The SanDisk Excessive Professional Moveable SSD v2 is a rugged, pocket-sized USB drive that exploits the scale, velocity and robustness of the newest stable state storage. It really works with Macs and PCs, in addition to appropriate telephones, tablets and consoles, and is obtainable in 1 or 2TB sizes.

I examined the newest 1TB model, launched in September 2020, which claims speeds as much as 2000 Megabyte/s – though the utmost efficiency will solely be attainable on units with the quickest USB ports as I’ll clarify later. It’s additionally actually vital to test the quoted velocity of the drive when ordering one, as SanDisk has thus far made a number of variations of its moveable SSDs, rated between 550 and 2000 Megabyte/s. The slower fashions are cheaper and could also be ok – the final one I examined was an Excessive v1 250GB mannequin 18 months in the past rated at 550 Megabyte/s which nonetheless feels fairly quick to me immediately. Let’s see how a lot sooner the Excessive Professional v2 mannequin is, and crucially who’ll profit from its sooner speeds. All the things is within the video beneath, however in the event you desire to learn a written model, preserve scrolling down!

Earlier than delving into the precise efficiency in actual life, why would you desire a moveable drive within the first place? Effectively, they’re invaluable for backing-up your information, transporting giant recordsdata or collections, or just freeing-up area on a full pc so you may full a venture. I’ve relied on a small fleet of moveable drives for years, from offering backup I can take offsite, to really internet hosting belongings for big video initiatives. Moveable SSDs have turn out to be quick sufficient so that you can edit video straight off them, coming near – and even matching – the speeds of inside drives. I additionally discover them invaluable for getting pictures and movies off or onto my telephone and pill, whereas avid gamers might use them to broaden storage. Some high-end cinema cameras may document on to SSDs, though do test for particular compatibility first as they are often fussy.

Older spinning arduous disks nonetheless work out cheaper than SSDs – on the time I made this video, you possibly can purchase a 4TB Western Digital My Passport for rather less than the most cost effective 1TB moveable SSD and fewer than half the value of the 1TB Excessive Professional v2 drive I’m testing right here, whereas boasting 4 occasions the area of both. Exhausting disks aren’t as quick, nor as compact as a transportable SSD and are additionally extra weak to knocks, however stay compelling worth for cash. I nonetheless use them for offsite backups of my picture and work collections, however I’ve now switched to SSDs for duties the place velocity and pocketability are extra vital.


Okay, so how does SanDisk’s newest drive measure-up? The Excessive Professional v2 measures 110x57mm – that’s only a bit longer than a bank card – and is simply over 10mm thick. It’s comparable in thickness to a contemporary telephone however a lot smaller general and at 84g, a lot lighter too, so it’ll simply slip into virtually any pocket.

A lot of what differentiates one moveable drive from one other is the case and end, and SanDisk has as soon as once more gone with a rugged model sporting silicon on the rear for grip and rounded corners for consolation in your palms or pockets. There’s additionally a useful cut-out permitting you to connect it to a keyring or hang-off a caribiner or D-ring. Most usefully of all although is the IP-55 score for water and mud resistance. Earlier than you get too excited, you may’t submerge the drive in water and count on it to outlive, however it ought to shrug-off gentle splashes, rain or moisture, as long as you’re cautious to not expose the port. It additionally presents cheap safety towards shock and vibration – SanDisk claims it’ll survive a 2m drop – and once more whereas it’s not invincible, it’s going to better-protect your information from knocks and small falls than a mechanical arduous disk. 

Like all trendy moveable drives, there’s only one USB port used for information switch and to energy the machine. SanDisk has sensibly opted for the newest USB C port, supporting USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (theoretically boasting as much as 20Gbit/s of bandwidth) however it’s additionally backwards appropriate with USB Three and USB 2 units, albeit with a discount in velocity. Slightly than supplying a single cable with an adapter for older ports because it did on the older Excessive drives, SanDisk now provides the Excessive Professional with two cables, one ending in a USB C plug and the opposite ending in USB A. Rather more handy.

