The best SSDS and external hard drives (2020).

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If the SSD drives are becoming more popular, the HDD (also referred to as hard disks) often offer better value for storage space/price.

In this article we have made a selection of the best drives in external backups of the market. Following this, is our buying guide, in which we give the main characteristics to take into account before you make your choice.

1. Adata SD600Q .

Adata SD600Q
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He preferred to spend in addition to the standard USB Type-C, but the Adata SD600Q remains an excellent cd for all those looking for a SSD portable, basic, and did not need a space to storage more than 1 Tb. The SD600Q has an excellent combination of features and a robust, compact design, all at an affordable price.

It is fast enough to copy files, and you can also use the free software of Adata if you want to.

Capacity tested : 480gb (available in 240 Gb and 960 Gb) .
Storage Type : 3D NAND Flash.
Sequential Performance : 430 Mb/s.
Interfaces : USB 3.2 (backward compatible to USB 2.0).
Encryption : None.
Software : No.
Dimensions : 80 x 80 x 15.2 mm.
Weight : 60 g.

2. SSD Seagate One Touch .

Seagate One Touch
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There are a few things to say about the SSD notebook One Touch from Seagate. It is a storage solution that is rather affordable but also effective in a form that is compact and robust. What helps him stand out (apart from its design textile), this is the tool Sync More that backs up files automatically.

What it lacks is a longer cable and a port USB Type-C.

Capacity tested : 500 Gb (available in 1 Tb).
Storage Type : SSD.
Sequential Performance : up to 400 Mb/s.
Interfaces : USB 3.1 (backwards compatible 2.0).
Encryption : None.
Software:: Synch More.
Dimensions : 75 x 55.5 x 10 mm.
Weight : 65 g.
Warranty : 3 years.
Subscriptions included : 1 year Mylio Create, 2-month Adobe Creative Cloud.

3. Tuff nano Caldigit .

SSD externe Caldigit Tuff nano
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The Tuff nano CalDigit we were blown away by its velocity, it is two times faster than most SSDS of the same category. Thanks to the technology NVMe, its version 512 Gb that we tested has reached a read/write speed close to 1 000 Mb/s !

Moreover, it is compatible with most computers (Windows, macOS) since cables USB-C and USB are provided, but also with the iPad Pro from Apple.

The Tuff nano is also a disk is robust, it is resistant to falls of 3 m and it is water-proof (IP67).

The photographers and editors videos enjoy the Tuff nano for its speed performance and its compact size.

Storage Type : SSD.
Performance : 1055 Mb/s read, 900 Mb/s write.
Interfaces : USB 3.2 Gen 2.
Dimensions : 75,9 x 54,4 x 14.5 mm.
Weight : 74 g.
Warranty : 2 years.

4. G-Technology G-Drive Mobile .

G-Technology G-Drive Mobile SSD
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This is perhaps not the cheapest option, but if you’re looking for a SSD portable durable, so opt for the G-Drive Mobile. You will appreciate its water resistance (IP67) and its robust casing, it is also very efficient in reading and writing. Its only flaws may be his cables, a tad too short.

G-Technology product also a Pro version of the G-Drive Mobile with speeds up to 2 800 MB/s. This type of flow requires necessarily the use of a Thunderbolt port 3 on your Mac, and it is an SSD that costs four times more expensive than a conventional model.

The G-Technology G-Drive Mobile is also on MacWay, amazon, Cdiscount and Apple France.

Capacity tested : 500 Gb.
Storage Type : SSD.
Sequential Performance : Up to 560 Mb/s.
Interface : USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps).
Encryption : None.
Software : No.
Dimensions : 9.4 x 5 x 1.4 cm.
Weight : 86 g.
Warranty : 5 years.

5. Samsung Portable SSD T5 .

Samsung Portable SSD T5
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As a lot of SSD, the T5 is not cheap, but it is extremely powerful. To take maximum advantage of its speed, however, it is necessary that your computer has him also with a SSD drive.

The Samsung T5 is in the exFat format, it is compatible with a Mac, and therefore it is provided with a connection very, very fast. There is also a software on the hard drive that you can simply protect the entire contents of your SSD, via a 256-bit encryption and a password.

It is not waterproof, so avoid any contact with water.

