As a run-and-gun content creator, I value sturdy, dependable, super portable USB Type-C SSDs that get the job done quickly. So with the help of my film, photo, and production partner Peter, and after many hours of use and abuse, here is a field-tested list of the top 5 best portable SSD drives for content creators on sale right now for Black Friday.
“Field-tested” means many terabytes of writing and formatting, drops, spills and an all-around exposure to the elements. After all of that, these dependable beauties are still going strong. Some names will be familiar to most, and a couple of them you may not have heard of, but this list contains all the best options we have used so far in the field and the office.
As any content creator will tell you, your data is precious and must be protected at all costs. When filming, you want to ensure that your SSD is dependable and can handle the bandwidth, file sizes, and bitrates your camera is pushing out.
While filming and shooting photos, Peter and I use a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K and either a Nikon Z6II or Nikon Z7II. We constantly back up our files and then exchange them via SSD drives so we can edit on either his MacBook or my Windows PC. Fast, dependable drives are needed for this to work smoothly, and the products we selected are top performers.