OUT with the Old, IN with the New SanDisk Extreme 1TB External Portable Solid-State Drive (and Why You Need One!)

Ahhh, the digital world … there’s so much to it than meets the eye! As a new mom, I can’t stop snapping photos and videos of our precious bundle of joy, Josiah King. So you can expect that my phone is pretty much overflowing with baby-related moments. Now as a blogger and a photography enthusiast, I always take photos of products I have to review, the events I have attended, as well as the work I have been hired for. Therefore ending up with a lot of important digital files to save.

What My Drive Looks Like

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However way you look at it, be it for personal use or for work … I badly need storage that is reliable and secured. Prior to discovering Sandisk Extreme 1TB External USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable Solid State Drive, I used to keep all my files in multiple memory cards and USB sticks. Speaking of which, do you remember how bulky these portable hard drives look a few years back? In fact, about 5 years ago I just bought hubby one, and I honestly thought it was really slim and portable given that the one he had 8 years back was absolutely MASSIVE!!! There I was thinking it was already a fantastic find. Until NOW.

SanDisk Extreme 1TB PIN IT!

SanDisk Extreme 1TB PIN IT!

SanDisk Extreme 1TB PIN IT!

Buying a new one is my go-to option since I don’t like deleting old files. Given that I am in the market for new storage, I was planning to repurchase the same hard drive I purchased for hubby. I decided to look around for a new model and learned that the latest innovation is the SSD (Solid State Drive), where it is the lighting fast counterpart of the classic hard drive.

If you’re wondering what SSD is and if it is for you, here’s a quick comparison of SSD (Solid State Drive) and the old-school HDD (Hard Disk Drive).
• SSD is faster than HDD when it comes to transferring files. It also boots and read up to 80-100 times faster than any HDD.
• SSD is silent while HDD has little sounds when opened.
• SSD is way lighter than any HDD.
• SSD consume up to 30 to 60% less energy than HDD.
• HDD is cheaper than SSD.

I was floored by the comparison, and I am convinced to switch from HDD to SSD. Across the reviews online, SanDisk is one of the most trusted brands who offer SSD, which I personally believe because I love their flash drives and card readers. I didn’t have to look far when it comes to finding the best SSD available in the market. My favorite tech store Best Buy carries the Sandisk Extreme 1TB External USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable Solid State Drive. I love that they offer it in multiple capacities such as 250 GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB to fit everyone’s storage needs.

SanDisk Extreme 1TB External Portable Solid-State Drive

SanDisk Extreme 1TB External Portable Solid-State DrivePIN IT!

The Sandisk Extreme 1TB External USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable Solid State Drive is a compact, lightweight design. Believe it or not, it only weighs 2.7 ounces!!! IKR?! Crazy. Plus the fact that it offers up to 550MB/sec. read speeds (enables a rapid response when updating files). Even more, this beauty is water and dust resistant. It can literally stand up to rain, splashes, spills and dust. YASSSSSS! Oh, and let’s not forget that its rugged design offers shock resistant solid-state core. You can rely on its performance and even edit photos on the go.

SanDisk Extreme 1TB External Portable Solid-State DrivePIN IT!

So if you’re like me who can’t stop taking photos of your precious bundle of joy (or the whole family), a blogger, or even a photography enthusiast I highly recommend grabbing one (or more!) Sandisk Extreme at your local Best Buy to keep your cherished memories safe.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. While this post is sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are as always, solely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support AngelaRicardo.com

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  • Victor Step

    I’ve actually recently been looking for an external drive that would be easily portable. SanDisk is always a good option in my opinion. Thanks for sharing!

  • candy

    I am terrible about keeping up with technology. Always good to find someone that keeps me in the know and up to date on everything. Will have to show this to my husband as well.

  • Summer Mitch Ryan

    Nice one!Wecertainly need this, as we are into photography, and having so many photos need a big space.

  • Melissa Chapman

    I trust BestBuy and this Sandisk seems like the best way to store all your photos. I remember when my kids were little and I wish I had this for them.

  • Glenda Cates

    I plan on sharing this with my husband as my phone always ends up full of photos and it slows it down and keeps it from working properly.

  • Terri Beavers

    I take hundreds of photos, I can see how this would come in handy. I don’t know why I’ve never heard of one of these before but I’m going to check it out. The fact that it’s faster is appealing.

