What’s the difference between the Crucial X6 and SanDisk Extreme Portable V2?

The X6 and Extreme Portable V2 are two of the more popular external solid state drives currently available.

You can check out this comparison guide at Seeking Tech to see what the differences are between these Crucial and SanDisk storage products.

Quick Summary

When compared to the Crucial X6 Portable Solid State Drive, the SanDisk Extreme Portable Solid State Drive V2 is nearly twice as fast as maximum sequential reading in the 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB capacities. The 4 TB Extreme Portable Solid State Drive V2 is also 31.25% faster than the X6 at maximum sequential reads.

Furthermore, the Extreme Portable V2 is also the only one of the two to support USB Type-A ports right out of the box in addition to also being the only SSD in this comparison to provide protection against dust buildup and light water splashes. Not to mention that the SanDisk product also comes with a longer warranty.

So, out of these two products, the SanDisk Extreme Portable Solid State Drive V2 is clearly the best choice.

X6 vs. Extreme Portable V2 Comparison Chart

You can take a look at a comparison table for the X6 and second version of the Extreme Portable below.

Crucial X6 Portable Solid State DriveSanDisk Extreme Portable Solid State Drive V2
What’s in the BoxCrucial X6 Portable Solid State Drive

USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable

Quick Start Guide
SanDisk Extreme Portable Solid State Drive V2

USB-C to USB-C cable

USB-C to USB-A adaptor

Safety and Warranty Guide
Dimensions69 mm x 64 mm x 11 mm101 mm x 52 mm x 9 mm
Capacity Options500 GB

1 TB

2 TB

4 TB
500 GB

1 TB

2 TB

4 TB
Model Numbers500 GB Crucial X6: CT500X6SSD9

1 TB Crucial X6: CT1000X6SSD9

2 TB Crucial X6: CT2000X6SSD9

4 TB Crucial X6: C41000X6SSD9
500 GB SanDisk Extreme Portable V2: SDSSDE61-500G-G25

1 TB SanDisk Extreme Portable V2: SDSSDE61-1T00-G25

2 TB SanDisk Extreme Portable V2: SDSSDE61-2T00-G25

4 TB SanDisk Extreme Portable V2: SDSSDE61-4T00-G25
USB Interface SpeedUSB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbit/s)USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbit/s)
Maximum Sequential Read Speed500 GB Crucial X6: Up to 540 MB per second

1 TB Crucial X6: Up to 540 MB per second

2 TB Crucial X6: Up to 540 MB per second

4 TB Crucial X6: Up to 800 MB per second
500 GB Extreme Portable V2: Up to 1050 MB per second

1 TB Extreme Portable V2: Up to 1050 MB per second

2 TB Extreme Portable V2: Up to 1050 MB per second

4 TB Extreme Portable V2: Up to 1050 MB per second
Dust and Water ResistanceN/AIP55
Warranty3-year warranty5-year warranty
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What’s in the Box

You can only connect the X6 to an USB Type-C port right out of the box. With the Extreme Portable V2, you will be able to connect to USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports.

You can check out a list of the parts included inside each new retail box for both of these products below:

Crucial X6:

  • Crucial X6 Portable Solid State Drive
  • USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable
  • Quick Start Guide

Extreme Portable V2:

  • SanDisk Extreme Portable Solid State Drive V2
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • USB-C to USB-A adaptor
  • Safety and Warranty Guide

Dimensions

When it comes to physical size, the Crucial X6 is shaped more like a square while the SanDisk Extreme Portable V2 is shaped like an elongated rectangle.

You can find the measurements for both external SSDs below:

  • Crucial X6: 69 mm x 64 mm x 11 mm
  • SanDisk Extreme Portable V2: 101 mm x 52 mm x 9 mm

Capacity Options

When it comes to capacity options, both the solid state drives in this versus guide offer the following:

  • 500 GB
  • 1 TB
  • 2 TB
  • 4 TB

Model Numbers

You can find the model numbers attached to the X6 and Extreme Portable V2 below:

  • 500 GB Crucial X6: CT500X6SSD9
  • 1 TB Crucial X6: CT1000X6SSD9
  • 2 TB Crucial X6: CT2000X6SSD9
  • 4 TB Crucial X6: C41000X6SSD9
  • 500 GB SanDisk Extreme Portable V2: SDSSDE61-500G-G25
  • 1 TB SanDisk Extreme Portable V2: SDSSDE61-1T00-G25
  • 2 TB SanDisk Extreme Portable V2: SDSSDE61-2T00-G25
  • 4 TB SanDisk Extreme Portable V2: SDSSDE61-4T00-G25

USB Interface Speed

For the interface, the X6 and Extreme Portable Version 2 use USB 3.2 Gen 2, which provides a transfer speed of up to 10 Gbit/s.

Maximum Sequential Read Speed

The SanDisk Extreme Portable V2 has a major advantage over the Crucial X6 when it comes to maximum sequential reading speed.

When you compare the same capacity options, the 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB versions of the Extreme Portable V2 are 1010 MB per second faster, or 94.44% faster, than the 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB versions of the X6.

Furthermore, the 4 TB Extreme Portable V2 is 250 MB per second faster, or 31.25% faster, than the 4 TB Crucial X6.

You can take a look at the maximum sequential read speed specs for each capacity of both SSDs below:

  • 500 GB Crucial X6: Up to 540 MB per second
  • 1 TB Crucial X6: Up to 540 MB per second
  • 2 TB Crucial X6: Up to 540 MB per second
  • 4 TB Crucial X6: Up to 800 MB per second
  • 500 GB Extreme Portable V2: Up to 1050 MB per second
  • 1 TB Extreme Portable V2: Up to 1050 MB per second
  • 2 TB Extreme Portable V2: Up to 1050 MB per second
  • 4 TB Extreme Portable V2: Up to 1050 MB per second

Dust and Water Resistance

The Extreme Portable V2 is the only one to have received a dust and protection rating.

With an IP rating of 55, the SanDisk product is built to resist significant dust particles buildup in addition to light water splashes.

Warranty

The Crucial X6 Portable Solid State Drive comes with a 3-year warranty while the SanDisk Extreme Portable Solid State Drive V2 comes with a longer 5-year warranty.

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What’s the difference between the Transcend StoreJet 25H3 and 25M3?

Transcend has two similar portable hard disk drives currently available on the market with the StoreJet 25H3 and StoreJet 25M3.

You can check out this comparison guide to see what the differences are between these two models.

Quick Summary

The Transcend StoreJet 25M3 Portable Hard Drive is a little smaller in size and lighter in weight when compared to the Transcend StoreJet 25H3 Portable Hard Drive.

The StoreJet 25M3 is also the only model to offer a 500 GB capacity option.

In terms of color variations, the 25H3 offers navy blue and purple while the 25M3 offers iron gray and military green.

Both products have the same USB 3.1 Gen 1 interface, operating system requirements, operating temperature, drop protection, plug-unplug durability and warranty length.

The two hard drives also come with a one touch auto backup button in addition to support for the Transcend Elite software.

StoreJet 25H3 vs. StoreJet 25M3 Comparison Chart

You can take a look at Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the StoreJet 25H3 and StoreJet 25M3 below.

Transcend StoreJet 25H3 Portable Hard DriveTranscend StoreJet 25M3 Portable Hard Drive
Capacity Options1 TB

2 TB

4 TB
500 GB

1 TB

2 TB

4 TB
Color OptionsNavy Blue

Purple
Iron Gray

Military Green
Dimensions1 TB StoreJet 25H3: 131.8 mm x 80.8 mm x 16.3 mm (or 5.19" x 3.18" x 0.64")

2 TB StoreJet 25H3: 131.8 mm x 80.8 mm x 16.3 mm (or 5.19" x 3.18" x 0.64")

4 TB StoreJet 25H3: 131.8 mm x 80.8 mm x 24.5 mm (or 5.19" x 3.18" x 0.96")
500 GB StoreJet 25M3: 129.5 mm x 80.8 mm x 16.1 mm (or 5.10" x 3.18" x 0.63")

1 TB StoreJet 25M3: 129.5 mm x 80.8 mm x 16.1 mm (or 5.10" x 3.18" x 0.63")

2 TB StoreJet 25M3: 129.5 mm x 80.8 mm x 16.1 mm (or 5.10" x 3.18" x 0.63")

4 TB StoreJet 25M3: 129.5 mm x 80.8 mm x 24.1 mm (or 5.10" x 3.18" x 0.95")
Weight1 TB StoreJet 25H3: 191 g (or 6.74 oz)

2 TB StoreJet 25H3: 191 g (or 6.74 oz)

4 TB StoreJet 25H3: 298 g (or 10.51 oz)
500 GB StoreJet 25M3: 185 g (or 6.53 oz)

1 TB StoreJet 25M3: 185 g (or 6.53 oz)

2 TB StoreJet 25M3: 185 g (or 6.53 oz)

4 TB StoreJet 25M3: 294 g (or 10.37 oz)
Storage Media Type2.5" Hark Disk Drive2.5" Hark Disk Drive
USB Typemicro USB to USB Type Amicro USB to USB Type A
USB Connection InterfaceUSB 3.1 Gen 1USB 3.1 Gen 1
Transcend Elite SoftwareSupportedSupported
One Touch Auto Backup ButtonIncludedIncluded
Operating System RequirementsMicrosoft Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 8

Microsoft Windows 10

Mac OS X 10.7 or later

Linux Kernel 2.6.31 or later
Microsoft Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 8

Microsoft Windows 10

Mac OS X 10.7 or later

Linux Kernel 2.6.31 or later
Operating Voltage5V5V
Plug-Unplug Durability10,000 cycles10,000 cycles
Drop Protection GradeMIL-STD-810G USMIL-STD-810G US
CertificatesBSMI

CE

EAC

FCC

KC

RCM
BSMI

CE

EAC

FCC

KC

RCM
Warranty3-Year Limited Warranty3-Year Limited Warranty
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Capacity Options

The 25M3 is the only model to offer a 500 GB capacity option.

You can find the available capacities for both below:

StoreJet 25H3:

  • 1 TB
  • 2 TB
  • 4 TB

StoreJet 25M3:

  • 500 GB
  • 1 TB
  • 2 TB
  • 4 TB

Color Options

You can also take a look at the color options below:

StoreJet 25H3:

  • Navy Blue
  • Purple

StoreJet 25M3:

  • Iron Gray
  • Military Green

Dimensions

The StoreJet 25M3 is slightly shorter in length and thickness when compared to the StoreJet 25H3. Both external HDDs have the same width.

