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Solid state drives are quickly becoming the drives of choice in computers and laptops. They run faster than mechanical hard drives and are less likely to malfunction because they don’t have internal moving parts. External solid state drives also tend to be very portable, which is convenient for travel. External SSD drive capacities currently run from 120 GB to 2 TB. They usually connect through USB 3.0 or USB-C ports. Some have a plastic casing while others are metal, which tends to be more durable. Read/write speeds are usually over 500 Mbps, though some are slower at around 450 Mbps. Some external solid state drives have privacy capabilities like passwords and encryption. Some work better with Windows while others do fine with a Mac.

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    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Why trust BestReviews?
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.
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