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SanDisk 500GB SSD USB-C, USB 3.1, for PC & Mac & IP55 Rated

4.6 out of 5 stars 37,625 ratings

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500GB
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About this item

  • High-speed transfers with up to 550MB/s read speeds let you move hi-res photos and videos fast
  • Rugged, water- and dust-resistant(1) (IP55-rated)
  • Shock-resistant solid state core for greater durability
  • Compact and pocket-sized
  • Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and macOSHigh Sierra, Sierra or Mac OS X El Capitan
  • For PC and Mac users
  • Country of Origin: China
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  • SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD;USB Type-C to Type-C cable;Type-C to Type-A adapter

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    Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 3 September 2022
    Capacity: 500GBStyle name: Old Generation - up to 550MB/sVerified Purchase
    Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 27 November 2018
    Capacity: 250GBStyle name: Old Generation - up to 550MB/sVerified Purchase
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect SSD! Worth the money!
    By Nigel on 27 November 2018
    I take lots of photos and videos when traveling and it is easy to run out of storage space. So I wanted an external storage solution.

    For ₹6500, I could easily buy 2TB + hard disk but I was hesitant about buying regular mechanical external hard disks because of the horror stories I read about them. Mechanical hard disks can break any time, even a slight fall is enough to corrupt a mechanical hard disk.

    When traveling, it is difficult to protect your stuffs free from sudden falls and hit other things. So it is very risky with mechanical hard disks.

    So I purchased this Sandisk SSD. The pricing of ₹6500 is good but I was able to buy at over ₹1000 in discounts under various offers from amazon and my debit card.

    The transfer speed is around 400 - 500 MB per second. Transferring a 2 GB file takes less than 5 seconds!

    Note that, the USB port in connected device should also be modern one to support high transfer speeds.

    This SSD has USB C port and cable. They provide free adaptor for USB C to regular USB port.

    I use it mainly for storing videos and also edit videos right from the SSD via the video editor in my macbook.

    It is light weight, small size and easy to carry.. Ifou are on the go and want a reliable storage solution, go for this. This is worth the money!
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    Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 2 June 2021
    Capacity: 1TBStyle name: Old Generation - up to 550MB/sVerified Purchase
    Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 29 December 2020
    Capacity: 500GBStyle name: Old Generation - up to 550MB/sVerified Purchase
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    Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 4 March 2021
    Capacity: 1TBStyle name: Old Generation - up to 550MB/sVerified Purchase
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    Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 20 March 2021
    Capacity: 1TBStyle name: Old Generation - up to 550MB/sVerified Purchase
    Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 4 March 2020
    Capacity: 500GBStyle name: Old Generation - up to 550MB/sVerified Purchase
    Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 24 September 2019
    Capacity: 500GBStyle name: Old Generation - up to 550MB/sVerified Purchase
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy. Compact and much needed storage option!
    By Just an another customer on 24 September 2019
    4.5/5

    I was amazed my this SSD! The compactness of it, and the sturdiness are just amazing.
    It's been a week since I got it and the experience has been good!
    I am using it with my Mac and the transfer speeds are upto the mark.
    Video editing, I do it right out of the SSD amd have no problem, taking it to another computer, most likely windows, and continue working from there! Has no problem when it comes to Mac journaled or FAT, cause, well, it's an SSD!
    And the size and sturdiness, I just put it in my pocket and head out!
    Oh! And it's also USB-C, so I also use it as an OTG for my One Plus. I can shoot vids on my phone, copy it to the SSD, and start working on my Mac, makes my process that much easier!!

