The Best External SSDs for Video Editing (2020)

The Best External SSDs for Video Editing (2020)

This is a list of the best external solid state drives (SSDs) I recommend and use for video editing.

But first...

Choosing A Drive

It never hurts to have too much space AND too much speed.

Make sure the drive's interface is compatible with your computer/equipment.

If you are editing single camera footage at 4K or less and and using a fairly standard codec (H.264, H.265/HEVC, ProRes, or DnXHD/DnXHR), then any of the drives on this list should work well.

If you are editing multi-cam footage, using resolutions greater than 4K, and/or using a higher quality codec (RAW, for example), then transfer speeds greater than 1000 MB/s are recommended.

On to the list...

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Glyph Atom RAID SSD

Glyph Atom RAID SSD

Top Pick For 2020!

Glyph Tech has created rock solid, purpose-built storage solutions for media production over the last two decades.

This has been my daily driver for nearly all video editing projects over the last 2 years.

A great blend of performance, durability, and price.

These drives check all my boxes for a great editing drive:

Interface: USB-C (USB 3.1, Gen 2 - compatible with Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0)

Transfer Speeds: Up to 950 MB/s

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Samsung T5

Samsung T5

Budget-Friendly Option

Not the fastest or most durable, but an awesome bang for the buck if you don't need consistently fast transfer speeds.

I use these all the time for recording shorter ProRes clips (4K60 or lower) and they have been solid.

Interface: USB-C (USB 3.1, Gen 2 - compatible with Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0)

Transfer Speeds: Up to 540 MB/s

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Glyph Atom Pro NVMe SSD

Glyph Atom Pro NVMe SSD

Blazing Fast & Rugged (Just Like Me)

If the Glyph Atom RAID SSD (my top pick) is a 10, this one goes to 11!

When you need portability, durability, and gobs of transfer speed, look no further.

These check all my boxes (and then some) for a great editing drive:

Interface: Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps)

Read Speeds: Up to 2800 MB/s

Write Speeds: Up to 2600 MB/s

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SanDisk Extreme PRO External SSD

SanDisk Extreme PRO External SSD

Solid Performer

The first generation with USB 3.1 has been a very consistent and reliable performer.

I use these in situations where the Samsung T5 can't sustain the necessary transfer speeds, like recording longer ProRes, BRAW, or ZRAW files.

Interface: USB-C (USB 3.1, Gen 2 - compatible with Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0)

Transfer Speeds: Up to 1050 MB/s

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