The Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter- Connect your TB3 Accessory to a TB 2 Mac Mini

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35 thoughts on “The Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter- Connect your TB3 Accessory to a TB 2 Mac Mini

  1. OK this is all well and good for when the device has a FEMALE Thunderbolt 3 output but what if it has a hardwired MALE Thunderbolt 3 connection. For example docking stations. I want to connect a Thunderbolt 3 docking station to my Macs thunderbolt 2 connector. Is there an adaptor for that?

  2. This is super, super important info that I DIDN'T know: "BOTH devices need their own power source". So basically, you can't use this with, say, an external portable SSD drive (because it has no power). Which makes ZERO sense when so many Macbook users would be buying this adapter for precisely that purpose. Is this right? Can anybody confirm? Why would Apple sell a TB2>TB3 cable if had this kind of shortcoming?

  3. Hi Sir. I have Macbook 2015 and it has got a thunderbolt 2 . I buy new ssd and it is Usb 3.1 . Now My problem is USb 3.0 slower then Thunderbolt 2 cause of this I want to use My ssd on thunderbolt 2 .
    How Can I Use my Usb 3.1 type c ssd on thunderbolt 2 port ?

    I can not find Type-c Female – Thunderbolt 2 male or
    Usb Type a female – Thunderbolt 2 male ? Adaptor ?

    How Can I do this ?

  4. I don't have Thunderbolt TM 3 PORT on my laptop just a type C port. But I have a HDMI to Thunderbolt Adapter, because I wanted to connect and EXTEND two other monitors to my laptop screen. I realised later that to be able to use the Thunderbolt adapter I need to have a Thunderbolt port on my laptop.
    My question is:
    Is there another adapter that would resolve my issue of not having Thunderbolt port on my laptop?

    Adapter that has a Thunderbolt IN and a Type C OUT. Does this exist?

  5. I have an iMac 27" Retina 5k with 32gb of ram, 4 GHz Quad Core Intel Core 7. I have a Lacie d2 Professional external 6TB drive. The d2 is USB c and the iMac has Thunderbolt 2 ports (2) and 4 USB 3.0 ports. When using the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter the drive does not power up. The external drive has independent power as does, obviously, the iMac. What could I be doing wrong?

  6. Hi I am a novice on these technical matters so I need please your help – I am about to purchase one of the relatively new Crucial X8 1TB External Portable SSD Drives and want to connect it with my Apple 2014 iMac 27 ins which has a Thunderbolt 2 Port to make use of the higher read speeds up to 1050MB/s, – The Crucial X8 can be seen here: – Do I need any additional adaptors or cables? If I can connect will I get the higher speeds or back to USB 3 speeds? Please enlighten me – Many many thanks

  7. Good grief, it's difficult enough trying to understand, decipher on the fly the British language without talking like you had to much espresso. If you insist on speaking the British language in the future, slow your delivery down. Better yet, get a Scot to do your presentations.

  8. Yeah.. thanks.. I wish I'd seen that last week.. 🙂
    I got the adapter and Apple told me that it would connect the LaCie Rugged USB-C to my 5k iMac first gen. I even brought it to the shop when buying the cable. Received the LaCie from a client.
    Well.. it didn't.. I'm thinking like you say..the LaCie doesn't have a power cable.
    Luckily there was an old-fashioned USB cable in the box too..that solved it. Wasn't 4TB worth of footage thank Gawd.>

    Thanks for this video..helped me figure out what probably is the issue.

  9. I have connected an External 8TB Lacie Hard Disk on to a 2013 MacPro with this adapter but the external hard drive does not power on. Both devices have their own power. The external drive powers on only if it is connected with a USB-3 port on MacPro.

  10. Hi thanks for you videos always helpful , when you say the external device needs to have its own power supply to work best dose any power cross the adapter cable? I find that when i plug in a usbC SSD Gtech nothing happens

  11. I’d be happy to connect my QNAP TVS-472XT to my (2018) MacBook Pro via Thunderbolt 3!

    Was able to connect using the RJ Ethernet cable and download/install Qfinder but it can’t see the Thunderbolt 3 connection the NAS to the MacBook (Mojave 10.14.3)

    The fellow at B&H said I need to be on a network so the MacBook could find the NAS via an IP address – thru the Thunderbolt 3 – maybe? But I bought wall sockets so I could connect to my FIOS Router – thru the building’s wiring – to the room where I do my work, pairing up a wall socket to the NAS via RJ11… looks good… nice IP and DNS stuff…

    But still no connection via the Thunderbolt 3 ?

  12. Hi, thanks a lot for the clarifying video. One last question though: does it work with Thunderbolt 1 computers al well? I have an old MacBook Pro Late 2011 and I'd like to use an external SSD drive housed in an USB-C 3.1 Gen2 powered enclosure. Would it work? Thanks

  13. Hi, I have a macbook mid 2012 13 inch, and was wondering if I could use my Uad Arrow with it (its a thunderbolt 3 device powered by its thunderbolt 3 cable only ) so I would need to connect to Nas and then connect to my macbook as u did on the video , do u think this might work for me ?

  14. Not sure if you would respond to this message but I got a Mac mini 2014 in 2019 with thunderbolt 2 connectors 8 ram. I want to use Fast SD cards and external SSD for video and photo editing. Not sure if I should get this dock or if there are other options to use the thunderbolt 2 connection to get faster transfers ( I own a Mac 2018 Pro) this is just as a secondary cheap computer. But not sure how to get the most out of those thunderbolt 2’connctions.

  15. Hi. for want to know before buying the external video card GPUe but if the external one has thunderbolt 3 and my laptop macbook pro has thunderbolt 2, with this for the adapter alun has problems with the graphic video card or they are good excellent graphics, you are unique hard drive is connected to thunderbolt 3-2 fucinado well, I have doubts whether to serve GPUe = BI% 3A514 & pcur = xCHF & sku = 1338299

  16. This video was really informative. Great job!
    I do have a few questions concerning the connection with the external hard drive to your computer. I'm currently working off an iMac with Thunderbolt 2 ports and I'm looking at the G-RAID series for my next external hard drive.
    Would it be smarter to go with the Thunderbolt 2 version and take the speed reduction OR got with the Thunderbolt 3 and buy the adaptors? Thanks in advance for reading!

  17. can you use the Belkin dock for the thunderbolt 2 with the thunderbolt 3 with this Apple cable. i think you may. i am not sure. with the Macbook pro 2018. because i have one and thinking of getting the apple cable of getting around it, i thin it just mat work with out spending ÂŁ220 Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Docking Station which only works for the Mac only.

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