    Really good investment, especially for photographers and run-and-gun videographers! I am thinking of investing in another one!
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    giulio
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent small and fast SSD Hdd
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 3 February 2019
    Capacity: 500GBStyle name: Old Generation - up to 550MB/sVerified Purchase
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent small and fast SSD Hdd
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 3 February 2019
    I bought the 500GB version, it is veramenet small and very nice.
    Obviously it is also very fast.
    I bought it to make a backup system for photographs while traveling.
    These are the components:
    1 - OTG cable, to connect the smartphone to the HUB
    2 - USB hub 3 with 4 ports, on a smartphone with powerful batteries there is no need for power supply. But on a smartphone with a low battery there is a need for the power supply
    3 - memory card reader, I got one that reads both SD and CF
    4 - HDD extreno with sufficient capacity to backup, I have used a 500 GB SSD
    With this system from the smartphone I can see both the memory card and the HDD and you can copy the photos directly from the memory card to the HDD. I have done various tests and to copy 8/10 GB of photos takes about 8/12 minutes, depends on the speed of the memory card. So a copy speed of about 15/20 MB / sec.
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    Thomas S.
    1.0 out of 5 stars Leider nach 6 Wochen defekt
    Reviewed in Germany 🇩🇪 on 16 September 2018
    Capacity: 500GBStyle name: Old Generation - up to 550MB/sVerified Purchase
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    ShammyB
    5.0 out of 5 stars Premium external drive
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 13 April 2018
    Capacity: 500GBStyle name: Old Generation - up to 550MB/sVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Premium external drive
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 13 April 2018
    Let’s get the elephant in the room addressed first; there is a previous version of this drive that had issues with the USB port; it had a tendency to break. [[ASIN:B01NB1IJ7J SanDisk 500 GB Extreme 500 Portable Solid State Drive]]

    The drive under review here has a redesigned case that looks like it specifically fixes the issue.

    The drive itself is a standard SSD motherboard (i.e. what you see when you open a standard 2.5 inch SSD case), attached to a USB interface board and encased in a sturdy housing (front face is plastic, edges and back are rubber so if you drop the drive it will most likely hit the ground on the rubber edges... or for the pedantic, the chance of it landing flat on its plastic front face is about 1 in 360 or you really have to be trying to break it!).

    So knowing all this, the first question is 'what drive is it internally'? Rather than open the drive and potentially break it, there are sneakier ways; I used CrystalDiskInfo to see what the firmware revision was, and then Googled it to see what other products have the same revison. The firmware is 'X61110RL', and the product is Sandisk Ultra 3D SSD, and for my 500GB drive, the equivalent sized SSD is [[ASIN:B072R78B6Q SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD 500GB up to 560MB/s Read / up to 530MB/s Write]]
    This tells us that the underlying SSD is not an old drive Sandisk are trying to sell off, but one of their latest models. It also tells us the underlying drive is capable of being faster than the stated specs for the portable drive package.

    The drive is light and pocket sized as long as you unplug the supplied cable and pocket it separately. The cable is a type C on both ends, (looks like a microUSB but a little larger) with an adapter to give you a full USB on the computer end of the cable. They've done it this way so the same cable works on both PC and Macbooks that use the slimmer type C.

    In use, read and write speeds vary (depending on hardware connected to). The highest I got was on my MSI gaming laptop which gave me 370Mb/s. This was a constant 370Mb/s and I think it is the cable or my computer rather than the drive itself that is the limiting factor. I will update the review when and if I get a better transfer rate, but this is still a very decent rate for an external drive! EDIT: Ive got up to 420MB/s since writing this review. I only get this high rate for large sequential files, but for more normal use cases, I see 250-350Mb/s which is in-line with internal SSDs.

    I tested the drive by copying over my Lightroom library (about 200GB) and also some more onerous tasks (backing up a ReactJS project, which is about 200MB of small files, most less than 10k). I also tried to install and play a game from the drive, and it all worked well, so no problems! The only minor thing I noticed was that the drive does get warm for extended constant use. If you reformat the drive (which you may do if you follow my advice to reformat to NTFS) and do a full format, the drive gets very hot (50C), but that is probably an edge case.

    I have a BlackMagic cinema camera that shoots cinemaRaw and high bitrate Prores, and I will be using this drive to back-up files out in the field (once the weather allows it!) and will report back if any issues.

    Things liked about the drive;

    It’s smaller than a standard SSD into a USB caddy (7.5x12.5cm vs 5x9.5cm), plus its much lighter.

    Because the drive is solid state, you never need an external power supply, and you can leave it attached to a battery powered laptop without the drive being a drain. It is also better suited to taking knocks than a mechanical hard drive.

