Choosing a solid-state drive over the conventional platter-based hard drive as a portable storage solution for your external data handling (Such as: Storing your important files and folders, and installing another operating system for certain purposes) is a wise decision to make, as solid state drives are more reliable and durable than platter-based hard drives. As well as their incredible speed, they are shock resistant and more robust than HDDs, and this is something critical for anyone who is still hesitant about whether to buy a solid-state external SSD drive or HDD, as movement can have devastating effects on mechanical drives, especially during write events. SSDs, having no moving parts, aren’t affected by mobility and are well-suited to tough physical abuse. SSDs can withstand up to 1,500G during operation or 25 times that of a standard drive.
Moreover, a big advantage that SSDs have over spinning disks is that spinning disks fail at an elevated altitude. This may be a problem if an external spinning disk is taken on an airplane without pressurization or the pressurization fails. (Read more about: The benefits of SSDs).
If you have made up your mind to go for an external SSD, then you are in front of two options:
1- To go directly for a branded external SSD, and this is what this article is about.
2- To build your own external SSD by:
Below are only the top three portable USB 3.0 external SSD hard drives presented with helpful related details.
Transcend Information SuperSpeed 2.5-Inch USB 3.0 External Solid State Drive
[Released in November 2012]: The ESD200 USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive is equipped with a next-generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection interface that provides 10 times the bandwidth of USB 2.0. Thanks to its lightweight, compact design and solid state durability, the ESD200 portable SSD makes it easy to store, protect, carry and share all your digital files wherever you go.
- SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connection options. Maximum R/W Performance up to 260/225 MB/s
- Connection bandwidth up to 5Gbits per second
- Dual-color LED indicator (power, data transfer & USB 2.0/3.0 connection type)
- Sleek ultra portable design. Easy Plug and Play operation, no drivers required
- USB powered, no external adapter necessary
- Includes Transcend Elite data management software
- One Touch Auto-Backup button