Faster and more resistant than external hard drives, external SSDs are on the rise. We test them periodically and they are not all created equal (quality of the case, speed …). Among those passed in our laboratory, here are the models that stand out.
An SSD or an external hard drive is the ideal accessory to back up your data. What should you choose between SSD or a hard disk drive, and what are the best references? Here are our tips and advice for buying well.
Is your computer’s hard drive almost full? Don’t know how to increase your storage capacity without replacing your drive?
Why not go for an external SSD hard drive ? Indeed, this device will allow you to considerably expand your space to store data without having to touch your current central unit.
If you want to discover other reviews around data storage , you can also discover my reviews of the best internal SSDs and the best external hard drives.
Halfway between external hard drives and classic USB keys, portable external SSDs take the best of both worlds: the storage capacity of the former and the resistance of the latter, while offering a compact format and particularly interesting speeds.
Initially confidential, the market has now opened considerably. From 120 GB to 2 TB and with a very wide assortment of connections (USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, USB 3.1, USB 3.2 Gen 2, USB 3.2 Gen 2 × 2), it is more difficult than ever to choose well. In order not to make mistakes and see more clearly, follow the guide!
List of Best SSD For Xbox One
These are our top recommendation for the best ssds for xbox one, these are cheap and fastest among all for gaming.
- Seagate SSD Game Drive for Xbox
- Seagate Game Drive Hub for Xbox
- HyperX Savage Exo
- Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD
- SAMSUNG T5 Portable SSD 1TB
- SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable External SSD
- G-Technology G-Drive Mobile USB-C
1. Seagate SSD Game Drive for Xbox
While it does not offer any SSD with the PS5 logo, Seagate adapts this storage technology well to the Xbox One. The Game Drive SSD is thus clearly more efficient than its “traditional” counterpart for Sony consoles. Microsoft aficionados will be delighted.
Almost two years ago, Seagate finally decided to integrate a real SSD in its Game Drives for home consoles. Finally, in at least one product in the range, the Game Drive for Xbox SSD. A product that therefore changes significantly from what the manufacturer offered until then and this is felt right out of the box.
The design is totally different and goes off the beaten track. Logically, there is no longer any question of the inevitable parallelepiped linked to the format of hard drives, but it is not in Seagate’s plans to do as other manufacturers of external SSDs do. We therefore have here a “pancake” format product, relatively flat and rather square.
Seagate focused on the compactness of the bazaar which measures only 94 x 79 x 9 millimeters: in other words, it will slip easily everywhere. Its finesse is its main asset. Be careful though, it’s also very light at exactly 84 grams. Why be careful? Because associated with its thinness, this low weight tends to make it unstable: it quickly ends up on the ground and even if the SSD has no mechanical parts, it is not good to impose chance encounters on it. with tiled floor.
Drops aside, we actually don’t have much to fault Seagate on this product. The integration of the SSD is done very well both in terms of design and in terms of performance. There, you can imagine, we are boxing in a whole different category than with a “traditional” hard drive and if you have not upgraded the internal drive of your console, this SSD will logically be much faster.
Surprisingly enough, Seagate does not officially communicate on the speeds of its product which, however, does not have to be ashamed, far from it. With more than 500MB / s read and around 450MB / s write, it is indeed within the standards for an SSD, and this, although we have already had the opportunity to test good PC hardware. more efficient, around 900 MB / s. even 1 GB / s. in the most extreme cases.
Still, the Game Drive for Xbox SSD will allow you to enjoy excellent performance while offering an interesting storage capacity, depending on the model chosen between 500 GB and 2 TB, without any noise and without excessive heat. All this, alas, has a cost and it is the real defect of the product which is negotiated at least 150 euros for its entry level and up to 500 euros for the 2 TB version.