You can find the measurements, which is displayed as Length x Width x Thickness, below:

  • 1 TB StoreJet 25H3: 131.8 mm x 80.8 mm x 16.3 mm (or 5.19″ x 3.18″ x 0.64″)
  • 2 TB StoreJet 25H3: 131.8 mm x 80.8 mm x 16.3 mm (or 5.19″ x 3.18″ x 0.64″)
  • 4 TB StoreJet 25H3: 131.8 mm x 80.8 mm x 24.5 mm (or 5.19″ x 3.18″ x 0.96″)
  • 500 GB StoreJet 25M3: 129.5 mm x 80.8 mm x 16.1 mm (or 5.10″ x 3.18″ x 0.63″)
  • 1 TB StoreJet 25M3: 129.5 mm x 80.8 mm x 16.1 mm (or 5.10″ x 3.18″ x 0.63″)
  • 2 TB StoreJet 25M3: 129.5 mm x 80.8 mm x 16.1 mm (or 5.10″ x 3.18″ x 0.63″)
  • 4 TB StoreJet 25M3: 129.5 mm x 80.8 mm x 24.1 mm (or 5.10″ x 3.18″ x 0.95″)

Weight

The StoreJet 25M3 also weighs a little less than the StoreJet 25H3 when you compare the same capacity options.

You can check out the weight specifications below:

  • 1 TB StoreJet 25H3: 191 g (or 6.74 oz)
  • 2 TB StoreJet 25H3: 191 g (or 6.74 oz)
  • 4 TB StoreJet 25H3: 298 g (or 10.51 oz)
  • 500 GB StoreJet 25M3: 185 g (or 6.53 oz)
  • 1 TB StoreJet 25M3: 185 g (or 6.53 oz)
  • 2 TB StoreJet 25M3: 185 g (or 6.53 oz)
  • 4 TB StoreJet 25M3: 294 g (or 10.37 oz)

Storage Media Type

The two products in this versus showdown use the 2.5″ Hark Disk Drive as the storage media type.

USB Type

The two portable HDDs utilize the micro USB to USB Type A connector.

USB Connection Interface

For the USB interface, both of these external storage drives use USB 3.1 Gen 1, which provides transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps.

Transcend Elite

Both also support Transcend Elite, which is a software you can use to set passwords to help keep the data stored on the drive secured.

One Touch Auto Backup Button

With the Transcend Elite, you can also use the one touch auto-backup button to copy all the files to another device. The same button can also be used to reconnect the external HDD to another device without having to unplug and replug the drive.

Operating System Requirements

The StoreJet 25H3 and StoreJet 25M3 support the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Linux Kernel 2.6.31 or later

Operating Voltage

These storage drives have the same operating voltage of 5V.

Operating Temperature Range

The StoreJet 25H3 and StoreJet 25M3 have the same operating temperature range, which is from 5°C (41°F) to 55°C (131°F).

Plug-Unplug Durability

The two HDDs have been tested to last 10,000 plugs and unplugs.

Drop Protection Grade

When it comes to drop protection, both of the external storage drives in this comparison guide have passed the MIL-STD-810G US military transit drop test.

Certificates

The StoreJet 25H3 and StoreJet 25M3 have received the following certifications:

  • BSMI
  • CE
  • EAC
  • FCC
  • KC
  • RCM

Warranty

The Transcend StoreJet 25H3 Portable Hard Drive and Transcend StoreJet 25M3 Portable Hard Drive each comes with a 3-Year Limited Warranty.

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What’s the difference between the Transcend 400S, 420S and 430S?

Transcend has three similar M.2 2242 solid state drives currently available on the market. So, what are main differences between the 400S, 420S and 430S?

You can find out in this comparison guide between these internal Transcend storage drives.

Quick Summary

When it comes to maximum sequential read speed, the 430S is generally the fastest when compared to the 400S and 420S.

For maximum sequential writing, the 420S should be the fastest.

As for random reading, the 400S is the fastest when you compare the same or similar capacities. However, the 512 GB Transcend 430S is fastest overall.

When it comes to random writing, the 430S is the fastest at the 120 GB/128 GB and 480 GB/512 GB capacities while the 420S is the fastest at the 240Gb/256 GB capacity.

The 400S easily has the best endurance out of the three as you can write more data on this model when compared to the 430s model and especially the 420S model.

400S vs. 420S vs. 430S Comparison Chart

You can take a look at Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the 400S, 420S and 430S models below.

Transcend 400S M.2 2242 Solid State DriveTranscend 420S M.2 2242 Solid State DriveTranscend 430S M.2 2242 Solid State Drive
Capacity Options32 GB

64 GB

128 GB

256 GB
120 GB

240 GB

480 GB
128 GB

256 GB

512 GB
Form FactorM.2 2242M.2 2242M.2 2242
Dimensions42.00 mm x 22.00 mm x 3.58 mm (or 1.65" x 0.87" x 0.14")42.00 mm x 22.00 mm x 3.58 mm (or 1.65" x 0.87" x 0.14")42.00 mm x 22.00 mm x 3.58 mm (or 1.65" x 0.87" x 0.14")
Weight5 g (or 0.18 oz)5 g (or 0.18 oz)5 g (or 0.18 oz)
Bus InterfaceSATA III 6Gb/sSATA III 6Gb/sSATA III 6Gb/s
Memory ComponentsMLC NAND3D NAND3D NAND
Maximum Sequential Read Speed32 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 280 MB per second

64 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 520 MB per second

128 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 530 MB per second

256 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 530 MB per second
120 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 500 MB per second

240 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 500 MB per second

480 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 530 MB per second
128 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 560 MB per second

256 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 530 MB per second

512 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 560 MB per second
Maximum Sequential Write Speed32 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 50 MB per second

64 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 100 MB per second

128 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 200 MB per second

256 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 400 MB per second
120 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 350 MB per second

240 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 430 MB per second

480 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 480 MB per second
128 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 350 MB per second

256 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 400 MB per second

512 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 500 MB per second
Maximum Random Read Speed32 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 25,000 IOPS

64 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 50,000 IOPS

128 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 70,000 IOPS

256 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 70,000 IOPS
120 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 28,000 IOPS

240 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 40,000 IOPS

480 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 50,000 IOPS
128 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 35,000 IOPS

256 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 45,000 IOPS

512 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 80,000 IOPS
Maximum Random Write Speed32 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 10,000 IOPS

64 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 25,000 IOPS

128 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 50,000 IOPS

256 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 70,000 IOPS
120 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 75,000 IOPS

240 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 75,000 IOPS

480 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 75,000 IOPS
128 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 80,000 IOPS

256 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 70,000 IOPS

512 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 85,000 IOPS
Terabytes Written32 GB Transcend 400S: 90 TBW

64 GB Transcend 400S: 180 TBW

128 GB Transcend 400S: 360 TBW

256 GB Transcend 400S: 740 TBW
120 GB Transcend 420S: 40 TBW

240 GB Transcend 420S: 80 TBW

480 GB Transcend 420S: 160 TBW
128 GB Transcend 430S: 70 TBW

256 GB Transcend 430S: 140 TBW

512 GB Transcend 430S: 280 TBW
Mean Time Between Failures2,000,000 hours2,000,000 hours2,000,000 hours
General FeaturesAdvanced Garbage Collection

DDR3 DRAM Cache

DevSleep Mode

S.M.A.R.T.

TRIM & NCQ Command
Advanced Garbage Collection

LDPC Coding

RAID Engine

S.M.A.R.T.

TRIM & NCQ Command
Advanced Garbage Collection

DDR3 DRAM Cache

LDPC Coding

RAID Engine

S.M.A.R.T.

TRIM & NCQ Command
Operating System RequirementsMicrosoft Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 8

Microsoft Windows 10

Linux Kernel 2.6.31 or newer
Microsoft Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 8

Microsoft Windows 10

Linux Kernel 2.6.31 or newer
Microsoft Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 8

Microsoft Windows 10

Linux Kernel 2.6.31 or newer
Operating Temperature Range0°C (or 32°F) to 70°C (or 158°F)0°C (or 32°F) to 70°C (or 158°F)0°C (or 32°F) to 70°C (or 158°F)
Operating Voltage3.3V ±5%3.3V ±5%3.3V ±5%
CertificatesBSMI

CE

FCC

KC

RCM
BSMI

CE

FCC

KC

RCM
BSMI

CE

FCC

KC

RCM
Warranty3-Year Limited Warranty3-Year Limited Warranty3-Year Limited Warranty
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Capacity Options

You can also check out the available capacity options for these M.2 2242 solid state drives below:

Transcend 400S:

  • 32 GB
  • 64 GB
  • 128 GB
  • 256 GB

Transcend 420S:

  • 120 GB
  • 240 GB
  • 480 GB

Transcend 430S:

  • 128 GB
  • 256 GB
  • 512 GB

Form Factor

The 400S, 420S and 430S all use the M.2 2242 form factor.

Dimensions

The three SSDs are identical when it comes to size with the following measurements:

42.00 mm x 22.00 mm x 3.58 mm (or 1.65″ x 0.87″ x 0.14″)

Weight

The 400S, 420S and 430S models should also weigh the same at around 5 g (or 0.18 oz).

Bus Interface

These solid state drives utilize SATA III 6Gb/s as the bus interface.

Memory Components

You can also check out the memory components used for each product below:

  • Transcend 400S: MLC NAND
  • Transcend 420S: 3D NAND
  • Transcend 420S: 3D NAND

Maximum Sequential Read Speed

When you compare the same or similar capacity options, the 128 GB Transcend 430S is 30 MB per second faster (or 5.66% faster) than the 128 GB Transcend 400S and 60 MB per second faster (or 12% faster) than the 120 GB Transcend 420 at maximum sequential reading.

The 128 GB Transcend 400S and 256 GB Transcend 430S have the same max read speed, which is 30 MB per second faster (or 6% faster) than the 240 GB Transcend 420S.

The 512 GB Transcend 430S is 30 MB per second faster (or 5.66% faster) than the 480 GB Transcend 420S.

You can find the maximum sequential read speeds below:

  • 32 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 280 MB per second
  • 64 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 520 MB per second
  • 128 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 530 MB per second
  • 256 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 530 MB per second
  • 120 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 500 MB per second
  • 240 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 500 MB per second
  • 480 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 530 MB per second
  • 128 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 560 MB per second
  • 256 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 530 MB per second
  • 512 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 560 MB per second

Maximum Sequential Write Speed

When it comes to maximum sequential writing, the 120 GB Transcend 420S and 128 GB Transcend 430S have the same top speed, which is 150 MB per second faster (or 75% faster) than the 128 GB Transcend 400S.

