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Best NVMe USB 3.1 SSD Enclosure For Mac DIY Drives

Shopping for building a fast, affordable USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt 3 compatible SSD backup drive using off the shelf M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD modules? The best USB 3.1 SSD enclosures for a DIY backup device should incorporate these ideal features:

MyDigitalSSD M.2 NVME SSD Enclosure

Ultra-Fast DIY USB-C Mac Drive Solution

  • Chipset with support FULL Gen2 10Gbps speeds (Not just 5Gbps Gen1 which would bottleneck performance.)
  • Accept a variety of M.2 SSD blade lengths up to 80 millimeters to give you the most flexibility in your solid state drive choices.
  • A SSD blade enclosure made of aluminum to help dissipate the heat that these modules crank out during heavy Read/Write bursts.
  • Support UASP protocol to ensure maximum data transfer rates that older BOT protocols can't match.
  • Come with BOTH new USB-C Type-C and conventional USB 3.0 Type-A cables for connection to Macs or PC's old or new.
  • Be easy to assemble: Either a SSD enclosure that's tool-free or has a minimum number of screws.

For peak performance, we recommend the bleeding edge Samsumg Evo 970 SSD blade, however more affordable M.2 modules like the Crucial P1 or Western Digital's WD Black series are fine choices as well.

High-Performance NVMe SSD Blade For Mac Backup Drives

M.2 PCIe Solid-State Drive Module

Cutting-Edge USB-C SSD Backup Drives For Apple MacBooks

USB 3.1 Type-C connector computer drive products are arriving to market quickly. If you're looking for a 12" MacBook compatible SSD backup drive to take advantage of the new SuperSpeed Plus specification, there's already a decent variety of Apple-friendly storage solutions available. Most are USB-C enclosures for DIY USB 3.1 Mac backup drives while we wait for major drive makers to start adopting it broadly across their product lines.

Samsung T5 USB-C Portable SSD Drive

Starting At $100 USD Capacities To 2TB

Although LaCie was first to announce an Apple-friendly backup drive with a native USB 3.1 Type-C interface, it's yet to ship. In the meantime, Samsung has been very, very aggressive in both coming to market and extremely low price points for 250GB to 2TB of solid-state drive capacity. And don't forget, Samsung's SSD's benchmark at the top of the charts with excellent performance few competitor's can match.

Do note though, the Samsung T5 drive featured above comes with a USB Type-C to USB 3.0 Type A cable for use on a wider variety of older computers. If you don't have a USB-C to USB 3.0 dongle / adapter / multi-port hub and want to connect one directly to a recent USB-C MacBook you'd want to order a simple Type-C to Type-C cable.