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Transcend ESD230C 960GB USB 3.1 External SSD £99 @ Amazon
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Transcend ESD230C 960GB USB 3.1 External SSD £99 @ Amazon

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Posted 6th Nov
Transcend ESD230C Portable SSD
- USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface
- Up to 520 MB/s read; 460 MB/s write
- 3D NAND flash memory
- Credit-card size fits perfectly in a wallet
- Includes a USB Type-C cable and a USB Type-C to Type-A cable


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I can't speak for this drive but I have a couple of Transcend SSD enclosures and they are great; solid build quality, work well and even had a decent screwdriver thrown in.
beaksdale06/11/2019 14:17

I can't speak for this drive but I have a couple of Transcend SSD …I can't speak for this drive but I have a couple of Transcend SSD enclosures and they are great; solid build quality, work well and even had a decent screwdriver thrown in.


Same here- Transcend is good quality and well protected (mechanical discs!). As this is SSD, I presume it’s even safer as long as plastic case is of decent quality!
Would that be good upgrade to MacBook Pro? I am planning on buying refurbished MacBook circa 2014/2015 with 256GB ssd which is tiny by modern standards so was thinking whether this would be a good companion as can’t afford larger ssd drive for MacBook and won’t be able to modify myself until after 12 months...
So I was thinking about buying this when I am running low on space but since I will be using MacBook for graphics editing, ssd is probably a must.
Any thoughts?
Edited by: "Lestat69" 6th Nov
Great find @USF - we've popped your deal onto our Highlights page, so more people can see it
Lestat6906/11/2019 17:36

Would that be good upgrade to MacBook Pro? I am planning on buying …Would that be good upgrade to MacBook Pro? I am planning on buying refurbished MacBook circa 2014/2015 with 256GB ssd which is tiny by modern standards so was thinking whether this would be a good companion as can’t afford larger ssd drive for MacBook and won’t be able to modify myself until after 12 months...So I was thinking about buying this when I am running low on space but since I will be using MacBook for graphics editing, ssd is probably a must.Any thoughts?


Mac OS stores pretty much everything onto iCloud, so 256GB SSD is plenty of room by modern standards.
Is this good to use it as storage for family archive? Photos and videos.
stefan.mathia06/11/2019 20:08

Is this good to use it as storage for family archive? Photos and videos.


If size doesn’t matter, you can find 1tb portable Seagate drives for around £40 and 2tb under £60
6ixFoot106/11/2019 20:17

If size doesn’t matter, you can find 1tb portable Seagate drives for a …If size doesn’t matter, you can find 1tb portable Seagate drives for around £40 and 2tb under £60


Size doesn't really matter, what matter the most is durability and reliability.
v good price including enclosure
I wonder if SSD prices are going to drop due to the PS5, there's talk it'll be an SSD drive in the console.
Great price for this btw
AllUAreIsHistory06/11/2019 20:58

I wonder if SSD prices are going to drop due to the PS5, there's talk …I wonder if SSD prices are going to drop due to the PS5, there's talk it'll be an SSD drive in the console.Great price for this btw


Storage is cheap af already?
Any good for Xbox One X?
deanshaw06/11/2019 20:06

Mac OS stores pretty much everything onto iCloud, so 256GB SSD is plenty …Mac OS stores pretty much everything onto iCloud, so 256GB SSD is plenty of room by modern standards.


Ok, thanks!

But I was thinking about working with high res photos and video editing.
If that is also stored and edited from cloud they it’s a flawed idea- must be dead slow and consume a lot of broadband bandwidth...
I hope that is not the case and you are simply referring to backing up photos on iCloud just like iPhone does it?
I do hope editing of videos/photos is done from local drive.
Lestat6907/11/2019 02:07

Ok, thanks!But I was thinking about working with high res photos and video …Ok, thanks!But I was thinking about working with high res photos and video editing.If that is also stored and edited from cloud they it’s a flawed idea- must be dead slow and consume a lot of broadband bandwidth...I hope that is not the case and you are simply referring to backing up photos on iCloud just like iPhone does it?I do hope editing of videos/photos is done from local drive.


Why buy a Mac for that? What can it do that a high end PC running Photoshop cannot? You'd get s lot more for your money.
Flora8207/11/2019 07:39

Why buy a Mac for that? What can it do that a high end PC running …Why buy a Mac for that? What can it do that a high end PC running Photoshop cannot? You'd get s lot more for your money.


Ok, thanks for input. Let’s not start another Mac/PC discussion, especially on hukd- no need for that;)
I have been PC user all my life so going for Mac to see what’s the hype and had some experience with Mac already for photo editing and was very impressed.
I have consider many options but Mac it is- nothing’s going to change it now! 😜🙌
Lestat6906/11/2019 17:36

Would that be good upgrade to MacBook Pro? I am planning on buying …Would that be good upgrade to MacBook Pro? I am planning on buying refurbished MacBook circa 2014/2015 with 256GB ssd which is tiny by modern standards so was thinking whether this would be a good companion as can’t afford larger ssd drive for MacBook and won’t be able to modify myself until after 12 months...So I was thinking about buying this when I am running low on space but since I will be using MacBook for graphics editing, ssd is probably a must.Any thoughts?