Our opinion on the Seagate SSD Game Drive for Xbox
Expensive, this Seagate product is undoubtedly, but this is hardly surprising given the performance displayed and its remarkable design. A price that will put it out of reach of many purses, but that Seagate tries to mitigate by providing two months of access to Xbox Game Pass, to compensate.
2. Seagate Game Drive Hub for Xbox
Change of philosophy with the Game Drive Hub for Xbox, an imposing product in every sense of the word and which aims to make you change – at least a little – the way you approach the game on the Microsoft console.
We are not at all in the presence of a new model since the Game Drive Hub has been marketed for almost three years by Seagate, which has however not seen fit to renew the range in recent months. It is therefore always the same product that impresses first of all with its exceptional storage capacity: 8 TB, it is quite simply a unique case on the market.
To achieve such storage capacity, Seagate has set its sights on a “traditional” hard drive, it goes without saying: with SSD technology, the price would have largely broken the threshold of 1000 euros. Not surprisingly, the drive in question is a Seagate model. For specialists, it is even a Barracuda with a speed of rotation of the plates of 7200 rpm.in order to guarantee more than correct performance.
The controller is an ASMedia 1153 model which is responsible for interfacing the disk with the console. An interface that logically passes through a USB cable to connect to the Xbox One. Unfortunately, it is also necessary to connect the external power brick: the USB port could not be sufficient to supply energy to a 3.5-inch hard drive.
Bulky, but powerful
Obviously, the presence of such an external brick significantly increases the size of a product which is not in any case compact. If the case is nicely designed, it will take up space – 198 x 41 x 118 millimeters – for a weight of almost 1 kilogram. This is the logical consequence of integrating a “big fat” hard drive.
Fortunately, next to its exceptional storage capacity, the Game Drive Hub can also count on interesting performance for a hard drive: it was flashed by the brigade at nearly 200 MB / s in reading and a little more of & 80 MB / s. in writing. We are a step below an SSD model, but far above other products based on hard drives.
Finally, it’s impossible not to salute the practicality of such a product. The name “hub” is there to mean that it increases the potential of the console by adding two USB ports on the front. The idea is obviously not to lose connectivity as is often the case with an external drive and to be able to connect more wired controllers. Always good to take!
Our opinion on the Seagate Game Drive Hub for Xbox
A product that is a little out of the ordinary, the Game Drive Hub for Xbox seems to us to be one of the most versatile solutions, even if this is done by sacrificing portability: it is a peripheral that remains permanently close to its console, but which boosts its capacities thanks to 8 TB of storage – you can put games! – and two additional USB ports, all without breaking the bank.
3. HyperX Savage Exo
Despite our warning at the start of the file, we could not finish this selection without mentioning the case of one of the many products presented as compatible with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One … in addition, of course, to the PC. HyperX offers a very correct model.
On the HyperX site, on the Savage Exo box or on the dealers’ listings, everywhere the double compatibility of this SSD is displayed. Everywhere except that the main stakeholders, Microsoft and Sony, have not officially certified and that, like the P50 Game Drive from Western Digital, it is on the shoulders of HyperX alone that this compatibility rests.
In practice, this should not pose the slightest problem. We did not experience any difficulty when plugging in, installing or using the Savage Exo. We can also imagine that HyperX would have no difficulty when it comes to invoking the warranty. On the other hand, we can always see the evil everywhere and imagine that one day, Microsoft or Sony arrange for non-certified discs to no longer be functional. In the past, controllers have already encountered such a mishap.
If it perfectly illustrates the dilemma we had at the time of writing this file – favoring models certified by console manufacturers or venturing into more mysterious territories – at present, the Savage Exo Savage Exo is above all an excellent way to boost the storage capacity of our console by taking advantage of particularly high speeds, thanks to SSD technology.
Modern connectivity, decent performance
Very compact – 124 x 49 x 10 millimeters – and particularly light – 56 grams – the Savage Exo slips into any pocket and can therefore accompany its user everywhere. Above all, it allows it to take advantage of all the performance of SSD storage, even if we are not boxing here in the same category as with the P50 Game Drive from Western Digital.
