USB-C. Just a simple USB-A to USB-C cable will do that. And, you get whatever the slowest speed is - USB 2.0, even though your external drive is USB 3.1
    I was reading about the OWC thunderbolt 2 hub, which gives you a LOT of external connections. Appears to give USB 3.0, even on your 2011 MBPro. But, it is still pricey, about $200 on sale right now, regular $250.
    You would have to accept that external hub takes up quite a bit of space, connected to a laptop, but you may be OK with that.
     
  4. davosfromgot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It is in fact pricey, but it would be great to have that many USB ports + HDMI.
    I ended up getting a cheap (aroung $10 or so) USB-C to USB-A as you said, but I'm considering one of those in the future.

    Thanks for the help!
     

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