External Thunderbolt Mac SSD Drives

Mac Compatible Thunderbolt SSD Storage

On a cost per gigabyte basis, Apple compatible solid-state Thunderbolt storage devices for Mac backups are becoming more affordable than ever as flash memory prices slide. If your data storage needs are modest or if you have a fat wallet, you can choose between speed vs capacity.

40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 SSD Mac Backup Drives

Leveraging Apple and Intel's latest Thunderbolt technology, ThunderBolt 3 supports both 40Gbps TBolt3 and 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen2 protocols in a single, unified Type-C port. When paired with NVMe PCIe SSD blade modules, never before seen Read / Write speeds are possibile. Note: The drive below is Thunderbolt3 ONLY - but man, it SCREAMS!

Cable Matters Thunderbolt 3 40Gbps SSD

Read Speeds Up To 2400MBps!!! - 480GB Capacity


10Gbps Thunderbolt 3 "COMPATIBLE" USB-C SSD's

For budget-minded Mac owners, USB-C SSD drives are plenty fast and cost a fraction of full ThunderBolt 3 storage devices. Choose PCIe module drives for highest speed, choose SATA based drives for affordability. Some drive vendors are marketing these as Thunderbolt 3 "Compatible" but use USB protocols at a maximum 10Gbps speed. Of course, they're backward compatible with USB 2.0/3.0 ports as well.

Western Digital Type-C Portable SSD

Speeds Up To 515MBps - 256GB To 1TB Capacities


20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 SSD Mac Backup Drives

The 2nd generation of Thunderbolt rolled out much faster than the first as drive makers quickly revised their chipsets to support the updated 20Gbps spec. There's a wide choice of Mac backup drives available - though nearly all are HDD - mechanical hard disk drive based in multi-drive RAID array configurations. However, a decent range of Thunderbolt 2 enclosures that support readily available 2.5" SATA III SSD's let you build your own custom SSD Thunderbolt 2 solution within minutes.

DIY Akitio Thunder2 Duo Pro Enclosure

Two 2.5" SSD/HDD Bays - Combo TBolt2 + USB3.0 Interfaces


10Gbps Thunderbolt SSD Mac Backup Drives

The original Thunderbolt specification is still going strong thanks to a hundred million and more Apple computers with the DisplayPort style ThunderBolt interface.

Monster Digital 10Gbps ThunderBolt SSD

Great Price - High-Speed Drive For Macs


The 10Gbps Thunderbolt spec is plenty fast for the vast majority of Mac users - especially for hard disk arrays or single SSD drive hardware. Even dual SSD RAID arrays using SATA III drives or modules fall short of filling a 10G Thunderbolt pipeline.