From installing 113 GB Call of Duty files to running Kali Linux on your VirtualBox, storage devices have a wide range of applications. In today’s scenario, you need a portable hard disk for the same reason you carry your cell phone instead of a landline – portability and added features. If you are planning to buy the best external SSD, you have come to the right place, my amigo.
Although the extensive usage of Solid State Drives (SSDs) became popular over recent years, the history of Solid State Drives (SSDs) goes back to the era of vacuum-tube computers. There existed two similar units named Card Capacitor Read-Only Store and Magnetic Core Memory. But the introduction of cheaper drum storage ceased these memory units. And the recent developments in Big Data, Virtual Reality, and developments in gaming industries have shed some light on the need for higher capacity storage devices again.
Why Portable Storage??
If I were to build a PC from scratch, I would prefer to have a 250GB/500GB internal SSD and would rather invest more on an external storage than having 2TB of internal storage. Having an external storage has its perks.
- Portability: You cannot carry your PC at work – home, but you definitely can carry the large files home and maybe work from home for a day. Or if you’re like me, you would want to carry your games everywhere you go.
- Extra storage: There are movies which you downloaded in 2016 which are eating your internal storage. You can store files which you rarely use on an external storage instead of letting them lay eggs on your computer.
- Multiplatform storage: Stick ‘em bad boys up any device you want! PC, Mac, phones, some of them even on your gaming consoles.
- Boot an OS on it!: You heard me. You can boot any operating system on your hard disk and carry it around and connect it to any system and use it. All you need to do is restart your computer after you plug-in the hard disk and restart the system, and in the boot menu, choose your hard disk as your boot priority. This way, every computer you touch is your computer!
- Install Software on it: Initialize the installation, and when you have to choose the destination folder, create a folder on the external disk and continue installation. Lo! Your Minecraft is everywhere!
Thus, having a high volume hard disk is like having some aces up your sleeves.
SSDs over HDDs
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Solid State Drives have overtaken the storage market in recent times. Although HDDs are comparatively cheaper, SSDs have an upper hand when it comes to durability and data transfer speed. Where typical HDDs are expected to last for about 6 years, lifespan of an SSD is expected to be a whopping 20 years!! Mechanical drive can easily break. Even a slight fall can corrupt a mechanical drive. In case of SSDs, they are made of pure embedded components which do not contain any mobile parts.
Without further ado, let’s get to our picks of the best portable external SSDs.
Best External SSD Lists
|SanDisk USB-C, USB 3.1||250GB, 500GB ,1TB||Check Here||3 years|
|Samsung TS USB 3.1 Gen 2||500GB, 1TB, 2TB||Check Here||3 years|
|Crucial X8 Portable SSD||500GB, 1TB, 2TB||Check Here||3 years|
|Seagate One touch SSD USB C, USB 3.0||500GB,1TB||Check Here||3 years|
|Western Digital My Passport SSD||500GB, 1TB, 2TB||Check Here||3 years|
|ADATA SD700, USB 3.1||250GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB||Check Here||3 years|
6 Best External SSD available in India
SanDisk created the world’s first flash-based Solid-State Drive about 25 years ago. Today, SanDisk is one of the most trusted brands worldwide when it comes to storage devices.
SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD comes completely rugged with an “all proof” case. If you travel by plane and notice the people have thrown around your bag and your SanDisk Portable SSD is still alive, that’s when you don’t regret buying it. It has an IP55 rating which means it can withstand rain, splashes and spills as well.
It works well with both USB-C and USB-A. It is password protected with SanDisk Secure Access 128-bit AES encryption.
- Transfer rate up to 550MB/s
- Water, dust and shock resistant
- Works with both PC and Mac computers
- Available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB
Samsung T5 SSD covers its precedent – Samsung T3 SSD with an amazingly fast USB Type-C connector, along with USB 2.0 compatibility. The Samsung V-NAND flash memory elevates the transfer speed up to 540MB/s, which is almost 4.9 times that of an external HDD.
The T5 is embedded with a software for PCs and Macs using which you can set password. This software is also available for Android devices, which is a great asset for those who constantly transfer data between devices.
Samsung TS comes in a complete metal body with no moving parts inside, which makes it shock proof to a great extent. It is pretty tiny as well. Weighing only 51 grams, you can fit two of these on your open palm.
Samsung TS comes in four colors – Blue, Black, Red and Rose Gold.
