As of 7 Mar 2017, the latest technology for SSD drives is the Crucial MX300. Click the size offerings below for the product page.
11 Benefits of Solid State Drives
Solid State Drives offer the following benefits over traditional hard drives that have spinning metal platters.
- Faster computer startup.
- Faster loading of programs and files.
- Lower energy usage.
- Produce no vibration.
- Produce no noise.
- Use less energy.
- Generate less heat.
- Offer greater reliability.
- More durable.
- Impact resistant.
- Can be used with mobile computers without concern of adverse impact from bumps, motion, impact, or dropping while in use.
For installation into a desktop computer, you’ll want a mounting bracket like the one shown below (drive not included). [Buy] Or, alternatively, the Corsair model is quite good.
Q: What kind of external hard drive should I get?
A: The best drive to purchase depends on how much storage you need and how you plan to use it. This page offers a few suggestions. Any of these drives would be a good choice, but selecting one based on your needs will be better.
Solid State External USB3 Hard Drive
For most uses, the best external drive to use is the Samsung T1 solid state hard drive (SSD) with USB3 capability. It’s fast, small, light weight, requires no power cord, and has no moving parts. The 250GB model is $120. The 500GB model is $200. The size is about the same dimensions of a small stack of business cards with the thickness of a USB cable. For other drive considerations, keep reading further down this page. [Buy]
Passport Size External Hard Drive
If you need more than 250GB or 500GB of storage, you might consider a passport size external hard drive. These use traditional hard drive technology which has spinning metal platers inside. They are slower, bigger, heavier, and use more electricity than solid state drives. However, they are much less expensive and generally store more data. So, they are usually a good choice for photographers and videographers. A good drive to choose is the Western Digital My Passport Ultra drive with USB3 capability and 2TB of storage (2 terabytes = 2,048 gigabytes). The reason to select the 2TB model is because it’s only slightly more money than the 1TB model but has twice the storage. It’s the best value when considering the cost per terabyte. A big advantage of this drive over other drives is that it is powered over the USB cable and needs no power cord. [Buy]
Book Size External Powered Hard Drive
External powered hard drives generally offer the best value in external storage. They have the advantages and disadvantages of the passport size drive described above. However, the require a power cord and come in larger capacities. A good choice is the Western Digital My Book 4 TB USB 3.0 drive shown below for $127. For people who have large collections of files that they don’t want spread over multiple drives, these are a good choice. [Buy]
SSD Drives as of 2017
As of 7 Mar 2017, the latest technology for SSD drives is the Crucial MX300. Click the size offerings below for the product page. Click here for the latest solid state drive offerings.
The information below was current as of 2015 and remains here for reference purposes.
SSD Drives as of 2015
There are many 2.5″ solid state hard drives available. Crucial offers an excellent selection of solid state drives that offer speed, value, and reliability.
The MX200 model is the newest model as of January 2016. It is faster, uses less power, and has a longer lifespan. Prices shown below are as of 8 January 2016. [Buy Now]
- 250GB ($89)
- 500GB ($165)
- 1TB ($351)
The MX200 also has many other reliability and security features included.
The BX100 is an older model that is slower, uses less power, and has a shorter lifespan. Prices shown here are as of 23 Feb 2015. [Buy Now]
- 128GB ($68)
- 250GB ($99)
- 500GB ($184)
- 1TB ($379)
The images below are for the BX100 but are similar to the MX200.
Crucial SSD – Box Front
Crucial SSD – Box Back
Crucial SSD – Drive Connections
Crucial SSD – Drive
Crucial SSD – Drive with Adapter
Crucial SSD – Drive Top
- 7 Mar 2017 at 8:54 AM CST. The models and pricing were updated on 7 Mar 2017.
- 23 Feb 2015 at 8:59 PM CST. This document was first published on 23 Feb 2015.