REAL WORLD FILE TRANSFER COMPARISON
For our Real World File Transfer Comparison, we have included the OWC Thunderblade V4 TB3 RAID0 Chassis, Mercury Helios 3 PCIe TB3 Chassis, Intel Optane 900P, Tekq Rapide TB3, Glyph USB 3.1 2TB Atom RAID external SSD, ADATA SE730, and Samsung T3 in our testing with the SanDisk Extreme Portable 1TB SSD. This test is conducted through the transfer of data from one spot on the test drive to another to give us the truest of transfer speed results for that device.
We have circled the data transfer results with both the USB Type-Connector and same with the USB 3.1 adapter. We can validate that the Type-C connection is the faster choice. Something that became very evident in our initial tests, however, was that this SSD doesn’t like transferring those small random files and this result is the perfect example of how lower speeds translate in actual data transfer times.
REPORT SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS
Typically, the external drives that I rely on most can all be found on the top of one of our Test Benches. The Tekq or Glyph have performance and are rather Niche because of their build and background while the Samsung has always given me the capacity when I needed it. The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD adds a bit of a new dimension as it has good performance and capacity, but just as important, it is very well-built, compact, water and dust resistant and shock proof. This will be travelling to my outdoor shoots.
The elephant in the room with this SSD is the fact that it just isn’t that good with small random files and that became very evident in our true data testing scenario. The truth is though that there are just not that many people who would be seeking a device such as this to move small files as you might see in an operating system. The SSD is made to move media files and does that just as described in SanDisk literature.
At Amazon, the price of the 1TB SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is $349 and a bit higher than a few others, but those others aren’t nearly as rugged and definitely couldn’t be trusted in some of the shoots at least that we attend. A three-year warranty, coupled with IP55 rated water and dust resistance along with the fact that it is shock proof and one of the smallest mobile solutions on the market guarantees a good recommendation on our part. Better yet, I can guarantee this is with me just about all the time for the shoots when bringing much of my gear just isn’t possible.