- Transfer rate up to 540 MB/s
- Can withstand falls up to 2m
- Password protection with AES 256bit encryption
- Works with Android, PC and Mac
- Availabel in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB
Crucial X8 comes with anodized Aluminium core. This means, apart from looking great, the case also dissipates heat efficiently, to maximize performance.
Crucial X8 comes with a wide range of device support. It supports your PC, Mac, iPad Pro, Chromebook, Android devices, PS4 and Xbox One as well. The Crucial X8 runs up to 1.8x faster than other portable SSDs, up to 7.5x faster than portable HDDs and up to 100x faster than USB flash drives.
X8 Portable SSD comes with Type-C to Type-C USB cable which gives transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s and
Type-C to USB-A adapter which provides transfer speeds up to 5Gb/s.
- Transfer rate up to 1050MB/s
- Extreme-temperature, vibration and drop proof up to 7.5 feet
- Works with Android, PC, Mac, Chromebook, and Xbox One
- Available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB
Seagate One Touch SSD is the most stylish external SSD one on this list. You would want to show it off to your friends, take it out for dinner or take it out dancing!
“Credit-card small and greyhound fast” is how people at Seagate describe the One Touch SSD. You can fit a One Touch SSD in your pocket! It is portable and sturdy. One Touch SSD comes in 2 colors, Black and White.
With One Touch SSD, you get 2-month complimentary membership to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan, one-year complimentary subscription to Mylio Create – a powerful app to edit, share and organize photos into a life calendar and 3-year Rescue Data Recovery Services, which will back you up in case of water damage or a natural disaster.
- Transfer rate upto 400 MB/s
- Almost small enough to fit in your wallet
- Works with PC and Mac
- Available in 500GB and 1TB
WD 500GB My Passport SSD is designed with blazing fast NVMe technology with transfer speeds up to 540MB/s.
My Passport SSD comes with a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty, the longest one on the list. While other SSDs in this range come in 126-bit encryption, My Passport SSD has a 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption.
My Passport SSD comes with WD Backup software, which can automatically backup your files to drive or to Dropbox.
- Transfer rate up to 540MB/s
- Password enabled with 256-bit AES encryption
- Shock resistant with drop resistance of 6.5ft
- Available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB
Adata SD700 would be for those people who love adventures, who travel a lot, and who throw their backpacks around often. You can keep one in your pocket and go skydiving. And if it falls, it can still be used! By the person who finds it, of course.
SD700 comes with military-grade shockproof shell and IEC IP68 waterproof protection. It also has rubber bumper encircled coating for extra protection against falls due to which it meets MIL-STD 810G shockproof requirements.
The SD700 uses stacked TLC Flash technology, which offers increased reliability, higher density, and better power efficiency than previous 2D NAND SSDs.
While Adata Includes USB 3.0 port, it does not have a USB-C port. But you can get a converter. Unlike other SSDs on this list, SD700 gives a slightly lower performance, with transfer rate upto 440MB/s, but it is less expensive compared to other SSDs on the list. So, you get what you pay for.
Last words, Adata SD700 is great if you constantly need to carry around your and don’t mind much about the transfer speed. But if you do mind the transfer speeds, you can choose the ones above.
- Transfer rate upto 440MB/s
- Dust and water resistant, with Military grade shock resistant
- Works with Android, PC and Mac
- Available in 250GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB
So, Which External SSD Should I Buy?
Solid State Drives will become the norm sooner or later, as the quality of media and files only keep getting better. And just like the quality of the files, the prices of SSDs also keep ascending with time. This is the dawn of SSDs and you can get your hands on the new technology right now!
Solid State Drives are bounce for your ounce; more the ounce, more the bounce. We put SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD on the top because it comes within a reasonable prize and with reasonable performance. If you are ready to spend a little bit more for better performance, we recommend you to go for Crucial X8. These are fast and durable.
If you look dazzling and if you want your SSD to look dazzling like you, go for Seagate One Touch SSD or ADATA SD700. They are the best budget SSDs available, they are great for travelling, maintaining a great performance at the same time.
If you travel a lot, if you go on motorcycle rides, skiing, trekking and want save those picturesque memories, you should definitely buy ADATA SD700. It is portable and hardwired for rough use.
Final note: There will always be one thing that can store more data than USBs, HDDs, SSDs and sometimes cloud storages too…
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