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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Lightning Fast, Tough and Truly Portable

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    UNBOXING: Upon unboxing this drive I was immediately taken with the appearance and build quality. I knew it would be small, but not this small. It is very nice looking and has a corner loop so you can attach it to a key ring or a carabiner to easily find it in your bag. EXTRAS: Not much extra in the box. It comes with a small USB-A to USB-C cable and a USB-A to USB-C adapter. There is no pre-installed software. When you insert the disk into your device, you will be prompted to download the Sandisk SecureAccess software. THIS IS NOT REQUIRED TO USE THE DRIVE. It is only recommended. However, for users who have security concerns, SecureAcess will set up a password-protected vault that will automatically encrypt all your files. I'm not storing sensitive files, so I elected not to use this software, but I think it's a huge bonus to have that sort of protection available in an automated, easy access package. People who are always security conscious will have their own protections in place and they will likely be more stringent as well as multi-layered, but the average user who may just want to have added protection for their files will find SecureAccess very easy to use. PERFORMANCE: While testing this device for review, I had the average (read not tech savvy) user in mind. I plugged the drive into my MacBook Air, and without any thoughts of formatting, I just starting dragging files into the drive. The word fast is not sufficient to describe this thing. It's light speed fast. I mean seriously, really, really fast. I then plugged the drive into a Chromebook. All the files played perfectly. I then switched to a windows laptop with the same results The drive gets warm, but not hot. It is water resistant which is nice, but don't jump in the pool with it. Caught in a heavy rain or accidentally drop it in a puddle? You'll be fine. From Sandisk Site; The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is IP55-rated, which means it’s built to withstand water and dust. It is also certified to stand up to 2-meter drops (That's 6.5 feet for the metric impaired like me!) I am a one bag, ultralight traveler and this device has been permanently added to my packing list. I will keep it on a carabiner inside my bag. This device is so easy to use, I would have no problem giving it to a parent or grandparent, with nothing more than a simple lesson on dragging and dropping.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    As fast as an internal drive

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    This drive is blazing fast. ~100MB/s on and external USB 3 drive used to be speedy to me, but this drive blows them away topping out at 442MB/s write and 453MB/s reads (on USB C). Copying a large 16GB file from an internal SD took 48s - copying topped off at 340MB/s. The internal drive tested at 550MB/s read so it shouldn't be the limiting factor. I'll test it out on my home computer to see if it performs the same as my work computer. 1.9GB of 1483 small photos took 16s and one 1.48 file took 6s. This drive is faster than any mechanical HD but you can carry it in your pocket. I comes with a puny USB C cable but I'd guess it's small for portability's sake. It also came with C to A adapter for those that don't have a Type-C port. There was no difference in benches using the adapter. The drive comes formatted in exFAT, testing it NTFS format made no difference so I'll reformat it exFAT. Of course during the reformat I deleted the Sandisk security software. No biggie since I use a popular open source program for drive encryption. Per GB this drive is pretty expensive even compared to a DIY portable SSD. But using an m.2 drive to match the size of this drive would put you more in line. However, I don't think those DIY cases would be as rugged as this one though. The rubber case should withstand a quite a few bumps and drops, plus the rubber gives a better grip than a slick plastic/metal enclosure. For me, this drive is just too fast to be delegated to just a backup or photo storage drive. This thing will be my portable steam drive to use on my laptop when away from home. I'll keep the cheaper, slower mechanical drives for backups.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast, Compact/Light Weight and Rugged

