USB-C to TB2 Adapter

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Ifti, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    If I have a USB-C external drive (which has a USB-C to USB3 cable included in the box) is there a USB-C to ThunderBolt2 cable available that'll let me use the drive via the TB2 ports on my MBP?
     
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    I have not seen any. I would guess it would not be cheap because of Thunderbolt licensing.
     
  3. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    What would be the point? Why aren't you just plugging it in via USB?
     
  4. Ifti thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have one of these one the way - http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extre...F8&qid=1457890129&sr=8-2&keywords=extreme+900

    Will be using it as a portable drive with with FCPX for editing video via USB3, but thought I would get a higher throughput with TB2, considering TB2 would be more suited for streaming data while video editing over USB3?

    If not, USB3, although Gen1, would still work fine for me as Im only editing 1080p video...
     
  5. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - I see. Then it makes sense. You didn't mention that the drive had USB 3.1 gen 2. I haven't heard of any Thunderbolt devices equipped with that, unfortunately.
     
  6. mountain macrumors 6502

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    Stinks that those adapters are so expensive. Wish my 9550 came with display port as well. I guess you can't have them all.
     
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  8. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Drives (HD or SSD) have native SATA interfaces, not TB, USB, FW or other. So you can easily move a drive from an enclosure with one external interface into another enclosure that has the preferred external interface. That way there you don't have to try to find odd adapter boxes or cables that you will not want or need in a year or so.
     
  9. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Except the drive in question clearly doesn't use a SATA connection. Its 850 MB/sec speeds are above what SATA can do.
    Unless it's using an mSATA RAID 0 implementation with multiple independent drives, which I guess is possible...
     
  10. HenryAZ, Mar 16, 2016
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    There are USB-C --> USB 3 cables readily available, which would give you good transfer speeds (USB 3 @ 5Gbps nominally). Here's one from Monoprice for $10.99:

    http://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=103&cp_id=10303&cs_id=1030319&p_id=13011&seq=1&format=2

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  11. dyn macrumors 68030

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    No because the drive speaks USB and TB2 only speaks Thunderbolt. You need the new TB3 for this to work and since TB3 also uses USB-C no adapter is required. A USB-C to TB1/2 adapter can only be used with Thunderbolt equipment.
     

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