The 240 GB Transcend 420S is 30 MB per second faster (or 7.5% faster) than the 256 GB Transcend 400S and 256 GB Transcend 430S.

On the other hand, the 512 GB Transcend 430S is 20 MB per second faster (or 4.17% faster) than the 480 GB Transcend 420S.

You can check out the sequential write speeds below:

  • 32 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 50 MB per second
  • 64 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 100 MB per second
  • 128 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 200 MB per second
  • 256 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 400 MB per second
  • 120 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 350 MB per second
  • 240 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 430 MB per second
  • 480 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 480 MB per second
  • 128 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 350 MB per second
  • 256 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 400 MB per second
  • 512 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 500 MB per second

Maximum Random Read Speed

For random reading, the 128 GB Transcend 400S is 42,000 IOPS faster (or 150% faster) than the 120 GB Transcend 420S and 35,000 IOPS faster (or 100% faster) than the 128 GB Transcend 430S.

The 256 GB Transcend 400S is also 30,000 IOPS faster (or 75% faster) than the 240 GB Transcend 420S and 25,000 IOPS faster (or 55.56% faster) than the 256 GB Transcend 430S.

The 512 GB Transcend 430S is 30,000 IOPS faster (or 60% faster) than the 512 GB Transcend 430S.

You can find the random read speeds below:

  • 32 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 25,000 IOPS
  • 64 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 50,000 IOPS
  • 128 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 70,000 IOPS
  • 256 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 70,000 IOPS
  • 120 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 28,000 IOPS
  • 240 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 40,000 IOPS
  • 480 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 50,000 IOPS
  • 128 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 35,000 IOPS
  • 256 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 45,000 IOPS
  • 512 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 80,000 IOPS

Maximum Random Write Speed

For maximum random writing, the 128 GB Transcend 430S is 30,000 IOPS faster (or 60% faster) than the 128 GB Transcend 400S and 5,000 IOPS faster (or 6.67% faster) than the 120 GB Transcend 420S.

The 240 GB Transcend 420S is 5,000 IOPS faster (or 7.14% faster) than the 256 GB Transcend 400S and 256 GB Transcend 430S.

The 512 GB Transcend 430S is 10,000 IOPS faster (or 13.33% faster) than the 480 GB Transcend 420S.

You can find the maximum random write speeds below:

  • 32 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 10,000 IOPS
  • 64 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 25,000 IOPS
  • 128 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 50,000 IOPS
  • 256 GB Transcend 400S: Up to 70,000 IOPS
  • 120 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 75,000 IOPS
  • 240 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 75,000 IOPS
  • 480 GB Transcend 420S: Up to 75,000 IOPS
  • 128 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 80,000 IOPS
  • 256 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 70,000 IOPS
  • 512 GB Transcend 430S: Up to 85,000 IOPS

Terabytes Written

When it comes to endurance, you can write a lot more data with the 400S when compared to the other two SSDs.

The 430S has the second best endurance while the 420S has the lowest endurance rating.

You can check out the Terabytes Written specs:

  • 32 GB Transcend 400S: 90 TBW
  • 64 GB Transcend 400S: 180 TBW
  • 128 GB Transcend 400S: 360 TBW
  • 256 GB Transcend 400S: 740 TBW
  • 120 GB Transcend 420S: 40 TBW
  • 240 GB Transcend 420S: 80 TBW
  • 480 GB Transcend 420S: 160 TBW
  • 128 GB Transcend 430S: 70 TBW
  • 256 GB Transcend 430S: 140 TBW
  • 512 GB Transcend 430S: 280 TBW

Mean Time Between Failures

The Transcend 400S, 420S and 430S M.2 2242 Solid State Drives have the same Mean Time Between Failures reliability rating of 2,000,000 hours.

General Features

You can check out a list of general features for these three SSDs below:

Transcend 400S:

  • Advanced Garbage Collection
  • DDR3 DRAM Cache
  • DevSleep Mode
  • S.M.A.R.T.
  • TRIM & NCQ Command

Transcend 420S:

  • Advanced Garbage Collection
  • LDPC Coding
  • RAID Engine
  • S.M.A.R.T.
  • TRIM & NCQ Command

Transcend 430S:

  • Advanced Garbage Collection
  • DDR3 DRAM Cache
  • LDPC Coding
  • RAID Engine
  • S.M.A.R.T.
  • TRIM & NCQ Command

Operating System Requirements

The 400S, 420S and 430S models support the following system requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Linux Kernel 2.6.31 or newer

Operating Temperature Range

The three M.2 2242 SSDs have the same operating temperature range, which is from 0°C (or 32°F) to 70°C (or 158°F).

Operating Voltage

The three solid state drives also use the same operating voltage at 3.3V ±5%.

Certificates

The 400S, 420S and 430S have received the following certifications:

  • BSMI
  • CE
  • FCC
  • KC
  • RCM

Warranty

The Transcend 400S M.2 Solid State Drive, Transcend 420S M.2 Solid State Drive and Transcend 430S M.2 Solid State Drive each comes with a 3-Year Limited Warranty.

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What’s the difference between the Team Group MP33 and MS30?

The MP33 and MS30 are two M.2 solid state drives from Team Group. You can check out this comparison guide to see what the major differences are between these Team Group products.

Quick Summary

When compared to the Team Group MS30, the Team Group MP33 is significantly faster at maximum sequential reading and maximum sequential writing.

The MP33 model also has better endurance than the MS30 model for all capacity with the exception of the 2 TB versions.

Moreover, the MP33 has better shock resistance and comes with a longer warranty.

The two solid state drives have the same operating system requirements, temperature ranges, humidity range and vibration resistance.

Team Group MP33 vs. Team Group MS30 Comparison Chart

You can check out Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the MP33 and MS30 below.

Team Group MP33 M.2 PCIe Solid State DriveTeam Group MS30 M.2 SATA Solid State Drive
Capacity Options128 GB

256 GB

512 GB

1 TB

2 TB
128 GB

256 GB

512 GB

1 TB

2 TB
Weight6 grams10 grams
Dimensions80.0 mm x 22.0 mm x 3.8 mm80.0 mm x 22.0 mm x 3.5 mm
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x4 with NVMe 1.3SATA III 6Gb/s
Maximum Sequential Read Speed128 GB MP33: Up to 1,500 MB per second

256 GB MP33: Up to 1,600 MB per second

512 GB MP33: Up to 1,700 MB per second

1 TB MP33: Up to 1,800 MB per second

2 TB MP33: Up to 1,800 MB per second
128 GB MS30: Up to 500 MB per second

256 GB MS30: Up to 500 MB per second

512 GB MS30: Up to 530 MB per second

1 TB MS30: Up to 530 MB per second

2 TB MS30: Up to 540 MB per second
Maximum Sequential Write Speed128 GB MP33: Up to 500 MB per second

256 GB MP33: Up to 1,000 MB per second

512 GB MP33: Up to 1,400 MB per second

1 TB MP33: Up to 1,500 MB per second

2 TB MP33: Up to 1,500 MB per second
128 GB MS30: Up to 300 MB per second

256 GB MS30: Up to 400 MB per second

512 GB MS30: Up to 430 MB per second

1 TB MS30: Up to 480 MB per second

2 TB MS30: Up to 500 MB per second
Endurance (TBW)128 GB MP33: 75 TBW

256 GB MP33: 150 TBW

512 GB MP33: 350 TBW

1 TB MP33: 600 TBW

2 TB MP33: 1000 TBW
128 GB MS30: 64 TBW

256 GB MS30: 128 TBW

512 GB MS30: 256 TBW

1 TB MS30: 512 TBW

2 TB MS30: 1024 TBW
Reliability (MTBF)1,500,000 hours1,500,000 hours
Operating System RequirementsWindows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 or Windows 7

Linux 2.6.33 or later
Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 or Windows 7

Linux 2.6.33 or later
VoltageDC +3.3 VDC +3.3 V
Operation Temperature Range0˚C to 70˚C0˚C to 70˚C
Storage Temperature Range-40˚C to 85˚C-40˚C to 85˚C
Operation Humidity Range90% RH under 40°C90% RH under 40°C
Vibration Resistance80 Hz to 2,000 Hz/20 G80 Hz to 2,000 Hz/20 G
Shock Resistance1,500 G, 0.5 m/sec500 G, 2 m/sec
Warranty5-year warranty3-year warranty
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Capacity Options

The Team Group MP33 and MS30 M.2 solid state drives offer the following capacity options:

  • 128 GB
  • 256 GB
  • 512 GB
  • 1 TB
  • 2 TB

Weight

The MS30 model is heavier when compared to the MP33 model.

You can take a look at the weight specifications below:

  • MP33: 6 grams
  • MS30: 10 grams

Dimensions

As for the dimensions The MP33 is a little bit thicker than the MS30. The two internal storage drives have the same length and width.

You can find the measurements below:

  • MP33: 80.0 mm x 22.0 mm x 3.8 mm
  • MS30: 80.0 mm x 22.0 mm x 3.5 mm

Interface

For the interface, the MP33 uses PCIe 3.0 x4 with NVMe 1.3 while the MS30 uses SATA III 6Gb/s.

Maximum Sequential Read Speed

The MP33 solid state drive is a lot faster than the MS30 at maximum sequential reading.

When you compare the same capacity options, the 128 GB MP33 is 1,000 MB per second faster, or 200% faster, than the 128 GB MS30.

The 256 GB MP33 is also 1,100 MB per second faster, or 220% faster, than the 256 GB MS30.

Furthermore, the 512 GB MP33 is 1,170 MB per second faster, 220.76% faster, than the 512 GB MS30.

The 1 TB MP33 is also 1,270 MB per second faster, or 239.62% faster, than the 1 TB MS30.

Last but not least, the 2 TB MP33 is 1,260 MB per second faster, or 233.33% faster, than the 2 TB MS30.

You can find the maximum sequential read speed specifications below:

  • 128 GB MP33: Up to 1,500 MB per second
  • 256 GB MP33: Up to 1,600 MB per second
  • 512 GB MP33: Up to 1,700 MB per second
  • 1 TB MP33: Up to 1,800 MB per second
  • 2 TB MP33: Up to 1,800 MB per second
  • 128 GB MS30: Up to 500 MB per second
  • 256 GB MS30: Up to 500 MB per second
  • 512 GB MS30: Up to 530 MB per second
  • 1 TB MS30: Up to 530 MB per second
  • 2 TB MS30: Up to 540 MB per second

Maximum Sequential Write Speed

The MP33 SSD is also much faster than the MS30 at maximum sequential writing.

