ExternalSSD with USB-C?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Calby, Feb 24, 2017.

  1. Calby macrumors 6502


    Dec 30, 2015
    Sweden, Gävle
    I'm currently looking for a externalSSD with USB-C.
    I'll use it for bigger iMovie projekt and also to store my Virtuell Machines and run the VM's from it when I need to.
    It's not for backup, that I have an other disk for - I need a fast externalSSD who don't feel slow when using it on day to day basis.
    I have been looking on Samsung T3 External SSD 500 GB is that a good choice?
    I only need 500GB and it's a good price on it here in Sweden now also.

    But if you do know any other faster externalSSD please write it :)
  2. DanDilla macrumors member


    Nov 15, 2016
    Lüneburg, Germany
    You can go for the Sandisk Extreme 500 (https://www.amazon.de/SanDisk-Extreme-240GB-Portable-415MB/dp/B06WGPCW5L?th=1) or 900 (https://www.amazon.de/SanDisk-Extre...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=GGRAPTP2BZ8R1CJD094K), which is a RAID SSD and faster than the 500 or the T3, but also bigger.

    There are some other ones like the Glyph Atom, but they are not available in Europe at the moment.

    I personally would buy the T3 because of USB-C, I don't think you would notice a big difference in real life use except for the extra cable you need.
  3. DanDilla, Feb 24, 2017
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 6, 2017

    DanDilla macrumors member


    Nov 15, 2016
    Lüneburg, Germany
    He asked for one available in Europe and as I mentioned in my thread, the Atom is not.
    If you import it yourself it's sth. like the T3 / Sandisk500 +100€ for customs, shipping etc...

    Edit: Shame on me, seems like Amazon have listed them now for preorder, but they are still 70€ more than the Sandisk or 50€ more than the T3.
    But... I think I will buy one next month, was waiting for them become available here before I buy a SSD. :D
  4. Amigaman macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2007
    Greenville, MI
    I need something small to store virtual machines and the Samsung T3 is looking awfully tempting right about now!
  5. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    You could always go big-big...TB3 & PCIe. You might be eating Ramen Noodles for several months, but if you want 2000+ read and 1200+ write... https://www.akitio.com/expansion/thunder3-pcie-ssd

    Having had good experiences with this Maker's USB-A stuff, I recently ordered one of these. Havent got it yet.

    The SanDisk looks awesome except for the fact that it uses TLC, and yet is priced higher than the MLC Samsung 850 PRO, which I can't financially justify, personally. :(
  6. alq macrumors member

    May 6, 2011
    Got myself an Angelbird SSD-drive. Super-handy, super-fast, very satisfied with my purchase, but not on the cheap side either.
  7. Bostic macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2017
    I have a similar question with Thunderbolt 3 since it's supposed to be 40 vs 10 for USB-C. I've used a Seagate Thunderbolt Adapter SRD0001 2.5" with a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD and a short Apple Thunderbolt cable for some years now for various System Admin tasks. Never for back up but for migrating data back and forth between machines off-network or running VM's from it.

    With Thunderbolt 3 now available is there such a chassis or adapter on the market to attach the Samsung SSD with a Belkin .5m Thunderbolt 3 cable to my 2016 Touch Bar 15" Macbook Pro? I'm still using the above setup with the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to 2 adapter and it works, but something faster would be nice.
  8. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You won't see much benefit with expensive TB3 enclosures because the drive itself is only capable of around 500MB/s, and you can get close to that with USB3. I'm using the same SSD in 256GB with this USB-C enclosure and it works perfectly and is fast. I get about 400MB/s with that setup.
  9. camhabib macrumors regular

    May 29, 2008
    Your best bet is a Samsung T3 right now. If you really need a bit extra speed and don't mind the cost, size, and potentially reliability, you could go for a SanDisk 900. I personally just picked up a T3 and it's been great - love the piece of mind knowing that if I accidentally drop or hit the drive I won't have the potential to lose my data like I would with a traditional HD.
  10. Earl Urley, Mar 18, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2017

    Earl Urley macrumors 6502

    Earl Urley

    Nov 10, 2014
    Just picked up the MyDigitalSSD 1 TB BOOST USB 3.1 gen2 drive, it's cheaper than a Samsung T3 ($279 vs. $383) and supports 10 Gbps speed, gets up to 830 MB/sec read, 730 MB/sec write. It's bus powered and comes with USB Type A and Type C 3.1 cables.

    Inside it has two Samsung 850 SSDs hooked up in RAID 0 config; as prices go down you can swap out the two 500 GB blades and take it to 2 TB if you needed!

    It's great for doing fast backups and system reinstalls..

    Tom's Hardware gave it an Editor's Choice award only a month ago:


    If you don't have a 2016 Mac it's still super fast, at around 420 MB/sec read for USB 3.0 Macs..
  11. Amigaman macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2007
    Greenville, MI
    I ended up buying the Samsung T3 external SSD. It's super small, lightweight, and I'm seeing 410MB/s read and 396MB/s write speeds. Overall, I'm a happy camper.
  12. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2010
    Just like how cables are hit and miss, enclosures are in the same situation.

    I love/hate USB-C. Love that it's a standard, hate it that companies cheap out on the spec.

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