About Backup Drives For Mac

Shopping for the best Mac backup drive for your Apple computer? A ThunderBolt external Mac drive will be the fastest for Professional and Enterprise markets, but as an average Consumer, you'll like find a USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 SSD or HDD to be nearly as speedy, far more affordable, and backward compatible with a wider range of older Macintosh desktops and MacBook laptops.

Featured Apple Storage Hardware

Here at drivesformac.com we track the latest Macintosh and MacBook compatible storage products. Inside The Mac Compatibility Labs we do extensive research on currently shipping Apple friendly data backup solutions and give our Top-Three buying recommendations in each category or class to help you find the right storage products at the right price.

Hard Disk vs Flash Memory vs Hybrid Combo

Three competing storage technlogies vie for consumers and businesses wallets:
1. Solid-State flash memory devices.
2. The longstanding magnetic, mechanical spinning-platter hard drives with the lowest cost per gigabyte.
3. An emerging generation of Hybrid SSHD drives that combine the best of both worlds.

In an SSHD a hard disk is paired with onboard solid-state flash memory that can deliver significantly improved performance. So it isn't an Either/Or proposition. Each technology has it's place in the computing landscape balancing data transfer speeds, storage capacity, portability and affordability.

While Solid-State SSD flash memory storage is beginning to seriously displace spinning platter drives, there's benefits and tradeoffs in each technology. Your budget, computing applications and storage demands can help guide your buying decision. Recent and significant price drops of flash memory have made solid-state drives far more affordable than you might think.

Changing Drive Interface Technologies

For many years, the PATA/IDE - or Parallell ATA interface dominated computer storage drives. But SERIAL ATA - SATA used far fewer wires and much narrower cables. SATA evolved through several generations of SATA 1 at 1.5Gbps, SATA 2 at 3.0 Gbps, to the current SATA 3 at 6Gbps. But even SATA is being trumped by PCIe drives - most notably as insanely fast PCIe NVMe solid-state SSD modules that can deliver bandwidth over 10Gbps to fill the pipeline of a 2nd-generation 20Gbps ThunderBolt 2 or USB 3.1 Revision 2 10Gbps USB-C connection. Thunderbolt 3 trumps them all, offering 40Gbps pipeline and a unifying Type-C connector that incorporates both Thunderbolt3 AND USB 3.1 Gen2 protocols into a single port.