I knew the M1 MB Air USB-C ports were going to be different, but I didn’t really think this through. Just went to transfer all my media from an existing external drive to the MB Air. I’m staring at a USB-A cable end. FML
And my portable charging battery thing is also USB-A. So, looks like I will be needing at least one USB-A to USB-C cable. But my portable drive would need USB-A male(?) to USB-C? So, like a hub?
Many portable drives use a USB micro type B connector.
When I purchased a previous MBP with USB-C ports, I picked up a pack of type A to type C adapters (enter Dongletown) but also picked up a pack of USB 3 micro type B to USB type C cables for the drives.
Here is the pack I purchased but anything similar should work.
My latest drive purchases were SanDisk SSD drives that come with USB-C connectors so the cables that came with were C-to-C but they included a C-to-A adapter.
Yeah, a bit frustrating, but it’s solved by a $10 trip to Amazon.
That said, I wouldn’t use a hub. I’d get a direct-connect cable for the drive. Or alternatively, if you have an existing Mac that the drive can plug into, you could move the files over the network. Might not be quite as efficient, but it’ll let you do it now instead of in a day or two when your cable shows up.