USB 3.1 External USB-C SSD Drives For Mac

SSD USB-C Backup Drives For Mac

With the arrival of next-generation USB SuperSpeed Plus on Apple computers, a growing demand for USB-C solid-state flash memory storage hardware has begun. Apple users wanting to leverage the new USB 3.1 Type-C port for an ultra-fast Mac USB-C SSD backup drive have a bright future to look forward to.


With SSD costs per gigabyte dropping radically, affordable single-drive 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 currently USB 3.0 mSATA and m.2 mini SATA drive enclosures also available - expect many, many USB-C enclosures to flood the market in the months ahead.

Mac USB-C PCIe SSD Drives

PCIe NVMe SSD modules are now becoming mainstream in many Apple computers. These small solid-state drive blades save a ton of space but more importantly support data transfer rates 2-4 times faster than the aging 6Gbps SATA specification. Over in the ThunderBolt drive marketplace, we see LaCie offering a Little Big Disk ThunderBolt 2 array with DUAL PCIe SSD modules. When configured in a striped RAID 0 array it offers speeds that can completely fill ThunderBolt's 10Gbps pipe - and actually uses the extra bandwith in a 20Gbps ThunderBolt 2 connection.

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 as M.2 and mSATA size modules occupy a fraction of the space peviously needed inside a laptop or desktop system.

Mac USB-C RAID SSD Drive Arrays

We're likely to see 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.

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.