I am not very tech-savvy. Please tell me what this means: "USB Type-C to Type-A cable (for backward compatibility)"

G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mobile USB-C Portable Drive

G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mobile USB-C Portable Drive

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    USB type A is what you would find on any mac 2015 or older. USB type c is on the newer macs 2016-2017. It's pretty much saying they have both wires in the box depending on what computer you own. Hope that helps a little.

  • As technology progresses the shape of the connector changes. It gets smaller. USB-A is a little larger than the USB-C so it requires a different cable to fit your port. I don't know the exact date or Mac devices that have the newest USB-C port. "Backward Compatibility" simply means they included two different cables so you can use it with the older USB-A port. I hope I said this without using too much technical jargon.