The Best External SSD for Mac

The Best External SSD for Mac

M1 Pro and M1 Max | Choose The Fastest External SSD?

The M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pros are starting to get to your hands and you might be wondering what is the best and fastest external SSD. In this review and tutorial I go through some synthetic benchmarks as well as large file transfers, exporting a 4K video timeline and running apps and software off of the external SSD. Unplug and Reconnect: Reconnect with the world around you by embracing a best dumb phone lifestyle. Discover range of feature phones that encourage genuine human connections.

Is the fastest always better and is a Thunderbolt 3 or USB4 enclosure the way to go with these NVMe SSDs, or will you be fine with a USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 enclosure?

The Drives I’m Testing:
Fledging TB3 Enclosure: (Amazon)
Acasis Direct:
Acasis: (Amazon)
Sabrent USB-C Enclosure: (Amazon)
WD SSD (750): (Amazon)
WD SSD (850): (Amazon)
Samsung SSD (970): (Amazon)
Samsung 980 PRO: (Amazon)
SanDisk Extreme (T00-G25): (Amazon)

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MOTU Interface: (Amazon)
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Samson Dynamic Microphone Choice: (Amazon)
Studio Headphones (250 Ohms): (Amazon)
Yamaha Monitors (single): (Amazon)
Studio Monitor Stands: (Amazon)

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Intro: 0:00
Hardware Tested: 00:54
Disclaimer: 01:57
Benchmarks: 02:41
File Transfer Speeds: 04:10
4K Timeline Export: 05:23
Why Make This Comparison: 06:08
Running Apps and Games: 07:42
Additional Points to Consider: 08:16

The Best External SSDs for Windows, Mac or Consoles – 13 Different Models Tested

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The following are my recommendations based on current pricing (May 2020). Keep in mind prices can change from day to day, that’s why I list a few top picks and you can compare on the day you’re shopping. (These links are affiliate links)

Best affordable external SSDs:
#1 – Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD
#2 – Samsung T5 Portable SSD
#3 – Seagate Barracuda Fast SSD

Fastest external (USB) SSDs:
#1 – Crucial X8 Portable SSD
#2 – Sandisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD
#3 – Transcend ESD350C

Best external SSD for Encryption:
#1 – Samsung T7 Touch

Thunderbolt 3 SSDs:
#1 – Sabrent Rocket XTRM (for speed)
#2 – Samsung X5 (for encryption)

Other SSD’s discussed in the video:
Lacie Portable SSD
HyperX Savage Exo
WD My Passport SSD
Minix Neo Storage

– All USB SSDs were tested on an ASUS Maximus XI Gene motherboard with Intel Core i9-9900K in Windows 10. All Thunderbolt SSDs were tested on a Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme with i9-9900K in Windows 10.
– All USB SSDs except for the Minix Neo Storage also work fine on a Playstation. Playstation 4 users should follow my recommendations for the best affordable SSDs. I don’t have an Xbox One to test with unfortunately.
– On the Thunderbolt SSDs. Note these file copies were started after the drive was hot and the thermal measurement was done with a probe. The FLIR image and the copy window serve as a visual cue of the effect only!
– Many test results don’t make it into the video to prevent clutter. If there are any questions, ask!

0:00 – Introduction, Why get an SSD?
1:32 – Explaining the various SSD categories
3:56 – Affordable USB (SATA) SSDs
6:19 – Fast USB (NVMe) SSDs
9:21 – Thunderbolt 3 SSDs
11:54 – Summary – My recommendations in each category

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– Some of these products were store bought, others provided by their respective manufacturers. Either way, no manufacturer got any say in this review.
– Amazon links I provide are (typically) affiliate links. Using these does not cost you anything at all. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This means they do provide me with a small commission when you decide to buy a product at no cost to you.

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SanDisk Extreme:

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External SSD Drives (My recommendations)
Samsung T5 –
Samsung T7 –
Samsung X5 – Sansung T5 –
Lacie Rugged –
Sandisk Extreme –
Sandisk Extreme pro –

I’ve tested all of these drives: (T7, Lacie, Sandisk Pro) (T5, T7, Sandisk Extreme)

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