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  •  Portable Design with Int...
  •  Superfast Read-Write Spe...
  •  Shock Resistant & Secure...
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 450 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 450 MBps
  • Width: 2.91"
  • Depth: 0.41"
  • Model #: MU-PT500B/AM
  • Item #: N82E16820147512
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $199.99
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SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG T3 Portable 1TB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive
  •  Portable Design with Int...
  •  Superfast Read-Write Spe...
  •  Shock Resistant & Secure...
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 450 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 450 MBps
  • Width: 2.91"
  • Depth: 0.41"
  • Model #: MU-PT1T0B/AM
  • Item #: N82E16820147513
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  • from $377.99
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SanDisk SanDisk SanDisk SanDisk Extreme 500 480GB 2.5" USB 3.0 Portable SSD
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  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 540 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 460 MBps
  • 4KB Random Read: Up to 44,000 IOPS
  • 4KB Random Write: Up to 46,000 IOPS
  • Model #: SDSSDEXT-480G-G25
  • Item #: N82E16820173136
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • from $149.99
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SanDisk SanDisk SanDisk SanDisk Extreme 500 240GB USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive
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  •  USB 3.0
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 415 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 340 MBps
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C ~ +45°C
  • Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ +70°C
  • Model #: SDSSDEXT-240G-G25
  • Item #: N82E16820173097
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • from $99.99
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SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG T3 Portable 2TB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive
  •  Portable Design with Int...
  •  Superfast Read-Write Spe...
  •  Shock Resistant & Secure...
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 450 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 450 MBps
  • Width: 2.91"
  • Depth: 0.41"
  • Model #: MU-PT2T0B/AM
  • Item #: N82E16820147514
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • from $777.99
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SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG T3 Portable 500GB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive
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  •  Portable Design with Int...
  •  Superfast Read-Write Spe...
  •  Shock Resistant & Secure...
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 450 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 450 MBps
  • Width: 2.91"
  • Depth: 0.41"
  • Model #: MU-PT500B/AM
  • Item #: N82E16820147512
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG T3 Portable 250GB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive
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  •  Portable Design with Int...
  •  Superfast Read-Write Spe...
  •  Shock Resistant & Secure...
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 450 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 450 MBps
  • Width: 2.91"
  • Depth: 0.41"
  • Model #: MU-PT250B/AM
  • Item #: N82E16820147511
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • from $119.99
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SanDisk SanDisk SanDisk SanDisk Extreme 500 120GB USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive
  •  USB 3.0
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 415 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 340 MBps
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C ~ +45°C
  • Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ +70°C
  • Model #: SDSSDEXT-120G-G25
  • Item #: N82E16820173096
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • from $79.99
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TrekStor GmbH TrekStor GmbH TrekStor GmbH TrekStor DataStation Picco SSD 3.0 External 1.8'' 256GB with Leather Case - Black
  •  Designed & Assembled in ...
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Write speed: 280MB/s
  • Color: Black
  • Model #: 4016998664373
  • Item #: 9SIA9UK3N11715
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  • $169.00
  • $119.00
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TrekStor GmbH TrekStor GmbH TrekStor GmbH TrekStor DataStation Picco SSD 3.0 External 1.8'' 512GB with Leather Case - Black
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  •  Designed & Assembled in ...
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Write speed: 280MB/s
  • Color: Black
  • Model #: 4016998664397
  • Item #: 9SIA9UK3N11698
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  • $299.00
  • $199.00
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SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG 500GB Portable USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
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  •  Portable SSD with Intern...
  •  Superfast Read-write Spe...
  •  AES 256 bit Encryption f...
  • Color: Black
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 450 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 450 MBps
  • Width: 71.12mm
  • Model #: MU-PS500B/AM
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SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG 250GB Portable USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
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  •  Portable SSD with Intern...
  •  Superfast Read-write Spe...
  •  AES 256 bit Encryption f...
  • Color: Black
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 450 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 450 MBps
  • Width: 2.80"
  • Model #: MU-PS250B/AM
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LaCie LaCie LaCie LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt 250GB Thunderbolt & USB 3.0 Solid State Disk - External
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  •  Thunderbolt speeds of up...
  •  USB 3.0 for universal co...
  •  Bus powered for complete...
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 387 MBps
  • Width: 89mm
  • Depth: 140mm
  • Model #: LAC9000490
  • Item #: 1E8-000H-00038

