As the cost of solid-state drives (SSDs) has dropped, I’ve gradually migrated all my internal and external data storage from traditional hard drives to solid-state drives. Solid-state drives are lighter, faster and more reliable than traditional hard drives. When purchasing new computers, I typically configure them with solid-state storage and with existing computers, if possible and if it makes sense, I’ll upgrade those computers using traditional hard drives to new solid-state drives. Likewise, with external storage, I’ve replaced all my external traditional hard drives with external SSDs.
For internal storage, I’ve used solid-state drives from various brands including Sandisk, Intel, Crucial and Samsung. Over the past few years, I’ve primarily been using drives from Crucial (ex: MX100, MX300) and Samsung (ex: 860 EVO). The drives are fast, reliable, perform extremely well and are affordable. I’ve used these drives for both internal and external storage. For external storage, you just need to get a decent external enclosure. I like using the external enclosures from StarTech. I’ll put a link to the enclosure and all the solid-state drives mentioned at the end of this post.
For external storage, besides building my own external SSD using an external enclosure, I really like using the Samsung T5 series external solid-state drives. The drives are extremely small, lightweight and portable. They offer exceptional performance and have been rock-solid and reliable. The Samsung T5s support Mac/Windows/Android operating systems (some operating system versions are not supported), come with both USB-C to USB-A and USB-C to USB-C cables (so you don’t need to hunt for dongles and adapters), offer storage capacities up to 2TB and are available in various colors including black, blue, red and gold.
When I edit videos in Final Cut Pro X, I store all my video assets on Samsung T5 external solid-state drives and work directly off the external SSDs, so I don’t need to take up any unnecessary space on my computer’s internal SSD nor do I need to move those assets off the computer to free up internal storage capacity. I’ve produced and edited numerous videos and have not experienced any latency or performance issues as a result of using the Samsung T5 solid-state drives. The drives have worked flawlessly for me and I’m extremely happy with the performance.
I’m glad I’ve migrated away from traditional hard drives. The performance gains themselves are well worth the investment. That said, if you need a lot of storage like 4TB of storage or more, a traditional hard drive will still cost much less than solid-state storage even though there are the trade offs with using a traditional hard drive. Similarly, if you’re looking to maximize storage capacity for a NAS or server, you’re probably going to stick with traditional hard drives over solid-state drives. It’s simply more cost-effective for the average budget. However, just be sure you are using hard drives rated for use in a server or NAS to get optimal performance and reliability.
Crucial Solid-State Drives
Crucial MX500 500GB 2.5” SATA Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/2SJhbH7
Crucial MX500 1TB 2.5” SATA Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/2LIrsm8
Crucial MX500 2TB 2.5” SATA Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/2JZSYJG
Samsung Solid-State Drives
Samsung 860 EVO 500GB 2.5” Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/2LIbFnr
Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5” Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/2JX2ltQ
Samsung 860 EVO 2TB 2.5” Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/2LMv6eW
StarTech External Hard Drive Enclosure
StarTech USB 3.1 External 2.5” SATA Drive Enclosure - https://amzn.to/30Y3MOg
Samsung T5 External Solid-State Drives
Samsung T5 500GB External Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/2LKd2SL
Samsung T5 1TB External Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/314KtCP
Samsung T5 2TB External Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/2ykJ8vq