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Compare an external SSD with a hard drive and USB flash drive

Do you need extra storage for your laptop or PC? Then there are several storage products available. Instead of a usb stick, 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 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 quiet in use? Yes No Yes
Do you want the product to take a beating? Yes No Yes
Want to save many large files Yes Yes No
Do you want a lot of storage for your money? No Yes Yes

What is the difference between the storage products?

When choosing a USB stick, hard drive or external SSD, it is 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 connection. Also consider how much storage capacity you need. 1 TB equals 1024 GB and can be filled with approximately: 300 HD films or 7500 photos in high quality.

External SSD

External ssd
  • Storage capacity: 120 GB - 2 TB

  • Connection: Usb 3.0, Usb 3.1 or Thunderbolt

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

  • Shock resistant, does not contain any rotating parts.

  • More compact and lighter than an external hard drive.

External hard drive

External hard drive
  • Storage capacity: 500 GB - 8 TB

  • Connection: Usb 2.0, Usb 3.0, Usb 3.1, Usb c, Thunderbolt, eSATA or FireWire

  • Available with a storage capacity of up to 8 TB.

  • Not always shock resistant due to rotating parts.

  • Larger and heavier than a usb stick and external SSD.

USB drive

USB drive
  • Storage capacity: 8 GB - 256 GB

  • Connection: Usb 2.0, Usb 3.0, Usb 3.1, Usb c, Thunderbolt or Micro-usb

  • Very compact and easy to carry.

  • Convenient for to your keychain.

  • Maximum storage capacity of 256 GB.

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