Silicon Power Silicon Power Silicon Power Silicon Power 240GB Thunderbolt T11 Portable External SSD Solid State Drive with Cable Blue
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  •  240GB
  •  MLC
  •  Thunderbolt
  • Part Number: SP240GBTSDT11014
  • Color: Blue
  • Max Sequential Read: up to 380MB/s
  • Max Sequential Write: up to 280MB/s
  • Model #: T11
  • Item #: 9SIA4YU3YX3648
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  • $198.83
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TrekStor GmbH TrekStor GmbH TrekStor GmbH TrekStor DataStation Picco SSD 3.0 External 128GB with Write Protection 1.8'' - Black
  •  Designed & Assembled in ...
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Write protection
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 36g
  • Model #: 4016998665356
  • Item #: 9SIA9UK3N03304
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  • $89.00
  • $69.00
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MyDigitalSSD 256GB OTG SuperSpeed USB 3.0 mSSD UASP Compliant Mini Solid State Drive - MDMS-OTG-256
  • $219.99
  • $89.99
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MyDigitalSSD 128GB OTG SuperSpeed USB 3.0 mSSD UASP Compliant Mini Solid State Drive - MDMS-OTG-128
  • $59.99
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Transcend Transcend Transcend Transcend ESD400 128GB USB 3.0 MLC Portable Solid State Drive
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  •  MLC
  •  USB 3.0
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 410 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 380 MBps
  • MTBF: 1,000,000 hours
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C ~ +70°C
  • Model #: TS128GESD400K
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  • from $68.95
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ioSafe ioSafe ioSafe ioSafe 1 TB External Solid State Drive
  • from $1,166.99
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LaCie LaCie LaCie LaCie Porsche Design 120GB USB 3.0 External Solid State Disk
  •  Built for speed
  •  Up to 400MB/s with SSD
  •  Slim, solid aluminum
  • Color: Black
  • Width: 79mm
  • Depth: 128mm
  • Height: 11mm
  • Model #: P9223 (LAC9000342)
  • Item #: N82E16820154051
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  • from $99.99
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G-Technology G-Technology G-Technology G-Technology G-DRIVE ev RaW 500GB 2.5" USB 3.0 SSD with Rugged Bumper
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  • Width: 3.29"
  • Depth: 5.14"
  • Height: 0.72"
  • Package Content: G-DRIVE ev RaW SSD 1 x Removable Rugged Bumper 1 x USB 3.0 cable (compatible with USB 2.0) Quick Start Guide
  • Model #: 0G04755
  • Item #: 234-0025-00001
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Transcend Transcend Transcend Transcend ESD400 512GB USB 3.0 MLC Portable Solid State Drive
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  •  MLC
  •  USB 3.0
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 410 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 380 MBps
  • MTBF: 1,000,000 hours
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C ~ +70°C
  • Model #: TS512GESD400K
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  • from $199.00
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SanDisk SanDisk SanDisk SanDisk Extreme 900 960 GB External Solid State Drive
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.1
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 850 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 850 MBps
  • Width: 5.25"
  • Depth: 3.25"
  • Model #: SDSSDEX2-960G-G25
  • Item #: 1A0-0058-00012
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  • from $536.06
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Apricorn Apricorn Apricorn Apricorn Aegis Padlock A25-3PL256-S256 256 GB External Solid State Drive
  •  USB 3.0
  • Width: 3.3"
  • Depth: 4.7"
  • Height: 0.7"
  • Weight: 6.20 oz
  • Model #: A25-3PL256-S256
  • Item #: N82E16820461009
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TrekStor GmbH TrekStor GmbH TrekStor GmbH TrekStor DataStation Picco SSD 3.0 External 256GB with Write Protection 1.8'' - Black
  •  Designed & Assembled in ...
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Write protection
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 36g
  • Model #: 4016998665370
  • Item #: 9SIA9UK3N03307
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $159.00
  • $109.00
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Oyen Digital Oyen Digital Oyen Digital Shadow Mini 500GB USB 3.0 External Solid State Drive (SSD) for Xbox One
  •  Solid State technology p...
  •  Plug and play compatible...
  •  3 Year Warranty
  • Color: Black
  • Labor: 3
  • Parts: 3
  • Model #: U318-SSD-500-BK-XBOX
  • Item #: 9SIA54G3T49501
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  • $219.00
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VERBATIM VERBATIM VERBATIM Verbatim Vx450 mSATA USB 3.0 others 47680
  •  mSATA
  •  USB 3.0
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 450 MB/s
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 295 MB/s
  • Package Content: 1 x Store 'n' Go USB 3.0 Vx450 External SSD, USB Cable, Storage/Travel Pouch, preloaded Nero Back It Up software (Windows OS only)
  • Model #: 47680
  • Item #: 12K-00TP-00010
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Transcend Transcend Transcend Transcend ESD400 256GB USB 3.0 MLC Portable Solid State Drive
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  •  MLC
  •  USB 3.0
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 410 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 380 MBps
  • MTBF: 1,000,000 hours
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C ~ +70°C
  • Model #: TS256GESD400K
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  • from $103.27
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TOMTOP TOMTOP TOMTOP Toshiba Canvio Connect II USB 3.0 2.5" 500GB Portable External Hard Disk Drive Mobile HDD Desktop Laptop Encryption HDTC820YK3CA
  •  Backup and restore files...
  •  Cloud-enabled backup opt...
  •  Backups can be scheduled...
  • Max Sequential Write: 107.2MB/s
  • Sustained Sequential Read: 109.6MB/s
  • Model #: HDTC820YK3CA
  • Item #: 9SIA1NV41A4477
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $98.99
  • $69.99
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VERBATIM VERBATIM VERBATIM Verbatim Store 'n' Go 128GB USB 3.0 External Solid State Drive
  (1)
  •  USB 3.0
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 190 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 140 MBps
  • Weight: 0.35
  • Package Content: 1 Store'n'Go USB 3.0 External SSD, USB Cable, Storage/Travel Pouch
  • Model #: 47622
  • Item #: N82E16822215102
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • from $85.89
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External SSDs

