SanDisk 480GB Extreme 510 USB/USB-C Portable SSD

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  • Overview

    Designed for on-location creative work, the SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD gives you the performance of a portable SSD along with the protection of all-terrain durability and water resistance. This truly go-anywhere SSD clips to your bag or fits conveniently in your pocket. Its 480GB capacity and read speeds of up to 430 MBps, dramatically reduce transfer times, even when moving your highest-res files. And 128-bit encryption for password-protection makes it a must-have for your most important files.

    Highlights

    Combines portable SSD performance with all-terrain durability and IP55-rated water resistance

    480GB capacity

    Read speeds of up to 430 MBps and write speeds of up to 400 MBps

    128-bit AES encryption for password protection

    Rugged rubber bumper for added protection

    Compatible with USB-C and USB 3.0

    Did You Notice?

    A rugged rubber bumper and IP55 protection for water and dust resistance guard against rain, splashes, spills and dusty trails.

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    What’s in the Box

    SanDisk Extreme 510 USB/USB-C Portable SSD

    USB 3.0 cable

    USB-C cable

    Tech Specs

    Other Features: Data Encryption, Time Machine compatible

    Connections: USB 2, USB 3, USB-C

    Power Source: USB

    Height: 1.07 cm/0.42 in.

    Length: 7.57 cm/2.98 in.

    Width: 7.57 cm/2.98 in.

    Weight: 136.08 g

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    Mfr. Part Number: SDSSDEXTW-480G-GA1

    UPC or EAN No.: 619659151744

    Warranty

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  • 4.0 Average
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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Compact, fast, reliable and works with Time Machine

      I used this SSD to transfer my 34 GB music library from an old computer to a new MacBookPro; using a usb to usb-c adapter, it took 17 minutes to copy all the mu I used this SSD to transfer my 34 GB music library from an old computer to a new MacBookPro; using a usb to usb-c adapter, it took 17 minutes to copy all the music files from the old computer at usb 2.0 speeds to the SSD; when transferring my 34 GB music library from this SSD to the new MacBookPro with usb-c to usb-c cable, it took approximately 1 minute 55 seconds, so this SSD is legitimately fast. This SSD comes with SanDisk's encryption, which I swear was claimed to be 256-bit encryption inside the actual software rather than the 128-bit Apple's website describes, but I didn't buy this SSD for the encryption; however, it was easy to copy the encryption program/app over to the MacBookPro and format the SSD for my needs...I am currently using this SSD for my MacBookPro's Time Machine backups, but it would be a great SSD for storing a large photo or music library, etc. Pros: Quick USB-C speeds, no wall-outlet power cable necessary since this SSD is powered via USB-C, very compact size & truly portable compared to the competition -- I am amazed by how small and lightweight this SSD is, rugged build quality: supposedly waterproof / dustproof -- except for the cheap rubber bumper-matched cap to the USB i/o port, this SSD is legit & will handle most any abuse you can put it through except maybe purposely smashing it with a hammer; I have actually thrown this SSD 20 feet across a room as well as taken it cross country on several trips aboard freight trains (that shake the heck out of everything) with absolutely no problems whatsoever, although, I have doubts this SSD is truly waterproof--unfortunately I am not willing to test this unit's water resistance, it also seemed inexpensive at my time of purchase Cons: Heats up under heavy use, only 480 useable GB rather than the 500 to 512 GB storage of most drives typical in this range, but it has enough storage capacity to handle Time Machine backup duties for a MacBookPro with 512 GB SSD

      • Written by PATRICK C from Vancouver

      35 of 36 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Compact, fast, reliable and works with Time Machine

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      fast, but fragile connection

      super fast and light while it lasted, can boot from it easily, but the connector on the drive side broke off from the circuit board. all told, i used it a handf super fast and light while it lasted, can boot from it easily, but the connector on the drive side broke off from the circuit board. all told, i used it a handful of times. there is only 1 connection e.g. not both usb and thunderbolt, so now the device is useless and my data is kind of stuck there on those chips. i'm sure it's there, but how to get at that data? this is a mystery.

      • Written by apple U

      18 of 18 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?fast, but fragile connection

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Great product

      This ssd is so fast i tested it with crystaldiskmark and it got over 400mb/s!!!!! I use this to create a bootable windows for the macs at my school and it works This ssd is so fast i tested it with crystaldiskmark and it got over 400mb/s!!!!! I use this to create a bootable windows for the macs at my school and it works great with the speed and i was able to play games and transfer files with zero lag.

      • Written by Justin C

      17 of 19 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great product

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Start-up disk for late 2012 Mac Mini

      sm successfully using this as a boot drive (start-up disk) on my late 2012 Mac Mini i5 2.5GHz/16GB RAM and Intel HD Graphics 4000. 500GB hard disk and 4TB ext sm successfully using this as a boot drive (start-up disk) on my late 2012 Mac Mini i5 2.5GHz/16GB RAM and Intel HD Graphics 4000. 500GB hard disk and 4TB external USB3 back-up disk. The improvement in speed to start-up and program loading has been impressive: Using the internal HD drive: on to desktop took 2 minutes 48 seconds Using SanDisk 510 external with USB3: on to desktop took 42 seconds that is exactly 4 times faster By comparison my MacBook Air 2015 i7 500GB internal SSD and 8MB RAM started in 28 seconds from on to desktop. Both are running OSX High Sierra. I will keep my MacMini for another year or so! The impact on productivity is noticeable. NOTE: when formatting the SanDisk with th MacOS Disk Utility do not forget to select "Show All Devices" in the "View" menu on the Disk Utility toolbar on the left. Then select "Erase" in the middle of the toolbar and check SanDisk Ext SSD snd then enter your new disk name (i.e: MyMac2. Make sure you select as Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and Scheme: GUID Partition Map Click on the "Erase" button and the disk will be formatted. You can now download High Sierra to this disk and use it as a start-up. If you have any useful data on your SanDisk back it up first.

      • Written by Karl S from Southampton

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Start-up disk for late 2012 Mac Mini

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Went from 5 Enthusiastic Stars to ZERO. :(

      This worked amazingly when it was functioning. I stored FCP Libraries on it and was able to go between two computers with it very easily. Then over time, the This worked amazingly when it was functioning. I stored FCP Libraries on it and was able to go between two computers with it very easily. Then over time, the drive would disconnect if I moved it ever so slightly. At first I thought it was the cheap third party adapter I used (I have a 12" MacBook so needed one for charging and using this at the same time); it would work once I plugged it back in. Then one day when it disconnected from my Mac, I tried plugging it in but then I noticed that the USB Cable wouldn't go into the SSD flush. And then when I took it out and tried other USB Cables, I got the same result until... ultimately... the female port in the SSD broke off. Thank goodness I had backups of everything as I was in between projects, but this was sooo disappointing. :(

      • Written by Terri W from Pearl City

      6 of 6 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Went from 5 Enthusiastic Stars to ZERO. :(

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Super fast and reliable!

      I've owned this drive for 6+ months now and am completely satisfied.

      • Written by Martin S from Surrey

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Super fast and reliable!

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