USB 3 External Drives For MacConsidering a new hard drive purchase? Apple may have dragged it's heels, but the transition to USB 3 is now complete with recent USB 3 MacBooks all Macintosh desktop computers from Apple now featuring integrated USB 3.0 ports. Meanwhile, the USB 3 computer peripheral market is exploding with a huge array of SuperSpeed add-on cards, backup drives, hubs and computer accessories. Many PC users - and a few Macintosh Pro and MacBook Pro owners are enjoying the benefits of SuperSpeed hard drives with supported PCI-e and Expresscard USB 3 cards and select CalDigit or LaCie USB3 Accessories for Mac on OSX Leopard and Lion.
USB 3 SuperSpeed Hard DrivesThe potential 10x performance benefits of Super-Speed USB 3 are clear: Backward compatibility with USB 2.0 makes a USB3 back-up drive a smart forward-thinking purchase. The promise of OSX disk cloning, file copying and OSX TimeMachine backups in a FRACTION of the time it used to take is compelling. USB3 ports are shipping in several manufacturers PC desktop and laptop computer logic boards as well: HP, ASUS, MSI and others as new Ivy-Bridge motherboards with USB 3 ports onboard are introduced in 2012.
The push by these pioneers has resulted in an increasing number of shipping USB 3 drives from Seagate, Iomega, Western Digital and others. By year's end 2012 - we'll finally see widespread adoption of SuperSpeed for the masses.
External USB 3 Mac Hard Drive Backup SolutionsAll these drives come formatted for Windows. Simply use Apple's Disk Utility to REFORMAT with a GUID Partition Table for Intel Based Macs - and you're good to go! Got an older Mac? Backup at normal 2.0 speeds to meet your needs today - and enjoy improved Read/Write speeds on your next USB3 enabled Macintosh later down the road.
|1TB SuperSpeed Drive||USB3 Card-Cable-Drive Combo||2.5" Portable 3.0 Interface Drive|
|Verbatim SuperSpeed Drive
3.5" 1 Terabyte Disk
|WD USB 3 1TB Hard Drive
With USB 3 PCI-e Card
|Iomega eGo SuperSpeed
Portable Laptop Drive
Mac USB 3 Backup Drives?
Until the recent release of USB 3 MacBook models - Apple Macintosh users were left waiting for USB 3 driver support in Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion. Given the clear trend towards SuperSpeed - it's wise for Macintosh users to start buying USB 3 backup drives, partitioning and reformatting the drive for Mac OSX if needed, and enjoying the backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 until Intel and Apple get thier SuperSpeed enabled computers on the market.
DIY Mac Backup Drives : USB 3 Enclosures
Armed with the favorite 2.5" or 3.5" bare SATA II or III hard drive mechanism of your choice - pair it with any number of SuperSpeed hard disk enclosures and you can cobble together your own USB 3 backup drive for Mac that will work NOW with your existing iMac, MacBook, Macintosh Pro or Mac mini at USB 2.0 speeds - and be ready for full USB 3 speeds on your next MacBook or Macintosh desktop system.
External USB 3 Mac Hard Drive Cases and Enclosures
|3.5" SuperSpeed Enclosure||Full Size USB3 Dive Case||2.5" Portable 3.0 Enclosure|