Cheap And Fast USB-C Backup Drives For Mac

Best USB-C Drives For MacOS

External SuperSpeed USB-C Storage For Apple Computers

Best SuperSpeed+ USB-C Storage Products For Mac

Shopping for the fastest, Apple compatible USB-C external backup drive for TimeMachine backups on a Mac? Explore some of the new and affordable next-generation SuperSpeed+ USB 3.2 Type-C interface SSD and HDD storage solutions to store and protect your new Apple computer's data.

USB 3.1 Type-C USB-C Drives For MacBook, iMac, Mini, Studio & Pro

With the latest round of Apple MacBooks, iMac and Mac mini and Pro supporting up to 4 Type-C ports, expect the demand for dongle-free Mac backup drives that can directly connect using USB-C to explode. Here's a few off the shelf Type-C retail drives now available, though note that some come with only a Type-A cable, but for USBC/ThunderBolt3 port use you might need to buy a USB-C to USB-C cable separately.
T7 USB 3.2 SSD Drive

500GB To 2TB SSD Storage
Portable USB 3.2 Drives

In 1TB to 2TB Capacities

USB-C G-Technology SSDUSB-C Sandisk Drive
10Gbps Gen 2 G-Tech SSD

500GB To 2TB Capacity
128GB USB-C+A Flash Drive

Dual Type A + C Plugs


Affordable 240GB SSD
Glyp Atom USB-C RAID

1TB Dual SSD Modules

Portable USB 3.1 Type-C Drives For Mac

With the introduction of the Early 2015 Apple 12" Retina MacBook, Apple debuted a small, new USB-C port to the masses. Dubbed SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1, Gen 1 Type-C at 5Gbps, the connector served as both the recharging and data port. USB-C also has a reversible connector to make plugging any next generation USB-C device in brain-dead easy. More recent MacBook Pro's now feature a Type-C ThunderBolt 3 port which also supports full 10Gbps Gen 2 USB 3.2 speed devices as well.

Many Apple computer accessories don't even need the full 10Gbps bandwidth USB 3.2 Gen 2 provides. But backup drives - especially those built with PCIe SSD modules - need and can leverage all it. Expect there to be high interest in USB-C storage peripherals as more Mac's and PC's start shipping with Type-C ports onboard in high-volume.
USB-C Flash DriveUSB-C Drive Adapter
SanDisk DUO 32GB

USB-C and USB-A Plugs
2.5" USB-C SATA Adapter

Laptop HDD & SSD Drives


RAID 0/1 Jumper Selectable
PCIe USB-C Enclosure

Uses NVMe M.2 SSD Module

Fast DIY USB Type-C Drive Enclosures

As linked above, and to fully take advantage of USB 3.2's Gen 1 5Gbps and Gen 2 10Gbps speed potential, one of the first USB-C drive cases to appear is a Solid-State SSD enclosure with native USB-C port. More importantly, internally it supports specific PCI-e M.2 SSD modules capable of delivering over 1000MBps data speeds comparable to SSD ThunderBolt drives based on using 1 or more PCIe SSD blades.

For more modest needs, and using standard off-the-shelf 2.5" SATA SSD or HDD drives, here's two enclosures below for building an Apple compatble USB-C DIY backup drive.
Premium USB-C EnclosureCheap USB-C Drive Case
Akitio Aluminum USB-C Drive Case

2.5" SATA III Type-C UASP Enclosure
Orico USB-C Enclosure

Includes USB-A to USB-C Cable

One of the first USB 3.2 enclosure for 2.5 inch SATA III drives hit the market with a native USB Type-C port on the rear: The Neutrino U.31 USB-C drive case from Akitio has a full 10Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2 chipset which also supports UASP for the ultimate efficiency and performance from any modern solid-state drive like those featured here that you choose to put into it. Many other USB Type-C drive cases are now available typically costing around $15-$30 USD.

Fast Portable USB Type-C External Drives For Mac

Along with the debut of Apple's initial USB-C 12" Retina MacBook announcement, LaCie storage technology also announced the LaCie Porsche Design USB-C portable hard drive available in a slim 500GB model, and thicker 1TB and 2TB sizes. Backup drive manufacturers were quite quick in changing from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 chipsets, but it remains to be seen how agressively they'll pursue the transition to USB 3.1 Type-C interfaces on their storage devices.

USB-C To USB 3.0 Drive Cables

Many existing portable USB 3.0 SSD and HDD drives use this slim micro-B USB3 connector cable. A cheap and simple adapter cable can allow you to DIRECTLY plug your current mobile USB 3.0 drive into a USB-C port - without needing to use a USB-C to USB-A dongle, hub or adapter.

USBC To USB3 Micro-B Cable

For Many Existing USB3 Drives

This cable may be appealing to some users who want to bypass a Type-A to USBC adapter. Note there's no performance benefit to be gained from merely changing cables - read/write speeds will remain the same.

Fast Desktop USB Type-C External Drives For Mac

We're seeng more and more USB-C desktop drive hardware announced. USB-C tended to appear in slim, portable computing hardware first, desktops later. The market for USBC peripherals and devices is changing fast. There's still countless legacy USB Type-A ports in use across a billion computers across the globe. In the interim, cheap USB 3.2 Type-C Male to USB A standard mini and micro cables can convert legacy Apple backup drive hardware for direct connection to a USB-C enabled computer.

Fast USB Type-C Flash Drives

As we see with the SanDisk Duo which was first to ship, Kingston has released its DataTraveler microDuo 3C USB 3.2 flash drive that ships in capacities from 16GB to 64GB. The 16GB has 100MB/s and 10MB/s Read/Write speeds, with the 32GB and 64GB delivering faster 15MB/s Writes. microDuo has a dual interface that accommodates both USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports plugs for versatile use on PC's and/or Macs old and new.

What Does USB 3.1 Gen1 Mean?

The new SuperSpeed Plus USB 3.2 standard involves TWO major aspects. Gen-1 is adoption of the PHYSICAL TYPE-C micro-connector, but the data transfer speeds will stay at USB 3.0 5Gbps rates. When next-generation USB 3.1 chipsets are deployed, the speed increases to Gen-2 10Gbps rates. USB 3.2 is the industry's response to Apple and Intel's ThunderBolt interface in 10Gbps, then moved to 20Gpbs in already shipping ThunderBolt 2 peripherals and computers. Thunderbolt 3 combines both 40Gbps Thunderbolt and USB3.1 Gen-2 protocols into a single, unifying interface.

Why The USB-C Transition?

The primary driver of device connectivity using USB-C is the TINY SIZE of the interface. It's essential if both the Apple, PC and Cellphone / Tablet world is to have ever-more portable ultra-slim devices. As small as it may be, the rectangular USB Type-A port we've known for 15+ years is just too big and bulky for the razor-thin future of mobile computing hardware. Don't expect conventional USB 3.0 ports to dissapper too quickly on desktop computing accessories like printers, headsets, scanners, usb speakers and other gadgets.

Beyond it's tiny size, the major selling point of USB-C is the UNIFICATION of computer ports into a SINGLE interface standard: USB 3.1 is capable of delivering power, high-bandwith data, audio, video - USB-C can also manage USB, Displayport, ThunderBolt and PCIe protocols for a future ability to physically connect ANY kind of computing peripheral. It really is 'One Interface To Rule Them All' - though the transition is likely to take several years.

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