The 128 GB MP33 is 200 MB per second faster, or 66.67% faster, than the 128 GB MP33.

The 256 GB MP33 is also 600 MB per second faster, or 150% faster, than the 256 GB MS30.

Moreover, the 512 GB MP33 is 970 MB per second faster, or 225.58% faster, than the 512 GB MS30.

The 1 TB MP33 is also 1,020 MB per second faster, or 212.5% faster, than the 1 TB MS30.

Lastly, the 2 TB MP33 is 1,000 MB per second faster, or 200% faster, than the 2 TB MS30.

You can check out the maximum sequential write speed specs below:

  • 128 GB MP33: Up to 500 MB per second
  • 256 GB MP33: Up to 1,000 MB per second
  • 512 GB MP33: Up to 1,400 MB per second
  • 1 TB MP33: Up to 1,500 MB per second
  • 2 TB MP33: Up to 1,500 MB per second
  • 128 GB MS30: Up to 300 MB per second
  • 256 GB MS30: Up to 400 MB per second
  • 512 GB MS30: Up to 430 MB per second
  • 1 TB MS30: Up to 480 MB per second
  • 2 TB MS30: Up to 500 MB per second

Endurance (TBW)

Endurance for the Team Group SSDs are measured as Terabytes Written, which indicates how much data can be written on a storage drive during its expected lifespan.

When you compare the same capacity options, you should be able to write more data with the MP33 than the MS30 at 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB.

With that said, the 2 TB MS30 does have better endurance than the 2 TB MP33.

You can find the endurance specs below:

  • 128 GB MP33: 75 TBW
  • 256 GB MP33: 150 TBW
  • 512 GB MP33: 350 TBW
  • 1 TB MP33: 600 TBW
  • 2 TB MP33: 1000 TBW
  • 128 GB MS30: 64 TBW
  • 256 GB MS30: 128 TBW
  • 512 GB MS30: 256 TBW
  • 1 TB MS30: 512 TBW
  • 2 TB MS30: 1024 TBW

Reliability (MTBF)

Reliability for a Team Group solid state drive is measured as Mean Time Between Failures, which indicates the amount of time that passes before an SSD ends up failing.

The two products in this comparisons guide have the same reliability rating of 1,500,000 hours.

Operating System Requirements

The MP33 and MS30 support the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 or Windows 7
  • Linux 2.6.33 or later

Voltage

When it comes to voltage, the Team Group MP33 and MS30 SSDs have a rating of DC +3.3 V.

Operation Temperature Range

You can use both of these storage drives within a temperature range of 0˚C to 70˚C.

Storage Temperature Range

When it comes to non-operation, you can store the MP33 and MS30 within a temperature range of -40˚C to 85˚C.

Operation Humidity Range

For humidity, you can use these SSDs within 90% RH under 40°C.

Vibration Resistance

Both the MP33 and MS30 models have a vibration resistance of 80 Hz to 2,000 Hz/20 G.

Shock Resistance

The MP33 does have a better shock protection when compared to the MS30.

You can find the shock resistance specs below:

  • MP33: 1,500 G, 0.5 m/sec
  • MS30: 500 G, 2 m/sec

Warranty

The Team Group MP33 M.2 PCIe Solid State Drive includes a 5-year warranty while the Team Group MS30 M.2 SATA Solid State Drive comes with a shorter 3-year limited warranty.

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What’s the difference between the Acer Predator GM7000 and Samsung 980 Pro?

The Predator GM7000 is one of Acer’s first solid state drives. You can check out this comparison guide to see how it compares to the Samsung 980 Pro.

Quick Summary

The Acer Predator GM7000 is faster than the Samsung 980 Pro at maximum sequential reading.

On the other hand, the 980 Pro is faster at maximum random reading.

When it comes maximum sequential writing, the Samsung 980 Pro is faster at the 500 GB/512 GB capacity while the Predator GM7000 is faster at the 1 TB and 2 TB capacities.

For maximum random writing, the 980 Pro is faster at the 500 GB/512 GB and 2 TB capacities. The 1 TB versions of both storage drives have the same top random write speeds.

As for endurance, the 2 TB Acer Predator GM7000 is expected to last longer than the Samsung 980 Pro. The endurance rating is the same for both SSDs at the 500 GB/512 GB and 2 TB capacities.

The Predator GM7000 does have a longer reliability rating than the 980 Pro, however.

Predator GM7000 vs. 980 Pro Comparison Chart

You can take a look at Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the GM7000 and 980 Pro below.

Acer Predator GM7000 Solid State DriveSamsung 980 Pro Solid State Drive
Capacity Options512 GB

1 TB

2 TB
250 GB

500 GB

1 TB

2 TB
Form FactorM.2 2280M.2 2280
InterfacePCIe Gen4 x4PCIe Gen4 x4
Heat SinkIncludedNot included
Maximum Sequential Read Speed512 GB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 7400 MB per second

1 TB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 7400 MB per second

2 TB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 7400 MB per second
250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 6400 MB per second

500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 6900 MB per second

1 TB 980 Samsung Pro: Up to 7000 MB per second

2 TB 980 Samsung Pro: Up to 7000 MB per second
Maximum Sequential Write Speed512 GB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 3400 MB per second

1 TB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 6400 MB per second

2 TB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 6700 MB per second
250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 2700 MB per second

500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5000 MB per second

1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5000 MB per second

2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5100 MB per second
Maximum Random Read Speed512 GB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 200K IOPS

1 TB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 400K IOPS

2 TB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 700K IOPS
250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 500K IOPS

500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 800K IOPS

1 TB 980 Samsung Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS

2 TB 980 Samsung Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS
Maximum Random Write Speed512 GB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 700K IOPS

1 TB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 1000K IOPS

2 TB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 700K IOPS
250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 600K IOPS

500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS

1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS

2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS
Endurance512 GB Acer Predator GM7000: 300 TBW

1 TB Acer Predator GM7000: 600 TBW

2 TB Acer Predator GM7000: 1300 TBW
250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: 150 TBW

500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: 300 TBW

1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: 600 TBW

2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: 1200 TBW
Reliability (MTBF)2,000,000 hours1,500,000 hours
Operating Temperature0 °C to 70 °C (or 32 °F to 158 °F)0 °C to 70 °C (or 32 °F to 158 °F)
Non-Operating Temperature-40 °C to 85 °C (or -40 °F to 185 °F)-40 °C to 85 °C (or -40 °F to 185 °F)
Warranty5 years5 years
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Capacity Options

You can check out the available capacities for both the Predator GM3500 and 980 Pro below:

Acer Predator GM3500:

  • 512 GB
  • 1 TB
  • 2 TB

Samsung 980 Pro:

  • 250 GB
  • 500 GB
  • 1 TB
  • 2 TB

Form Factor

When it comes to the form factor, the GM7000 and 980 Pro both utilize M.2 2280.

Interface

As for the interface, these Acer and Samsung SSDs use PCIe Gen4 x4.

Heat Sink

The GM7000 comes with an optional heatsink while the 980 Pro doesn’t.

Maximum Sequential Read Speed

When you compare the same or similar capacities, the 512 GB Acer Predator GM7000 is 500 MB per second faster, or 7.25% faster, than the 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro at maximum sequential reading.

The 1 TB and 2 TB versions of the Predator GM7000 are also 400 MB per second faster, or 5.71% faster, than the TB and 2 TB versions of the 980 Pro.

You can check out the maximum sequential read speed specifications below:

  • 512 GB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 7400 MB per second
  • 1 TB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 7400 MB per second
  • 2 TB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 7400 MB per second
  • 250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 6400 MB per second
  • 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 6900 MB per second
  • 1 TB 980 Samsung Pro: Up to 7000 MB per second
  • 2 TB 980 Samsung Pro: Up to 7000 MB per second

Maximum Sequential Write Speed

As for maximum sequential writing, the 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro is 1600 MB per second faster, or 47.06% faster, than the 512 GB Acer Predator GM7000.

On the other hand, the 1 TB Acer Predator GM7000 is 1400 MB per second faster, or 28% faster, than the 1 TB Samsung 980 Pro.

The 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro is also 1600 MB per second faster, or 31.37% faster, than the 2 TB Acer Predator GM7000.

You can take a look at the maximum sequential write speed specs below:

  • 512 GB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 3400 MB per second
  • 1 TB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 6400 MB per second
  • 2 TB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 6700 MB per second
  • 250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 2700 MB per second
  • 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5000 MB per second
  • 1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5000 MB per second
  • 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5100 MB per second

Maximum Random Read Speed

In regards to maximum random reading, the 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro is 600K IOPS faster, or 300% faster, than the 512 GB Acer Predator GM7000.

The 1 TB 980 Samsung Pro is also 600K IOPS faster, or 150% faster, than the 1 TB Acer Predator GM7000.

Finally, the 2 TB 980 Samsung Pro is 300K IOPS faster, or 42.86% faster, than the 2 TB Acer Predator GM7000.

You can find the maximum random read speeds below:

  • 512 GB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 200K IOPS
  • 1 TB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 400K IOPS
  • 2 TB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 700K IOPS
  • 250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 500K IOPS
  • 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 800K IOPS
  • 1 TB 980 Samsung Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS
  • 2 TB 980 Samsung Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS

Maximum Random Write Speed

When it comes to maximum random writing, the 500 GB and 2 TB capacities of the Samsung 980 Pro are 300K IOPS faster, or 42.86% faster, than the 512 GB and 2 TB capacities Acer Predator GM7000.

The 1 TB capacity for both of these solid state drives have the same top speeds in this category.

You can find the maximum random write speed specifications below:

  • 512 GB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 700K IOPS
  • 1 TB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 1000K IOPS
  • 2 TB Acer Predator GM7000: Up to 700K IOPS
  • 250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 600K IOPS
  • 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS
  • 1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS
  • 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS

Endurance

When you compare the same or similar capacity options, the 2 TB Acer Predator GM7000 has a better endurance rating than the 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro.

Otherwise, the two SSDs have the same Terabytes Written.

You can check out the TBW specs below:

  • 512 GB Acer Predator GM7000: 300 TBW
  • 1 TB Acer Predator GM7000: 600 TBW
  • 2 TB Acer Predator GM7000: 1300 TBW
  • 250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: 150 TBW
  • 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: 300 TBW
  • 1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: 600 TBW
  • 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: 1200 TBW

Reliability (MTBF)

The Acer Predator GM7000 has a 500,000 hours longer Mean Time Between Failures rating than the 980 Pro.

