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Best solid state external hard drive list

Solid state external hard drive is a great choice over conventional HDD, but as solid as they are, a wrong choice may leave a lasting general impression on the mind that SSDs aren’t to be trusted with one’s data. Choosing the right portable solid state external hard drive for yourself is dependent on some certain factors such as the capacity, ruggedness, the manufacturer, whether it’s wireless or not, to mention a few.

That notwithstanding, you can also be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt through product reviews such as this. There are a plethora of SSDs to choose from, and these are some of the best on the shelves.

#1. SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSD

sandisk extreme 900 portable ssd drive

A tad larger and slightly expensive than some of its competitors, the SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable Solid state external hard drive might be worth owning, especially with its aluminum enclosed sleek looks and ability to process data fast.

With storage capacities capped at 480GB, 960GB and 1.92TB respectively, the SanDisk Secure Access encryption software with AES 128-bit encryption ability, a speed faster than that of conventional hard drives, a password setting feature as well as a 3-year warranty and the its compatibility with Windows and Mac OS, one couldn’t have asked for more. It comes with 2 USB-C cables for easy connection.

#2. Samsung Portable SSD T3

samsung ssd t3 drive

A close cousin of the Samsung Portable SSD T1, the T3 is quite similar in features to the SanDisk Extreme 900 SSD. A partly rough textured and partly smooth glossy aluminum body ensures that it stays put in your sight and your palm, without drilling a hole into your pocket as it retails quite lower than the Extreme 900.

It comes with the USB-C port, an internal Thermal Guard feature for preventing overheating, and the ability to survive heights of 2 meters, to mention a few. The AES 256-bit encryption comes with all the different capacities; 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. What’s more? It is compatible with Android 4.4 and above, as well as Windows and Mac OS. The only downside of this device includes the short cord included in the box as well as its high price and some problems usually encountered when it’s used with smartphones.

#3. Transcend 512GB USB 3.0 SSD

transcend 512gb usb 3.0 ssd drive
Transcending the heights of quality and value for your money is the Transcend 512GB SSD which weighs just 56g and boasts of speeds up to 400mb/s. The device feels lightweight, durable and sturdy despite being small. It comes with Transcend Elite Software and uses One-Touch auto backup data management tools to keep your data safe. Transcend produces 4 variants of the drive; 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. The only downside of the drive is its inability to work with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

#4. SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD

Rugged is the name that best describes the external features of this drive which is touted as water and dust resistant, with a 3-years warranty. The Extreme 500 comes in 3 storage capacities; 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB and they come shipped with a USB 3.0 cable ensuring that the transfer speeds are good, whilst the SanDisk SecureAccess software is there to protect your data with its 128-bit AES encryption.

#5. Lexar Portable SSD 512GB

lexar portable ssd 512gb drive

The Lexar Portable solid state external hard drive as it is otherwise called, comes in 2 capacity variants; the 256GB and the 512GB. There’s something about the design that makes it look sleek yet compact. It features a LED capacity meter that indicates the storage level of the data inside the drive.

Read and write speeds on the Lexar are close to 450MB/s and 240MB/s respectively. It’s plug and play, so you don’t need any drivers to install it for use. The only downside of the product is that they don’t come in 1TB capacities, unlike their competitors. It weighs just 62g, a tad heavier than the Transcend 512GB USB 3.0 SSD, yet delivers effectively.

#6. ADATA SV620 USB 3.0 SSD

adata sv620 usb 3.0 ssd drive

Here’s the ADATA SSD with a spirit that unites 3 OS; the Mac OS, Windows, and Android OS which runs flawlessly on this plug and play device that is capable of speeds of up to 410MB/s.

It comes with state of the art 256-bit AES encryption and a free HDDtoGo and OStoGo software in various capacities; 120GB, 128GB, 240GB, 256GB, 480GB, 512GB, 960GB, and 1TB. It looks durable to the eye with its shock and scratch resistant design. There’s a 3-years warranty on the device. The only downside of the drive is the occasional freezing reported by some users.

#7. Shadow Mini 1TB Portable SSD

shadow mini 1tb portable ssd drive

Enclosed in an aluminum casing is this small yet efficient and durable SSD. It’s lightweight and easy to carry around, thanks to its small nature. One major downside of the drive is that it gets hot when plugged in for quite some time, unlike the Samsung Portable SSD T3 which comes with a Thermal Guard that ensures it doesn’t get hot during usage.

The Shadow Mini SSD comes in 4 variant capacities; 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB sizes. Read and write speeds on the drive are up to 400MB/s.


If you are always on the go, moving equipment from one location to the other, then you can opt for a rugged hard drive like the iOSafe Rugged Portable solid state external hard drive (500GB or 1TB) to be on the safe side.


  1. Reply
    Simon November 19, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I am after an external hard drive but I’m not 100% sure which to go for.
    I am looking for the ability to process data fast, this is my #1 priority. Up to 500GB is adequate for the data I will need for storing.
    I had a look at the Sandisk Extreme 900 SSD and although it’s more expensive than the alternatives processing data fast is my priority.
    Which other hard drive here is comparable or better or would you say this is the better option for speed?
    Thanks for your time,

    • Reply
      admin November 20, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Hey Simon, thanks for asking…

      Because your 1st priority is speed, than you have done right choice – ssd drive. Next step would be defining where do you gonna use it: only at home/office or you will be carrying it around. So you have 2 options:

      – external desktop ssd

      – or external portable ssd.

      Desktop ones are much more expensive, but with their’s speed there are no competitors at all. Read my reviews:

      They are both suitable for working with audio/video production

      If your goal is just fast portable ssd than take a look at these options:

      – Monster digital:

      – or take a look at Samsung T3

      Other options will cost much higher.

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