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  • Adding USB-C Ports

  • Matt Hargrave

    January 31, 2020 at 4:34 am

    I’m DIT on a shoot getting footage from a bunch of different sources. I’m using a MacBook Pro with 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ii’ve got a hub that connects to those 2 ports and has 2 Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports plus 2 USB 3 ports (plus some other useless at the moment stuff). The problem I am running into is when I try to take stuff off a USB-C drive and copy it to both my Master and Backup drive (USB-C) at the same time or if I want to copy from a USB-C drive to my Master drive and charge my Macbook at the same time there are obviously not enough ports. I cannot seem to find any products that can turn 1 USB-C capable of data transfer into 2 or more. This really has to exist doesn’t it? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  • Tim Gerhard

    April 6, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Nothing comes to mind.

    Our MagStor tape drives will charge your laptop and offer a 2nd USB-C port, but I don’t think you want to buy a tape drive just to do this heh.

    Tim Gerhard
    MagStor Inc.
    LTO Solutions TB3 / SAS / USB / FC
    [email protected]

  • Mike Rogerson

    May 15, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Just came across your post, so thought I’d add my thoughts.

    I’ve been using the CalDigit TS3Plus dock for some time now and I think it would do what you ask (along with stuff you may not need) as it’s come with a hefty PSU to power any MacBook and free up some ports by giving you one full speed USB-C (Gen 2 10Gb), one USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 ( 5Gb/s), 5 USB-A 3.1 plus Ethernet, card reader, display port etc.

    So I think you could plug your Backup drive into the dock, then your source from the front usb-c or the spare one on your MacBook.


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