USB-C ssd flash drive

Rugbydman

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hi
Been looking for something like the title but can only find sandisks usb 3 version
Do they exist
Would the sandisk one work with a usb a to c adapter?
Thanks
 

Mr. Retrofire

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@Rugbydman
You mean a thumb drive?

Yes, USB C versions can provide a minimal performance improvement. Buy USB A drives, if possible. They are usually cheaper, proven and are available for many different applications.
 

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If you use an adapter, you will not be able to take advantage of USB-C speeds. Probably a non-issue because SSD is already a big upgrade?
The drive uses USB 3.1 Gen 1 which is the old USB 3.0 with a different name. External NVMe SSDs are also possible, if the machine supports USB 3.1 Gen 2. For example with this enclosure:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FR58Z78
and this SSD
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BN217QG
[doublepost=1539397083][/doublepost]
And just use a usb a to usb c adapter?
Yes.

If you use the XT-XINTE enclosure with a USB C Mac you need to buy an additional USB C to USB C cable for example:
https://www.belkin.com/us/p/P-F2CU052/
 
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Rugbydman

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The drive uses USB 3.1 Gen 1 which is the old USB 3.0 with a different name. External NVMe SSDs are also possible, if the machine supports USB 3.1 Gen 2. For example with this enclosure:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FR58Z78
and this SSD
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BN217QG
[doublepost=1539397083][/doublepost]
Yes.

If you use the XT-XINTE enclosure with a USB C Mac you need to buy an additional USB C to USB C cable for example:
https://www.belkin.com/us/p/P-F2CU030/

Wow that's expensive
 

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Wow that's expensive
The Sandisk SDCZ880-256G-G46 costs £ 105.99 on amazon.

The DIY variant (enclosure, cable, SSD) costs:
Enclosure -> XT-XINTE SS25490-SS25491 : £25.50
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FR6VMS8
Cable -> Belkin F2CU052bt1M-BLK : £24.72
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073KCPS2M
SSD -> Samsung MZ-V7E250BW : £79.99
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CGGNX7S
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Total: £130,21

It is probably cheaper, if you buy the same items from other, reliable sellers.

And this DIY variant is up to 2 times (100 %) faster than the Sandisk SDCZ880-256G-G46, if your Mac / computer supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 GBit/s). Or in other words, the DIY variant provides up to 100 % more performance and is only ≈ 23 % more expensive than the Sandisk SDCZ880-256G-G46.
 

Rugbydman

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The Sandisk SDCZ880-256G-G46 costs £ 105.99 on amazon.

The DIY variant (enclosure, cable, SSD) costs:
Enclosure -> XT-XINTE SS25490-SS25491 : £25.50
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FR6VMS8
Cable -> Belkin F2CU052bt1M-BLK : £24.72
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073KCPS2M
SSD -> Samsung MZ-V7E250BW : £79.99
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CGGNX7S
__________________________________________

Total: £130,21

It is probably cheaper, if you buy the same items from other, reliable sellers.

And this DIY variant is up to 2 times (100 %) faster than the Sandisk SDCZ880-256G-G46, if your Mac / computer supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 GBit/s). Or in other words, the DIY variant provides up to 100 % more performance and is only ≈ 23 % more expensive than the Sandisk SDCZ880-256G-G46.
Wow. Thanks. What a great reply. Thanks for putting so much time into this
[doublepost=1539456430][/doublepost]Is it possible to get these enclosures that look like a thumb drive. I mean like no cable?
 

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Wow. Thanks. What a great reply. Thanks for putting so much time into this
[doublepost=1539456430][/doublepost]Is it possible to get these enclosures that look like a thumb drive. I mean like no cable?
Yeah for non-NVMe (standard, "slow" SATA III) M.2 SSDs and USB A (3.0) as far as I know. I read they are not very robust, so I use the XT-XINTE enclosure together with a 500 GB 970 EVO. The enclosure gets very hot compared to older non-NVMe enclosures and this does not seem to be a problem.
 
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