Our measurements showed read performance around 510 MB / s for write speeds of around 450 MB / s. It’s almost normal for an SSD, but if you still have a standard drive in your console, you will see all the difference when installing a game and even enjoy some gains (20 to 30 seconds) when launching the biggest productions. .
A very real benefit that may become even more important as the games get bigger, but keep in mind that the download time obviously does not change with an SSD. Note in conclusion that HyperX has managed to ensure that its product does not heat so to speak, while, of course, the absence of mechanical parts makes the Savage Exo perfectly silent.
Our opinion on the HyperX Savage Exo
At less than 120 euros, the 500 GB version, the Savage Exo is not yet a “cheap” product, but it perfectly illustrates the interest of taking a non-certified external drive: they are less expensive than models bearing the PlayStation or Xbox logos. Efficient, reliable and particularly compact, it is a real pleasure to extend the capacities of your console a little in these conditions.
4. Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD
Our choice of super fast ssd, as long as you agree to tinker a little. You will have to buy an external USB 3.0 box to use this hard drive, because its original connection is Serial ATA-600 and not USB 3.0, but this type of device costs around ten euros and is easy to set up. square.
With 500GB you won’t get the best space / price ratio, but you will have all the speed of an external SSD hard drive on Xbox One. Which means you’ll have access to solid-state storage memory, rather than a real spinning disk.
You may not see a difference initially, for accessing media files or game recordings. But the difference will be noticeable for the load times of games like Far Cry 5, when you move from end to end. to the other of the map and the game should reload.
If you want a great 500GB SSD,but without buying an external USB 3.0 dock, we recommend the Samsung T3 Portable 500GB USB 3.1 SSD. It’s about $ 50 more expensive than a Serial ATA-600 (SATA) SSD with a USB 3.0 dock, but that’s the price you pay for the built-in USB 3.1 (USB 3.0 compatible).
5. SAMSUNG T5 Portable SSD 1TB
At the top of our ranking, we find the Samsung T5, the latest generation of the “T” range. The greatest strength of Samsung’s current T5s is their use of 4th generation V-NAND memories, which some models have yet to embrace. The advertised read and write speed is 540 MB per second in USB 3.1, which makes it one of the most efficient at the moment.
In addition, the Samsung T5 incorporates AES 256-bit encryption system for data security. It comes with PC and Mac compatible software, and equivalent mobile apps are available for download. For connectivity, it comes with a classic USB-C cable, and another USB-C to A cable. Both cables are USB 3.1 Gen 2 compatible.
The T5 also has a compact and elegant design. Easy to wear, it measures only 74mm in length, 57.3mm in width and 10.5mm in thickness, and weighs only 51 grams. It comes in 4 capacity versions, the 250 GB and 500 GB found in aluminum blue, and the 1 TB and 2 TB all in black.
6. SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable External SSD
There are several products in Sandisk’s Extreme line, but one of the most interesting is the SanDisk Extreme 900, which can reach an impressive 850MB per second sequential write speed. It is above all this characteristic that propelled this product to second place in our ranking. The SanDisk Extreme 900 is quite simply the fastest of today’s external SSD hard drives, almost twice as fast as today’s most popular models.
To expect such performance, the SanDisk Extreme 900 simply uses two blocks of SSD memories that can work in parallel, driven by a chip that allows RAID 0. Thus, the SanDisk Extreme 900 of 480 GB actually contains two PCBs. of 240 GB. Note also that this performance is obtained with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 connector. But even in 3.0, this device is able to reach interesting performances, with a speed of approximately 450 MB per second.
However, beyond this big performance, the SanDisk Extreme 900 registers several weak points compared to Samsung’s T5. First, it is bulkier with 178 mm in length, 83 mm in width and 133 mm in thickness. With such dimensions, it is not far from those of traditional HDD hard drives. But above all, it is heavier at just over 160 grams.
