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Edit: July 11th 2021 I have now, finally managed to get a spanking new PS5 console. All the PS4 games stored on the SanDisk are recognised by the PS5 and can be played directly from the extended storage. The speed gains for HZD mentioned below are still maintained.
Never, ever disconnect the SSD when the PS5 is in standby mode. Only remove it or reconnect it when the console is completely turned off otherwise you risk corrupting the entire SSD. Also, do not connect it via the USB A connector on the front of the console. Either use the front USB C port or either of the rear ports.
This is a review for the SanDisk Extreme 1TB Portable NVMe SSD
Was running out of space on my PS4 Pro and weighed up all the options for candidates for Extended Storage. With the prospect of eventually getting a PS5 (sigh), I wanted a device that would be somewhat future-proof when connected to the next-gen console.
The device is barely much larger than a credit card and about three or four credit cards thick. Connected it to the rear USB port and, because the supplied cable is so damn short, it had to rest on the top of the console which is not ideal given the amount of heat that the PS4 Pro chucks out. It was instantly recognized by the console and formatted for extended storage in a matter of seconds, giving about 930Gb of extra space.
Moving games from the internal disk to the Sandisk is simple. CyberPunk 2077, which is about 109Gb, took roughly 40 minutes so an average of 3Gb / min. This of course is limited by the read speed of the internal PS4 disk rather than the write speed of the Sandisk SSD.
The real test of course is in how much faster the games load so I did a test using Horizon Zero Dawn. My biggest gripe with this fabulous game is the long load times between location changes, especially if going from say Meridian to the Frozen Wilds Cut.
For those familiar with HZD, when you finish the game it puts you back at the start of the Looming Shadow quest, so that was my save point for this test.
With the game installed on the internal disk drive, the time taken from hitting "Continue" to getting control of Aloy was 2min 11secs. I then moved the game to the Sandisk Extended Storage and repeated the test. The time taken from hitting "Continue" to getting control of Aloy was dramatically reduced to just 46 seconds, a speed increase of almost triple. I then tested travelling to various remote campfires and the increased speed was maintained. This is an incredible result.
I then did various tests with God of War but did not notice any appreciable difference in load times although the initial load screen was definitely faster. I can only assume that some games may be better optimized than others. I will be testing it with Ghost of Tsushima in the near future.
So is it worth it?. If you play HZD then a very big YES.
The Cons: Compared to a bog standard mechanical 1Tb external drive, it's £100 more expensive but you wouldn't gain any speed improvement. Looking ahead, however, I think it's worth paying the extra for an ultra fast SSD that will also do justice when connected to the next-gen PS5 console (big sigh again).
The supplied cable is way too short. I've now got it connected with a 1Meter USB A to C cable so it can be placed away from any heat sources. In actual use it only gets moderately warm.
it gets too hot, the information transfer is less than 50MB per second is a scam, I transferred 100GB and it takes 55min not recommended, I do not return it because I throw the box, but if I could I would return it
Nachdem mich eine Crucial X6 maßlos enttäuscht hatte, riskierte ich die Anschaffung der doch wesentlich teureren Sandisk Extreme Portable - und wurde belohnt :-)
Hab zwar nur USB-C 3.2 Gen1 mit 10 Gbit am Laptop, aber das ist wohl das was die Platte auch maximal kann. Dann schreibt sie laut CrystalDiskmark run 1GByte/s und liest 900 MByte/s. Sehr gut, vor allem weil die Schreibrate konstant bleibt, also nicht nur x GB schneller Cache und dann 10% Transferrate, sondern meine Images mit >100GB rasen konstant schnell auf den Flashspeicher.
Am PC mit USB 3.1 TypeA habe ich dann noch rund 440 MB/s schreiben und 407MB/s lesen, das ist aber auch ziemlich das Maximum was das alte HP-Board hergeben kann.
Sie ist super kompakt, griffig, stabil, wird nicht zu warm, A-Adapter ist schon dabei und sie war im Angebot ! Was will man mehr :-)
I bought this to use with our new M1 MacBook Pro and Air laptops. Also to lift off wanted files (picture, video and audio) from the old Windows laptop migration. The speed of this SSD is astonishingly fast both on the [very] old laptop and the Thunderbolt-equipped MacBooks. File transfers on the MacBooks are not perceptively different to the internal SSD, it is that fast! There is a more recent, and more expensive, model of this SSD but really this does the job ever so well
I've been very disappointed by this drive. Most of the time it operates slower than a standard hard disk, especially when transferring smaller files. I also find it drops out a lot and locks up or crashes my system.
I've tried different USB ports and different computers and it just doesn't work well at all. One of the more regrettable peripheral purchases I've made.
I use these drives with a company MacBook. Cloned my personal macOS onto them, then boot from the SanDisk. Means I get the best of both worlds - company laptop, with my own boot, which I get to keep. I am lucky to get paid to work on an open source project of course, which allows me to do this, but it illustrates that these drives are fine for booting from, and are all I use day to day. When I give back the company MacBook it will look exactly the same as the day it was issued to me!
I expected a similar experience to WD drives but was very disappointed. Never received the promised 1000 MB/sec speeeds , the CrystalDiskmark was only able to achieve around 650 MB/sec with this drive. Worst still when the drive is password protected sometimes the Sandisk Security software is not able to identify if a supported drive is attached to the PC. I am using a 1TB drive with USB-C cable. Tested on HP ELitebook 840 G5, was able to achieve upto 900+ Mbps speed with other SSD drives.
The device gets fairly warm even if its just connected without any operation being done and the coating on it attracts a fair amount of dust which stick to it and is difficult to clean. Overall I think the WD SSD drives are much better and does not have any of the above problems. Its a shame from a reputed brand like Sandisk.
This was bought to replace a non SSD hard drive that was corrupted (I think by Big Sur O.S) and had to be returned. I read that SSD's are more reliable and I can safely say that this one is! Thankfully, by the time I started using this new one, Big Sur was much more stable and so I could use this device and easily eject it when finished. I use it as a 'time machine' and find that it is very fast. It can get quite hot, but usually it's been plugged in for A LONG TIME by then and I have just forgotten to eject and unplug it. It is a good size and feels good in your hand. I can't speak for durability as mine stays at home either plugged in to my mac or put away in a drawer.