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External HHD vs SSD

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I am looking to purchase an external storage source and would like some help plz.

will be used to back up important work and to transfer files from University/College to my home setup

Budget: £50, $65, $85CAD

 

Is it ok to carry a portable HHD in the long term or is it worth going for a portable SSD

Is it worth purchasing a USB-C drive when transferring files (Is there benefits for the future or extra compatibility)?

If i were to purchase a portable SSD, is it worth waiting a few months to see if prices fall or for better capacity for this price?

 

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1) SSD

 

2) depends if you have USB C ports on both computers at either end

 

3) prices will always fall the more you wait. Depends how long you want to wait.

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I'd argue that more capacity is better than performance for this use case unless you happen to be transferring files in the gigabytes range all the time. So getting a portable HDD for your budget will get you more space.

 

Also USB-C doesn't say anything about transfer speeds. You have to figure out if it's USB 3.0/3.1 compliant which most portable drives are these days.

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9 minutes ago, R.C said:

external storage source

All new HDD will park their heads when powered down so as long as you don't drop it.

But an SSD or M.2 in a USB enclosure would be much more durable if you don't need the large storage of HDDs.

Wouldn't bother with USB C at this point unless you specifically need it. You can get adapter dongles either way.

My crystal ball is broken, but prices are pretty good now.

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