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    Full disclosure: I received a 500 GB SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD in exchange for an honest and timely review. The device is about the same thickness as my iPhone X, but perhaps an inch narrower and about 2 inches shorter. It is very compact and light weight. It has a nice rubber edge for absorbing shock and a little eyelet for attaching it to a carabiner or something similar. It has a IP55 rating, so it can withstand some adversity without being damaged. I connected my unit to my 2017 MacBook Pro with the included USB-C cable. The “drive” also comes with a USB-C to USB-A adapter for use with systems that don’t yet have a USB-C port. My first test was to export 256MB of photos and videos from the Apple Photos app on my Mac. That took around 20 seconds using a very rough measurement with the stop watch on my my Apple Watch. That export includes processing by the Photos app, so I’m sure most of that very quick time (IMHO) was due to the Photos app rather than transfer speed. I then proceeded to look for files to transfer to the SSD and found that everything I dragged and dropped to the drive was transferred as soon as I dropped it. I couldn’t detect any delay at all. Wow. Boom and it is on the SSD. A 200 MB video transferred before I could say “one thousand two” as I counted up. Very nice! That confirms my assumption about the export from Photos. I know I’m not taxing this device in the least. It is fast! I have purchased portable storage devices since the days of 3.5” floppy disks…hard drives, iOmega Jazz drives, and more recently the many generations of USB drives and “sticks”. I have two 2TB USB drives that I use most often these days for backups. The SanDisk Extreme SSD is by far the fastest portable device I’ve used. The compact size/light weight and ruggedness make it even more attractive as a new “go to” portable storage device for my needs. I tend to take a lot of photos and video while traveling. This drive will likely be a nice repository for them when I need to offload or backup my memory cards from my cameras. So far I would definitely recommend this for people who are looking for fast, compact and rugged storage …and are willing to pay extra for those attributes.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Light weight, large storage.

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    The drive exterior size is very good when thinking about the storage size. It is indeed very fast writing and reading. Power consumption is acceptable (very important when connected to smartphone device). It connects directly to my Android smartphone (through USB-C connector). Easy to back-up phone data to the disk without using a PC. The drive would get warm to hot when used (mostly writing). According to the specifications, it is water resist, shock resist! I am not going to try the limit but looking at its structure, it is indeed sturdy and well sealed. The drive is coming with a small USB-C connection and an adapter to USB-3. Working well with Linux, Windows, Chrome OS and Android Systems. The drive is delivered with SanDisk volt software that can be used to encrypt personal files. Handy if you are using the drive for saving confidential data. Price wise, it is really acceptable (taking in count the connection to android phones. Special cable is required to connect to Apple phones).

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast and Portable

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    The Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD has an interesting and solid design. The case is rubberized and has what I suspect is a place to clip a carabiner. I can’t stress enough how durable and well made this feels in the hand. The device has a single USB C connector at the bottom and includes a short (I would guess 3 inches) USB cable. A USB C to A connector is also included – definitely helpful for use on most devices that are brand spanking new. I hooked the SSD up to my Early 2015 Macbook Pro and benchmarked at 421MB/s write and 427MB/s read. That’s blazing fast – like surprisingly fast – for a single drive over USB. I know it’s over USB 3.1, but I’ve never actually had an external drive actually deliver that level of performance, consistently, and in such a small attractive form factor. Sandisk states that the device is built using a 6Gbps M.2 SATA SSD and is housed in a 2M drop resistant enclosure. The device is also rated IP55 – which protects from dust and low-pressure jets of water. Not water-proof per say, but definitely resistant from everyday splashes and sprays. Overall, I am very satisfied with the Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD. If you find yourself in need of fast durable, but portable, storage solution– look no further.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Small and powerful

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    When I read the reviews they said it was small but when I opened the box...dang. It hooked up fast and I was able to back up all my photos in a matter of minutes. Worked perfect and it doesn't take up any room at all...

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great External SSD, Speedy!

