How can I utilize Thunderbolt 1 ports speed (iMac late 2013) with external hard drive USB-C ? (10 gig speed) iMac has USB 3 (5 gig) so if I go USB to USB I lose half the speed of any USB-C equipped SSD.
You may need some sort of Thunderbolt-to-USB-C adapter of some sort (or just get an external drive with a Thunderbolt interface).
Anyone got a better answer?
In the few days since I posted the question I've learned that I don't think there is a way. Two different languages. There is close to nothing that can be found in regards to Thunderbolt 1and 2 external SSD's, and what little I have found were either more than a new computer with thunderbolt 3, or no faster than what would be expected of USB 3 read and write rates. The Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter blocks power through-put so none of the Thunderbolt 3 drives will work with Thunderbolt 1and 2 computers without a thunderbolt 3 hub with two Thunderbolt 3 ports and an independent power supply. I'm still searching to find out how fast this set up might be.
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As a first party, does Intel sell Thunderbolt 1 or 2 equipped devices? Are there Intel first party devices and/or accessories that I can purchase to use with the Thunderbolt equipment/ports installed on my computer? Has Intel previously sold External SSD or HDD devices equipped with Thunderbolt 1or 2? I can't seem to find any retail Thunderbolt 1 and 2 drives/devices, only some Thunderbolt 2 equipment that costs thousands of dollars, or expensive hubs without Thunderbolt 1 & 2 devices to use with them, at least I can't find them. Since Thunderbolt 2 devices seem so rare, and I wouldn't know what to look for, and you can't tell me, can you provide me with any information for/on any Intel first party Thunderbolt 1 & 2 devices I can look for?