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I'm looking for a thunderbolt or USB 3.0 100GB or more external SSD for like 70 bucks. IDK if this is possible but would somebody help me find one.

 

 


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$70 is a bit low for that but you can get a 128GB SSD for $99 and an enclosure for $20:

http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7PC128B-WW/dp/B0077CR60Q
http://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-2-5-Inch-External-Enclosure-HD3-SU3-BK/dp/B003YFHE9I
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$70 is a bit low for that but you can get a 128GB SSD for $99 and an enclosure for $20:
http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7PC128B-WW/dp/B0077CR60Q
http://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-2-5-Inch-External-Enclosure-HD3-SU3-BK/dp/B003YFHE9I
Thanks. Actually I probably only need 64 GB so that works.

 

 


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Thanks. Actually I probably only need 64 GB so that works.

In that case, the Crucial has a cheaper 64GB than Samsung at $67:

http://www.amazon.com/Crucial%C2%A064-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT064M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JKWG

but either one is fine. Remember that write speeds get lower when you lower the capacity though. The 64GB writes at half the speed of the 128GB.
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In that case, the Crucial has a cheaper 64GB than Samsung at $67:
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial%C2%A064-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT064M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JKWG
but either one is fine. Remember that write speeds get lower when you lower the capacity though. The 64GB writes at half the speed of the 128GB.

Thanks, I just need q little bit of a storage upgrade for my MBA 128 GB.

 

 


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May I ask why you need an SSD for the external storage? If you're just storing random files and media, a hard drive would be much more cost effective and give you a lot more storage capacity.

Most of the benefits of an SSD are realized when you put the OS and programs on it, not so much your media files unless you are dealing with a ton of raw photos or videos. Of course, in that case you'd need a LOT more storage so even then you'd probably just want a good hard drive.

Another thing to consider is that with an external hard drive you can easily set up a partition for a time machine backup to have a bit of data security in case anything happens.
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May I ask why you need an SSD for the external storage? If you're just storing random files and media, a hard drive would be much more cost effective and give you a lot more storage capacity.
Most of the benefits of an SSD are realized when you put the OS and programs on it, not so much your media files unless you are dealing with a ton of raw photos or videos. Of course, in that case you'd need a LOT more storage so even then you'd probably just want a good hard drive.

I'm might run Ubuntu on it. And I am dealing with a ton of photos. I just delete them periodically. Then I move them to the 2 TB HDD on my desk.

 

 


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Well then, that makes sense. Carry on!
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