The Best External SSD (Solid State Drive) in India

Last Updated on December 13, 2019

External Solid State Drives (SSD) are faster 3 to 5 times faster than external Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and are smaller and more portable. However, they are much more expensive. A 500 GB external SSD comes around in the range of ~Rs. 8,000 while HDDs cost around Rs. 3,000.

With that being said, those who want the best and the fastest tech won’t mind paying up for SSDs. So here are the best external SSDs in India currently:

1. SanDisk 500GB SSD

SanDisk 500GB SSD
  • 500 GB
  • Interface – USB-A and USB-C
  • Works with – Windows/Mac
  • Warranty – 3 years

The SanDisk 500 GB the best-selling SSD on Amazon and for good reason. It can transfer with read speeds up to 550 MB/sec and is also IP55 rated which means it is dust and water-resistant. Note that it is not waterproof but is water-resistant.

It is small and compact and can be put in a pocket. Its shape allows you to clip it on to your bag or even your bike. This is the best external SSD in India at the best price.

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2. Seagate Expansion SSD

Seagate Expansion SSD
  • 500 GB space
  • Interface – USB 3.0
  • Works with – Windows/Mac
  • 3-year warranty

The Seagate Expansion 500 GB External SSD is slightly cheaper than the Sandisk with almost all the features. It also has a USB-C type port. But the software and speed of transfer were better in the Sandisk SSD.

It also does not have any light or indicator to show that it is connected. We would recommend this only if the Sandisk 500 GB SSD is sold out.

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3. Samsung T5 500 GB External SSD

Samsung T5 500 GB External SSD
  • 500 GB
  • Interface – USB-A and USB-C
  • Works with – Windows/Mac
  • Warranty – 1 year

The Samsung T5 500 GB external SSD is almost the same price as our runner-up but it is considerably faster and lighter. It has one USB-C type port and has a cable to connect to old devices. It also has a light that shows when it is connected.

It looks clean, has a very simple software interface and a three-year warranty period. The after-sales service network of Samsung is the best in India and you can find service centres in almost every city.

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Buying Guide

HDDs vs SSDs

AttributeHDDSSD
CostCheap. Around Rs. 3.8 per gbExpensive. Around Rs. 19 per gb
CapacityTypically around 500 GB to 2 TBNot larger than 1 TB
NoiseAudible spins and clicks can be hardNo noise as no moving parts.
File Copy SpeedSlowVery fast
Magnetism Affected?Magnetism can destroy hard driveNo effect

Who this is for

This for people who travel a lot and have to transfer lots of data frequently as SSDs are 3 times as fast as HDDs and much smaller in size. However, this is definitely not for people who want to just have a backup of their laptop or desktop hard drive as SSDs cost a lot more than HDDs.

What is Your Budget

The budget will decide the storage space you could get from SSDs. A 500 GB SSD usually costs somewhere in the range of Rs. 10,000. Compare that to HDDs which cost around Rs. 2,000. As you can see, this is quite the price jump.

What Storage Size Should You Have in SSDs?

SSDs are very expensive per GB and come at around Rs. 19 per GB. So, for most people 500 GB would be enough. If you want more space, then going with an HDD would be better.

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