I know I’m about 10 years late to the game. I’ve been using SLOW USB 2 drives to transfer media at the end of my film shoots and I was able to get away with this for awhile, but now I need to up my game and actually use the two thunderbolt ports on my MacBook Pro Early 2015 to make things a little quicker.
So I buy a current thunderbolt drive (suggestions, by the way?) and then I have to get an adaptor to use between the drive (current thunderbolt) and my laptop (old thunderbolt)?
Your 2015 MBP most likely has 2 Thunderbolt 2 ports. And 2 USB ports. The USB ports on it may by USB2.0 or USB3.0
If your USB ports are USB3 then with a single drive or even 2-drive RAID, you will likely get the same speed from a USB3 port as you would from a Thunderbolt 2 port. USB3 drives are considerably cheaper than Thunderbolt 2 drives.
Thunderbolt 2 delivers better speed with 4-bay RAID drives and/or SSDs. Anything less, you’re better off with USB3.
If your MBP has USB2 ports then, of course, Thunderbolt2 is faster.
To use those ports with a newer Thunderbolt 3 drive, all you need is an Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter. There are other make adapters, but Apple’s is the only adapter that works in both directions.
Your MBP’s Thunderbolt2 ports are compatible with any Thunderbolt 3 devices with this adapter, but it will not work on a USB-C device even though the connecter matches.
You could also consider (for a higher cost) a Thunderbolt 2 dock that gives you a bunch of ports from one Thunderbolt 2 port.
Does your laptop have USB 2 ports or USB 3 ports? Both are possible as Apple did have at least one MBP model which had Thunderbolt 2 but USB 2 ports. Later models had Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.
This matters because if your MBP has USB 3 then you don’t need to bother with Thunderbolt 2 or 3 at all. Just use USB-C drives and simple USB-A (which your MBP has) to USB-C cables and your transfers will be fast as well as your camera people’s.
<font face=”inherit”>Your 2014 Mac Pro, </font>if its the Cylinder model, then that too has USB 3 ports.
Really? I have usb 3, but a quick google search tells me that thunderbolt 3 (assuming the laptops my camera people are using have thunderbolt 3 ports) has a transfer speed of 40Gbps.
Transferring with a usb c drive attached to my computer, according to Google, is 10 Gbps. And, besides, even if I have a usb c attached to my usb 3 port, aren’t I still going to get usb 3 speeds, which is even slower?
Regardless, I don’t see how a usb c drive attached to my computer is the same as a thunderbolt 3 attached to a tb3 port on a newer laptop, unless I’ve misunderstood what you’re saying.