That’s a good setup.I received my X5 today after being totally fed up of the internal 5400rpm drive in my 2019 21inch imac... Being thunderbolt 3 the speeds are comparable to a built in ssd but much easier to add to a system afterwards. I boot from it and use it as my only drive, the internal drive I now use as a time machine backup drive.
Currently on sale for £196 from amazon, very good value for money I think.
You would do better to use a cloning app (either CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper), and using the internal drive as a BOOTABLE cloned backup of the x5.
If for some reason the x5 ever fails to boot for you, you can immediately boot and run from the internal drive (which will look exactly like the external boot drive).
YOU CAN'T DO THIS if the internal is a TM backup.
If you want to use TM, get a second external drive (platter-based is ok) and use that.
But again, the internal drive should remain bootable for emergencies.
Interesting, I get slower writes, but faster reads. Might it be because of APFS??I just picked up the Samsung Portable SSD X5 500GB for $217.99 on Amazon.
My 2017 13" MacBook Pro immediately recognized the drive right out of the box, with the exFAT file system.
Good to know.TRIM seems to be supported by default:
Really? The cloning fanboys want you to do more work and take unnecessary steps. That can be safely ignored. There is no reason for cloning software here. None.You would do better to use a cloning app (either CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper), and using the internal drive as a BOOTABLE cloned backup of the x5.
"My 2017 13" MacBook Pro immediately recognized the drive right out of the box, with the exFAT file system."
The FIRST THING you want to do, is to REFORMAT the drive to a Mac format.
Could be APFS, could be HFS+.
The point to remember is that if you're going to use the drive with a Mac, things will go best if you have the drive in MAC format.
I WOULD NOT leave it in exFAT for use with the Mac.
You may run into privilege and file permission issues leaving it ExFAT. Some file types never give grief while, if using Office, you stand a really good chance of running into it. If so, there's an easy, if time consuming workaround: zip files before uploading from the PC. Unzipping them when connected to the Mac automatically grants the necessary privileges.Hi Fishrrman,
I intend to buy another X5 drive. I will use one of the drives as a go between PCs and Macs. The other drive will be a Mac only drive which I will reformat to APFS.
re your post 20 above.
Thanks for putting up these speed tests.
This confirms my supposition that putting together a USB3.1 gen2 enclosure + nvme drive offers "an excellent compromise" between a "regular" USB3.1 (gen1) drive and a thunderbolt drive.
I'd like to add the comment that if the user does not intend to eventually "upgrade the enclosure" at some point to thunderbolt3, then one could save considerable money by buying a "lesser-grade" nvme drive, which should still yield read speeds in the 900mbps range when used in a USB3.1 gen2 enclosure.
One other thing:
Could you check the Sabrent enclosure, as to whether TRIM can be enabled?
I realize that it can't be with (older) USB3. But I'm wondering if that could have changed with USB3.1 gen2 ???