Crucial to the safe storage of all your data and media is an external solid state drive. In the last few months, we have seen an exponential increase in the number of ransomware attacks, so it is essential to have an “offline” copy of all your files. This is a small insurance investment for complete peace of mind, and we would highly recommend you buy one. But, what is the best external solid state drive? Here we take a look at the latest drives to consider.
Best External Solid State Drive Recommendations
First up, we have…
Samsung Portable SSD T5
The Samsung Portable SSD T5 comes highly recommended from our review team, and for good reason. It is important to note that it is not the fastest drive we have ever used, but it is probably one of the most reliable. The T5 is a 3rd generation model, and it is compatible with all devices, including PCs and Macs. It is fitted with a USB 3.1 port for fast transfer. Samsung have been good enough to include a more conventional USB cable for older systems, and a USB-C cable for some of the modern pieces of equipment, so you don’t need to worry about the age of your system.
It is extremely portable, thanks to the metallic outer shell, which means it is particularly hard wearing and gives the device added strength. In terms of capacity, you can expect the Samsung Portable SSD T5 to be available in either 1TB or 2TB, meaning there is plenty of storage available. Because it is Samsung, you need to expect to pay a little more compared to other similar SSD devices, such as from Sandisk and Western Digital. All in all, it easily makes our best external solid state drive review.
WD My Passport
The second external solid state drive we recommend is the famous WD My Passport.
WD recently acquired competitor SanDisk, which allows it to make use of its technology in their latest release. If you are looking for a particularly small SSD, then this is the device for you. It also comes with a number of helpful software programs to help you make the most of the features that the WD My Passport has to offer. It includes backup apps, as well as useful password protection apps.
In terms of prices, you can expect to pay just $99 for the 256GB model, or up to $399 for a 1 TB model.
No matter which SSD out of the Samsung Portable SSD T5 and the WD My Passport that you select, you will be getting one of the best external solid state drive devices money can buy.