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Best way to hook up USB3 devices to new USB C M1 iMac?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: October 29, 2021 03:04PM
OK to just get a couple of USB C to USB A adapters, and reuse existing USB3 hubs ? ? ?

Or time to splurge for new USB C based hubs?

Also, old peeps wanna use wired, old school, USB mouse & kb; does it matter if they're lumped in w/ external drives (2 x HDD's + 1 full size optical) on same hub ? And does that factor into decision as to whether to reuse old hubs, or replace w/ new USB C gear?

Thanks.
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Re: Best way to hook up USB3 devices to new USB C M1 iMac?
Posted by: sekker
Date: October 29, 2021 03:19PM
USBC hubs are super inexpensive and work great. Try one - maybe get it to match your colored iMac?
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Re: Best way to hook up USB3 devices to new USB C M1 iMac?
Posted by: btfc
Date: October 29, 2021 03:19PM
Which model iMac exactly? Older or newer drives?

I like to connect drives directly rather to a hub.



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Re: Best way to hook up USB3 devices to new USB C M1 iMac?
Posted by: hal
Date: October 29, 2021 03:24PM
that depends on what you have.

I needed two UBS3 drives connected to my 2018 mini so I got a couple of USB3>USBC adapters. They work perfectly for these bus-powered drives.

My iMac needs a bunch of drives, a printer, scanner and TB2 stuff so I got a thunderbolt hub (so it can also handle thunderbolt devices).
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Re: Best way to hook up USB3 devices to new USB C M1 iMac?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 29, 2021 03:26PM
....some people are not into hookups....they like long term....



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Re: Best way to hook up USB3 devices to new USB C M1 iMac?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: October 29, 2021 03:54PM
It depends on the speed of the connection you need. The latest and greatest USB 3.1 gen2 is twice as fast as USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 gen1. So if you're moving lots of big files, then probably upgrade to gen2 hubs. Otherwise, adapters are fine.
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Re: Best way to hook up USB3 devices to new USB C M1 iMac?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 29, 2021 04:23PM
Best way to hook up USB3 devices to new USB C M1 iMac?



USBC hubs are super inexpensive and work great. Try one - maybe get it to match your colored iMac?


This is how I'd roll.

A plug in hub if there is one, and keep cables and lengths to a minimum.





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Re: Best way to hook up USB3 devices to new USB C M1 iMac?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: October 29, 2021 05:21PM
It's a blue, mid-level ($1499) M1 iMac. Externals are 2 x USB HDD's w/ a TM drive, and a partitioned drive w/ old, emergency, backup data on one partition, and mostly virtual machines on the other partition of the second HDD. Also, a full size optical drive is in the mix. The two HDD's have wall warts, while the optical's enclosure has a builtin power supply. Only has 256GB SSD, coming down from 512GB on retired iMac. Pared down, should be ~165GB on internal, but may do even more housecleaning once everything is up and running.

There's really not much attached that I can think of that needs absolute speed.... just looking to avoid any "gotcha's" down the road. Will be happy to get the "Blue Angel" playing nice w/ the world, then worry about faster attachments as more stimulus checks roll in..... OK, OK, woulda opted for the 512GB SSD, but it was a long wait, where instant gratification was needed.

Sounds like a tossup between adapters vs. new hubs, so may go one of each to start, and see which solution, if any is better than the other.
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Re: Best way to hook up USB3 devices to new USB C M1 iMac?
Posted by: jdc
Date: October 29, 2021 05:40PM
No gotchas.

Its just a different connection that's faster, but fully backwards compatible with any previous USB as long as you have the right cable, adapter or hub. Dont worry yourself with speeds, nothing you can buy will even reach the potential of the ports, and vice versa.

You have come this far, sounds like it would be a great time to further consolidate drives? =)

Ideally, if everything fits on your internal, just one large external for TM.

If not, then a simple 2 drive setup:

1) internal with day to day stuff
2) external with everything else
3) big TM drive to backup 1 and 2
4) optical
5) one port left for KB, plug mouse into KB.

For many of my clients, I recommend a Seagate Hub drive. Has 2 powered USB hubs on the front. I have an 8 TB one myself. Its my TM drive, and has a couple of smaller bus powered data drives for sharing some files to clients.





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Re: Best way to hook up USB3 devices to new USB C M1 iMac?
Posted by: sekker
Date: October 29, 2021 06:58PM
Quote
Buzz
It's a blue, mid-level ($1499) M1 iMac. Externals are 2 x USB HDD's w/ a TM drive, and a partitioned drive w/ old, emergency, backup data on one partition, and mostly virtual machines on the other partition of the second HDD. Also, a full size optical drive is in the mix. The two HDD's have wall warts, while the optical's enclosure has a builtin power supply. Only has 256GB SSD, coming down from 512GB on retired iMac. Pared down, should be ~165GB on internal, but may do even more housecleaning once everything is up and running.

There's really not much attached that I can think of that needs absolute speed.... just looking to avoid any "gotcha's" down the road. Will be happy to get the "Blue Angel" playing nice w/ the world, then worry about faster attachments as more stimulus checks roll in..... OK, OK, woulda opted for the 512GB SSD, but it was a long wait, where instant gratification was needed.

Sounds like a tossup between adapters vs. new hubs, so may go one of each to start, and see which solution, if any is better than the other.
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You need adapters AND at least one dock.

Find one you like and looks nice is all my point. These are not $300 Thunderbolt docks. You can get great docks for $30 and have 4 or more USBA ports etc.
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Re: Best way to hook up USB3 devices to new USB C M1 iMac?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: October 29, 2021 07:23PM
Buzz,

If I were to buy a dock, I'd want a powered model. I've used non-powered docks on a slew of machines over the years and in the end, they only cut it for low power items like a mouse or keyboard or items that had their own power supply. Anything that was bus-powered caused agita. Even USB pen drives. Just food for thought based on my experience.

Robert
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