Best SSD USB-C backup drives

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by patent10021, Nov 28, 2018.

  1. patent10021 macrumors 68030


    Apr 23, 2004
    I want to start using SSD for backup since they're much smaller, more reliable and faster.

    What drives do you recommend?
  2. MiBook84 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2008
    Malmö, Sweden
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
  4. bhargavak macrumors newbie


    Aug 4, 2016
    G-Technology g-drive Mobile SSD (R-series) with IP67 water & dust resistance.
    Sandisk Extreme portable SSD comes with IP55 rating for dust & spills.
    Both have great R/W speeds close to 500 MB/s
  5. user_xyz macrumors member


    Nov 30, 2018
    Another Vote for T5!
  6. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
    I'll throw out this opinion: a backup drive probably doesn't need to be the absolute fastest thing in the world. Any SSD will provide a lot more reliability than a mechanical HDD, so IMO there's no need to chase down the fastest one. Even a "slow" SSD would do quite nicely with Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner or whatever.
  7. Cordorb macrumors regular

    May 8, 2010
    I still use the sata to usb-3 dongles and connect the SSD to that.

    even the docks that take bare drives work well and you can even use bare 1 to 4 TB wd rotating disks

    Now if you want a housing for the SSD that has usb-c or thunderbolt get one you can open to use different SSD's.

    m.2 are over kill and I like Crucial ssds -- make sure you can apply the firmware updates even if that means using a PC.

  8. uller6 macrumors regular


    May 14, 2010
    Not so fast there! In my experience the failure rate of both HDDs and SSDs is similar - approximately 25% of the drives I purchase actually fail, the rest get too small and eventually get retired after 3-5 years of service.
  9. Michael Scrip, Dec 10, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2018

    Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
    Another vote for Samsung T5

    I have two of them: one as my general backup and portable drive... and another for my Lightroom Catalog and RAW photos.

    The latter drive is especially nice since I can use my current active Lightroom catalog on either my desktop or my laptop. No more worrying about adding photos to the laptop in the field and then having to migrate them back to my "main" catalog back home. It has definitely changed the game for me. And it's an SSD so it's fast and responsive!

    SSDs are great overall. The only spinning disks I have now are in my NAS.

    And as a general note... backup, backup, backup. All drives can fail. Make a plan now before disaster strikes!
  10. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
    Wait, how many drives are you buying? And have these SSDs failed in similar ways? Any brands you have had good or bad luck with?

    Amen. Anything important should always be saved at minimum 2 places at a time, which makes a drive failure an inconvenience but not a disaster. I can't count how many friends I've heard freak out about how they "lost everything on their laptop" for whatever reason and I'm like... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ you weren't backing up, don't be surprised.
  11. Cape Dave macrumors 68000

    Nov 16, 2012
    Amen to this! So many times I have heard, my novel or dissertation was on my laptop. And I guess college does not teach common sense of backing up your VALUABLE data. :) Carbonite for the win!
  12. user_xyz, Dec 11, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2018

    user_xyz macrumors member


    Nov 30, 2018
    Not True!! You must be buying Crap SSD's if they are dying at the same rate as HDD's
  13. jaybar macrumors 6502a


    Dec 11, 2008
  14. HDFan macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    As others have said you are waisting your money on an SSD. For backups (other than the first) you don't need speed. The S5 1 TB on Amazon runs something like $200. If you are cloning a 1 TB disk that would be fine. But if you are using Time Machine you need at least 2 TB, preferably more.

    For $95 you can get a Seagate 5 TB drive from Costco. Get another 5 TB drive from another vendor for the same amount of money and then put one backup in your off-site safe deposit box. Much better use of your money. Relying on just one backup is not good policy.

    The latest backblaze drive stats show an average of 1% failure rate.

    SSD's can also have problems:,review-33985-3.html
  15. uller6 macrumors regular


    May 14, 2010
    I have about 15 HDDs and 10 SSDs in service. I buy intel, Samsung pro, and crucial SSDs only, usually one of each successive generation. I’ve had the best luck with Samsung drives (no failures), then crucial (one failure) and then intel (two failures). Both intels just stopped working suddenly and that was it. The crucial started reporting bad sectors and corrupting data. I expect all storage to eventually die, so am paranoid about data duplication and backups. I have all data backed up in at least 3 places. I’m willing to spend a few hundred dollars a year to make sure my priceless data is safe.
  16. Cape Dave macrumors 68000

    Nov 16, 2012
    I love my Samsung 960 PRO! My next drive will be a 970 PRO.
  17. revmacian macrumors 6502


    Oct 20, 2018
    I quite like the SanDisk Extreme Portable external SSD. Going to buy a second one soon!
  18. Nbd1790 macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2017
    New York
    I agree. If you're looking for a backup drive and not necessarily a daily hard drive that you'll be transferring large amounts of data to, I'd save a great deal of money and go with a standard HDD. I have a lacie rugged external HDD that has been getting daily use for almost 6 years now. I just recently purchased another just in case, but use a desktop external drive to back up both of my laptops (a 5tb drive)

    If you're really set on getting a SSD, I would have to recommend the Samsung t5 or a lacie rugged SSD. Hope this helps.

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