Whereas the newest Excessive Professional drives are pocket-sized, they’ve grown noticeably in comparison with the earlier Excessive fashions. Right here’s the newer Excessive Professional on the left subsequent to the plain Excessive on the appropriate which measures simply 50mm huge, 96mm tall, 9mm thick and is half the burden at 40g. You’ll additionally discover the cutout form is a special and smaller form, and that the USB port on the outdated mannequin is positioned to 1 facet in comparison with the center of the brand new one, and the older mannequin has a slower USB interface too. Measurement and cutouts apart, one of the crucial apparent identifiers between them is the orange stripe across the fringe of the newer Excessive Professional fashions. These design cues all allow you to discover the appropriate mannequin, though keep in mind the Excessive Professional can also be out there in 1050 and 2000 Megabyte speeds, so that you’ll must test the field too.

Not solely is the Professional mannequin now equipped with two cables, however they’re longer than the cable equipped with the older Excessive. Some complained concerning the brief size of the outdated cable, however I really most well-liked it for dangling much less clearly from a laptop computer than the brand new one. Technically talking, shorter cables are generally needed for the quickest speeds, however I attempted the brand new drive with each cables and measured no distinction, at the very least on my pc.

Okay now for efficiency, with the newest Excessive Professional v2 using an NVMe SSD with claimed learn and write speeds as much as 2000 Megabyte/s. I examined it on my quickest pc, a 2018 MacBook Professional which has USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports rated as much as 10Gbit/s, which works out at 1250 Megabyte/s. Given it is a theoretical bandwidth and in follow extra prone to be nearer to 1000 Megabyte/s, it represents a major bottleneck for the Professional v2 drive, permitting solely roughly half its most information charge to cross. However don’t assume a more moderen MacBook will probably be any higher because the USB ports on the late 2020 fashions are nonetheless restricted to 10Gbit/s. Certainly if you need a 20Gbit/s USB port on the time I made this evaluation, you’ll want to purchase a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 growth card for a desktop PC which particularly quotes assist for 20Gbit/s, or look ahead to laptops with sooner ports to reach – it pays to test the specs of your system very rigorously, particularly as labelling of USB ports will be very complicated.

Throughout a number of runs on the Professional v2 drive, the BlackMagic Disk Velocity Check utility measured between 940 and 960 Megabyte/s for each reads and writes, whether or not utilizing the 1GB or 5GB stress measurement. These scores are undoubtedly being restricted by my MacBook’s USB ports, however are nonetheless roughly double what I measured from the sooner Excessive v1 drive, which itself was already 4 occasions sooner than the spinning arduous disk in my WD My Passport 4TB drive.


In real-life checks, I first timed the switch of a 2.99GB folder containing 177 JPEG and RAW pictures. The sooner Excessive v1 took 14 seconds to put in writing the info from my Mac onto the drive, then, following a restart, seven seconds to learn it again from the drive. In distinction, the Excessive Professional v2 took simply over 5 seconds to put in writing the info to the drive and just below 4 to learn it again once more. Simply evaluate them to my 4TB Passport drive which took 44 seconds to put in writing the info and 28 to learn them again.


I additionally tried copying a single giant video file measuring 10.68GB which took 54 seconds to put in writing and 20 seconds to learn on the Excessive v1, however a mere 11.2 seconds to put in writing or 11.four seconds to learn on the Excessive Professional v2 drive. Once more the just about an identical figures for learn and write efficiency of just below 1000 Megabyte/s point out a bottleneck, on this case my USB port, however it nonetheless stays a lot sooner than my older Excessive v1.

I additionally tried enhancing complete 4k video initiatives straight from the drive with no efficiency points on each my Mac laptop computer in addition to my iPad Professional operating Lumafusion as seen right here, though this was additionally potential with the older Excessive v1 drives. It additionally labored nicely when linked to my Samsung Galaxy S20 telephone for copying giant quantities of pictures or movies to and from it. I didn’t get to attempt it on a video games console or cinema digicam although, so I’d advocate checking for compatibility with particular fashions.

Throughout sustained use, I discovered the Excessive Professional v2 typically turned hotter than my earlier Excessive v1 drive – not precisely scorching, however undoubtedly very heat. SanDisk’s employed an aluminium chassis to behave as a heatsink and it’s actually transferring the warmth evenly throughout the case, not like the earlier Excessive v1 which solely tended to warm-up across the port space. Both means, I skilled no points concerning warmth, however do bear in mind the Professional v2 will get heat in fixed use.

