Most 'value for money' portable SSDs you can buy in India right now
In the world where we click high-res images from 108-megapixel camera phones, heavy RAW files from DSLRs and 4K (or more) resolution videos, having a portable storage drive is more important than ever. It often happens that we need access to certain content while on the go, as quickly as possible and not all of it is readily available via online cloud storage platforms. Although it may not matter to light or average users, it does matter to video makers, photographers and those who usually need access to a lot of data quickly. So, what they need here are portable SSDs, which are high-speed storage drives you can carry around and transfer files (to and from) at a lesser time than usual hard disk drives. In case you are hunting to get the best one out there, here's a list you should look at.
WD My Passport SSD
This comes in 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB versions and can be purchased in as many as 5 colours. WD claims the read and write speed of this SSD at up to 1050MB/s and 1000MB/s. It also has 256-bit AES hardware encryption and is shock+vibration resistant. Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and macOS Catalina and later platforms, the My Passport SSD comes with type-C to type-C cable (supports USB 3.2 Gen 2) and USB Type-C to Type-A adapter as well. The price starts at ₹7,500.
Samsung T7 Portable SSD
Samsung T7 Portable SSD can reach up to 1,050MB/s read speed and 1,000MB/s write speed. You can get it in three colours - Grey, Blue and Red, and in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB storage versions. It supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 and has AES 256-bit encryption as well. The metal body also keeps it resistant to shocks and drops from 2 meters. In addition it uses ePCM technology and the Dynamic Thermal Guard to keep the temperature in control. It is compatible with Android, Windows, macOS and gaming consoles as well. You get type-C to type-C and type-C to type-A cables inside the box. Prices start at ₹7,000.
Seagate One Touch SSD
Seagate's One Touch SSDhas a textile panel design in White and Black shades and is available in 500GB or 1TB. Supporting Windows and macOS platforms, this SSD is compatible with USB 3.0. It has transfer speeds of up to 400MB/s and comes with a four-month Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan and a one-year Mylio Create plan. The prices start at ₹5,700.
Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD
Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD is one of the newest ones right now. It comes in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB storage variants. Extreme Portable SSD has up to 550MB/s read speeds and works with Windows 8 or macOS 10.6 and later versions. It also supports USB 3.1 Gen 2, includes a Type-C connector, USB Type-C to Type-C cable and a Type-C to Type-A adapter. The price of this begins from ₹8,000.
Seagate Barracuda Fast SSD
Barracuda Fast SSD comes in just Black colour and has an aluminium build (shock resistant) with a green LED accent light. It comes in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB storage options and has up to 540MB/s transfer speeds. You get type-C cable and a type-C to type-A cable inside the box. The SSD works with both Windows and macOS platforms and is priced at ₹7,000 for the base storage model.