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    Ran this little guy through an array of "standard" benchmarks. If you see my attached screenshots, you'll see it tests extremely well for an external drive. I tested with an i7 based laptop with 16GB of Ram a 1TB NVMe SSD to ensure no system bottleneck. (Oddly enough, testing with a true USB-C 3.1 port vs a USB-A 3.0 port did see better peak speeds, hit almost exactly to spec, but slower on 4k speeds) In "real world" testing, I moved a large video file to and from the SSD, with the averages hitting 385MB/s Reads and 336MB/s Writes. I then tested moving my Counter Strike Global Offensive game folder to and from the drive, with the speed hitting around 190MB/s Reads and 240MB/s Writes (I did not swap them, ran tests extra times, it was quicker writing to the external SSD than reading off of it) As far as the physical unit goes, its smaller than expected, has a nice rubbery texture. Haven't really tested out the IP55 rating, but I wouldn't try swimming with it, due to the rating being more for surviving rain or a quick dip in some water. TL:DR This is a great drive, overall super speedy (fully using a USB 3.0 port plus), and a decent value!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievably Small And Fast

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    I was expecting it to be compact being a SSD but this exceeded my expectations. It also has rather rugged look and feel. With the number of free or low priced "cloud" options portables dont have the same desireability as they once did for a lot of people, but we find them very useful. We many times travel to areas that there is not that great of WiFi available to take a ton of photos, so having an external to back up the SD cards from the cameras is really a must for us. And this being the size it is makes it even more portable than many others we have had in the past as its only .042 inches thick. I can carry it in any pocket and its so light its hardly noticable, does not weigh you down at all. It even fits in my cell holster with my iPhone X in it as well. It can handle speeds up to 550mbps on the transfer of data and has an Ip55 water/dust resistant rating so splashes, rain sprinkles, spills or sweat is no problem at all. Included is a USB Type-C to Type-C cable and a Type-C to Type-A adapter, and I have a few USB C to C and USB C to A with us that we carry with us for one of the other phones and othe equipment so whatever device we need it on we are good to go.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    It's so tiny, yet so fast!

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    Please take note that I received this product for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. It's Sandisk - the name that I trust for long-lasting storage in all walks of my electronic life - phones, cameras, solid state hard drives. I had no doubts when I received this product that it would change my perception of Sandisk's products. It didn't! First thing I noticed - it's so tiny! I can fit in your front jeans pocket or your front shirt pocket! It includes a USB-C cable as well as a USB-C to USB-A adapter. The only device I have that accepts USB-C is a Chromebook, so benchmarking was out of the question there, BUT, I can say that some rather large video files I put on the drive played without any issues. Attached are the screenshots from my PC using USB-A USB 3.0 ports. I found the results to be impressive! Roughly 3x faster than mechanical hard drive attached via USB 3.0 to the same computer! If you're looking for a fast drive that's portable and reliable, don't waste your time with anything else - this is the one to buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little solid state drive

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    Owned for 4 months when reviewed.

    I use this drive daily as my job as a photographer. I take it on location and is very sturdy and handles all weather. Not water proof but I’ve used it during hurricane coverage and held up nicely.

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Small Pocketable Expandable Space!

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    So extremely small and portable! 500 GB is a decent storage size. I use mine primarily for pictures and clearing up space in my phone. For size reference, see attached photo of the product beside my Samsung Galaxy + Buds. When they say small and portable, they mean it! Definitely Highly recommend this item!

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast SSD

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    I purchased this SSD drive because my mini usb flash drive died. Thankful, I had a cloud back up and I recovered 95% of my lost data. This SSD drive was by my local tech (great guy). It only took like 10 minutes to transfer about 30gb of data. Strongly recommended!

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great nice and fast

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Very good experience with this device. Works well on iPad and pc.

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Works

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Works with the Xbox and my computer (I bought two during Black Friday).

