SSD USB-C Backup Drives For MacWith 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 SSD backup drive have a bright future to look forward to.
Type-C Interface with USB 3.0 A Cable
Note: USB-C Cable Sold Separately
USB-C SATA III SSD DrivesWith SSD costs per gigabyte dropping radically, affordable single-drive USB-C SSD external backup drives are likely to reach 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.
USB-C PCIe SSD DrivesPCIe 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.
Expect the next generation of USB 3.1 backup drives 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.