Capacity tested : 500 Gb.
Type of storage : MLC NAND Flash.
Sequential Performance : 540 Mb/s.
Interfaces : USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C.
Encryption : 256-bit.
Software : Yes.
Dimensions : 57,3 x 74 x 12 mm.
Weight : 52 g.

6. Canvio Advance of Toshiba .


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The Canvio Advance of the Toshiba (4 Tb) is thin and light. This is a backup disc fast and reliable write/read (approximately 150 Mb/s in our tests).

It is also available in capacities of 1 Tb, 2 tb and 3 Tb, but 4 Tb is a better price‑quality ratio.

Finally, it should be noted that the owners of PC with USB Type-C will need an adapter.

Capacity tested 4 To.
Storage Type : HDD.
Performance : 146 Mb/s.
Interfaces : USB 3.0 and USB 2.0.
Software : automatic Backup and password Protection.
Dimensions : 109 x 78 x 19 mm.
Weight : 210 g.
Warranty : 2 years.

7. WD My Passport 4 Tb .

WD My Passport 4 To
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The WD My passport is a hard disk drive (HDD) 4tb. It can be encrypted and it provides with WD Backup, a utility that allows you to back up your files on your disk and on a Cloud service selected.

Capacity tested : 4 Tb.
Storage Type : HDD.
Sequential performance : 119,3/112,8/s.
Performance 4K : 0.5/1.6 MB/s.
Interfaces : USB 3.0.
Encryption : AES 256-bit encryption.
Software : WD Backup and utilities WD.
Dimensions : 81,5 x 110 x 16.3 mm.
Weight : 245 g.
Warranty : 3 years.

8. Transcend ESD400k .

Transcend ESD400K
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The Transcend ESD400K is extremely fast and lightweight. This SSD only weighs 56 g, which makes it a perfect companion for the mobile workers.

Capacity tested : 256 Gb.
Storage Type : NAND Flash.
Sequential Performance : 410,8/163,8 Mb/s.
Performance 4K : 16,1/2,7 Mb/s.
Interfaces : USB 3.0.
Encryption : None.
Software : Transcend Elite Data Management.
Dimensions : 62 x 92 x 10.5 mm.
Weight : 56 g.
Warranty : 3 years.

9. SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD .

SSD Portable SanDisk Extreme 500
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The Extreme 500 is a disk SDS quick and easy to carry. It has 120 Gb to 480 Gb of storage depending on the model, which should suit most users. You want to store more files ? Prefer then the Samsung T5.

Capacity tested : 240 Gb.
Storage Type : NAND Flash SSD.
Sequential Performance : 398,3/203,4 Mb/s.
Performance 4K : 19,8/3.7 Mb/s.
Interfaces : USB 3.0.
Encryption : 128-bit AES Encryption.
Software : SanDisk SecureAccess.
Dimensions : 75,7 x 75,7 x 10.7 mm.
Weight : 78,9 g.
Warranty : 3 years.

10. EMTEC X200 Notebook solid state Power More .

EMTEC SSD externe X200 Power Plus
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The SSD X200 Power Over EMTEC is ideal for quickly backup audio and video files. Carry it with you everywhere, it’s ultra-compact, barely bigger than the palm of the hand and a light weight disconcerting.

It also works well for Mac, Linux as for Windows, it is available in storage capacity of 128 Gb, 256 Gb and 512 Gb.

There is also the internal version, the X150 Power More.

Capacity tested : 1 Tb.
Storage Type : 3D NAND, mSATA.
Sequential Performance : 450/420 Mb/s.
Interfaces : USB 3.1.
Encryption : None.
Dimensions : 45 x 90 x 10 mm.
Weight : 38 g.
Warranty : 3 years.

11. Toshiba Canvio Connect II .

Toshiba Canvio Connect II
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The Toshiba Canvio Connect is a great hard drive, even if it may be a little slow. It has 3 Tb of storage space, enough to back up all the libraries and videostores of your computer.

Capacity tested : 3-Tb.
Storage Type : HDD.
Sequential performance : 131,1/135,5 Mb/s.
Performance 4K : 0.5/1.2 MB/s.
Interfaces : USB 3.0.
Encryption : None.
Software : NTI Backup Now EZ.
Dimensions : 78 x 109 x 19.5 mm.
Weight : 230 g.
Warranty : 2 years.

12. Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 2 Tb .