You can check out the reliability specs below:

  • Acer Predator GM7000: 2,000,000 hours
  • Samsung 980 Pro: 1,500,000 hours

Operating Temperature

The GM7000 and 980 Pro have the same operating temperature range of 0 °C to 70 °C (or 32 °F to 158 °F).

Non-Operating Temperature

These Acer and Samsung SSDs also have the same non-operating temperature range of -40 °C to 85 °C (or -40 °F to 185 °F).

Warranty

The Acer Predator GM7000 Solid State Drive and Samsung 980 Pro Solid State Drive each comes with a 5-year warranty.

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What’s the difference between the Rugged Mini, Secure and USB-C?

LaCie has three similar external hard disk drives. So, what are the main differences between the Mini, Secure and USB-C?

You can find out in this comparison guide for the LaCie portable HDDs.

Quick Summary

When compared to the Mini and USB-C models, the LaCie Rugged Secure is the only one to offer AES-256 hardware encryption.

The LaCie Rugged Secure and LaCie Rugged USB-C are also the only two external storage drives in this comparison to support USB Type-C ports right out of the box in addition to coming with 2 years’ worth of Rescue Data Recovery Services.

The three external HDDs have the same crush, drop and rain resistances.

So, if you want the most secured hard drive, then we recommend getting the LaCie Rugged Secure All-Terrain Encrypted Storage Drive. Otherwise, the LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Drive is the more affordable model if you are planning to connecting an external HDD to an USB Type-C port.

If you are only planning an USB Type-A port, then the LaCie Rugged Mini Mobile Drive is the most affordable of these three options.

Rugged Mini vs. Rugged Secure vs. Rugged USB-C Comparison Chart

You can take a look at Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the Rugged hard disk drives below.

LaCie Rugged Mini Mobile DriveLaCie Rugged Secure All-Terrain Encrypted Storage DriveLaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Drive
Capacity Option and Model Numbers1 TB: LAC301558

2 TB: LAC9000298

4 TB: LAC9000633

5 TB: STJJ5000400
2 TB: STFR20004031 TB: STFR1000800

2 TB: STFR2000800

4 TB: STFR4000800

5 TB: STFR5000800
What’s in the BoxLaCie Rugged Mini drive

USB 3.0 cable (USB 2.0 compatible)

Quick Install Guide
LaCie Rugged Secure drive

USB-C (USB 3.1 5Gb/s) cable

USB-C to USB-A cable

Quick Install Guide
LaCie Rugged USB-C drive

USB-C (USB 3.1 5Gb/s) cable

USB-C to USB-A cable

Quick Install Guide
Weight1 TB and 2 TB LaCie Rugged Mini Mobile Drive: 0.661 lb or 0.3 kg

4 TB and 5 TB LaCie Rugged Mini Mobile Drive: 0.881 lb or 0.4 kg
2 TB LaCie Rugged Secure All-Terrain Encrypted Storage Drive: 0.220 lb or 0.1 kg1 TB and 2 TB LaCiIe Rugged USB-C Portable Drive: 0.220 lb or 0.1 kg

4 TB and 5 TB LaCiIe Rugged USB-C Portable Drive: 0.881 lb or 0.4 kg
Dimensions1 TB and 2 TB LaCie Rugged Mini Mobile Drive:
Length: 5.310 in or 135.0 mm
Width: 3.385 in or 86.0 mm
Height: 0.748 in or 19.0 mm

4 TB and 5 TB LaCie Rugged Mini Mobile Drive:
Length: 5.310 in or 135.0 mm
Width: 3.385 in or 86.0 mm
Height: 1.023 in or 26.0 mm
2 TB LaCie Rugged Secure All-Terrain Encrypted Storage Drive:
Length: 5.319 in or 135.1 mm
Width: 3.386 in or 86.0 mm
Height: 0.736 in or 18.7 mm
1 TB and 2 TB LaCiIe Rugged USB-C Portable Drive:
Length: 5.318 in or 135.1 mm
Width: 3.385 in or 86.0 mm
Height: 0.736 in or 18.7 mm

4 TB and 5 TB LaCiIe Rugged USB-C Portable Drive:
Length: 5.318 in or 135.1 mm
Width: 3.385 in or 86.0 mm
Height: 1.024 in or 26.0 mm
System RequirementsUSB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port

Windows 7, Windows 8 or Mac OS X 10.5 and later

Minimum 600 MB recommended free disk space
USB-C, USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port

Windows 7 and later

Mac OS X 10.10 and later

Minimum 600 MB recommended free disk space
USB-C, USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port

Windows 7 and later or Mac OS X 10.9 and later

Minimum 600 MB recommended free disk space
Transfer SpeedsUp to 130 MB per secondUp to 130 MB per secondUp to 130 MB per second
Hardware EncryptionNot supportedAES-256Not supported
Rescue Data Recovery ServicesNot included2 years2 years
SoftwareLaCie Toolkit Software SuiteLaCie Toolkit Software SuiteLaCie Toolkit Software Suite
Resistances4-ft (or 1.2m) Drop Resistance

1-Ton Car Crush Resistance

Rain Resistance
4-ft (or 1.2m) Drop Resistance

1-Ton Car Crush Resistance

Rain Resistance
4-ft (or 1.2m) Drop Resistance

1-Ton Car Crush Resistance

Rain Resistance
Warranty2-year limited warranty2-year limited warranty2-year limited warranty
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Capacity Option and Model Numbers

You can check out the capacity options, as well as the model numbers, below:

LaCie Rugged Mini Mobile Drive:

  • 1 TB: LAC301558
  • 2 TB: LAC9000298
  • 4 TB: LAC9000633
  • 5 TB: STJJ5000400

LaCie Rugged Secure All-Terrain Encrypted Storage Drive:

  • 2 TB: STFR2000403

LaCiIe Rugged USB-C Portable Drive:

  • 1 TB: STFR1000800
  • 2 TB: STFR2000800
  • 4 TB: STFR4000800
  • 5 TB: STFR5000800

What’s in the Box

You can also check out the content included inside each box for all three products below:

LaCie Rugged Mini:

  • LaCie Rugged Mini drive
  • USB 3.0 cable (USB 2.0 compatible)
  • Quick Install Guide

LaCie Rugged Secure:

  • LaCie Rugged Secure drive
  • USB-C (USB 3.1 5Gb/s) cable
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • Quick Install Guide

LaCie Rugged USB-C:

  • LaCie Rugged USB-C drive
  • USB-C (USB 3.1 5Gb/s) cable
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • Quick Install Guide

Weight

When it comes to weight, the LaCie Rugged Secure and LaCiIe Rugged USB-C are lighter than the LaCie Rugged Mini at 1 TB and 2 TB capacities.

The LaCie Rugged Mini and LaCiIe Rugged USB-C weigh the same at 4 TB and 5 TB capacities.

You can take a look at the weight specifications below:

  • 1 TB and 2 TB LaCie Rugged Mini Mobile Drive: 0.661 lb or 0.3 kg
  • 4 TB and 5 TB LaCie Rugged Mini Mobile Drive: 0.881 lb or 0.4 kg
  • 2 TB LaCie Rugged Secure All-Terrain Encrypted Storage Drive: 0.220 lb or 0.1 kg
  • 1 TB and 2 TB LaCiIe Rugged USB-C Portable Drive: 0.220 lb or 0.1 kg
  • 4 TB and 5 TB LaCiIe Rugged USB-C Portable Drive: 0.881 lb or 0.4 kg

Dimensions

The three external storage drives in this versus showdown are pretty close in terms of physical size when you compare the same capacity options.

You can find the measurements below:

1 TB and 2 TB LaCie Rugged Mini Mobile Drive:

  • Length: 5.310 in or 135.0 mm
  • Width: 3.385 in or 86.0 mm
  • Height: 0.748 in or 19.0 mm

4 TB and 5 TB LaCie Rugged Mini Mobile Drive:

  • Length: 5.310 in or 135.0 mm
  • Width: 3.385 in or 86.0 mm
  • Height: 1.023 in or 26.0 mm

2 TB LaCie Rugged Secure All-Terrain Encrypted Storage Drive:

  • Length: 5.319 in or 135.1 mm
  • Width: 3.386 in or 86.0 mm
  • Height: 0.736 in or 18.7 mm

1 TB and 2 TB LaCiIe Rugged USB-C Portable Drive:

  • Length: 5.318 in or 135.1 mm
  • Width: 3.385 in or 86.0 mm
  • Height: 0.736 in or 18.7 mm

4 TB and 5 TB LaCiIe Rugged USB-C Portable Drive:

  • Length: 5.318 in or 135.1 mm
  • Width: 3.385 in or 86.0 mm
  • Height: 1.024 in or 26.0 mm

System Requirements

You can find the system requirements for each of the three portable HDDs below:

LaCie Rugged Mini Mobile Drive:

  • USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port
  • Windows 7, Windows 8 or Mac OS X 10.5 and later
  • Minimum 600 MB recommended free disk space

LaCie Rugged Secure All-Terrain Encrypted Storage Drive:

  • USB-C, USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port
  • Windows 7 and later
  • Mac OS X 10.10 and later
  • Minimum 600 MB recommended free disk space

LaCiIe Rugged USB-C Portable Drive:

  • USB-C, USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port
  • Windows 7 and later or Mac OS X 10.9 and later
  • Minimum 600 MB recommended free disk space

Transfer Speeds

In terms of transfer speeds, the Mini, Secure and USB-C models all have a maximum speed of up to 130 MB per second.

Hardware Encryption

The LaCie Rugged Secure All-Terrain Encrypted Storage Drive is the only product of the three to support hardware encryption as it uses AES-256 to keep data stored on the hard disk drive secured.

Rescue Data Recovery Services

The LaCie Rugged Secure All-Terrain Encrypted Storage Drive and LaCiIe Rugged USB-C Portable Drive are the only two products in this comparison guide to come with Lacie Rescue Data Recovery Services as the coverage will last for 2 years.

Software

All three of the external storage drives are compatible with the LaCie Toolkit Software Suite, a software you can use to perform backups and other functions.

Resistances

The Mini, Secure and USB-C offer the following resistances:

  • 4-ft (or 1.2m) Drop Resistance
  • 1-Ton Car Crush Resistance
  • Rain Resistance

Warranty

The LaCie Rugged Mini Mobile Drive, LaCie Rugged Secure All-Terrain Encrypted Storage Drive and LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Drive each comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

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What’s the difference between the P5 Plus and 970 EVO Plus?

