USB or Thunderbolt SSD

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

  1. MarkieMark92 macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2013
    London, UK
    For windows 10 on an external SSD which would be better USB 3 or Thunderbolt?
  2. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    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:
  3. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    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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