I use an external SSD regulary with my macbook pro. I can edit videos from it directly and it reads and renders immediately. Mine is samsung. An external SSD works great for me.
Lestat6907/11/2019 02:07

Ok, thanks!But I was thinking about working with high res photos and video …Ok, thanks!But I was thinking about working with high res photos and video editing.If that is also stored and edited from cloud they it’s a flawed idea- must be dead slow and consume a lot of broadband bandwidth...I hope that is not the case and you are simply referring to backing up photos on iCloud just like iPhone does it?I do hope editing of videos/photos is done from local drive.


Yes editing of photos and videos is done on your SSD and then stored back in the cloud the same as photos on iPhone. When your SSD starts to run out of space it automatically deletes the files that haven’t been accessed for a certain time period. I have a MacBook Pro with only 256gb hard drive and a 1tb iCloud subscription. I’ve never had a problem with running out of disk space. I guess the only problem is that iCloud you need to be connected to the internet and you have to pay a monthly subscription over using an external drive
Lestat6906/11/2019 17:36

Would that be good upgrade to MacBook Pro? I am planning on buying …Would that be good upgrade to MacBook Pro? I am planning on buying refurbished MacBook circa 2014/2015 with 256GB ssd which is tiny by modern standards so was thinking whether this would be a good companion as can’t afford larger ssd drive for MacBook and won’t be able to modify myself until after 12 months...So I was thinking about buying this when I am running low on space but since I will be using MacBook for graphics editing, ssd is probably a must.Any thoughts?


Just get a wd passport, you won’t need the extra speed for editing unless you are editing in 4K (which won’t be the quickest) but I really doubt it will be your bottleneck. This is coming from someone who edits on a 2015 MacBook Pro.
also be aware that if you are buying one from then that has a gpu in it, Nvidia GPUs aren’t supported anymore and the latest os is high Sierra
rs_tigerblade07/11/2019 12:44

Just get a wd passport, you won’t need the extra speed for editing unless y …Just get a wd passport, you won’t need the extra speed for editing unless you are editing in 4K (which won’t be the quickest) but I really doubt it will be your bottleneck. This is coming from someone who edits on a 2015 MacBook Pro.also be aware that if you are buying one from then that has a gpu in it, Nvidia GPUs aren’t supported anymore and the latest os is high Sierra


Thanks for your insightful feedback.
Would MacBook Pro with standalone Nvidia GPU be better or should I aim for quickest Intel with integrated Iris 5200 chip?
My bottomline specs are 16GB Ram, 256 GB SSD and fastest CPU I can afford at the mo.
I just wanted fast SSD as additional memory to definitely exclude that as bottleneck. I think £100 is good price for portable SSD and I know Transcend so have no worries it will be unreliable etc.
Edited by: "Lestat69" 8th Nov
Hot! This is ideal for people who like to carry around a 'portable' hard drive, as mechanical ones tend to be more likely to fail the more you move them. No idea about this specific model, but I have a transcend SSD in my main computer and it's going on six years now without a problem.
Thanks for posting we have added this to the Highlights section
Lestat6907/11/2019 13:48

Thanks for your insightful feedback.Would MacBook Pro with standalone …Thanks for your insightful feedback.Would MacBook Pro with standalone Nvidia GPU be better or should I aim for quickest Intel with integrated Iris 5200 chip?My bottomline specs are 16GB Ram, 256 GB SSD and fastest CPU I can afford at the mo.I just wanted fast SSD as additional memory to definitely exclude that as bottleneck. I think £100 is good price for portable SSD and I know Transcend so have no worries it will be unreliable etc.


Yes, I’ve used transcend quite a bit so no worries there. Always get a GPU if you can for video editing, it will be much better BUT (a big but here), since MAC os don’t support Nvidia anymore you are going to be stuck on old software (although they will let you upgrade)
I would recommend trying to get a model with an amd GPU in it if you can!
Lestat6906/11/2019 17:36

Would that be good upgrade to MacBook Pro? I am planning on buying …Would that be good upgrade to MacBook Pro? I am planning on buying refurbished MacBook circa 2014/2015 with 256GB ssd which is tiny by modern standards so was thinking whether this would be a good companion as can’t afford larger ssd drive for MacBook and won’t be able to modify myself until after 12 months...So I was thinking about buying this when I am running low on space but since I will be using MacBook for graphics editing, ssd is probably a must.Any thoughts?


Your particular choice of MacBook is crucial for speed of your editing, but this drive would be speedy companion to any Mac or PC. Setup time machine on separate external drive for backups, because there’s no such thing as 100% reliability.
With this you will not be limited by upload/ download speeds and limits of your broadband.
if only the 500gb one was 50
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