7 best USB-C enclosures for fast data transfer [2021 Guide]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
Deputy Editor
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An enclosure, whether for a hard drive or a solid state drive (SSD), is a special casing that holds and powers your hard drive or SSD, with support for linking between one or more computers.

With advancements in technology, you can now get the best USB-C enclosure for your hard drive or SSD. The type C connector is famed for its fast speeds and power, unlike type A or B.

The advantages you can get from the best USB-C enclosure include adding more drives, RAID capabilities, storage and a variety of media to computers.

You can also easily transfer data between computers that are not networked, plus it prevents heat from the hard drive from increasing the heat within the computer case.

USB-C enclosures prevent wear and tear while lowering the cost of removable storage.

Here are our top picks for the best USB-C enclosure.


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Cable Matters Premium Aluminum

  • 10Gbps data transfer rate
  • USB C/Thunderbolt 3 Port compatible
  • UASP, TRIM and S.M.A.R.T support
  • Doesn't work through a USB hub

Our first item on the list is this premium enclosure case from Cable Matters, which is an excellent choice for to connecting a 2.5″ SSD or HDD drive to a computer. It’s good to note that 3.5″ HDD is not compatible with this device.

Besides the USB C/Thunderbolt 3 port compatibility, the device is also backwards compatible with USB-A ports with included USB-C to USB-A cable.

The aluminium design keeps some of the heat away from the SSD, and the vet at the back helps even more.

Users have also appreciated the customer service timely responses.


UGREEN 2.5″ Hard Drive Enclosure

  • 6Gbps UASP transfer speed
  • Universal system compatibility
  • Backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 ports
  • Might work inconsistently

The wide compatibility this UGREEN hard drive enclosure has ensures you can connect it to older Windows OS (2000, XP or Vista included).

If you use it with macOS, have a USB C to USB C cable at hand, because it is not included in the original package.

Setting up your drive in the enclosure is easy and the sturdy foam in the enclosure holds the drive well. The overall design and material quality is also one of the perks this item brings.


ASUS ROG STRIX Arion

  • Thermal pads to pull heat away
  • Supports M 2 PCIe NVM Express SSDs
  • Transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps
  • Might not close properly

This enclosure supports 2230/2242/2260/2280 form factor drives with M key/ B+M key. Despite the screwdriver-free design, some users complained that their SSDs didn’t fit the enclosure case, so you might want to be extra careful about this detail.

The case boasts compatibility with a wide range of devices (laptops, smartphones, PC, and gaming consoles) and to this end, it includes both USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables.

Up to a certain point, the Aura Sync lighting technology that provides ambient lighting can also be considered one of the perks this case holds.


MOKiN M.2 NVME SSD Enclosure Adapter

  • Tool-free design
  • Compatible with 2242 / 2260 / 2280 with M Key & B+M Key SSDs
  • Supports Plug & Play and Hot-Swapping
  • Overheats at times

MOKiN’s USB 3.1 Gen 2 enclosure is a perfect solution for data transfer and back up since it can reach speeds of up to 10Gbps. However, this depends mostly on the speed of your SSD, USB port type, your device performance, etc.

This USB C to M.2 NVMe enclosure comes with a tool-free design which allows the quick installation of an M.2 NVMe SSD in just a few seconds. Note that the NVMe SSD is not included in the original package.

Overall, this enclosure might be your best choice for making an NMVe drive into a portable storage unit.


Vantec Nexstar

  • USB 3.0 transfer rates of up to 5Gbps
  • Compatible with USB 2.0/1.1
  • Converts 7mm or 9.5mm 2.5'' SATA HDD/SSD into an external Hard Drive
  • SATA 6 Gbps interface
  • The board is soldered to the ports and is not physically supported.

The Vantec Nextar TX 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure include a super speed plus USB 3.1 Gen 2 transfer speed, with two cables for compatibility with type A or C ports.

Its full aluminum enclosure and tray build is designed for heat dissipation and elegance, with ultrafast SATA III support, plus it is a plug and play so you don’t have to install any drivers to use it.

Besides being compatible with Windows and other operating systems, it has smart features that spin down with your computer (hibernate/shutdown), and it comes with an activity LED light, on/off switch, and an optional power connector.


FAQ: Learn more about the USB-C enclosures

  • What hard drive enclosure do I need?

You have to check the size of your drive and buy a hard drive enclosure that matches to it. Take a look at our best USB-C enclosures deals for more information.

  • Is USB-C fast enough for SSD?

With the USB-C 3.1, you can get up to 540 MB/s data transfer speeds. Check out our best USB-C SD card readers deals to access your digital files.

  • What does USB-C look like?

It looks similar to a micro USB connector, but more oval and thicker.  Take a look at our best USB-C extension cables deals for all your needs.

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Editor's Note: This article was originally published in December 2017 and was revamped and updated in December 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.