External SSD

Discussion in 'General' started by CRA_Fizzer, Oct 26, 2017.

  1. CRA_Fizzer

    CRA_Fizzer Honking at putter!

    My internal SSD is full because I have too many damn VMs... :)

    What is the goto external SSD these days? Samsung has a nice T5 500G drive for around $179.
     
  2. j cal

    j cal Well-Known Member

    I was in the market for SSD as well, until someone recommended to just get a thumb drive. Picked up a 128gb drive for about 80 bucks I think.
     
  3. packfan

    packfan El Presidente

    just a thought...

    If you just need storage why not get a traditional platter disk. If you are using usb 3.0 or lower the cable is the slow link so an SSD will not be any faster. USB 3.1 and 3.2 are avail but if you machine is a year or more old it is unlikely you have either of those.

    7200rom platter disc up to 6gb/sec... USB 3.0 is 5gb/sec (these are optimal speeds).

    500 gig 7200 RPM seagate for 49.99
    USB 3.0 enclosure 9.99

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178573
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...13&cm_re=2.5_enclosure-_-17-182-313-_-Product
     
  4. Venom51

    Venom51 John Deere Equipment Expert

    Depends on the use case. Are you archiving VM's that aren't in use or is the plan to run some VM's from that location?
     
  5. CRA_Fizzer

    CRA_Fizzer Honking at putter!

    Both
     
  6. Mongo

    Mongo Administrator

    You have that many voicemails?




    :D
     
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  7. worthless

    worthless Well-Known Member

    Why external vs internal?
     
  8. Venom51

    Venom51 John Deere Equipment Expert

    Gotta USB 3 C connection?
     
  9. Venom51

    Venom51 John Deere Equipment Expert

    Depending on the platform the internal may not be user upgradeable.
     
  10. Mongo

    Mongo Administrator

    I need to upgrade the Mac size. Should be interesting :D
     
  11. CRA_Fizzer

    CRA_Fizzer Honking at putter!

    I already have 2 drives. Main drive is SSD, second one is the drive out of my old laptop
     
  12. CRA_Fizzer

    CRA_Fizzer Honking at putter!

    Yepper
     
  13. Venom51

    Venom51 John Deere Equipment Expert

    Then you are Golden. I like the Samsung 850 Evo's.
     
  14. aalpine1

    aalpine1 Active Member

    The Samsung 850 EVOs are good, but the NVMe + adapter are a better choice (depending if the hardware allows it ...)
     
  15. Venom51

    Venom51 John Deere Equipment Expert

    I'm working under the assumption that since he asked specifically for external drives that he can't go the NVMe route are he'd already be there. That would be my first choice as well if it was possible.
     
  16. aalpine1

    aalpine1 Active Member

    USB2 provides 0.5A and USB3 0.9A. If you chose a "newer" SSD model that 0.9 A should be enough (for running VMs).

    For example, Intel 530 SSD ~ 1A vs newer (with V-NAND) 850 EVO ~ 0.7A to 1.1A (depends on the size, firmware, generation and application).

    Also, a higher capacity SSD (more DRAM) will use more "power" then a lower capacity SSD.

    USB-C has 3A (forgot to add this ...)
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2017
  17. Kurlon

    Kurlon Well-Known Member

    Corsair Flash Voyager USB SSDs are solid kit, available in 128GB and 256GB sizes.
     
  18. ryoung57

    ryoung57 Off his meds

    Every hard drive failure I've experienced was related to the mechanical aspect of a spinning disc.
     
  19. Venom51

    Venom51 John Deere Equipment Expert

    Everything fails eventually....

    MTBF's even on spinning rust are pretty good.
     
  20. CRA_Fizzer

    CRA_Fizzer Honking at putter!

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