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Very happy with this High density "Thumb Drive"

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    Great storage device to use as large "Thumb Drive"

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast, compact external USB 3 drive

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    (This review reflects my experience with a unit was provided free of charge by SanDisk.) USB flash drives have been an ubiquitous means of storage for years now. I doubt I am the only one that has accumulated a drawer full of these devices, all with various capacities and speeds. And for the most part, their speed has been adequate since USB 2 was state of the art. I have some that support USB 3 natively, but mostly as a marketing gimmick - in practice, I have not yet had one that was markedly faster than most of my USB 2 drives. For the most part, I never minded the speeds… but every now and then, I'd have a need to transfer a large number of files, or make a backup while I migrated my primary hard disk. I usually turned to an external mechanical disk drive, or transfer via NAS. However, after using SanDisk's Extreme USB 3 SSD, I can't imagine doing it any other way. SanDisk's primary goal was to create an external drive that really takes advantage of the full bandwidth of USB 3.1. They benchmark it specifically for USB 3.1 Gen 2. The fastest USB standard any of my computers support is actually only USB 3.1 Gen 1, but out of curiosity, I tested the Extreme SSD anyway with CrystalDiskMark (version 6.0.1). I could not quite achieve the maximum speeds that SanDisk claimed, but this was still an extremely fast drive. I was able to read from the drive at 450 MB/s, and writing was only slightly slower at 445 MB/s. That is dramatically faster than any other external USB drive that I own. All that speed can certainly come in handy. I used the drive to back up two computers while migrating the boot drives to faster/larger NVMe storage devices. I was able to complete both much faster than if I had used my external mechanical drive (the time it would take was one of the reasons I had put off the drive upgrades). SanDisk highlights the needs of media-producing professionals as a use case for this drive, but it's a god-send for any task that needs to move around a significant amount of data. The drive has a solid and compact design. It's larger than an ordinary USB drive, but not a great deal larger than a M2 or NVMe internal drive (a little wider and thicker). It has a rubbery, soft-touch finish and a sturdy molded loop for a carrying strap. SanDisk claims IP55 water resistance, though I (fortunately) did not need to put that to the test. And of course, since it's a solid-state device, there's no worry about bumps causing potential mechanical shock to the mechanism. One of the small details that impressed me was the included cable + adapter for both USB type A and type C support. A short USB cable is included with type C connectors on both ends. This is great, in my opinion, as type C will only become more common in the future. SanDisk thoughtfully included a type C to type A adapter as well. When I ran the CrystalDiskMark benchmark, I ran it multiple times with the drive connected both ways (with just the cable, and with the cable + type A adapter), and achieved virtually identical results. (Suprisingly enough, I saw a 0.5 MB/s better performance using the type A adapter, but that is roughly a 0.1% difference, and certainly within the margin for error in my non-rigorous testing.) One thing that is just slightly disappointing is that the type A adapter has little molded nubs that require the type C cable end to be plugged in with a specific orientation, which somewhat defeats the purpose of type C. It took me a few seconds to realize this; at first I thought the connection was just rather loose because it was not pushed in all the way. (The type C cable works fine in either orientation to an actual type C port, of course.) All in all, this is a premium external drive that performs exactly as designed. Not everyone will have a need for it, at least not all the time. Anyone who regularly moves large amounts of data, however, will save a ton of time. The inclusion of native type C support helps future proof your investment in the drive as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Little Hard Drive

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    Great performance, absolute portability, and shock and water resistance make this hard drive a great option for those that need to carry large amounts of storage capacity around. Even in 2018, when pretty much all devices are shrinking exponentially year after year, the SanDisk Extreme hard drive's diminutive size took me off guard. It's basically no fatter than the USB-C cord that connects it, and it's surface area is less than that of a credit card by a fair amount (even with the corner hole allowing you to attach the drive to a carabiner or set of keys if you desire). This very conveniently slips into a pocket, allowing for a level of portability with this amount of space that is uncommon even these days. This portability factor would mean nothing if the drive was fragile, but thankfully, that's of little concern as the drive is shock, water, and dust resistant. Performance is also up to snuff. After using with a number of devices, including a Chromebook and multiple Windows PCs, I can say that this device performs on par with or better than any external drive I've used previously, undoubtedly a result of both the solid state drive and the USB-C connection. The single issue I did have was while trying to connect to my Android phone. The phone recognized that a drive was plugged in, but received the error "This device doesn't support this SanDisk USB drive. Tap to set up in a supported format." I didn't take the time to reformat the drive into a different format, primarily because I don't have much need to use it with my phone. Overall, I'd highly recommend this drive for anyone that needs lots of storage on the go in a reliable and durable package.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Compact, Fast, Rugged, Portable

