USB or Thunderbolt SSD

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by MarkieMark92, Jul 24, 2016.

  1. MarkieMark92 macrumors regular

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    For windows 10 on an external SSD which would be better USB 3 or Thunderbolt?
     
  2. hfg macrumors 68040

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    I run several systems with Windows 10 on external Thunderbolt SSDs in bus-powered LaCie "Rugged" enclosures (purchased as refurbished hard disks which I then rebuilt). I have had no problems doing this so far on iMacs and Mac Mini computers. Although you will hear from others that USB 3.0 is fine, I am not a fan of USB 3.0 enclosures at this time due to some operational issues I have encountered. USB enclosures are pretty cheap, so you could try one to see if it works for you, and if not, switch to a Thunderbolt enclosure as needed.

    This enclosure with USAP seems to be recommended often on here:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FCLG65U/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
  3. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    I'm with hfg on this, and am using a Gen 1 LaCie Rugged SSD right now (over TB) with a Sierra partition. I've not had any issues with Win 7/8.1/10 or Mac partitions over USB 3 for storage but for OS-related partitions I can't offer that USB 3 doesn't cause me problems more often than I want - I've had zero/0/nada problems with the same drives over TB 1/2...
     

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