Provide space on your Mac or PC to store and protect your files securely

Movies, photos, personal videos, not to forget our work documents… these files always need more space to store. Without the cloud hosting solution, the external drive remains the most effective solution to increase the memory of a laptop or desktop computer, a tablet or a console.

Facing physical hard disks called “HDD”, for Hard Disk Drive), aging, larger and weaker, “SSD” disks (for Solid State Drive) combine these advantages. With flash memory, they have the privilege of complexity, resistance and increased writing and reading speed. They are also not hot. The other side of the coin: SSDs are more expensive too… “20 Minutes” picks five for all use.

The hard part: Samsung T7 Shield

This SSD disk (88 x 59 x 13 mm, for 98 grams) has the particularity of being much stronger. With the IP65 standard, the accessory can not only withstand dust and water, but also about three to three meters. Can be used on a Mac or a PC, but also on an Android smartphone or a game console, it also offers strengthened data encryption (AES 256-bit).

Speeds: up to 1050 MB/s read; 1000 MB/s writing. 169 euros (1 TB); 319 euros (2 TB).

Samsung’s T7 Shield SSD. – SAMSUNG

Our opinion: Available in beige, black and blue, this hard drive has two cables (USB-C and USB-C to USB-A) and is primarily recommended for professional use.

Player: WD_Black D30 in Western Digital

Dedicated to the world of video games, Western Digital’s WD_Black SSD allows you to no longer worry about the capacity of your console. Compatible with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series (but also PC Windows 8.1/10 and Mac), the device (58 x 96 x 35 mm for 125 grams) plug and play weighed on non-slip pads, which is even more appreciated.

Speeds: up to 900 MB/s read and write. 99 euros (500 GB); 154 euros (1 TB); 274 euros (2 TB).

The WD_Black D30 is a solid-state drive, from Western Digital.
The WD_Black D30 is a solid-state drive, from Western Digital. – WESTERN DIGITAL

Our opinion: Although relatively thick, this disc is distinguished by its unique design. In addition, there is a version surrounded in white (to be in line with the aesthetics of the Xbox). We regret the loss of the USB-C cable, which most competitors offer one.

The Mac Addict: LaCie Portable SSD

Underneath its aluminum chassis with bevelled edges and space gray finish (probably better suited to the MacBook!), This SSD drive can meet the needs of creators (photo, video). Owners of the latest generation iPad can even use it to increase the memory capacity of their tablet. Measuring 106 x 80 x 50 mm and weighing 103 grams, the disc is richer than the others and seems more suitable for inactive use. It has two cables: a USB-C and a USB-C to USB-A.

Speeds: up to 1050 MB/s read; 1000 MB/s writing. 135 euros (500 GB); 249 euros (1 TB); 409 euros (2 TB).

The LaCie Portable SSD.
The LaCie Portable SSD. – LACIE

Our opinion: Although a bit bulkier than other SSDs, this model looks great. Supplied with two cords of about fifty centimeters, it is suitable for laptops (Mac and PC) and desktop computers. If its performance remains classic, LaCie offers a three -year warranty with service. save includes. Thus, the manufacturer will ensure that your data is recovered on the faulty device, thus marking the difference from its competitors.

The Traveler: SanDisk’s Extreme Portable SSD V2

With the Extreme Portable SSD, the Sandisk (96 x 49 x 9 mm) adds speed to its classic backup solution. Following the I55 standard, this model cannot withstand dust, splashes water, and falls up to 2 meters. Equipped with a USB-C cable and with a USB-C to USB-A adapter, the device capable of transferring large files in a short time is especially recommended for photo use.

Speeds: up to 1050 MB/s read; 1000 MB/s writing. 89 euros (500 MB); 149 euros (1 TB); 269 ​​euros (2 TB); 626 euros (4 TB).

The Extreme Portable SSD V2, from SanDisk.
The Extreme Portable SSD V2, from SanDisk. – SANDISK

Our opinion: In addition to good technical performance, this external drive is well -designed, with double hard plastic and soft plastic shell that offer good grip and shock absorption. Its structure is based on recycled aluminum. The notch for a wrist strap and a carabiner is a plus, even if these accessories aren’t in the box. Note a promising 5 year warranty, against 2 on average.

The Collector: Seagate’s Mandalorian Drive Special Edition

Manufacturer Seagate is celebrating the Star Wars universe with this disc with the image of The Mandalorian (14.50 x 80 x 122.5 mm for 176 grams). For the Force to be able to accompany its user, the officially licensed accessory is compatible with all computers, but also PlayStation and Xbox consoles. It has a USB-3.2 Gen 1 interface.

Debits: not specified. 119 euros (2 TB).

THE Mandalorian Drive Special Edition SSD, from Seagate.
THE Mandalorian Drive Special Edition SSD, from Seagate. -Sea

Our opinion: Notice to fans: in addition to The Mandalorian, this SSD also features Grogu and Boba Fett! Seagate has been particularly successful in designing this storage solution which is also decorated with a blue LED strip on the front when the disk is working. Despite our requests, the manufacturer did not want to specify the read / write speed of his device. Should we watch it?

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