  • Paula Stewart

    I just love tech, that external memory is super slim and liteweight thank you for sharing.

  • Noel Lizotte

    It’s so true! We have so many pictures, videos and images these days! I’d hate to lose them all and save everything to an external back up. The one I use is several years old and certainly isn’t portable. Great idea!

  • Dee Marie

    I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on this. I actually have a need right now for an external usb. Like you, I have lots of precious memories I’d like keep safe.

  • Janise

    I just bought a hard drive to store all my photos – LOL. This one is portable so I’m thinking about getting this one as well.

  • Janise

    I need to get this to store my photos!

  • LiveLoveAndAdventure

    Thanks for the suggestion! With all of the things we have that need storage, this is a great option! The fact that it’s so small and water resistant makes it that much more of a must- have!

  • Melissa

    I need a whole new camera! Mine is slowly dying. I really like this post and it definitely makes me see my need for this product!

  • Amy

    Oh wow! It’s so compact! I didn’t realize until I got down to that later picture! How awesomely portable. I have a big capacity external hard drive, but it’s big, not compact like that!

  • Nabanita

    And external hard disk is so necessary with the amount of data we have. SanDisk is a great brand and I have a few from them.

  • Maysz

    nice review about The Sandisk Extreme. I’ll try to find this in supermall. 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  • Aditya

    Wow, i would actually buy that. I always buy San Disk or if not San Disk then something close to this.Wish this would come to India,I would have buy it instantly with discounts and all. And it’s size is way small, I hope it works well also.

  • Aditya

    Wow, i would actually buy that. I always buy San Disk or if not San Disk then something close to this.Wish this would come to India,I would have buy it instantly with discounts and all. And it’s size is way small, I hope it works well also. Much useful for my future upcoming business,

  • kumamonjeng

    I need to have one of this especially when I travel for weeks. I like how it is so compact and small and easy to bring around!

  • Amanda

    Omg. That is small. I had 1TB one about 6ix6x2 niche and it stood on small feet lol. And I that that was small!

  • Amanda

    Omg. That is small. I had 1TB one about 6x6x2 niche and it stood on small feet lol. And I thought that that was good!

  • robin rue

    I am always running out of storage, so this sounds like a perfect option for me. I will have to go pick one up!

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All

    This would be great for anyone with a computer, not just photographers. It’s a great place to keep photos backed up and safe.

  • wendy

    This is something I need too. I always run out of storage space on my devices.

  • Alli Smith

    I love how sleek and streamlined this drive is! I need to upgrade my external drive and I love Sandisk products.

  • Tomi c

    OMG! I have so many memory cards and sticks it’s ridiculous and most of them are SanDisk. It’s my go to. It’s pretty much the only brand I use. I’ll definitely have to pick up one of these next time I’m at Best Buy. Thanks Angela.

  • Glenda Cates

    I am putting this and a Camera on my Christmas Wish List this year and also a new phone with a better Camera and more memory because it’s hard being a blogger without the items you need.

  • Kelly

    I’m going to look into this as I have so many photos to store too!

  • Nyc Single Mom

    I have never even thought of a portable external drive but I do take a lot of photos. And this looks like a lightweight to carry one around to be useful!

  • Dalene Ekirapa

    Thank you for reminding me that I actually need a hard drive Angela. I’m seriously running out of space since my photo shoot pictures and videos have taken up all the space.

  • Evelyn, PathofPresence

    Thank you for this wealth of information. It sounds like I am ready to update to anSSD as well. I love the convenience of being able to clip it on a carabiner and taking it along with me.

  • Jeanette

    I like the idea of having a portable external hard drive. I travel quite a lot and I know I take a lot of pictures. This is a great way to store your pictures they continue using your camera.

  • Pam Wattenbarger

    I so need this! My computer is filled with so many photos that I need to put on a disc. If my computer ever crashes, I am sunk.

  • Stephanie Parrell

    YES! this is just what I need. I was saying the other day I wish there was a product like this and I didn’t think there was. I am so getting one when I get my new camera!

  • Terri Steffes

    I think this would make a wonderful Christmas gift. I am going to go and get a couple to save for Christmas!

  • Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    An external hard drive is essential for backing up one’s documents, images and videos. I have a Sandisk one and love it!!

