USB type C receptacles are found in more and more devices, but if you have older accessories or peripherals they likely use micro USB, and USB type A cables or plugs. One way to work around this problem is to get adapter, for example, I purchased a micro USB to USB Type C adapter last year, but this morning I’ve come across a USB type C hard drive enclosure, something I had not seen before, probably because I did not look for it.
- Designed for 2.5″ SATA drives (HDD/SSD) up to 9.5mm thick
- USB type C to SATA 3.0 interface using JMS567 chipset
- UASP protocol support (aka USB attached SCSI)
- OS agnostic so it should work with any operating systems
- Dimensions – 21.50 x 2.70 x 1.20 cm
- Weight – 130 x 79 x 17mm
JMicron JMS567 chipset is the same as used in NanoPi NEO NAS Kit v1.2. Several sites claims it’s a USB 3.1 enclosure, but it’s not since JMS567 is a USB 3.0 to SATA 3 enclosure, which should limit to the speed to 5 Gbps, instead of 10 Gbps for USB 3.1 Gen2), but considering SATA 3.0 is limited to 6Gbps, it should not make that much of a difference, if any. UAS support should help with performance too, and the company claims having achieved around 400MB/s read and write sequential performance with the enclosure.
I first found Maiwo K104C enclosure on GearBest where it is sold for about $9 shipped, but details are incomplete and sometimes incorrect, so I ended using most info from Banggood instead as they also include more photos, price is higher at $11.99. You’ll find many more USB type C HDD enclosure on Aliexpress too.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.