The demand for Apple compatible USB-C solid-state flash memory storage hardware has begun. Apple users wanting to leverage their new Thunderbolt3 / USB 3.1 Type-C ports for an ultra-fast Mac USB-C SSD backup drive have a bright future to look forward to.
Mac USB-C SATA III SSD Drives
With SSD costs per gigabyte dropping radically, affordable USB-C SSD external backup drives have reached the market quickly. We're already seeing 10Gbps USB 3.1 drive enclosures for Mac hit the shelves that support a standard 7mm-11mm 2.5 inch SATA III solid-state disk and feature a Type-C USB port on the case. So, you can cheaply and readily build your own DIY USB-C backup drive in minutes. There are also USB 3.1 mSATA and m.2 and PCIe SSD blade drive enclosures available for DIY Apple compatible USB-C backup drive solutions.
Mac USB-C PCIe SSD Drives
PCIe NVMe SSD modules have become the main storage offering inside many recent Apple computers. These small solid-state drive blades save a ton of space and more importantly support data transfer rates 2-5 times faster than the aging 6Gbps SATA specification.
Ultra-Portable Mac USB-C External SSD's
The newest generation of USB 3.1 external SSD backup drives are tending to be MUCH smaller than what you're used to. As solid-state storage becomes the norm and starts to displace conventional mechanical hard disk drives in earnest, the days of a high-capacity disk drive being the size of a paperback book or even a deck of cards is quickly fading. M.2 and mSATA size SSD modules occupy a fraction of the space peviously needed inside a laptop or desktop system. External Mac SSD backup drives are shrinking in size as well.
Mac USB-C RAID SSD Drive Arrays
We're seeing keen interest in USB 3.1 multi-drive solid-state storage solutions with a USB-C Type-C connector on the back of the enclosure. A pair of SATA III SSD drives or modules in a striped RAID 0 array are a good match for filling Gen 2 USB 3.1's 10Gbps pipeline. Over in the ThunderBolt drive splace, we see companies offering drive arrays with DUAL PCIe SSD modules. When configured in a striped RAID 0 array, they offer speeds that can completely fill USB 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps data pipeline.
MacOS UASP Support In USB-C Drives
As we've recently seen in the USB 3.0 backup drive space, disk enclosure chipsets that support UASP - USB Attached SCSI Protocol - are becoming the norm. UAS protocol handles Reads and Writes over USB far more efficiently and faster than the previous generation of Block-Oriented transfers using BOT protocol. While UASP doesn't provide much if any benefit to mechanical hard drives, it's CRITICAL for optimal performance from external Mac SSD USB-C drives under OSX. Expect UASP supported chipsets in ALL USB Type-C drive enclosures has become a defacto standard in all USB 3.1 enclosures and drives - but can be 'iffy' in the USB 3.0 market. Read specs carefully before purchasing.