Izen Ears

New Macbook Pro's with those USB-C ports

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  Apparently also called "Thunderbolt 3" connectors.

  Has anyone used these with Thunderbolt 2 HDs?  Should I wait for G Tech to make USB-C HDs or take the plunge on the Thunderbolt 2 drives?  Seems dumb to have to use an adaptor for brand new stuff.

  Thanks!

 Dan Izen

 

EDIT: Nevermind no one has Thunderbolt 3 and it might be a while...  USB 3 seems like the fastest for now...

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depends if you *really* need the thunderbolt3 speed, for most normal hard drives thunderbolt 1 is plenty enough.

even USB3 is really fast, so if hook up an USB hard disk with USB-C connector it will work nicely (it will use the USB3 bus and not thunderbolt). there are quite a few disks with USB over the USB-C connector, even some with SSDs.

but if for some reason you need the full throughput, here are some tests from the speed wizards:

http://barefeats.com/tricktb3b.html
http://barefeats.com/tricktb3.html
http://barefeats.com/tricktb3b.html

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Thunderbolt 2 will be faster than most drives you are going to buy, so that won't be your limiting factor.  Unless you are building an SSD raid for serious media processing, I would just buy what suits your needs and is available now.

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