Good external hard drive

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elektrobank Regular Member • Posts: 137
Good external hard drive

I'm looking for a fast/inexpensive external hard drive around 2GB to store my photos.

The Crucial X8 2TB Portable SSD is the best price/performance option I've found. Any others I should consider? The Samsung T7 also looks good, but a bit more expensive, and I don't see any upside other than the form factor.

Thanks

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I have been using the Samsung T5 and T7 SSDs quite happily since 2015 with zero troubles.

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Speed is a function of your computer interface and the drive type inside the case.

If all you need is 2TB you can buy a 2TB NVME (Samsung 970 for example) and an external case that matches your computer interface.

When you get a newer computer with a faster interface  change the case and get a speed boost.

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Ellis Vener wrote:

I have been using the Samsung T5 and T7 SSDs quite happily since 2015 with zero troubles.

Same I use both T5 and T7 SSD's.   Fast and portable and relatively robust.  No issues at all.

Good thing also is the cable is not permanently fixed, so if you damage it , you can replace it.    Some external drives the cable is fixed.

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OP elektrobank Regular Member • Posts: 137
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NickZ2016 wrote:

Speed is a function of your computer interface and the drive type inside the case.

If all you need is 2TB you can buy a 2TB NVME (Samsung 970 for example) and an external case that matches your computer interface.

When you get a newer computer with a faster interface change the case and get a speed boost.

That's as or more expensive than any of the external drives I'm looking at, which already have USB-C.

OP elektrobank Regular Member • Posts: 137
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Ellis Vener wrote:

I have been using the Samsung T5 and T7 SSDs quite happily since 2015 with zero troubles.

Thanks. Did you notice an improvement in the speed when using Lightroom or whatever photo software you use with these drives?

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elektrobank wrote:

Ellis Vener wrote:

I have been using the Samsung T5 and T7 SSDs quite happily since 2015 with zero troubles.

Thanks. Did you notice an improvement in the speed when using Lightroom or whatever photo software you use with these drives?

With the T5 and T7 drives I have not noticed a significant time difference between reading and writing to those or to the computers internal SSD.  The cameras I’ve used most of the time in that period are 42mp and up: In alphabetic order Canon EOS 5DS (50mp) , Nikon D850, Z 7, and Z 7II (45mp) (with lighter use of a Z 6 and the Z 7II  for 4K video, and Sony A7RIII (42mp) , Alpha 1 (50mp)  and A7RIV (60mp).

the computer I’ve been using them with is mid 2015 15” MacBook Pro with a 2TB internal SSD (from macsales.com) and I think 16gb of RAM.

The photography programs I primarily use are PhotoMechanic Plus, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop CC, Capture One Pro, and FinalCut Pro X.

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