    Downsides;

    Cost. Its more expensive than a standard SSD in a USB caddy. The cost also means that you would not use this drive for occasional archiving; you are more likely to use it to back up data often and quickly. Typical use cases might be wedding photography or on-location videography. In both cases, the user is performing content creation where the subject will not wait, so I guess that is the main target use case.
    Just backing up your documents folder every month does not have the same urgency because 'the subject will wait'.
    An additional use case I have found is 'when you have lots of small files'. Mechanical hard drives are VERY slow here. SSDs are also slower than their reported maximum but more bearable because the speed will still be decent (tens of MB/s rather than down to hundreds of kb/s). If you are programmer (and especially if you are a web or game developer) this drive might be useful.

    The cable has two parts to it if you are on PC (Mac users get to use the cable without the adapter bit so it isn't an issue for them), making it a bit clunky. Like me, you might elect to buy a better one-piece cable.

    The drive comes formatted as exFAT, which is fine unless you have lots of small files. I tried to backup 14GB of JS projects and the space on the disk was more than 200GB with the default exFAT settings. A reformat to NTFS got it down to about 14.2GB. If you are using this drive in this way or to install/run applications from you may want a reformat. Not really a downside though as all external drives have the issue as exFAT is the most compatible.

    There's no power or data indication on the body.

    Who would buy this?

    Photographers, videograpers and anyone else who needs backup storage that is quick enough to not slow you down, and also needs low power requirements and ruggedness. Videographers with models that can output streams via USB will find this drive particularly compelling. It's also useful if you are videographer who uses something like Premiere on a laptop in the field, but renders the footage out on a desktop. Keep your project on the SSD and edit from it, and you get both portability and speed!

    Programmers (especially ones like me who don’t totally trust svn/git when your project contains lots of graphics!).

    Anyone who wants to play films or other media on a projector/tablet or other device that accepts data through USB; the advantage of this drive is that it wont require its own power supply and won't drain the player's battery.

    Anyone who wants to run applications or games from an external drive.

    Anyone who relies on USB drives and wants something faster or with more capacity. This is essentially the fastest USB drive you can get; just as robust as a USB drive (albeit a fair bit bigger) but much faster because its really an SSD!

    And of course finally, anyone who just wants the best! If you have shelled out on an expensive laptop or desktop and don't want any bottlenecks, then this is a pretty sweet peripheral to throw some cash at!

    Overall, I really like this drive. I’d give it 4.5 stars if I could (the cable loses half a mark) but I’ll go for the full 5 as I’ve just searched on the cost of a better, high bandwidth braided data cable and its peanuts!

    EDIT: I've included a photo showing relative size of the Sandisk drive vs a standard portable 2.5 inch hard drive. I've also tried to be clever by using a clear hard drive caddy so you can also see the size of the standard hard drive itself.

    EDIT: The Additional 'cheap' cable I ordered turned out to be cheap because its not USB3! The one I ended up buying is not cheap but is perfect; [[ASIN:B0756WJPZQ USB Type C Cable, USB C to USB 3.0 Cable, TecMad Type C 3.0 Short high speed Data Sync Cable 0.2M [0.65FT] Durable Nylon Braided Cable Fast Sync&Data Cable for Apple new MacBook, Huawei P9/P10 Honor 8 Pro, Galaxy s8 + note 8 ,Wileyfox Swift 2/2 Plus/2X,Nintendo Switch- Gray]]
    Buy the shorter ones as they will have the least effect on transfer rate.
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    Long Lane
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not as fast as advertised (only 90% of speed)
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 18 September 2018
    Capacity: 1TBStyle name: Old Generation - up to 550MB/sVerified Purchase
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Not as fast as advertised (only 90% of speed)
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 18 September 2018
    (but still pretty fast).

    I was wondering if the SSD was living up to SanDisk's promise of Read Speeds of up to 550MB/s and attached it to my Macbook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 port. I used BlackMagicDesign's Disk Speed Test. I first tested the internal Apple SSD and got 1329 MB/s write and 2209 MB/s read speed (see first picture).

    I then switched drives and tested my SanDisk 1TB SSD (see second picture). Write speed was about 411MB/s and Read speeds around 506MB/s. That is about 90% of advertised max read speed. I would have expected 100%, especially at this price point and having tested it on a computer, which certainly checks all the requirements.
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    Miguel A. Garcia Oltra
    1.0 out of 5 stars Una estafa china.
    Reviewed in Spain 🇪🇸 on 23 November 2018
    Capacity: 500GBStyle name: Old Generation - up to 550MB/sVerified Purchase
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