I have a hard drive with a Thunderbolt 3(USB-C) cable and need to convert to a Thunderbolt 2 to plug my Macbook Pro Retina (2013). How can I do this?
I basically need the opposite of this cable. ( A USB-C female to Thunderbolt 2 male) Can anyone help me figure out how I can connect these? Is this possible?
Note: I have Glyph Blackbox Pro 8TB
1 Answer from the Community
The Glyph Blackbox Pro 8TB is a USB 3.1 gen 2 device that has a USB-C connector. It is not a Thunderbolt device.
You need a USB-C to USB-A cable to connect it to your MacBook Pro's USB port. The MacBook Pro's USB port is only 5 Gb/sec though but that is more than enough for the 8TB drive.
Since you don't have a Thunderbolt 3 device, you may ignore the following:
The Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter works in either direction but it is only for Thunderbolt devices.
It allows a Thunderbolt 3 computer to use Thunderbolt 2 devices.
It also allows a Thunderbolt 2 computer to use Thunderbolt 3 devices.
You need a Thunderbolt 2 cable to connect your MacBook Pro to the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter.
If System Information.app says a Thunderbolt 3 device is not supported, then you may need to use a Thunderbolt 3 enabler patch "tb3-enabler".
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