The P5 Plus is a new M.2 solid state drive from Crucial. You can check out this comparison guide at Seeking Tech to see how it stacks up against the Samsung 970 EVO Plus.

Quick Summary

Being a PCIe Gen 4.0 solid state drive, the Crucial P5 Plus is substantially faster than the Samsung 970 EVO Plus, which uses PCIe Gen 3.0, at maximum sequential reading and maximum sequential writing.

So, if your computer is compatible with PCIe Gen 4.0, then we recommend picking up the P5 Plus over the 970 EVO Plus.

When it comes to reliability, the Crucial P5 Plus is expected to last longer than the Samsung 970 EVO Plus. With that said, the 970 EVO Plus is the only one out of these SSDs that can be repaired.

Both products have the same endurance and warranty coverage.

P5 Plus vs. 970 EVO Plus Comparison Chart

You can check out Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the P5 Plus and 970 EVO Plus below.

Crucial P5 PlusSamsung 970 EVO Plus
Capacity Options500 GB

1 TB

2 TB
250 GB

500 GB

1 TB

2 TB
Model Numbers500 GB Crucial P5 Plus: CT500P5PSSD8

1 TB Crucial P5 Plus: CT1000P5PSSD8

2 TB Crucial P5 Plus: CT2000P5PSSD8
250 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: MZ-V7S250B

500 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: MZ-V7S500B

1 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: MZ-V7S1T0B

2 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: MZ-V7S2T0B
Form FactorM.2 2280M.2 2280
Memory Components3D NANDSamsung V-NAND 3-bit MLC
InterfacePCIe 4.0PCIe 3.0
Maximum Sequential Read Speed500 GB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 6600 MB per second

1 TB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 6600 MB per second

2 TB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 6600 MB per second
250 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: Up to 3500 MB per second

500 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: Up to 3500 MB per second

1 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: Up to 3500 MB per second

2 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: Up to 3500 MB per second
Maximum Sequential Write Speed500 GB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 3600 MB per second

1 TB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 5000 MB per second

2 TB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 5000 MB per second
250 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: Up to 2300 MB per second

500 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: Up to 3200 MB per second

1 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: Up to 3300 MB per second

2 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: Up to 3300 MB per second
Endurance500 GB Crucial P5 Plus: 300 TBW

1 TB Crucial P5 Plus: 600 TBW

2 TB Crucial P5 Plus: 1200 TBW
250 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: 150 TBW

500 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: 300 TBW

1 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: 600 TBW

2 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: 1200 TBW
Reliability2,000,000 hours MTTF1,500,000 hours MTBF
Warranty5-year warranty5-year warranty
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Capacity Options

When it comes to available capacities, the 970 EVO Plus is the only product in this comparison to offer a 250 GB.

You can check out all the available options for these two internal SSDs below:

Crucial P5 Plus:

  • 500 GB
  • 1 TB
  • 2 TB

Samsung 970 EVO Plus:

  • 250 GB
  • 500 GB
  • 1 TB
  • 2 TB

Model Numbers

You can also find the model numbers tied to each of the aforementioned capacities below:

  • 500 GB Crucial P5 Plus: CT500P5PSSD8
  • 1 TB Crucial P5 Plus: CT1000P5PSSD8
  • 2 TB Crucial P5 Plus: CT2000P5PSSD8
  • 250 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: MZ-V7S250B
  • 500 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: MZ-V7S500B
  • 1 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: MZ-V7S1T0B
  • 2 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: MZ-V7S2T0B

Form Factor

The Crucial P5 Plus and Samsung 970 EVO Plus are both M.2 2280 solid state drives.

Memory Components

As for the memory components, the P5 Plus uses 3D NAND while the 970 EVO Plus uses Samsung V-NAND 3-bit MLC.

Interface

When it comes to the interface, the P5 Plus utilizes PCIe Gen 4.0 while the 970 EVO Plus utilizes PCIe Gen 3.0.

Maximum Sequential Read Speed

The Crucial P5 Plus is 3100 MB per second faster, or 88.57% faster, than the Samsung 970 EVO Plus at maximum sequential reading.

You can find a breakdown of the sequential read speed specifications for every capacity option of both products below:

  • 500 GB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 6600 MB per second
  • 1 TB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 6600 MB per second
  • 2 TB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 6600 MB per second
  • 250 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: Up to 3500 MB per second
  • 500 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: Up to 3500 MB per second
  • 1 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: Up to 3500 MB per second
  • 2 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: Up to 3500 MB per second

Maximum Sequential Write Speed

When you compare the same capacities, the 500 GB Crucial P5 Plus is 400 MB per second faster, or 12.5% faster, than the 500 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus at maximum sequential writing.

Moreover, the 1 TB and 2 TB versions of the Crucial P5 Plus are 1700 MB per second faster, or 51.52% faster, than the 1 TB and 2 TB versions of the Samsung 970 EVO Plus.

You can check out the maximum sequential write speed specs below:

  • 500 GB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 3600 MB per second
  • 1 TB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 5000 MB per second
  • 2 TB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 5000 MB per second
  • 250 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: Up to 2300 MB per second
  • 500 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: Up to 3200 MB per second
  • 1 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: Up to 3300 MB per second
  • 2 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: Up to 3300 MB per second

PlayStation 5 Compatibility

The Crucial P5 Plus meets the interface and reading speed requirements to be compatible with the PlayStation 5. However, you will need to get a heatsink for the SSD.

The 970 EVO Plus is not compatible with the PS5.

Endurance

When you compare the same capacities, the P5 Plus and 970 EVO Plus have the same rated endurance.

You can find the Terabytes Written (TBW) specs below:

  • 500 GB Crucial P5 Plus: 300 TBW
  • 1 TB Crucial P5 Plus: 600 TBW
  • 2 TB Crucial P5 Plus: 1200 TBW
  • 250 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: 150 TBW
  • 500 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: 300 TBW
  • 1 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: 600 TBW
  • 2 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus: 1200 TBW

Reliability

As for reliability, although the Crucial P5 Plus is expected to last longer, it is not repairable like the 970 EVO Plus.

You can find the rated reliability for both storage drives below:

  • Crucial P5 Plus: 2,000,000 hours Mean Time to Failure
  • Samsung 970 EVO Plus: 1,500,000 hours Mean Time Between Failures

Warranty

A 5-year warranty is included in both the Crucial P5 Plus Solid State Drive and Samsung 970 EVO Plus Solid State Drive.

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What’s the difference between the 512GB, 1TB and 2TB Xbox Series X|S Storage Expansion Cards?

Seagate recently released the 512 GB and 2 TB capacities of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Storage Expansion Cards. So, how do these compare to the original 1 TB capacity?

You can find out in this comparison guide between these external solid state drives on Seeking Tech.

Quick Summary

Although the most expensive, the 2 TB Seagate Xbox Series X|S Storage Expansion Card offers the best value in terms of dollar spent per capacity while the 1 TB version offers the second-best value.

While the most affordable, the 512 GB capacity offers the worst value out of this group as you will get more bang for your buck with the bigger capacity versions.

The three expansion cards are identical in terms of speed, compatibility, features and warranty length.

512GB vs. 1TB vs. 2TB Xbox Series X and S Storage Expansion Cards Comparison Chart

You can take a look at Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the 512 GB, 1TB and 2 TB versions of the Seagate Xbox Series X|S Storage Expansion Card below.

512GB Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S1TB Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S2TB Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S
DimensionsLength: 0.307 in or 7.8 mm

Width: 1.244 in or 31.6 mm

Height: 2.084 in or 52.9 5mm
Length: 0.307 in or 7.8 mm

Width: 1.244 in or 31.6 mm

Height: 2.084 in or 52.9 5mm
Length: 0.307 in or 7.8 mm

Width: 1.244 in or 31.6 mm

Height: 2.084 in or 52.9 5mm
Weight0.066 lb. or 0.03 kg0.066 lb. or 0.03 kg0.066 lb. or 0.03 kg
Compatible ConsolesXbox Series X

Xbox Series S
Xbox Series X

Xbox Series S
Xbox Series X

Xbox Series S
Flash MemoryCustom PCIe Gen4x2 NVMeCustom PCIe Gen4x2 NVMeCustom PCIe Gen4x2 NVMe
Storable GamesXbox Series X and S games

Backwards compatible Xbox One games

Backwards compatible Xbox 360 games

Backwards compatible Xbox games
Xbox Series X and S games

Backwards compatible Xbox One games

Backwards compatible Xbox 360 games

Backwards compatible Xbox games
Xbox Series X and S games

Backwards compatible Xbox One games

Backwards compatible Xbox 360 games

Backwards compatible Xbox games
Playable GamesXbox Series X and S games

Backwards compatible Xbox One games

Backwards compatible Xbox 360 games

Backwards compatible Xbox games
Xbox Series X and S games

Backwards compatible Xbox One games

Backwards compatible Xbox 360 games

Backwards compatible Xbox games
Xbox Series X and S games

Backwards compatible Xbox One games

Backwards compatible Xbox 360 games

Backwards compatible Xbox games
Xbox Velocity ArchitectureSupportedSupportedSupported
Quick ResumeSupportedSupportedSupported
Rescue Data Recovery Services3 years3 years3 years
Limited Warranty3 years3 years3 years

Dimensions

The three SSD cards are identical when it comes to physical size.

You can find the length, width and height measurements below:

  • Length: 0.307 in or 7.8 mm
  • Width: 1.244 in or 31.6 mm
  • Height: 2.084 in or 52.9 5mm

Weight

The expansion solid state drives should weigh around the same as well at 0.066 lb. or 0.03 kg.

Compatible Consoles

These Seagate Expansion SSD Cards are only compatible with the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X consoles.

Flash Memory

When it comes to the flash memory these solid state drives use a custom PCIe Gen4x2 NVMe.

Capacity Options

The 2 TB version of the Seagate Xbox Series X|S Storage Expansion Card should be able to hold around twice as many games as the 1 TB version as well as around four times as many games than the 512 GB version.

So, while the 2 TB is the most expensive, you get more value out of it than the other two in terms of the amount of capacity you get per dollar spent.

The 1 TB version offers the second-best value.

While the 512 GB is the most affordable out of the three, it also offers the worst value in terms of capacity per dollar spent.

Storable Games

With all three capacities of the Seagate Xbox Series X|S Storage Expansion Card, you should be able to store Xbox Series X video games, Xbox Series S video games, backwards compatible Xbox video games, backwards compatible Xbox 360 video games and backwards compatible Xbox One video games.

