USB Type C is being rolled out to laptops and phones, but hard drives are about to get it, too, as the high-speed connection makes its way to more devices.
Hitachi’s G-Tech division has this week announced that it will have external hard drives very shortly designed with this new port, and if you don’t quite know what we’re talking about, this is the new USB Type C technology.
If you’ve never seen it before, the port can look a little like Apple’s Lightning port, with a softened rectangle designed for a cable that can be plugged in any way. There’s no up or down, and this “reversible” design makes it just that much harder to break.
It’s also reversible in such a way where the hard drive and the computer both take the same port, so you can’t plug the cable in the wrong way at all, making it easier across the board. A plug back to standard USB — USB Type A — will also be made available, and G-Tech will build the same drive in the standard USB 3.0 connector also, in case you don’t use USB Type C at all.
For all intents and purposes, you’ll be able to think about this new drive regardless of which connector you get it with as much of the same as what is out there, but in the case of the Type C variant, with one less cable for new computers supporting the USB Type C format, including machines like Apple’s super-slim MacBook and the HP Spectre x2.
In many ways, G-Tech’s release is about supporting future devices, with most computers released this year expecting to support the USB Type C port, as well as some phones and tablets, too, and this will come through support from either Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.1, both of which rely on the same port but offer different speeds.
Beyond the use of that upgraded port, however, G-Technology is focusing on speed, telling GadgetGuy that the portable drives being announced this week are made to work with USB Type C’s 5Gbps speeds, but Thunderbolt 3 will be coming later on as well.