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Help on choosing connection type for External HDD

Hey ppl,

i am on a dilemma here between getting an external HDD with type-C or with type USB 3.0.
to my understanding Type-C is x5 faster than USB 2.0 and x2 faster than USB 3.0. (please correct me if im wrong)

my new laptop has :
x1 USB 2.0
x1 USB 3.0
x1 Type-C

Purposes of the HDD :
i have a 512GB SSD on my laptop, i will have only OS and programs on that SSD and maybe few stuff such as several games or anything that i want to run on the SSD, the HDD will be my primary source of work where there im going to store all of my files, projects, folders of w/e that will be as i am a programmer and a starter video editor + im a gamer (mainly will be used for programming and editing, this laptop WONT be used for hardcore gaming, just stuff like WoW and MOBAs, i have my desk beast PC for that ;))

so my question :
Should i take an external HDD WITH type-c or USB 3.0?

thanks to the helpers.
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  1. Since your laptop has a type C connector, I would probably go with the type C but you may need an adapter to connect it to many older devices since type C is the newer connector.

    The type C connector if USB 3.1 does have twice the maximum speed. Only fairly new devices have USB type C connectors but they are getting popular fast as most new devices are using them.
  2. RealBeast said:
    If your laptop has a type C connector, I would probably go with the type C but you may need an adapter to connect it to many older devices since type C is the newer connector.

    The type C connector is only faster than the USB 3.0 if it is USB 3.1 type C, otherwise they are the same if both 3.0.


    i see, it does say its USB 3.0, i assume then its not worth it, that brings me into the company of the HDD now... WD or Transcend, any advises? (since its not a USB 3.1 then going for normal connection of USB 3.0)
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    There is a transition period it seems where some manufacturers are using type C with USB 3. I suspect your laptop is USB 3.1 if it is quite new.

    I personally would go with WD over Transcend.

    The biggest advantage of USB 3 is that it will connect to USB 3.0 or 2.0 connectors without any adapters. And the maximum speed of USB 3.0 is pretty much sufficient for most uses.
  4. RealBeast said:
    There is a transition period it seems where some manufacturers are using type C with USB 3. I suspect your laptop is USB 3.1 if it is quite new.

    I personally would go with WD over Transcend.

    The biggest advantage of USB 3 is that it will connect to USB 3.0 or 2.0 connectors without any adapters. And the maximum speed of USB 3.0 is pretty much sufficient for most uses.


    i see, i will check that out, thanks for the help! :)
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