What to consider when choosing your internal or external SSD

21 May 2021

You can really slow down your system by using slow storage. A fast processor can handle billions of cycles a second, but it often spends a lot of time waiting for the drive to feed it data. Hard drives are particularly sluggish because they have platters that have to spin up and a read / right arm that has to find its way physically to the data sectors you’re currently seeking. To get optimal performance, you need a good solid state drive (SSD). Similarly, if you regularly work on large files and need something quick to transfer your data, external SSD might be an ideal choice over hard drives. Read on to help you get you up to speed…

1. Faster loading, less time waiting: With no moving parts to spin up to speed, start-up is almost instant, dramatically improving boot-up times.

2. Faster transfer rates: File transfers are lightning quick and can be up to 1/3 faster than traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDD’s).

3. Find your files faster: File searches are up to 8x faster than traditional HDD’s.

4. Applications load faster: Spend less time waiting for your Adobe Photoshop and Powerpoint applications to open.

5. Reduced power consumption: With no moving parts the SSD uses far less energy which in turn could make your laptop battery last up to 30 minutes longer!

6. Halve your downtime: Normally, your computer or laptops routine maintenance will slow your system down. With an SSD, the time that virus scans and other background maintenance take, is cut by half!

7. Multi-tasking: SSD’s make multi-tasking faster. Edit your photos and answer your emails up to 3x faster than HDD’s.

8. Super fast video editing: With an SSD you can edit video clips over 30% faster than ever before!

9. Superior durability: The SSD’s lack of moving parts make it far more robust and reliable, with increased tolerance to heat, shock and vibration.

10. Silent operation: SSD’s are silent, just like a USB Flash Drive. No more distracting hums and whirrs as the drive spins up and down.

  • SATA III: SATA III is the last evolution of an older connection option that works with both HDD and SSD. It was advantageous during the transition from HDD to SSD, as hard drive-compatible motherboards could then work with the new standard. It’s still the most common one used in modern SSDs and although slower than other SSD options, can still deliver read / write speeds of up to 560MB/s / 520MB/s* (which is 10 times faster than a hard drive), meaning that they can truly transform the performance and productivity levels of any hard drive-based PC or laptop computer.
  • PCIe: The Peripheral Component Interconnect Express or PCI Express (PCIe) slot is typically used for graphics cards and add-in cards like USB ports and sound cards. While computers may contain a mix of various types of expansion slots, PCIe is considered the standard internal interface and many computer motherboards today are manufactured only with PCIe slots. A PCIe connection consists of one or more data-transmission lanes connected serially. Each lane consists of two pairs of wires, one for receiving and one for transmitting. You can have one, four, eight or sixteen lanes in a single PCIe slot while more lanes from SATA require more SATA devices. PCIe technology enables interface speeds of up to 1GB/s per client lane (PCIe 3.0), versus today’s SATA technology speeds of up to 0.6GB/s (SATA 3.0).
  • NVMe: Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) is the underlying communications interface that allows almost all PCIe-based SSDs to transfer data to and from the host system. The NVMe interface was designed specifically for SSD technology – it communicates between the storage interface and the System CPU using high-speed PCIe sockets, independent of storage form factor. Input/ Output tasks performed using NVMe drivers begin faster, transfer more data, and finish faster than older storage models using older drivers, resulting in the maximum performance by reducing bottlenecks and latency times, allowing the fastest speeds. Verbatim’s latest internal SSD (Vi3000) which incorporates NVMe PCIe can deliver sequential read speeds up to 3,100 and write speeds of 2,900MB/s, which is 50 times faster than a regular hard drive.
  • M.2: The smallest of the SSD designs, M.2 drives can use both SATA or NVMe controllers (so speeds do vary), but in terms of physical size, M.2 drives are much smaller than the 2.5” type. They have a short pin connector and typically lie flat against a motherboard, making them extremely inconspicuous. M.2 SSDs support a variety of interface standards such as PCIe 3.0, SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0 interfaces, compared to mSATA, which only supports SATA interface standards. An M.2 SSD based on the non-volatile memory express (NVMe) specifications can read and write at much faster rates than SATA SSDs – SATA SSDs have a maximum speed of 600 MB per second, while M.2 PCIe cards can hit 4 GB per second.

Vx500 External SSD

• USB 3.2 Gen 2 performance
• Up to 500 MB/s read and up to 440 MB/s* write speed
• Sleek space grey aluminium design
• Small in size and lightweight
• Supplied with USB-C & USB-A cables

* For optimal performance use a USB-C™ cable and USB 3.1 GEN 2 or Thunderbolt™ 3 host port. Transfer speeds based on internal data using UASP and BOT mode. Write speed dependent upon product capacity.

Store ‘n’ Go USB 3.0 Hard Drive

• Stylish HDD for backing up desktops, notebooks & laptop computers
• USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface
• USB Plug ‘n’ Play
• Software: Nero Backup, Green Button, Hard Drive Eraser, Hard Drive Info, Hard Drive Formatter
• USB Rec & Play**

Store ‘n’ Go Secure Portable SSD with Keypad Access

• Premium AES 256-bit Hardware Encryption
• Built-in keypad with passcode input (5 to 12 digits)
• SSDs use flash memory storage for faster speeds, higher performance and greater reliability
• USB 3.2 GEN 1 with USB-C™ connection
• LED power / encryption status indicators
• More secure than software encryption
• Nero Backup Software

Vi550 S3 SSD

• Internal 2.5” SATA III 7mm Solid State Drive
• High reliability with superior flash controller
• Client SSD for desktop and notebook upgrades
• Read speeds of up to 560 MB/s
• Boost your PC’s performance and launch
applications faster
• Low power consumption for extended battery life
• Professional installation recommended

Written by Anthony Bouziotis on May, 21 2021