Will this allow a Thunderbolt 2 hard drive connect to a USB-c PC Machine?

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  • Yes, only if the USB-C PC Machine has Thunderbolt 3. The USB-C port might be USB only, in which case, it will not support Thunderbolt devices.

    I have read that the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter requires the Thunderbolt 3 controller of the computer to have NVM firmware version 18 or newer. Earlier versions such as 16 might not allow the adapter to work (it will be detected as only a non-functioning USB device). Use the Intel Thunderbolt software to determine the NVM firmware version (should be in the task bar). I would try it in any case to be sure.

    The Apple adapter is different from other manufacturers' adapters because the Apple adapter also allows using Thunderbolt 3 devices with Thunderbolt 2 computers (it works in both directions). The Apple adapter also is less expensive than others (sometimes by 50%).

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