Playable Games

You can also play Xbox Series X games, Xbox Series S games, backwards compatible Xbox games, backwards compatible Xbox 360 games and backwards compatible Xbox One games directly from all three capacities of the Seagate Storage Expansion Card.

Xbox Velocity Architecture

The 512 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB versions all use the Xbox Velocity Architecture as these solid state drives have a raw I/O throughput of 2.4 GB per second.

This means that you should get the same gameplay experience with these expansions cards as you would when you play a game directly from the internal SSD of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

Quick Resume

All three of these capacity options support Quick Resume, which allows you to start off exactly where you left off in compatible games when you switch to playing else and then switch back.

Rescue Data Recovery Services

These products come with 3 years’ worth of Seagate’s Rescue Data Recovery Services.

With this service, you will be able to recover data that have been corrupted or damaged on these SSD expansion cards.

Limited Warranty

A 3-year warranty is included with the Seagate 512 GB Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S, Seagate 1 TB Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S and Seagate 2 TB Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S.

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What’s the difference between the WD_BLACK D10 and WD_BLACK P10?

Western Digital has two similar hard disk drives made for gaming. So, what are the main differences between the WD_BLACK D10 and WD_BLACK P10?

You can find out in this comparison guide between the two external HDDs.

Quick Summary

The WD_BLACK D10 Game Drive is a lot faster than the WD_BLACK P10 at maximum sequential reading. Furthermore, the D10 offers bigger capacities in addition to being the only one of the two products to come with USB Type-A charging ports.

So, if you want the best speeds and/or most storage space, then the WD_BLACK D10 Game Drive is the best out of these options.

On the other hand, the WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive is smaller and lighter. It also doesn’t need to be plugged into a power outlet like the D10. So, if you don’t mind sacrificing speed for portability, then the P10 may be the better option.

WD_BLACK D10 vs. WD_BLACK P10 Comparison Chart

You can take a look at Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the WD_BLACK D10 and WD_BLACK P10 below.

Western Digital WD_BLACK D10 Game DriveWestern Digital WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive
Capacity Options8 TB

12 TB
1 TB

2 TB

3 TB

4 TB

5 TB
Xbox Edition?YesYes
Model Numbers8 TB WD_BLACK D10 Game Drive: WDBA3P0080HBK

12 TB WD_BLACK D10 Game Drive for Xbox: WDBA5E0120HBK
2 TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive: WDBA2W0020BBK-WESN

4 TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive: WDBA3A0040BBK-WESN

5 TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive: WDBA3A0050BBK-WESN

1 TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive for Xbox: WDBA6U0010BBK-WESN

2 TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive for Xbox: WDBA6U0020BBK-WESN

3 TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive for Xbox: WDBA5G0030BBK-WESN

4 TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive for Xbox: WDBA5G0040BBK-WESN

5 TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive for Xbox: WDBA5G0050BBK-WESN
What’s in the BoxWestern Digital WD_BLACK D10 Game Drive HDD

USB Type-A to Micro-B Cable

AC Adapter and Plug

Quick Install Guide
Western Digital WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive

USB Type-A to Micro-B Cable

Quick Install Guide
Dimensions8 TB WD_BLACK D10: 195.00 mm x 125.00 mm x 44.00 mm (or 7.68 in x 4.92 in x 1.73 in)

12 TB WD_BLACK D10 for Xbox: 195.00 mm x 125.00 mm x 44.00 mm (or 7.68 in x 4.92 in x 1.73 in)
2 TB WD_BLACK P10: 118 mm x 88 mm x 12.8 mm (or 4.65 in x 3.46 in x 0.50 in)

4 TB WD_BLACK P10: 118 mm x 88 mm x 20.8 mm (or 4.65 in x 3.46 in x 0.82 in)

5 TB WD_BLACK P10: 118 mm x 88 mm x 20.8 mm (or 4.65 in x 3.46 in x 0.82 in)

1 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 118 mm x 88 mm x 12.8 mm (or 4.65 in x 3.46 in x 0.50 in)

2 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 118 mm x 88 mm x 12.8 mm (or 4.65 in x 3.46 in x 0.50 in)

3 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 118 mm x 88 mm x 20.8 mm (or 4.65 in x 3.46 in x 0.82 in)

4 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 118 mm x 88 mm x 20.8 mm (or 4.65 in x 3.46 in x 0.82 in)

5 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 118 mm x 88 mm x 20.8 mm (or 4.65 in x 3.46 in x 0.82 in)
Weight8 TB WD_BLACK D10: 2.16 lbs.

12 TB WD_BLACK D10 for Xbox: 2.16 lbs.
2 TB WD_BLACK P10: 0.31 lb.

4 TB WD_BLACK P10: 0.52 lb.

5 TB WD_BLACK P10: 0.52 lb.

1 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 0.31 lb.

2 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 0.31 lb.

3 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 0.52 lb.

4 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 0.52 lb.

5 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 0.52 lb.
Charging Ports2x 7.5W USB Type-A charging portsNone
InterfaceUSB 3.2 Gen 1USB 3.2 Gen 1
Device CompatiblyPlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 Pro

PlayStation 5

Xbox One

Xbox One S

Xbox One X

Xbox Series S

Xbox Series X

Windows 8.1

Windows 10

Mac OS 10.11+
PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 Pro

PlayStation 5

Xbox One

Xbox One S

Xbox One X

Xbox Series S

Xbox Series X

Windows 8.1

Windows 10

Mac OS 10.11+
Maximum Sequential Read Speed8 TB WD_BLACK D10: Up to 250 MB per second

12 TB WD_BLACK D10 for Xbox: Up to 250 MB per second
2 TB WD_BLACK P10: Up to 140 MB per second

4 TB WD_BLACK P10: Up to 140 MB per second

5 TB WD_BLACK P10: Up to 140 MB per second

1 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: Up to 130 MB per second

2 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: Up to 130 MB per second

3 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: Up to 130 MB per second

4 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: Up to 130 MB per second

5 TB WD_BLACK P10 or Xbox: Up to 130 MB per second
Operating Temperature Range5°C to 35°C5°C to 35°C
Storage Temperature Range-20°C to 65°C-20°C to 65°C
Warranty3-year limited warranty3-year limited warranty
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Capacity Options

The WD_BLACK D10 offers bigger capacity options when compared to the WD_BLACK P10. As a result, you will be able to store a lot more games with the D10.

You can check out the available capacities below:

WD_BLACK D10:

  • 8 TB
  • 12 TB

WD_BLACK P10:

  • 1 TB
  • 2 TB
  • 3 TB
  • 4 TB
  • 5 TB

Xbox Edition

In addition to a regular edition, there is also an Xbox edition for these external hard disk drives.

Along with the Xbox branding, these versions also come with a 1-month trial offer for the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. This offer is only for new Xbox Game Pass members, however.

Model Numbers

You can also find the model number for each of the available capacity for both products below:

  • 8 TB WD_BLACK D10 Game Drive: WDBA3P0080HBK
  • 12 TB WD_BLACK D10 Game Drive for Xbox: WDBA5E0120HBK
  • 2 TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive: WDBA2W0020BBK-WESN
  • 4 TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive: WDBA3A0040BBK-WESN
  • 5 TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive: WDBA3A0050BBK-WESN
  • 1 TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive for Xbox: WDBA6U0010BBK-WESN
  • 2 TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive for Xbox: WDBA6U0020BBK-WESN
  • 3 TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive for Xbox: WDBA5G0030BBK-WESN
  • 4 TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive for Xbox: WDBA5G0040BBK-WESN
  • 5 TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive for Xbox: WDBA5G0050BBK-WESN

What’s in the Box

The D10 needs to be plugged into a separate power outlet, as it comes with an AC adapter and plug, while the P10 doesn’t.

You can take a look at the content included inside each box for these gaming hard drives below:

WD_BLACK D10:

  • Western Digital WD_BLACK D10 Game Drive HDD
  • USB Type-A to Micro-B Cable
  • AC Adapter and Plug
  • Quick Install Guide

WD_BLACK P10:

  • Western Digital WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive
  • USB Type-A to Micro-B Cable
  • Quick Install Guide

Dimensions

The D10 is all around bigger than the P10.

You can find the measurements, which is displayed as Length x Width x Thickness, below:

  • 8 TB WD_BLACK D10: 195.00 mm x 125.00 mm x 44.00 mm (or 7.68 in x 4.92 in x 1.73 in)
  • 12 TB WD_BLACK D10 for Xbox: 195.00 mm x 125.00 mm x 44.00 mm (or 7.68 in x 4.92 in x 1.73 in)
  • 2 TB WD_BLACK P10: 118 mm x 88 mm x 12.8 mm (or 4.65 in x 3.46 in x 0.50 in)
  • 4 TB WD_BLACK P10: 118 mm x 88 mm x 20.8 mm (or 4.65 in x 3.46 in x 0.82 in)
  • 5 TB WD_BLACK P10: 118 mm x 88 mm x 20.8 mm (or 4.65 in x 3.46 in x 0.82 in)
  • 1 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 118 mm x 88 mm x 12.8 mm (or 4.65 in x 3.46 in x 0.50 in)
  • 2 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 118 mm x 88 mm x 12.8 mm (or 4.65 in x 3.46 in x 0.50 in)
  • 3 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 118 mm x 88 mm x 20.8 mm (or 4.65 in x 3.46 in x 0.82 in)
  • 4 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 118 mm x 88 mm x 20.8 mm (or 4.65 in x 3.46 in x 0.82 in)
  • 5 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 118 mm x 88 mm x 20.8 mm (or 4.65 in x 3.46 in x 0.82 in)

Weight

The WD_BLACK D10 also weighs a lot more than the WD_BLACK P10.

You can check out the weight specifications below:

  • 8 TB WD_BLACK D10: 2.16 lbs.
  • 12 TB WD_BLACK D10 for Xbox: 2.16 lbs.
  • 2 TB WD_BLACK P10: 0.31 lb.
  • 4 TB WD_BLACK P10: 0.52 lb.
  • 5 TB WD_BLACK P10: 0.52 lb.
  • 1 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 0.31 lb.
  • 2 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 0.31 lb.
  • 3 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 0.52 lb.
  • 4 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 0.52 lb.
  • 5 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: 0.52 lb.

Charging Ports

The WD_BLACK D10 is the only one to come with two 7.5W USB Type-A charging ports that you can use to recharge various devices.

