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Great size. I even ordered the storage case. Problem: The included pamphlet only tells you to update the firmware before using the unit and to read the detailed installation instructions at a website. I went to the website specified and a pdf downloaded. It was in Kanji (Chinese characters) or some similar script. I went to the manufacturers site (address provided in the users pamphlet). The name of the unit was listed but the model number printed on the unit was not listed on their webpage under that name or any other. I've sent an email to SanDisk thru their website but have not as yet heard back. This is unfortunate because I needed this hard drive in the near term but don't want to "install" any firmware or have changes made to it by doing something other than what the manufacturer tells the user to do.
I'm a photographer, and bought this drive in hopes of being able to more effectively edit and show photos to clients on the go. The read/write speeds aren't fantastic, so I had reasonable expectations on this front - mostly intending to play slideshows and navigate finished JPEG files during client meetings. However, the drive is so slow that it's not practical - photo viewing programs often crash or freeze when trying to read files from this drive. Transferring to my local laptop hard drive is fine, but working off of it is not practical at all--even for smaller, finished JPEG files. Two different computers give me the same issue with this drive, so it ended up being kind of a waste of money. The capacity size isn't big enough to make it useful for archiving for my purposes, and I'm unable to use it as a working drive.
I'm on a PC and normally keep an external HD hooked up to do regular Macrium imaging and store manual backups. Once a month I do a complete manual backup of all my files, as well as a complete Macrium image; then the HD gets changed out for a new one. All my non-SSD external drives hold everything I need. The Seagate 1TB SSD I purchased holds everything. The SanDisk stops and says there's not enough room, while showing 390GB room remaining. It's unfortunate, because the drive is adorable (sorry if that word shouldn't be applied). Very small, light weight, love that you can easily attach it to a clip. But it doesn't work...
I ordered my original drive in May 2021, loaded my files, seemed good. After a few months of use I started getting error messages and losing data. Went to do a fix and all of my files were lost, but the reformatted seemed to work for a while until the errors started happening again. Contacted SanDisk, it was decided that this drive had bad sectors (i think that's what they said). They sent a replacement after they received the damaged one. I got the replacement on Aug. 11th. Now, today, I'm getting the same error messages and missing file and unable to save files in various folders on the drive. I will be contacting SanDisk once again. This isn't good for someone that is working between the office and home during this pandemic.
Drive failed completely after 6 months: won't mount, won't show up at all in Mac Disk Utility app), SanDisk support says it needs to be replaced. It was used VERY lightly: sat quietly next to an iMac that's used a few times a week and asleep the rest of the time. It was not banged around, did not transfer tons of data; there's no reason it should have died. Other than its catastrophic premature failure, it was a great product. Tiny, light, fast. I just don't have any trust that the replacement unit will be any more durable, so I'm not going to put any important data on it; maybe just use it for backup.
I got this external hard drive so that I could hop between my Desktop and my laptop to work on files. Only to find out that the files weren't saving correctly and some would be missing depending on what computer I plugged into. I'm not sure if this has something to do with the connection, because I found it loose at times, and sometimes you'd have to hold it at just the right angle for your computer to recognize it, and to be extra sure I safely eject it every time. Not sure if I am asking too much of it or what, but it did not work as I needed it to. On the upside, I can use it as an archive, not being bounced from computer to computer. I'm sure this works well for dumping a horse load of photos and other media but to work off of it was a hassle.
If you can find the English translation on the enclosed instructions and if you have a microscope you might actually be able to read the poor contrast quality and tiny script. I finally gave up because the website is the worst. How did they become a major player. The website is impossible.
Finally, I just plugged it in and was able to do a Time Machine backup but couldn’t paste anything to the disk.
Save yourself a huge amount of grief and buy an American product so you can read the directions and the website.
I ordered the old generation model over a year ago, plugged it in, moved some files, and it stopped working after a day. Decided to try again a few weeks ago. Got the newer model- plug it in, it has files on the HD (not new?) and when I attempt to format the disk it locks me out of doing it. Now its unformatted and not recognized by windows 10. Avoid avoid avoid.
I 'm not having a very good experience with this SDD hard drive so far... It's really slow to load up my photo folder, slower than my other non SDD internal HD. Unplugging it crashes the computer with an error about boot device issues even though it's not a boot device and has no OS connection. Seems shoddy.