Fastest SSD Thunderbolt 4 Backup Drives

The demand for Apple compatible Thunderbolt 4 solid-state flash memory storage hardware is exploding. New M1 Macintosh users wanting to leverage their new Thunderbolt4 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 compatible Type-C ports for an ultra-fast Mac Thunderbolt 4 SSD backup drive have a broad range of high-performance storage devices to choose from.

DIY Thunderbolt 4 USB4 SSD Enclosures

Do-It-Yourselfers can build the Thunderbolt 4 backup drive in minutes using the M.2 NVMe SSD blade of thier choosing, possibly at a significant savings over buying an off the shelf drive.

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DIY Certified Thunderbolt 4 & USB4 NVMe SSD Enclosure

Up To 2TB @ 2800MBps : Includes Type-C Thunderbolt & USB Cables


Above: Yottamaster's, Below Ankmax's M.2 Thunderbolt 4 Enclosures. Check with manufacturer for SSD blade modules they recommend for the best performance, cool operation and compatibilty. The WD Black SN750 and Samsung 980 Pro seem to be the best choices.

Ankmax DIY Thunderbolt 4 & USB4 Tool-Free NVMe SSD Enclosure

Up To 8TB NVME Blades @ 2500MBps : TBolt4 Cable Included


Thunderbolt 4 Compatible Drives

Currently your best choice in in a Thunderbolt 4 compatible SSD drive is one that supports BOTH 10Gbps USB 3.2 *and* Thunderbolt 4 protocols. Many TBolt3 drives that shipped are Thunderbolt 3-ONLY* drives that wont work on a PC's 10Gbps USB-C ports. For a future-proof purchase, buy a newer drive like these models listed below with the latest universal Intel JHL7440 + JMS583 Dual Control chipset that supports *BOTH* TBolt and USB protocols on any computer's USB-C port - not just on Macs.

$PECIAL $AVINGS$ Low-Cost Sabrent Rocket
Very Fast SSD with Thunderbolt 4-Ready chipset:

Sabrent's Fastest TBolt 4 Compatible SSD

Best Bang For The Buck


LaCie Rugged Pro: Small But Fast Thunderbolt 4-Ready SSD:

Lacie TBolt 4 Compatible SSD

Tiny Thunderbolt 4 SSD Drive


Stylish OWC Envoy Pro FX, Their Fastest Thunderbolt 4-Ready Universal SSD:

OWC's Fastest TBolt 4 Compatible SSD

Super-Cooling Heatsink Enclosure


Fantom Extreme Thunderbolt 4-Ready SSD:

Fantom's Fastest TBolt 4 Compatible SSD

Five-Year Warranty.


Any of the above portable backup drives are a safe choice to leverage Apple's current generation of high speed ports, and continue to work well as Mac Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 device connectivity evolves.


Mac Thunderbolt 4 SSD Drives

With SSD costs per gigabyte dropping radically, affordable and super-fast Thunderbolt 4 SSD external backup drives for MacOS users have reached the market quickly. More will come

Ultra-Portable, Ultra Fast External Thunderbolt4 SSD's

The newest generation of extremely fast external Thunderbolt 4 compatible 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 external disk drive being the size of a paperback book or even a deck of cards is quickly fading. Using super-speedy NVME PCIe SSD modules, they occupy a fraction of the space peviously needed.




Solid-State Thunderbolt 4 & USB 4's Future

The first wave of Apple's new M1 chip Macs like the Mac Studio, MacBook Pro and Mac mini will soon be joined by an M1 iMac Pro. These all now include Thunderbolt 4 ports as standard. THey support both 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3/4 speeds, and 10Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2 peripherals. It will take a but more time till Apple ships fully 40Gbps USB4 compatible chipsets indside thier Macs.

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