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Shopping for an Apple compatible data backup drive? We feature the best external Mac drive options for your MacBook laptop or Macintosh desktop. They're the best data recovery insurance you can buy, and a must have for safeguarding any MacBook or Macintosh desktop computer user's data and settings.

Choosing A Backup Drive For Your Mac

Mac ThunderBolt And USB 3 Drives


For modern Mac systems, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, USB 3.1, and Apple ThunderBolt ports are the primary computer interfaces for today, and for the next decade. eSATA and FireWire 400/800 still have their place in keeping legacy computer systems and storage peripherals viable, but are fading fast.

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USB Backup Drives For Mac

Remember, USB 3.0 storage devices are backward compatible with legacy USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 Macintosh computers. With proper USB-A to USB-C cable, USB 3.1 drives are compatible too, at less than peak possible data rates. Nonetheless, a cheap cable can help you transition to the USB-C future and preserve your existing Mac SSD or HDD hardware investment.

Next-Generation Type-C Drives For Mac

SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 drives have been introduced with the new micro USB Type-C connector as Gen 1 at 5Gbps. The speed increases to 10Gpbs at Gen 2 as the full USB 3.1 specification rollout advances and new Apple products with more mature chipsets are released. Gen 1 is fine for any (relatively slow) hard disk, but if you're interested in solid-state storage, look for USB-C drives that support the full 10Gbs Gen 2 standard.

Next Generation ThunderBolt3 Drives For Mac

A new era of ThunderBolt 3 drives are hitting the market that use the Type-C connector, but will operate at 40Gbps and tunnel USB-C data through it as well. Expect a bit of confusion as both USBC and TBolt3 devices can be plugged into a new Mac's Type-C ports and use the appropriate protocol as needed.

We're Apple Storage Hardware Geeks - So You Don't Have To Be

Whether you're shopping for your very first Mac backup drive - or looking to upgrade and replace a previous external drive - we'll point out our Top-3 product recommendations in each category. Whether it's an affordable (but fast) Apple USB 3.0 storage product, a next-generation USB-C drive, or (a pricier) but extremely fast ThunderBolt storage solution, we'll steer you in the right direction. Insanely Great external SSD and HDD drive options and recommendations - Easy as 1-2-3!

Different Mac Models - Different Drive Purchase Criteria

The type of Mac you own can help in refining your choice in an Apple compatible external drive for OSX and TimeMachine. Keeping in mind that 75% of all Macs sold are MacBook laptops, compact and portable USB-C, USB 3.0 and ThunderBolt drives are highest in demand. Full-Size desktop drives are right for those in enterprise and professional environments or those with large volumes of data and huge media files to access, share, and retain.

Drives For Mac : Solo Or Shared? Home Or Business? Professional Or Consumer?

Who you are as a Mac user can help guide the right product selections. The vast majority of Mac owners are just average computer users looking to cheaply protect their precious data files in the event of a computing disaster - or a way to store and share photos, music and more.

The narrower prosumer and business market has far more exacting and demanding storage requirements, especially in the area of audio and video production environments where time is money. Multi-Drive RAID arrays deliver both the speed and high-capacity needed.


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