Solid State Drives, commonly known as SSD hard drives, are a form of computer storage that is used today as an alternative to traditional and hybrid hard drives.
What differentiates SSD hard drives from hard drives is their form, and capacity.
With the introduction of the USB type C connector, you can enjoy fast transfer and read or write speeds, as well as durability. You can back up all your important files like digital media (photos, music, and movies) and documents that are precious to you.
If you’re looking for the best USB-C external hard drive and SSD drives to boost your computer’s storage, see our top picks and how to get them.
What are the best USB-C external hard drives and SSD drives?
- Silicon Power external hard drive
- LaCie Rugged drive
- Samsung T5 SSD
- SP Rugged armor
- Oyen Digital MiniPro Raid
- Glyph Atom SSD
- G-Technology G-DRIVE
1. Silicon Power (recommended)
This is an external hard drive that comes with both the USB-C and USB type-A cables for easy transfer of data between your PC and type C enabled devices.
Its features include an ultra-rugged rubber casing with military-grade shockproof and water-resistant protection, with a cable carry design for moving with your cables, super speed USB 3.0 interface so you can move large files including HD videos and high-res photos or batch documents in seconds, plus a 3-year manufacturer warranty.
It also has free download software for smart data management including backup and restores, with 256-bit encryption security and cloud storage capability.
The surface of this hard drive is anti-slip and anti-scratch owing to its special surface texture, ranking it among the best USB-C external hard drive and SSD devices you can buy.
2. LaCie (suggested)
This is USB-C external hard drive is bus powered for mobile workflows and is built to withstand drops, crushes, and rain for all-terrain use, backed by a 2-year limited warranty including rescue data recovery services.
You not only get 2TB of massive storage capacity, but also durability, reliability, and protection against natural weather elements or extreme conditions, and unauthorized access.
3. Samsung T5 SSD
This brand always makes it among the best USB-C external hard drive and SSD gadgets you can buy.
Its features include superfast read/write speeds of up to 540mbps, an excellent, shock-resistant metal body that withstands drops of up to 6.5 feet, password protection with built-in AES 256-bit hardware encryption, a type-C and type-A cable, plus a 3-year warranty.
It totally protects your data from the inside out, while letting you transfer data at blazing fast speeds, and has no moving parts.
It is easy to carry, stores data securely, and is compatible with various operating systems and devices, including Windows.
4. Oyen Digital MiniPro RAID
This USB-C dual external hard drive comes with a whopping 10TB storage capacity (5TBx2), and a type-C USB interface, plus a 2-year warranty.
It is bus powered, but you can also use an external adapter, which is included in the package, and you don’t need any software to install it.
The MiniPro RAID V3 is built entirely from aluminum and uses the highest quality construction for power users who need dependable storage. Its rugged metal casing protects from drops and acts as a heatsink for passive, silent cooling.
This is among the best USB-C external hard drive and SSD storage options you can get as it also offers flexible storage management, plus its HDD spin-down feature reduces power consumption thus ensuring efficient operation when your computer is on sleep mode.
5. Silicon Power Rugged armor
Silicon Power brand always makes it among the best USB-C external hard drive and SSD storage gadgets.
It comes with two cables: type-A and type-C, ideal for fast and easy data transfer, military-grade shockproof protection, scratch-resistant surface, operation voltage, cable storage design to carry your cables around, a super speed USB 3.0 interface, and 3-year manufacturer warranty.
It also has a widget software feature that lets you organize your files smartly, backup and restore data, with AES 256-bit encryption and cloud storage for efficient data management.
6. Glyph Atom
This may look like a USB flash drive at first glance, but it really is a powerful, massive storage capacity SSD.
It is lightweight, portable and fits right in your pocket so you can carry with you all your important documents and digital files.
Transfer data with lightning speeds of up to 480mbps with the latest type-C connection and enjoy the security that this SSD provides for your data what with its rugged shock-resistant non-slip cover, and an all-aluminum enclosure.
It is bus powered and comes in four colors: black, grey, silver or gold, with storage capacities of 275GB, 525GB and 1TB.
7. G-Technology G-DRIVE
This USB-C 2TB portable hard drive is very stylish thanks to its modern aluminum design. It’s smaller than an iPhone Plus which makes it ultra-portable.
This is the perfect tool for storing or backing up your files, folders, videos, photos, music, and other documents.
The drive is as versatile as it can get. It supports USB-C, USB-3.0 and Thunderbolt 3. G-DRIVE is completely plug and play — all you need to do is connect it to your computer and you’re ready to do.
File transfer is very fast. If you have a top-notch hardware configuration, you can expect to reach transfer rates of up to 140MB/s.
Have you settled on the best USB-C external hard drive and SSD storage for your computer? Let us know your favorite in the comments section below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2017 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.