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    The first thing I noticed when I took the SanDisk Extreme 500GB USB drive out of the box was its compact size. The pictures on the Best Buy website don't have any other objects for reference, and I was pleasantly surprised at how small this device is. The description says it fits neatly into a laptop or camera bag but this fits easily into a pocket. It's roughly the width and length of a credit card or luggage tag, and around a half inch thick. It's also very, very fast. I plugged it into the USB-C port on my computer with the included cable (there's also a USB-A adapter in the box if your computer doesn't have USB-C), and was able to get read and write speeds consistently over 400 MB per second. Not quite as high as the theoretical maximum for this drive, but that could be because my computer isn't the fastest in the world. It's also rugged. The drive has an IP55 rating. That means it's got protection against dust and water. Not rated against immersion in water, but it should be safe against moderate sprays from any direction. It has a solid feel with a rubberized "bumper" around the edge, and since it's SSD, there are no moving parts. Finally, the drive is portable, with no external power source required. Unlike a thumb drive, however, you do need to use a USB cable like the one included in the box. If there was one thing I wish this drive had was some way to stow the cable into or against the housing of the drive so I don't have to go looking for it in the bottom of my bag. Overall, a great product. I'm glad to have it and would gladly recommend it to others. Please note -- I did receive this item free in exchange for a fair/honest review as part of the Best Buy Tech Insider Network. Everything written above is my honest opinion of the product.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Worked wonders for my iMac as External Boot Drive

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    My old iMac was struggling to keep up once I updated to Catalina. Due to COVID-19, I relied on my iMac to work from home. It was taking 3+ minutes for a web browser to open and once it did, I could hardly work due to how slow everything was working. Unfortunately, my iMac internal hard drive could not be upgraded without having a professional do so. I bought this SSD to use as an external boot drive. I am so happy with the results. My old iMac runs better now than it did brand new. This drive is so small, I hardly even notice it on my desk. I definitely recommend it, no matter what your need may be for an external drive, be it a "normal" use or to use as a boot drive.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Speedy, Tiny, Secret Mission Ready

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    I love thumb drives and I collect portable hard drives to make backups of video and photo projects... typically I'm using the MyPassport from Western Digital. Unless they are in the case, I'm constantly worried about these small, spinning-disk drives - plus, they're "slow" by today's standards where we're spoiled by solid state drives. So opening the box on the SanDisk Extreme, I fully expected to see a rubberized version of a WD MyPassport. Nope. 500 GB of solid-state storage packed into something the size of a small stack of business cards. It's rubberized, water and dust resistant, has a keychain and/or lanyard clip, and USB-C connectivity out of the box. That this is marketed to provide "quick backup of photos and videos" is absurd. It should be marketed instead to spy teams performing Mission: Impossible style work. Photo and video backup would be a waste... unless you had some super secret photos of hidden nuclear reactors that absolutely positively had to get somewhere. It's speedy, yes, the benchmarks hold up. But because of this, I can't relegate this as one of my backup drives. Instead, a smart Entrepreneur could skimp on storage space on a main laptop and use this to host the "main drive". A smart producer could do the same with the super-expensive internal scratch disk and use this instead. This is a cool turning point for folks who remember the progression of external drives and thumbdrives. That we now have super-high-speed USB-C SSD storage in this form factor and with this level of protection built-in... I can't wait to see what happens in the next 2 years. I'd love to say like... buy this to replace all your external backup drives. This drive is overkill for that application, but: if you want a high-quality, external SSD drive that will survive, and is fast enough to behave as a main drive... or if you spend your life backing things up and could use the extra oomph this drive can provide, this is where to start. As part of the Best Buy Tech Insider Network, I received this product in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    I would recommend this to a friend