For connectivity, it comes with two cables: a USB Type C cable and a USB-C to A cable for connection with regular PC and Mac computers. For data security, it is also possible, thanks to the supplied software, to encrypt files in AES 256 bits and to make them inaccessible only with a password. Finally, the SanDisk Extreme 900 comes in three versions: 480 GB, 960 GB and 1.92 TB.
7. G-Technology G-Drive Mobile USB-C
G-Technology is also part of the Western Digital group, but the G-Drive Mobile USB-C is really designed in a different way if we compare it for example with the Western Digital MyPassport SSD. The G-Technology G-Drive Mobile USB-C is actually a 2.55 ” Sandisk X400, one of the flagship products of the Sandisk.
USB / SATA conversion is provided by the Asmedia ASM1351 USB-C controller and the temperature is controlled by a copper enclosure. The G-Drive Mobile USB-C has dimensions of 110mm in length by 82mm in width. The 1TB and 2TB versions are 11mm thick, while the 4TB version is 8mm thicker. Weighted down by its aluminum shell, the G-Drive Mobile USB-C weighs around 100 grams on the scale.
On the performance side, even if G-Technology announces a reading speed of 540 MB, the G-Drive Mobile is behind its competitors in real conditions. Even if the Sandisk X400 is one of the best in its class, the Asmedia connector cannot keep up with the movement. Worse, the maximum write speed drops even to 250MB per second in USB 3.1 Gen 1, regardless of the size of the transferred file. However, beyond this small negative point, the G-Drive Mobile USB-C is all about a good external SSD hard drive. This little gem has a very nice design, with three colors to choose from. It comes with the two standard cables USB-C classic and USB-C to A.
Finally, note that the G-Drive Mobile USB-C is different from the less efficient G-Drive Mobile. Indeed, the latter is structured in the same way, but its connector only supports a micro-B USB and it comes with two cables, USB-C to micro-B and USB-A to micro-B, both in 3.0. This time, the announced transfer rate is only 130 MB per second.
What is an external SSD?
An external SSD is a storage device that has similar characteristics to the USB drive and external hard drive. Indeed, this allows both to have a compact and easily transportable device and a large storage capacity.
Unlike the hard drive, the external SSD (as for its internal version) is not equipped with a mechanical drive, but with flash memory , which makes this type of device less prone to failures.
We have made a ranking of the best external SSD hard drives for xbox one in 2020 , but there are dozens of products on the market. So, how to choose your external SSD hard drive? Here is a list of criteria that must be taken into account, when purchasing an external SSD:
- The speed : this is one of the reasons we pushed to adopt an SSD. It thus comes first in our list of criteria. The write speed of current external hard drives is around 500MB / s. This standard should be observed when choosing an external SSD drive.
- The type of connection : the USB-A and USB-C1 connectors are the standards for external drives. Type C1 with 3.1 Gen 2 speed is much faster and is the revolution in the field of USB. However, do your devices support USB 3.1? Type A with 3.0 speed is still the most common. You can only enjoy the advantages of type C1 if the other device coupled with your SSD is compatible.
- The capacity : of course, the desired capacity only depends on your needs. However, it is better to lower the threshold of 500 GB since devices with lower capacities generally cost more per gigabyte.
- The size, weight and aesthetics : these criteria need to be considered, even if they are not really essential.
- Additional technical specificity : integrated data encryption, backup software… these various points can affect the choice of an external SSD hard drive.
- The price : last criterion and not the least, without forgetting the guarantee, the after-sales service.
So how do you really choose?
Basically, it is necessary to ask the question: what do we really need? Some devices that we have listed above come for example with a very high transfer rate, but which is completely useless if its use is limited to small files. In this case, it is better to turn to design, ergonomics and size … On the other hand, if the device is intended for professional needs, such as in the multimedia field, we have an interest in taking advantage of the high speeds.