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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.
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.
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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;)
|1||UGREEN hard drive enclosure 2,5 inch USB C 3.1 Gen 2 to SATA III up to 6 Gbps external enclosure ...||19,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|2||UGREEN hard drive enclosure USB C 3.1 Gen 2 to SATA III up to 6Gbps enclosure for 2,5 inch SSD ...||19,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|3||SSK Aluminum 2,5 "HDD Enclosure USB C 3.1 to SATA External HDD Enclosure Adapter ...||15,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|4||ORICO 2,5 "USB C external hard drive enclosure, USB 3.1 Gen2 to SATA 3.0 10Gbp / s for 7mm and 9,5 ...||19,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|5||Cable Matters Aluminum 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 External SSD Hard Drive Enclosure (USB C Enclosure, SSD ...||23,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|6||ElecGear USB C 3.1 external hard drive housing for 2,5 inch hard drive from 7 to 15 mm -...||26,96 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|7||UGREEN Hard Drive Enclosure Hidden Cable USB C External Hard Drives up to 5Gbps Enclosure ...||14,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|8||ICY BOX External 2,5 inch housing for hard drives and SSD, USB-C 3.1 (Gen2, 10 Gbit / s), ...||34,90 EUR 31,02 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|9||UGREEN 2.5 inch enclosure USB C 3.1 Gen 2 on SATA up to 6Gbps for SSD and HDD in height 7mm ...||991 Reviews||25,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|10||ORICO External USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) hard drive enclosure SATA USB C enclosure adapter for 2,5 inch ...||19,49 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
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 ...)
|1||UGREEN USB C hard drive enclosure 3,5 inch with USB C 3.1 Gen 2 up to 10Gbps USB 3.5 inch ...||45,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|2||Yottamaster Aluminum 5 Bay USB C Hard Drive Enclosure, External SATA Hard Drive Enclosure for 3,5 "...||178,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|3||ICY BOX external 4-bay USB-C enclosure for 2,5 inch & 3,5 inch SSD and hard drives, USB 3.1 ...||189,00 EUR 179,90 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|4||FANTEC 1973 DB-ALU31 External hard disk enclosure (for the installation of a 3,5 inch and 2,5 inch ...||24,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|5||Inateck hard disk enclosure 3.5 USB 3.0, external HDD enclosure for 2,5 ”/ 3,5” SATA HDD and ...||22,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
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.
|1||SanDisk SSD PLUS 240GB Sata III 2,5 Inch Internal SSD, up to 530 MB / sec||41,99 EUR 29,90 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|2||Samsung 870 EVO 500 GB SATA 2,5 "Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (MZ-77E500B / EU)||69,99 EUR 66,00 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|3||Crucial MX500 1TB CT1000MX500SSD1-up to 560 MB / s (3D NAND, SATA, 2,5 inch, internal SSD)||113,67 EUR 89,90 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|4||SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD 1 TB internal SSD (SSD internal 2,5 inches, shock-resistant, 3D NAND technology, ...||94,74 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|5||Samsung 870 QVO 1TB SATA 2,5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (MZ-77Q1T0BW)||116,96 EUR 89,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|6||WD Blue SATA SSD 1 TB, 2,5 inches (internal SSD, high reliability, reads up to 560 ...||93,90 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|7||Crucial BX500 CT480BX500SSD1 480GB internal SSD (3D NAND, SATA, 2-inch)||59,15 EUR 45,89 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|8||Intenso 3813440 High Performance internal SSD 240 GB (6,3 cm (2,5 inch), SATA III, 500 ...||44,99 EUR 25,29 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|9||Crucial MX500 1TB CT1000MX500SSD1 (Z) - up to 560 MB / s (3D NAND, SATA, 2,5 inch, internal SSD)||113,67 EUR 89,86 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|10||Kingston A400 SSD Internal SSD 2.5 inch SATA Rev 3.0, 480GB - SA400S37 / 480G||110.329 Reviews||73,99 EUR 50,90 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
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