SanDisk Excessive Professional v2 verdict

As a photographer, I really like utilizing Moveable SSDs as fast, compact and strong backup drives. On the finish of a day’s capturing, I copy the cardboard onto my laptop computer, then duplicate it onto the SSD. I’d then preserve the SSD in a separate location to my pc, corresponding to in a resort secure after I was out with the laptop computer. The velocity of the drive means you’ll by no means neglect performing backups, the scale means you’ll at all times have it with you whenever you want it, and the robustness means you don’t must deal with it with child gloves. I can actually throw it right into a bag or slip it in a pocket and never fear.


As a video editor, I typically discover myself with large folders of footage shortly consuming the interior drive on my laptop computer. Beforehand I’d free-up area by copying initiatives I wasn’t at present engaged on to moveable drives or community storage, however the gradual velocity meant an enormous folder might take so lengthy to repeat, it felt extra like archiving. However with the SSD I can quickly switch large folders forwards and backwards. It’s so quick I may even work straight from the drive whether or not it’s storing common belongings, an output render and even a whole venture. Now the low disk area warning not means I’m out of motion.

Wherever I labored, I additionally favored how the drive was small and light-weight sufficient to fortunately dangle from the top of its cable, with out demanding flat desk area to relaxation on. You’ll be able to even choose up your laptop computer with it nonetheless dangling with out troubling the drive or your ports. It’s so handy whenever you’re actually working off your lap in a restaurant or on a airplane or prepare and must stand up or transfer round.

However in the event you’re getting a way of deja-vu, it’s as a result of I made the identical conclusion on the finish of my Excessive v1 evaluation. All the above is completely potential with an SSD rated at 550 Megabytes/s, it’s simply that the newer Professional v2 can theoretically do it 4 occasions sooner nonetheless. Factor is on the time of writing, most individuals received’t have the ability to benefit from the high velocity as their USB ports merely received’t be as much as the job. Not solely will you want a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port, however one which particularly helps 20Gbit/s speeds, and that rules-out even the late 2020 Apple laptops. So for many people, the Professional v2 drive will solely work out twice as quick because the 550MB/s fashions.

Certainly since SanDisk expenses a premium for the Professional v2 efficiency, I want they’d make a Thunderbolt Three model as this interface helps as much as 40Gbit/s even on Macs from 2016. However by adopting the newest USB spec, there’s not quite a lot of units capable of but exploit the highest velocity. In fact this provides the drive some extent of future-proofing, however the easy reality is most individuals received’t see a distinction between the Excessive Professional v2 and cheaper drives rated as much as 1000 Megabyte/s, just like the Excessive Professional v1 or Excessive v2 fashions.

Finally backing up your information, whether or not it’s pictures, movies, music or plain outdated paperwork, is critically vital, and an important a part of that course of is transporting the backup to a special location – in spite of everything, hearth, flood and theft will not often take one drive however go away the backup subsequent to it unhurt. This is the reason moveable drives are so helpful. They’ll retailer and transport a big amount of information shortly and simply – only one USB cable will switch the info and energy the drive, and as soon as full, they’re sufficiently small to slide right into a jacket and even trouser pocket. Their portability additionally makes them nice for offering extra storage for laptop computer house owners who’ve stuffed their inside drives, however aren’t prepared for a system improve fairly but.

The sooner SanDisk Excessive Moveable SSD shortly discovered itself a part of my workflow because of its velocity, measurement and robustness, all of which meant I by no means had an excuse to not use it. It turned my go-to backup after I’m out and about, and a handy technique to enhance the storage on my laptop computer when engaged on huge initiatives. The newer Excessive Professional v2 offered the identical flexibility however with the advantage of sooner speeds, and whereas my very own units meant I solely loved half its theoretical efficiency, it stays the quickest drive I’ve examined. As such except I anticipated to purchase a pc with a 20Gbit USB port sooner or later, I’d personally get monetary savings and purchase a mannequin rated at 1000 Megabyte/s just like the Excessive Professional v1 or Excessive v2 as a substitute. However the backside line right here is no matter mannequin, I’ve come to treat a transportable SSD as a vital accent, and the SanDisk vary supplies an ever-growing selection of speeds, capacities and worth. Purchase the one which finest matches your wants, however test the specs of the drive and your ports rigorously.

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