External USB Mac SSD Drives

Mac Compatible USB SSD Storage

On a cost per gigabyte basis, Apple compatible solid-state USB storage devices for Mac backups are becoming more affordable than ever. If your data storage needs are modest or if you have a fat wallet - there's a fast and reliable external SSD drive to match.

10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen2 USB-C SSD Mac Backup Drives

Newer Macs with Type-C USB 3.1 (and ThunderBolt 3) ports are well matched to cutting-edge Apple solid-state drive technologies. A new generation of PCIe NVMe SSD blades / modules can really take advantage of SuperSpeed Plus's increased USB 3.1 bandwidth. Note: Two SSD's in a striped RAID 0 configuraion fill more of the data pipeline for peak USB3.1 transfer speeds.

Glyph Atom USB-C SSD

Dual-Drive RAID Option


You'll also see many of the latest Mac compatible SSD backup drives moving to a Type-C connector on the drives. Most include both USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables to connect to via Type-C or to older Macs with conventional Type-A rectangluar USB 2.0/3.0 ports.

Samsung T5 Portable USB-C SSD

250GB to 2 Terabyte Capacities


5Gbps USB 3.0 Gen1 USB-A SSD Mac Backup Drives

The 5Gbps bandwidth of a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port is a decent match for a single Mac compatible SATA SSD based backup drive. LaCie, Akitio, Western-Digital and others offer affordable off-the-shelf solid-state USB 3.0 Mac backup drives, Or you may opt for a DIY home-built Apple SSD backup drive - you can pair a low-cost 2.5" solid-state flash memory drive or mSATA module with a cheap SATA USB enclosure for a fast and inexpensive TimeMachine SSD backup drive for MacOS.

Akitio U3 SSD Drive

240GB USB 3.0 Mac Backup Drive


High-Speed USB 3.X SSD-Caliber Mac Flash Drives

Most typical, modern USB flash drives easily outperform a single hard drive's Read/Write speeds at a very low cost. However, those with sophisticated controllers to rival the performance of other external SSD drives are rarer.