External hard drive enclosures with USB-C for 3,5 and 2,5 inch hard drives are particularly well suited to external use of an HDD or SSD that would otherwise be built into the housing of a computer. By connecting via USB-C or Thunderbolt 3, not only is data exchanged faster, but also compatibility with the Apple MacBook Pro late 2016 as well as with other modern computers and laptops.
USB-C or Thunderbolt 3, as Apple calls it, has many advantages for fast data exchange and for powering external hard drives. With Thunderbolt 3, among other things, data rates of up to 40 Gbit / s are possible! However, since most hard drives and hard drive housings are safely recognized and operated as third-party devices for USB-C 3.1, a maximum rate of 10 GBit / s is preferable. You can find out what Thunderbolt 3 or USB Type C 3.1 can do here in the blog in the extensive article Thunderbolt 3: Apple interface for USB C, video, data, power and all kinds of gadgets.
External hard drive enclosures with USB Type C 3.1
Not only that MacBook Pro late 2016, but also upcoming Apple devices in 2017 and 2018 as well as PCs, laptops and notebooks with Windows are increasingly being equipped with USB Type C. Sooner or later, this interface standard will replace the previous connections.
So if you want to arm yourself for the future and want to install and use hard drives externally in a housing, then external hard drive housings with USB-C are exactly the right thing for you. These are available for 2,5 inch models as well as for 3,5 inch hard drives - HDD and SSD. The good thing about the small versions: 2,5 inch hard drives do not need an additional power supply.
Here I have picked out the bestsellers in the field of USB-C hard drive enclosures for 2,5 inch hard drives. The list updates itself automatically. So if you can't find the right one for you today, check back in the future;)
Bestseller: USB Type C enclosure for 3,5 inch hard drives
There isn't that much choice for the larger hard drives. The trend is towards small, mobile devices that don't need an additional power supply anyway. So here are just five products that Amazon is proposing as bestsellers. If there are other products among them, it is because there are not enough choices for five ads. (2,5 inches is just cooler ...)
If you are not only looking for the right case, but also for a good or very good SSD hard drive for external use, then take a look at this overview. Again, it is a self-updating list - so you can always see the current bestsellers, which are not only bought often, but are also rated good or very good.
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2 comments on “External hard drive enclosures with USB-C for 3,5 and 2,5 inch hard drives”
I'm looking for an external hard drive enclosure for my old Mac Book Pro hard drive.
According to the packaging, there is a 250GB Serial Ata hard drive in my Mac Book Pro.
How can I find out whether it is 2,5 "or 3,5" and which connections must the external hard drive housing have?
Often the descriptions of the external hard drives also include the information 9,5mm or 12,5mm.
How can I find out the dimensions of my hard drive?
Hello Paul! In the MacBook models, only 2,5 inch hard drives have ever been installed. These hard drive sizes are used because of the lower power consumption and the smaller space requirement for mobile devices. You don't have to worry about the overall height. The 2,5-inch panels actually only have 7mm and 9,5mm. I think the 12,5 mm can only be found on the 3,5 inch hard drives. That means, this case from Inatek should fit your case:
If your new Mac is one with USB-C sockets, you will also need an adapter. I would recommend this cable adapter from Amazon Basics:
So you should actually have everything to use the old hard drive on the new Mac. If you have any further questions, I'll be happy to help.