External multiple drive bay?


#1

When my new computer comes in (looks down the driveway wistfully for the UPS man) I’d like to cannibalize (slightly) my old computer and bring over some of the drives to my new computer. The new computer has a USB 3.1 Gen-2 Type C port on the back of it. Could I run that Type C cable out to an external drive enclosure such as this…and will my OS recognize multiple drives via a Type C cable? And what kind of data transfer speed would I get with SSDs mounted in there? I’d primarily use it for data storage, and can retrieve data to the computer to work with, but just curious if I could send ShadowPlay footage there or use it for X-Plane scenery - or would the data transfer rate for USB C be too low?

(EDIT - Product below this text will not work…Lightning Bolt 3 only…)


#2

In theory it should do nicely. In practice… YMMV.


#3

Yeah, my current backup system is a Synology NAS with dual 6TB drives in RAID-1 configuration. It works fine for what it does, but it transfers data via Ethernet cable through a Ethernet junction box. The data transfer rate is pretty slow. In reading the reviews for the box above, someone mentions they can edit 4K video using the system…so it does sound like it is pretty quick. Still doing research though, and not settled on that particular unit, but was just wondering if the gist of the setup was a valid configuration…


#4

Now I’m confused though:

“This unit requires the host computer to have Thunderbolt 3 port.”

Is Thunderbolt 3 the same thing as USB-C?

Edit…looks like it isn’t the same…but they are compatible. With Thunderbolt 3 being 40Gbs vs. 10Gbs for USB-C 3.1 Gen 2…


#5

Thunderbolt 3 and usb-c are physically the same I read, but not everything supports the thunderbolt 3 protocol. It’s like a data transfer format.


#6

Ah…right on…looks like that unit I was looking does NOT support my type of output…and it does require Thunderbolt:

“This device requires the connection to a Thunderbolt controller in your computer to work. It will not work on USB 3.1.”


#7

But then there is this mention in the reviews too:

“The second Thunderbolt 3 port supports Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 (10 Gpbs), and DisplayPort devices.”

So who knows. LOL…I’ll shop for an alternative that offers (specifically) USB 3.1 Gen 2 compatibility.


#8

Looks more like this would be appropriate…USB 3.1 Gen 2 specifically (and a helluva lot cheaper!):


#9

Any opinions on these drives (for external storage)?

Toshiba X300 4TB Performance Desktop and Gaming Hard Drive 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5 Inch