  • Nicole

    I love the compact size and slim design. You can take it with you anywhere and you will never have to worry about running out of storage on the go.

  • Amber Myers

    I need one of these. I take so many photos so I’m running out of space on my computer. I’ll be picking one up at Best Buy!

  • Tasheena

    Thanks for sharing this SSD. I have to look into getting this for myself and the Mister. It looks like a wonderful investment for our cameras.

  • Liz Mays

    Oh how convenient! I ‘d definitely like having a portable storage device like this. I use up a lot of space when I’m traveling.

  • Tara Pittman

    I love how small that storage disk is. I could take this with when traveling to conferences.

  • Monidipa Dutta

    San disk is always great. I always prefer it above any…

  • Jessica Joachim

    This seems great, and I totally need one in my life! I am always needing more storage on the go, especially for my camera!

  • Lisa

    This looks like a handy device. I didn’t know the difference between an SSD and an HDD. I’ll have to pick one up.

  • Kaylyn - Life on the Rocks

    I’ve been in the market for a new external drive. I love that it looks about the size of my phone!

  • Sara Welch

    That is such a useful tool. I love how little room it takes up!

  • Kita Bryant

    A portable SSD is super convenient. They work so fast and so well!

  • Allison Cooper

    I actually just bought one of these for the first time ever and am in love! What a difference it makes!

  • Sherry

    I love how compact it is. I need to get one of these. I have always trusted Sandisk.


    Oh I so need this right about now. I have about 10,000 photos on my iPhone right now. I’m definitely going to look into getting one of these.

  • Anne marie

    My daughter has a lot of audio and video files that go with her music program. This would be great for taking to lessons!

  • Lauren

    Wow technology has come a long way. I have a tb by seagate that’s probably like 8 years old and it’s a lot bigger and heavier but I love having the space.

  • Jeni Hawkins

    That’s too cool! I love that you can take it with you anywhere you go. Having one of these portable drives be mobile really changes the game!

  • Kathy

    This sounds like a great product. I could really use one of these. I’ll be looking more in to this.

  • Mama to 6 Blessings

    This sounds like a great gadget! I need this for my photo’s for blog related content. I will have to check this out.

  • Tanvi Rastogi

    That looks super compact. I think I need it 🙂 – Nice pictures.

    ❥ tanvii

  • Marysa

    I am always short on storage and bad about backing up my files. This would be perfect for us! What a convenient little device.

  • Rachel

    This design looks cool and durable. I like that you said it boots up quickly. It is much more portable than the bulky hard drive I have.

  • Rosey

    I’d love something like this for my pictures. I need to pick up a SanDisk for my new files at work too. I want them all in one place.

  • Amber Gardner

    Great information. Definitely a nice piece of equipment for those involved in media, journalism, photography, etc.

  • Rebecca Pfanner

    Wow this sounds exactly like something I need! I have a bulky external hardrive from years ago because I too hate deleting files. I’ve been putting everything on a flashdrive but it too needs a backup.

  • shanelle

    ohhh I could definitely use this! didn’t realize how small it was until the last picture!

  • Michelle Leslie

    Your timing couldn’t have been better. We need a new disk for all our old movies and have just started trying to figure out what we should get. I’ll definitely be checking out Scandisk.

  • Danielle

    We need one of these, as all our devices are so full. Going to show this to my husband.

  • Melanie

    Yes! Perfect timing, just been after one of these, so I’m going to start looking online to purchase this, Thank you! X

  • Kara Guppy

    My son is off to uni next month and this would be perfect for him

  • Agnes dela cruz

    I love how Sandish innovated the look of their storage, it looked trendy and compact. I still believe that this brand tops the others when it comes to storage capabilities and the design of the gadget.

  • Maddy

    I was literally just looking for a new external hard drive. I was only halfway through the post before I was off to buy. Thank you so much!

  • Wanda Lopez

    This is a great option for me. I love working remotely, and sometimes is more a necessity than a need. Like when I’m traveling. Will look for it.

  • The London Mum

    I really need this. I’m forever just uploading stuff to my laptop hard rive and of course I’m always running low on memory. This sounds ideal!

  • Yeah Lifestyle

    That looks great – so streamlined and tiny compared to the ones you could get a few years ago. So important to have some decent storage, especially in our line of work

  • Stephanie Jnote

    I can’t tell you how many Sandisjs I have. Helpful to have. And they tend to hold so much data.

