External SSDs

Powerful flash-based storage for home backup, professional workflows, and gaming — all via Thunderbolt or USB, plus AC power.

Why Use an External SSD?

Fast read speeds up to 3000MB/s1,2,*

Endurance up to 11,000TB3,* written

Support for RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50 on select drives*

Capacities up to 32TB4,*

*Applies to select models only.


External SSD for Everyday Use

Try SanDisk’s newest external SSD to get HDD capacities with the speed and responsiveness of solid state technology.

Space meets speed

SanDisk Desk Drive SSD is small enough to fit on your desk but powerful enough to deliver read speeds up to 1000MB/s1.

Plug in, back up

Protect your content on Windows® or Mac out of the box with exFAT formatting, using the USB-C cable.

Immense capacity

Up to 8TB4 of storage so you’re free to expand your library of photos, videos, music, and documents.

Compare External SSDs for Professional Use

Whether you’re on set or in post-production, external SSDs from SanDisk Professional help keep creative workflows streamlined and secure. 

Pro performance

Power-packed SSDs that deliver super-fast transfer speeds and help with data protection.

Daisy-chain for days

Use on your computer to daisy-chain up to five other devices with compatible drives, like G-RAID SHUTTLE SSD.

Built for the field

Set up shop wherever your shoot takes you, thanks to premium enclosures that match durability with sleek design. 

Compare External SSDs for Gaming

Get top-tier performance with WD_BLACK external SSDs made for getting in the game faster on your comaptible laptop, desktop, PlayStation®, or Xbox.

Less loading

Maximize playing time and quickly access titles with fast read/write speeds that get you in the game sooner.

Performance storage

Boost your gaming rig’s capacity so you can store plenty of new titles, along with your favorite classics.

Next-gen compatibility

Game with drives purpose-built for handling the biggest PC, Xbox, and PlayStation® titles alike. 

Learn More About External SSDs

SSD Module: The heart of the external SSD is the SSD module, which contains the NAND flash memory where data is stored, along with a controller that manages data operations.

Enclosure: The SSD module is housed inside an enclosure or casing that protects it from physical damage. It may also act as a heat sink, helping to dissipate heat generated by the SSD during operation.

Data Transfer Ports: The external SSD connects to your computer or other device via ports that are designed for USB or Thunderbolt protocols — occassionally both.

Power Delivery: Typically, external SSDs need a dedicated power supply due to their larger size, higher performance, or additional features.

Drive Tray: Some external SSDs have multiple SSD modules inside, which can be customized to support different RAID configurations.

1. Speeds vary by product and capacity. 1MB/s = 1 million bytes per second. Based on internal testing; performance may vary depending upon host device, usage conditions, drive capacity, and other factors.
2. Applies only to SanDisk Professional PRO-BLADE STATION.
3. Endurance rating varies by product. For G-DRIVE PRO STUDIO SSD: Endurance rating based on DW/D using 4KiB random write workload over five years. (7.68TB x 0.8 DWPD x 365 Days x 5 years = 11,212.8).
4. 1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = 1 trillion bytes. Actual user capacity may be less depending on operating environment and RAID configuration (if applicable).
5. Applies only to SanDisk Professional G-RAID SHUTTLE SSD.
*Applies to select models only.