Best SSD portable

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  1. Macintosh1984 macrumors regular

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    Hi!

    I have a iMac 27 "Late 2012 with USB 3.1 Gen 1 + Thunderbolt 1.

    I would like to buy an external SSD portable hard drive.

    I was thinking of the Transcend StoreJet 500 because it seems to me the only one with a Thunderbolt 1 port that reaches theoretically:
    Read: 440 MB / s
    Write: 300 MB / s

    Then there are an infinite number of other SSDs like the
    - Samsung T5
    - Western Digital My Passport SSD
    - SanDisk Extreme SSD

    But I'm confusing myself with the real performance they achieve compared to the Transcend StoreJet 500 because they always mention USB 3.1 Gen 2 and therefore I can't understand connecting it to USB 3.1 Gen 1 what performance you get.

    I believe I should choose Transcend StoreJet 500 because Thunderbolt 1 is superior to USB 3.1 Gen 1, don't you think?
     
  2. Stephen.R macrumors 65816

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    Based on the speeds mentioned it's a SATA SSD, so USB 3/3.1G1 is not going to be noticeably slower than USB3.1G2 or TB3 for a single drive.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    "I was thinking of the Transcend StoreJet 500 because it seems to me the only one with a Thunderbolt 1 port that reaches theoretically:
    Read: 440 MB / s
    Write: 300 MB / s"


    NOPE.

    Any decent USB3 SSD will yield about 430mbps reads and writes in the 325-375 range.

    You DON'T NEED to pay extra for Thunderbolt for this.
     
  4. richpjr macrumors 68040

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    I'd go with a T5. Fast, cheap and works with about everything.
     
  5. Macintosh1984 thread starter macrumors regular

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    OK, I think I go for Samsung T5 or SanDisk Extreme SSD, anyway USB.

    Samsung T5 with USB 3.1 Gen 1 get top performance, or better when connected to USB 3.1 Gen 2?

    Last question, what about the situation about Thunderbolt 1 and double channel about simultaneous Read/Write data?
     
  6. Macintosh1984 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Samsung T5 ordered, hope the best decision.
     
  7. richpjr macrumors 68040

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    Good choice!
     
  8. Macintosh1984 thread starter macrumors regular

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  9. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    My preference is for HFS+.

    Others' opinions will be different.
     
  10. Macintosh1984 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Incredibly satisfied with my new Samsung T5, even faster than my internal Fusion Drive, maybe because it's still full of data.

    I formatted it in APFS making it also bootable.

    I hope to continue to appreciate it with time.

    At the passage of Apple's new macOS in September-October, I believe I will split the Fusion Drive.
     
  11. calibru_2good_4u macrumors regular

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    Samsung T5 is amazing ! I’ve got 2 of them and I can say it’s the best external ssd I’ve ever had
     
  12. richpjr macrumors 68040

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    Good to hear it’s working out for you. What size did you get?
     
  13. Macintosh1984 thread starter macrumors regular

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    500 GB. I want to use SSD for normal use ad an old Western Digital 1 TB as data archive for documents which I don't use frequently.
     
  14. kis macrumors 68000

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    Yup, been using one of those for my extensive Light Room library. Has never failed me me once and it’s lightning fast
     

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