Some readers might recall that I really like some of the high performance OWC SSDs, like the OWC Envoy Pro EX 2TB USB-C SSD and the OWC Envoy Pro EX 2TB Thunderbolt 3 SSD and the awesome OWC Thunderblade (my favorite SSD ever, daily stalwart)—see items further below.
But for pure compactness, light weight and convenience, travel or on the desktop, I own three 2TB Samsung T5 SSDs, and I have just ordered a 4th. I use them all for fast silent backups. A must-have for any laptop owner. It’s a fantastic way to offload any internal SSD that is getting too full (e.g., put an entire iTunes library on one).
One big appeal of the Samsung T5 for me is that I can backup my entire 2019 iMac 5K 2TB internal SSD, stuff the T5 into a pocket in my daypack, and know that I have every least bit of my shooting on any trip. You can do the same, whether it is a daypack or a jeans pocket or jacket pocket—a must have for any traveler. But it’s also terrific for desktop use.
As shown as right, the T5 is tiny and at 51 grams, super light weight also.
Right now, the Samsung T5 is only $248 (it had been selling at $300 or $320 for some time now). I advise picking up two or three for your own backup uses for key/core data backup.
The Samsung T5 comes with two cables, one for USB-A and one for USB-C (compatible with Thunderbolt 3 ports). So it plugs into any computer.
The OWC 8TB Thunderbolt 3 SSD is a mainstay for me—no more 'spinner' noise for my daily work, and its speed maxes-out the Thunderbolt 3 bus.
Troy H writes:
My only weird issue with the 2tb model is they only come in black. I like two colors so I know black is always the A drive and red is the B drive for redundancy.
Yes I can put tape on them but then they get sticky crap all over them.
DIGLLOYD: there are real problems, and ones easily dealt with. My 3rd T5 uses yellow tape. Use Gaffer’s tape—little or no residue.
Roy P writes:
Hi Lloyd, I was going to tell you about the price drop on the Samsung 2TB drive, but I just saw that you already covered it. I bought two of these at $500 a pop a couple of years ago. This has been adequate for my travel backup needs,
... but I just bought four more. I have two LaCie 10TB RAID drives as my primary archives, but if my house is burglarized and these drives are physically stolen, I’d be SOL. These four small Samsung drives will let me archive 8TB of my most critical data and save them in a remote location away from my house (e.g., in a bank safe deposit box). That is a lot of peace of mind and great convenience for under $1K! I put some blue masking tape on them and simply number them with a Sharpie, so I can identify them!
DIGLLOYD: yup, very small, very light, very convenienet at at about $250, great value.