Solid state drives (SSD) are a relatively new technology, which makes SSDs more expensive than traditional mechanical hard drives. However, the prices for SSDs are continually falling year over year, almost reaching parity with their mechanical counterparts in some cases. Just a few years ago, internal SSD hard drives were so expensive that external SSD hard drives were out of the question. But today they are a reality.

External SSD vs External HDD

When it comes to the main purposes of an external drive, whether it be a mechanical drive or a solid state drive, both categories satisfy similarly. Both offer more storage space than USB flash drives. Both are portable. Both can easily back up the data from a PC or laptop.

There are two main differences between an external SSD and an external HDD. The first is performance. Just as an internal SSD outperforms an internal HDD due to how each type of drive is constructed, the same logic follows for their external counterparts. An external SSD has no moving parts, unlike the mechanical HDD, which has to wait for platters to spin up and down when reading and writing data. The second difference is reliability. Once again, because the external solid state drive has no moving parts, there is less wear and tear and fewer internal components to fail. In general, SSDs have a much higher mean time between failures (MTBF) than mechanical HDDs. Finally, since the external drive will most likely travel with the owner, there is less chance of data loss or corruption with SSDs because there are no moving parts that can be jostled during transit.

Who Should Buy an External SSD?

Anyone working with mission-critical data that needs to be transported should definitely invest in an external SSD. This doesn’t necessarily limit use cases to top-secret government operations. Influential business people who have to travel with important documents or presentations will definitely benefit from an external SSD. Even students who have to turn in an important project may want to consider one of these drives.

Additionally, people who need to work on large files in the field will appreciate the speed and performance of external SSDs. This includes video editors, production artists, music engineers, and more. Time is the only resource that cannot be replenished, and an external SSD saves professionals plenty of time when working on large files that have to be transferred back and forth from a laptop or PC.

When time is money, then money shouldn’t be a consideration when buying an external SSD. Get the performance you need today!

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