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I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro that has now 1 terabyte of storage, but want to connect a external hard drive via the fastest connection possible. It didn't come with USB 3.0 but 2x USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt port. Can I get a male Thunderbolt to female USB 3.0 adapter?

  • The 2011 MacBook Pro has a thunderbolt port. – At0mic Sep 14 '15 at 0:37
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The Thunderbolt port on your MacBook Pro is already faster than USB 3 so the fastest possible connection of an external storage device would be to attach a Thunderbolt drive via the Thunderbolt port.

Note that Thunderbolt is a faster interface than a hard disk can accept or push data so for top speed you will either need a RAID configured for speed or an SSD drive.

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You can simply buy a Thunderbolt external hard drive like this durable and portable one from LaCie. Be aware that these drives tend to be more expensive, but by the time you've bought a USB3.0 to Thunderbolt adapter and hard drive, you're better off going for the native Thunderbolt drive with USB3.0 connectivity as well.

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