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Amazon.com: Crucial X8 1TB Portable SSD – Up to 1050MB/s – USB 3.2 – External Solid State Drive, USB-C, USB-A – CT1000X8SSD9: Computers & Accessories $95

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Lowest price ever, usually much higher. Solid state drive that's twice as fast as most 500 speed portable ssd. Was originally looking for a deal on the SanDisk but this is only slightly bigger

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How's this SSD? I was going to get the Samsung 870 EVO and use it as external drive. None of my devices have USB 3.2, so will I see any benefits in performance?
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How's this SSD? I was going to get the Samsung 870 EVO and use it as external drive. None of my devices have USB 3.2, so will I see any benefits in performance?
Common USB 3.0-3.1 devices support speeds up to around 500 MB/s. This speed can be saturated by any decent SATAIII SSD in an external enclosure.
Some USB 3.1 (marked Gen 2) and all USB 3.2 devices support speeds up around 1000 MB/S., to fully utilize this speed you would need something like Crucial X8 from this topic or NVMe drive in an enclosure.
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Do not buy this! I have two of these and they get SO hot, no matter what, that they throttle down to 50MB/s or so. Get the SanDisk. I regret buying these.
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Do not buy this! I have two of these and they get SO hot, no matter what, that they throttle down to 50MB/s or so. Get the SanDisk. I regret buying these.
Are you using the cable that came with it? What size files are you transferring? Why not submit for a replacement if you're really having those issues? Drive seems to be well reviewed and speed tests confirm 900Mbps+ speeds when using usbc cable directly (usb A adapter halves that max speed right off the bat. Using random cables not rated for those speeds will definitely cause issues)
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Quote from ents :
Do not buy this! I have two of these and they get SO hot, no matter what, that they throttle down to 50MB/s or so. Get the SanDisk. I regret buying these.
Also note that you need to leave a portion of the drive empty so that there is room for the "pseudo SLC" write-cache feature of this drive.

From reading people's reviews of this drive, a number of people are trying to use it with some rotating expiry backup software (on their Mac), which tends to use up the entire disk before deleting old data to make room for the newest backup. That strategy works okay on an HDD, but for this SSD, it makes it impossible for the drive to acheive fast write speeds because you've eliminated all the available space it would've used for high speed write caching, leaving you stuck in the slower QLC final write speed.
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