Best Ssd for Video Editing

Best Ssd for Video Editing – It’s easy to take external SSDs for granted these days. The ability to have these tiny little lightweight, sturdy, resilient drives that can store ridiculous amounts of videos and let us edit without taking up space on the internal drive is a godsend to many editors and filmmakers.

Both Sandisk and especially Samsung have done a lot of good in this part of the industry, making video editing on the go much more easy and affordable for everyone. While Samsung somewhat took over the public mindshare for these small portable SSDs we’re just happy to see more manufacturers stepping up in the quest to make the best external SSD possible.

When it comes to choosing the best hard drive in 2021, there are a ton of choices.

With this post, hopefully we helped narrow down your search for the best external hard drive for video editing, photo editing, and motion/graphics design.


Always remember to double check that your computer/workstation has the correct ports, and is compatible with whichever external hard drive you choose.

Additionally, it’s important to note that we’re dealing with technology.  Sometimes things go wrong.


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2.SanDisk 1TB

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3.ADATA SX8200 Pro

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4.XPG SX8200 Pro 1

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5.Sabrent Rocket Q

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6.Patriot Viper VPR100

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7.Western Digital

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8.Corsair Vengeance LPX

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9.Intel NUC 9

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10.OEM Optane H10

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Best Ssd for Video Editing – BUYER’S GUIDE

Storage Capacity

You’ve probably heard size isn’t everything, that may be true but when it comes to capturing Ultra HD video that isn’t necessarily true. As a YouTuber or filmmaker you’re constantly producing large amounts of video in high resolutions that need storage. Therefore we would recommend at least 1TB for your needs.

Transfer Speed

Time is money my friend and YouTubers know this. Transfer speed is important and if a drive can shave down the agony of the waiting to write or read off of a drive then the external drive was definitely worthwhile.

SSDs come in 2 main categories of speed 500-600MB/s range as seen with the Samsung T5, Sandisk Extreme and the G-Technology Rugged SSD and the RAID 0 SSDs with a transfer speed of 750-950MB/s. These are exceptionally faster than traditional hard drives.

What is the difference between an SSD and an SSD in RAID 0?
RAID 0 are meant for Speed, but with speed comes a cost. A physical dollar cost as they are a lot more expensive but also at the cost of data redundancy which means the failure of one drive will cause the entire array to fail. Because the array has data striped across all of the drives, the failure will result in total data loss.  However, SSDs are less prone to failure than traditional hard drives but glitches may still occur.

Therefore, RAID 0 in my opinion are not for long term storage but more for the capture, editing and transfer, a working drive.

Portability & Durability

Portability is key with external drives, wether you’re working from home but moving around with your laptop or travelling and exploring the size and durability of an SSD is quite important.

Most SSDs come with shock resistant drives and a rugged exterior, some are even water, dust and crush proof and drop proof of up to 2-3M. The most durable SSD mentioned above is the is the G-Tech Rugged SSD which has an IP67 Rating but is marginally larger than its competitors.

Hard Drives in comparison are not drop proof and are very fragile due to the moving parts in it, this is why we reccomend using an SSD.

Portability is also a key factor, if you’re someone who’s is travelling in lot on planes, trains and ubers or goes to co-working spaces most of these SSD drives are highly portable with the Samsung T5 being the sleek portable drive of choice.

Hard Drives are typically a lot heavier, larger and slower thanks to all the moving parts.

However, if you are looking for a middle-ground with ruggedness, portability and speed we would recommend the Sandisk Extreme.


Most PCs & Macs nowadays have USB 3.0. Its the most common. A lot of drive performance in terms of speed depends on your own setups specifications in terms of USB and how fast your internal drive can read/write too.

The latest USB 3.1 Gen 2 are backwards compatible with 3.0 and even 2.0 but you’re probably not using the outdated USB 2.0. If your computer/laptop does not have USB C it probably has a USB A Connector (Most Common USB) and these cables come available with most of the SSDs.

USB 3.0 performance tends to test with SSDs around the mid 400MB/s. While USB 3.1 (often referred to as USB 3.1 Gen 2) clocks in over 500 for most non-raid drives, and with RAID in the high 700’s-800MB/s. Mac users with Thunderbolt 3 and thunderbolt three drives have the fastest transfer speeds as highlighted with the Glyph Atom.

All SSD’s listed above come with USB C to USB C and USB C to USB A.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best external hard drive for video editing?

Long story short, there is no best external hard drive for video editing. Because hard drives are bound by the physical speed of moving parts, they’re slower. Much slower.

Even the fastest of hard drives will be thoroughly embarrassed by even the most modest (and still much faster) solid-state drive. The transfer speeds of traditional hard drives just can’t keep up with SSD drives.


If you’re a video editor, getting a good SSD for your system is crucial. The Fast SSD will significantly speed up the processing of footage and can increase overall performance and reduce game loading time. If you do not want to upgrade your computer’s storage, a suitable portable SSD will solve your problem too. In this guide we will consider the best storage solutions for any budget.