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Compare external SSD to hard drive and USB flash drive

Do you need extra storage for your laptop or PC? There are several storage products available. Instead of a USB flash drive, you can also opt for an external hard drive or an external SSD drive. We have listed the various products for you.

Which storage product is suitable for me?

External SSD External hard drive USB flash drive
Do you just want to save a few files? No No Yes
Is speed the most important for you? Yes No No
Do you want the product to be silent in use? Yes No Yes
Do you want the product to be able to take a beating? Yes No Yes
Do you want to store a lot of large files? Yes Yes No
Do you want a lot of storage space for your money? No Yes Yes

What's the difference between the storage products?

When choosing a USB flash drive, hard drive, or external SSD, it's important to know how you want to connect the product. For example, if your laptop has a USB-C port, choose a product with a USB-C connector. You should also consider how much storage capacity you need. For example, 1TB equals 1024GB and can be filled with about 300 HD movies or 7500 photos in high quality.

External SSD

External ssd
  • Storage capacity: 120 GB - 4TB

  • Connection: USB 3.0, USB 3.1, USB-C, and Thunderbolt

  • Up to 25 times faster than an external hard drive.

  • Shockproof, contains no rotating parts.

  • More compact and lighter than an external hard drive.

External hard drive

External hard drive
  • Storage capacity: 500GB - 20TB

  • Connection: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, USB-C, Thunderbolt, eSATA, or FireWire

  • Available with a storage capacity of up to 20TB.

  • Not always shockproof due to rotating parts.

  • Larger and heavier than a USB flash drive and external SSD.

USB flash drive

USB flash drive
  • Storage capacity: 8GB - 256GB

  • Connector: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, USB-C, Thunderbolt, or micro USB

  • Very compact and easy to carry.

  • Convenient for on your keychain.

  • Maximum storage capacity of 256GB.

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