Best SSD USB-C backup drives

patent10021

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Apr 23, 2004
3,030
448
I want to start using SSD for backup since they're much smaller, more reliable and faster.

What drives do you recommend?
 

bhargavak

macrumors newbie
Aug 4, 2016
2
0
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
 

ignatius345

macrumors 68030
Aug 20, 2015
2,683
3,611
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.
 

Cordorb

macrumors regular
May 8, 2010
211
50
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.

---------------
 

uller6

macrumors 6502
May 14, 2010
304
200
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.
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.
 

Michael Scrip

macrumors 603
Mar 4, 2011
5,707
5,020
NC
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!
 
Last edited:

ignatius345

macrumors 68030
Aug 20, 2015
2,683
3,611
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.
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?

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

Cape Dave

macrumors 68000
Nov 16, 2012
1,962
1,106
Northeast
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.
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!
 

user_xyz

macrumors 6502
Nov 30, 2018
336
367
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.
Not True!! You must be buying Crap SSD's if they are dying at the same rate as HDD's
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: Cape Dave

HDFan

macrumors 68020
Jun 30, 2007
2,263
594
I want to start using SSD for backup since they're much smaller, more reliable and faster.

What drives do you recommend?
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.

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-stats-for-q2-2018/

SSD's can also have problems:

https://www.tomshardware.co.uk/samsung-t5-portable-ssd,review-33985-3.html
 

uller6

macrumors 6502
May 14, 2010
304
200
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.
 

Cape Dave

macrumors 68000
Nov 16, 2012
1,962
1,106
Northeast
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.
I love my Samsung 960 PRO! My next drive will be a 970 PRO.
 

Nbd1790

macrumors regular
Jan 2, 2017
203
99
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.
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.