Ultra Slim Disque dur externe portable 2 To
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We like the design, extra‑slim design of the Seagate Backup Plus and the fact that he manages all the same to offer 2 Tb of storage. This is not the external drive the fastest, but this did not prove to be a problem.

Capacity tested : 2 To.
Storage Type : HDD.
Sequential performance : 134,6/34,8 Mb/s.
Performance 4K : 0,6/0,2 Mb/s.
Interfaces : USB 3.0.
Encryption : None.
Software : dashboard Seagate.
Dimensions : 76 x 113,5 x 9.6 mm.
Weight : 125 g.
Warranty : 2 years.

13. Freecom mHDD Slim 1 Tb .

Freecom mHDD Slim 1 To
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Despite its high price, the Freecom mHDD Slim 1 Tb has its place in our ranking because this hard drive is both powerful and very elegant.

Capacity tested : 1 Tb.
Storage Type : hard Drive at 5400 rpm.
Sequential performance : 134,1/132,8 Mb/s.
Performance 4K : 0.6/1.4 MB/s.
Interfaces : USB 3.0.
Encryption : None.
Software : Nero Backup Essentials.
Dimensions : 76 x 114 x 9 mm.
Weight : 150 g.
Warranty : 2 years.

How to choose an SSD or a HDD ?.

Here are the main features that we recommend you to take into consideration before buying a backup drive.

Storage space.

The choice of the “size” of your external drive, either an SSD or HDD, depends on your needs.

Most external hard drives have minimum 128 Gb of storage, which allows, for example, to store thousands of CDS in audio format is FLAC (and even more in AAC or MP3).

If you want to clone your entire computer, you will need more space (and maybe invest in a SSD).

Between to backup your music and back up your entire computer, there are not many shades.

For example, you can choose to back up only your files and your most important documents (photographs, e-mails..).

Connection.

For connectivity, USB 3.0 is now the standard on the external drives.

This means that, when you transfer your music or videos, you can reach a read speed of about 100mb/s (instead of 30 Mb/s before).

Concretely, a USB 2.0 would take about an hour to transfer, a USB 3.0 does it in less than 20 minutes.

The SSD the fastest can go up to 550 Mb/s, but this depends on the devices to which they are connected.

Protection.

If you intend to frequently carry your external drive, then we recommend that you choose a model that is resistant to shock.

Some devices meet the standards of the us army (MIL-STD-810F 516.5), meaning they can withstand 26 drops from a height of 1.22 m.

Note that the SSD drives are more rugged than HDDS, and some are even water-resistant.

Even if this is not specified, if you drop an SSD into the water, it should work once perfectly sec.

Some SSDS have a clue seals as may have smartphones.

Reliability.

The HDD and SSD have a limited life span, and that is why the guarantees that accompany them are relatively short, usually two or three years.

It is important not to be dependent on a single external drive. Ideally, you should have three copies of all your important documents : one on your computer or your phone, on your external drive and on a Cloud.

Cost.

For many users, a storage disk is an accessory which is vital, and their choice is based, in large part, on the price.

Often, an older model will cost you less, so you can get a hard effective at a lower cost. Nevertheless, make sure that certain connections modern for example, are missing.

Security.

The larger the hard disk capacity is high, the more you will be inclined to store data ; but also the greater the risk of losing them. That is why, it is necessary to secure your disk.

There are two ways to ensure that your data is unreadable to others. You can encrypt the content using the encryption hardware or use an application, it will secure the whole or a part of your drive.

How to choose an SSD for a Mac ? .

The choice of a SSD should be based on the model of Mac you have. It is important to know that the drives to be semi-conductors of the last MacBook are up to 30 times more vivid than a HDD classic.

Then, to give a second youth to your old Mac and get a speed of at least 550 Mb/s, you will need a port powerful as the Thunderbolt 3. Connectors Thunderbolt USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 or Gen 2 also work.

If you have a 2011 MacBook Pro for example, and that the latter only has USB 2.0 ports, of which the maximum speed is 60 MB/s, then we rather recommend you to consider purchasing a hard drive.

The SSD external with the most recent are incredibly powerful, they are available in three or four capacities, 250 Gb, 500 Gb, 1 Tb and 2 Tb.

The cost difference between the models of 500 Gb and 2 Tb is important. So, before you start, check the storage capacity of your Mac in a way to guide you.