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You probably know this: You want to connect an external hard drive to a Mac with USB-C sockets, but the plug does not fit into the socket, as the hard drives are usually only supplied with a connection cable for a USB-A socket.
Most readers certainly know how to solve the problem with a USB-A to USB-C adapter, but I would like to suggest another solution that I discovered myself only a few weeks ago, although it is actually quite obvious .
Brief disambiguation: There are many people who connect USB 3.0 to USB A and USB 3.1 to USB-C. However, one does not necessarily have to do with the other. While USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 refer to a transmission standard, USB A and USB C are terms that describe the plug connections (socket and plug).
So if you are looking for a "USB 3.0 to USB C connection cable", you are mixing two things that describe different areas. For this reason, the correct designation (for the cable you are probably looking for) is "USB type A to USB type C connection cable". If you want to delve a little deeper into the matter, feel free to say yourself Article on the differences between USB 3.1, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 read.
I have numerous external 2,5 inch hard drives in operation, all of which are equipped with a USB-A connector via USB 3.0. When I bought my MacBook Pro with the USB-C ports, I ordered a bunch of adapter plugs to "convert" the USB-A plug to a USB-C plug.
However, such USB-C adapters have some disadvantages that I would like to briefly list:
At some point I had the enlightenment that you can simply swap the entire cable between the external hard drive and the MacBook Pro. Instead of the USB-A on Micro-USB Type B cable, which is usually supplied with these hard drives, uses a USB Type C to Micro-USB Type B cable.
This bypasses the problems that you may have with the use of adapters and minimizes the risk that any unnecessary plug connections have a negative impact on the transmission speed.
A customer complains to a (otherwise only rated with 5 stars) CableCreation USB Type C to Micro-USB Type B cable a deterioration in Bluetooth and WLAN, which he attributes to inadequate shielding of the cable. I can't find anything like that on either of my models.
I prefer the short one (30 cm) OpenII connection cable, because I want to keep the cable clutter as minimal as possible. The Cable from Amazon Basics are only available with a length of 90 cm. Ultimately, however, it is a matter of taste what you choose. Here you can find the corresponding product boxes:
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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