The first drive that I owned had 500 GB of storage and it took a large amount of space on my desktop along even needed a physical plug to power up the device. That was a couple of years back and today, there is already plethora of SSD Drives available at inexpensive prices.
The SanDisk Extreme 900 doesn’t exactly fall into that option – since an SSD Drives this fast usually comes at a cost – but at times, that cost is worth it. coming in at 480 GB (tested here), 960 GB and 1.92 TB capacities, the SanDisk Extreme 900 uses SSDs to deliver blazing fast performance.
Coming in the same size as most portable SSD Drives, the SanDisk Extreme 900 isn’t small, but just enough for you to still store it inside your pocket. The SSD Drive is protected by an aluminum shell that’s shock-resistant, and since the drive is SSD-based, dropping it won’t necessarily break the device.
The fast performance of the SanDisk Extreme 900 doesn’t just rely on the SSDs inside. This SSD Drive supports the new USB Type-C standard (also known as USB 3.1), which theoretically supports transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps. Two cables are included in the package: a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB cable.
This translates to almost less than a couple of seconds to transfer a file that can reach in the hundreds of gigabytes. That being said, for you to enjoy the complete experience, you would also need to use a computer that supports either USB Type-C or USB 3.1 – which to be honest, is not that common yet.
I’ve tested the SanDisk Extreme 900 using a 2015 Apple MacBook and PC with a USB-C port. It’s pre-formatted on the exFAT file system so that it is easily compatible with any operating system, but read/write performance may vary. On the exFAT file system it took minutes to copy a 21 GB folder, but took only about 80 seconds when using it on an NTFS file system.
Performance was better than expected, gaining about 790 Mbps write speed and about 430 Mbps read speed – which is faster than most drives in the market.
The SanDisk Extreme 900 is unarguably one of the fastest SSD Drives we have tested and sets the benchmark for future storage devices running on USB-C.