Drive Enclosures With Type-C Thunderbolt 3 PortsIt's a rocky start waiting for fully Apple compatible Type-C Thunderbolt 3 drive cases, enclosures and docks. Some Mac users will want to build their own ThunderBolt 3 backup drive using the off-the-shelf HDD hard disks or SSD solid-state drives of their preference. We're seeing many external backup drive manufacturers quickly switching to the Type-C port for SuperSpeed Plus USB 3.1 based drives.
40G TBolt3 + 10G USB 3.1 Support
While the 1st-generation 10Gbps ThunderBolt storage market made a fairly painless and quick transition to 2nd-generation 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 chipsets, the transition to TBolt3 is far more complex. It invovles changing from the mini-DisplayPort port interface to Type-C connectors and simultaneous support for 10Gbps USB 3.1 data streams. Major modifications to the PCB - Printed Circuit Board are needed to accommodate next-gen 40Gbps Type-C Thunderbolt 3 chipsets and spec-certified component modifications to operate reliably at such high data transfer rates.
Type-C Thunderbolt 3 Compatible SSD RAID Enclosure Products
Dual 2.5" SSD Bays - USB 3.1 Type-C Connection
This 40Gbps Type-C Thunderbolt 3 dual-bay external drive case from Akitio is designed for both 2.5" SSDs where speed is the primary concern, or 3.5" full-size desktop hard drives for those who want to maximize their storage capacity. A durable dark aluminum casing provides excellent heat dissipation. It also has a large rear fan to keep the drives cooler for reliability and longer life. It combines the latest generation Type-C Thunderbolt 3 interface in combination with SATA III SSD drives that can be configured as a hardware RAID 0, RAID 1, SPAN or Non-RAID disks. Akitio's Thunder 3 RAID enclosure is poised to deliver EXTREMELY fast Read/Write throughput over 2000MB/s. The Thunder 3 also features dual, daisy-chainable Type-C Thunderbolt 3 Ports for other ThunderBolt 3 peripherals and displays.
OWC will be offering a similar Type-C Thunderbolt 3 enclosure with hardware RAID and JBOD configuration flexibility. You could configure a multi-drive RAID 0 array for maximum, high-performance or in a RAID 1 config for data-redundancy. With two drive bays at your disposal you can opt to install hard drives, SSDs, or a combination of both. One might setup two or three drives using a sofrware RAID app, but perhaps leave any remaining drives in independent JBOD mode, or setup dual drive software RAIDs.