Interface

When it comes to the interface, both of these external storage drives use USB 3.2 Gen 1, which will provide transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps.

Device Compatibly

The WD_BLACK D10 and WD_BLACK P10 are compatible with the following devices:

  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 4 Pro
  • PlayStation 5
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox One S
  • Xbox One X
  • Xbox Series S
  • Xbox Series X
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Mac OS 10.11+

Maximum Sequential Read Speed

The WD_BLACK D10 is 110 MB per second faster, or 78.57% faster, than the WD_BLACK P10 at maximum sequential reading.

The D10 is also 120 MB per second faster, or 92.31% faster, than the WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox.

You can check out the maximum sequential read speeds below:

  • 8 TB WD_BLACK D10: Up to 250 MB per second
  • 12 TB WD_BLACK D10 for Xbox: Up to 250 MB per second
  • 2 TB WD_BLACK P10: Up to 140 MB per second
  • 4 TB WD_BLACK P10: Up to 140 MB per second
  • 5 TB WD_BLACK P10: Up to 140 MB per second
  • 1 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: Up to 130 MB per second
  • 2 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: Up to 130 MB per second
  • 3 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: Up to 130 MB per second
  • 4 TB WD_BLACK P10 for Xbox: Up to 130 MB per second
  • 5 TB WD_BLACK P10 or Xbox: Up to 130 MB per second

Operating Temperature Range

The WD_BLACK D10 and WD_BLACK P10 have the same operating temperature range, which is from 5°C to 35°C.

Storage Temperature Range

These two gaming HDDs also have the same storage temperature range, which is from -20°C to 65°C.

Warranty

The Western Digital WD_BLACK D10 Game Drive and Western Digital WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive each comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

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What’s the difference between the Garmin DriveSmart 65 and 66?

In 2021, Garmin released the DriveSmart 66. So, how does this GPS navigator for your car compare to the older DriveSmart 65?

You can find out in this comparison guide between these devices.

Quick Summary

When compared to the Garmin DriveSmart 65, the newer Garmin DriveSmart 66 has a smaller but higher resolution screen. The DriveSmart 66 is also the only one out of these two to come with preloaded maps in addition to giving you the option to add more maps.

The only other difference is that all versions of the Garmin DriveSmart 66 come with Amazon Alexa included. With the Garmin DriveSmart 65, you can choose between the cheaper non-Alexa version or the more expensive Alexa version.

DriveSmart 65 vs DriveSmart 66 Comparison Chart

You can check out Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the DriveSmart 65 and 66 car navigators below.

Garmin DriveSmart 65 GPS NavigatorGarmin DriveSmart 66 GPS Navigator with AlexaGarmin DriveSmart 66 GPS Navigator
What’s in the BoxGarmin DriveSmart 65 GPS Navigator

Vehicle suction cup mount

Traffic receiver

Vehicle power cable

USB cable

Documentation
Garmin DriveSmart 65 GPS Navigator with Amazon Alexa

Vehicle suction cup mount

Traffic receiver

Vehicle power cable

USB cable

Documentation
Garmin DriveSmart 66 GPS Navigator

Vehicle suction cup mount

Traffic receiver

Vehicle power cable

Documentation
Weight8.45 oz (or 239.6 g)8.45 oz (or 239.6 g)6.17 oz (or 175 g)
Dimensions6.8” Width x 3.9” Height x 0.7” Depth6.8” Width x 3.9” Height x 0.7” Depth6.0” Width x 3.4” Height x 0.7” Depth
Screen Size6.95" Diagonal

6.0" Width x 3.5" Height
6.95" Diagonal

6.0" Width x 3.5" Height
6" Diagonal

5.7" Width x 3.2" Height
Screen Resolution1024 x 600 pixels1024 x 600 pixels1280 x 720 pixels
Screen FeaturesGlass

Multi-touch

WSVGA color TFT with white backlight
Glass

Multi-touch

WSVGA color TFT with white backlight
Glass

Multi-touch

HD color TFT with backlight
Storage Features16 GB internal storage

microSD card slot expansion
16 GB internal storage

microSD card slot expansion
16 GB internal storage

microSD card slot expansion
Smartphone RequirementsAndroid or iOS

Bluetooth connection
Android or iOS

Bluetooth connection
Android or iOS

Bluetooth connection

Cellular data connection
Alexa FeaturesNoneAlexa Skills

Infotainment

Music

News

Smart Home

Time Management
Alexa Skills

Infotainment

Music

News

Smart Home

Time Management
Map Features3D buildings

3D terrain

Map updates
3D buildings

3D terrain

Map updates
3D buildings

3D terrain

Add new maps

Map updates

Preloaded street maps
Navigation FeaturesBluetooth calling

Driver alerts

Foursquare points of interest

Garmin Real Directions landmark guidance

Route shaping through preferred cities and streets

Lane assists with junction signs

Speed limit indicator

Traffic

TripAdvisor Traveler Ratings

Voice-activated navigation
Bluetooth calling

Driver alerts

Foursquare points of interest

Garmin Real Directions landmark guidance

Route shaping through preferred cities and streets

Lane assists with junction signs

Speed limit indicator

Traffic

TripAdvisor Traveler Ratings

Voice-activated navigation
Bluetooth calling

Driver alerts

Foursquare points of interest

Garmin Real Directions landmark guidance

Route shaping through preferred cities and streets

Lane assists with junction signs

Speed limit indicator

Traffic

TripAdvisor Traveler Ratings

Voice-activated navigation
Advanced FeaturesApp live services

Smart notifications via app

Wi-Fi map updates

Wi-Fi software updates
App live services

Smart notifications via app

Wi-Fi map updates

Wi-Fi software updates
App live services

Smart notifications via app

Wi-Fi map updates

Wi-Fi software updates
Compatible CamerasGarmin BC 30 Wireless Backup Camera

Garmin BC 40 Wireless Backup Camera
Garmin BC 30 Wireless Backup Camera

Garmin BC 40 Wireless Backup Camera
Garmin BC 30 Wireless Backup Camera

Garmin BC 40 Wireless Backup Camera
Battery TypeRechargeable lithium-ion batteryRechargeable lithium-ion batteryRechargeable lithium-ion battery
Battery LifeUp to 1 hourUp to 1 hourUp to 1 hour
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What’s in the Box

There are two versions available for the Garmin DriveSmart 65 as you can pick between the cheaper standalone version or the more expensive version that supports Amazon Alexa.

You can check out what’s included inside each new retail box for the DriveSmart 65 and DriveSmart 66 below:

Garmin DriveSmart 65:

Garmin DriveSmart 65 GPS Navigator

  • Vehicle suction cup mount
  • Traffic receiver
  • Vehicle power cable
  • USB cable
  • Documentation

Garmin DriveSmart 65 Alexa Edition:

  • Garmin DriveSmart 65 GPS Navigator with Amazon Alexa
  • Vehicle suction cup mount
  • Traffic receiver
  • Vehicle power cable
  • USB cable
  • Documentation

Garmin DriveSmart 66:

  • Garmin DriveSmart 66 GPS Navigator
  • Vehicle suction cup mount
  • Traffic receiver
  • Vehicle power cable
  • Documentation

Weight

The older 65 model of the DriveSmart is heavier than the newer release.

You can find the weight specifications below:

  • DriveSmart 65: 8.45 oz (or 239.6 g)
  • DriveSmart 66: 6.17 oz (or 175 g)

Dimensions

The DriveSmart 65 is also wider in width and taller in height than the DriveSmart 66.

You can take a look at the full measurements below:

  • DriveSmart 65: 6.8” Width x 3.9” Height x 0.7” Depth
  • DriveSmart 66: 6.0” Width x 3.4” Height x 0.7” Depth

Screen Size

When it comes to the screen size, the DriveSmart 65 offers a bigger display when compared to the competition:

DriveSmart 65:

  • 6.95″ Diagonal
  • 6.0″ Width x 3.5″ Height

DriveSmart 66:

  • 6″ Diagonal
  • 5.7″ Width x 3.2″ Height

Screen Resolution

On the other hand, the 66 version of DriveSmart has a higher resolution screen, which means that texts and images should look sharper with the newer model.

You can check out the pixel count for both screens below:

  • DriveSmart 65: 1024 x 600 pixels
  • DriveSmart 66: 1280 x 720 pixels

Screen Features

You can also find the screen features for both Garmin products below:

DriveSmart 65:

  • Glass
  • Multi-touch
  • WSVGA color TFT with white backlight

DriveSmart 66:

  • Glass
  • Multi-touch
  • HD color TFT with backlight

Storage Features

Both the 65 and 66 models come equipped with 16 GB of internal storage. You can also add more space through the expansion microSD card slot.

Smartphone Requirements

You should be able to connect your iPhone or Android phone to these navigators. Your smartphone must support Bluetooth as well as be connected to a cellular data to take advantage of all the features.

Alexa Features

The DriveSmart 66, as well as the Alexa version of the DriveSmart 65, can use Amazon’s voice-activated virtual assistant for the following:

  • Alexa Skills
  • Infotainment
  • Music
  • News
  • Smart Home
  • Time Management

The standalone version of the DriveSmart 65 does not come with any Alexa features.

Map Features

When it comes to map features, the Garmin added preloaded street maps and the ability to add new maps with the DriveSmart 66.

You can find the complete list of features for both vehicle navigators below:

DriveSmart 65:

  • 3D buildings
  • 3D terrain
  • Map updates

DriveSmart 66:

  • 3D buildings
  • 3D terrain
  • Add new maps
  • Map updates
  • Preloaded street maps

Navigation Features

The navigation features remain identical for the older DriveSmart 65 and newer DriveSmart 66, which you can find a full list of below:

  • Bluetooth calling
  • Driver alerts
  • Foursquare points of interest
  • Garmin Real Directions landmark guidance
  • Route shaping through preferred cities and streets
  • Lane assists with junction signs
  • Speed limit indicator
  • Traffic
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Ratings
  • Voice-activated navigation

Advanced Features

The following advanced features are also supported for these vehicle navigation devices:

  • Live app services
  • Smart app notifications
  • Wi-Fi map updates
  • Wi-Fi software updates

Compatible Cameras

Both the DriveSmart 65 and DriveSmart 66 are fully compatible with the Garmin BC 30 Wireless Backup Camera and Garmin BC 40 Wireless Backup Camera.

Battery Type

The Garmin DriveSmart 65 and Garmin DriveSmart 66 are both equipped with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Battery Life

When unplugged from a power source, these devices should last up to 1 hour.

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