  • Joanna

    I do like that this SSD drive is so small but in the same time it has such a large capacity. I do take photos all the time and my cloud has been full for so long. I do need to buy an SSD drive as my current one is HDD and a larger than that.

  • Emma Riley

    Wow, that SanDisk looks like a better storage device to have right now. I will definitely share this to my husband and I am sure he will like it.

  • Kristie Cirak

    This looks so sleek! Ive not seen this before I will need to look for it over here in Australia I think.

  • Megan

    This is awesome! I haven’t used Sandisk in a long time but I’m glad to see they’re alive and kickin –– I’ll have to look into one of these 🙂

  • Erica

    I really need one of these! My oldest son is a Josiah. I love that name!

  • Heather

    I just bought my first DSLR so this is great information!!

  • Heather

    I love how compact this one is! I need to get one. Mine is a huge bulky nightmare.

  • Tosha

    Love this post! It’s jusy what I needed… love taking pics of all my kids and family so I’m gonna check this scan disk out thx a bunch!

  • Princess Quinn

    Wow this is very cute. I have a bulky and heavy one. I cant believe that a 1TB can be handy like this.

  • Marcie

    We love SanDisk memory cards. I’ll have to look into this as my husband and I are always running out of memory space!

  • What Corinne Did

    This blog post has the best timing! I need a drive! too many photos and my drive is too small!

  • Elizabeth O

    This looks like a great drive! I love that its portable and its really stylish looking too. SanDisk is a brand I go for too

  • kristin lesney

    This is great. Fast large storage for on the go. Something I need for phone and camera.

  • Nancie

    I’m a big fan of the SanDisk. I’ve been using their memory cards for years. I’ll have to try this out.

  • danasia fantastic

    A friend of mine just purchased this last week and she absolutely loves it! I’m considering making the purchase too because it’s super affordable and tiny!

  • Berlin

    I have seen this in many feeds lately and when I’ve read a detailed product review, I would want to have one as well. This is one helpful tool.


    I’ve heard this is a great product. We take tons of pictures of our family and it’s time to pick up one of these to store our pictures.

  • Laura

    Oh will have to pass the details of this on to my mate hwo is just starting their photography business and has been looking at hard drive options.

  • Pat

    The Sandisk Extreme 1TB External USB sounds like the way to go for maximum storage needs.

  • Britney

    Whoa I love that drive! I definitely need something like that for my blog these days.

  • Autumn Murray

    I am so behind when it comes to technology. Thank you so much for this blog post – it has helped me understand a few tidbits.

  • Sara

    This would be so handy! I hate to delete photos and files when I am low on space.

  • Cris

    This is awesome! I could definitely use one of these to keep all my photos. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Emily

    oh man I can’t keep up with technology lol cool that it can clip on to a bag!

  • Aduke Schulist

    I am always in need of more storage. I have resorted to cloud storage for a lot of my files. This looks handy though

  • To be the perfect motheR

    I need a hard drive to store my toddler photos, I think this one is the right choice
    Thank you for sharing

  • Olga Zak

    It seems like the best way to store all your photos. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on this.

  • Elizabeth

    All that data in one tiny thing! Anyone else remember using floppy discs way back when? My how things have changed 🙂

  • Suzanne Melton

    That looks like a really nice SSD. The one I have is 1TB, but struggles with the backup I run every month. I will look into this…

  • Geraline Batarra

    First time to heard this device, it looks so good and it looks really faster than my old hard disk. I will definitely check this out and will share this also with my friends.

  • Rachel

    My boyfriend would love one of these and I think I would too! Great review – very convincing!

  • Garf

    I need one. So many pictures to keep. I need a big space to store them.

  • Fiona

    I agree. Sandisk is the best brand out there in the market. Highly recommended. Infact my memory card is a Sandisk!

    ♡ XOXO ♡ • fionadiaries.com

  • Taryn

    This is such a constant problem. Both my phone and computer are very overloaded and I need to better manage my file storage! This might be a good option.

  • Nati

    I didn’t know something like this even existed! I definitely need one asap. I also keep photos on multiple memory sticks and cards and it’s so messy, This storage device would be just perfect for me on the go!

  • andrea

    I am always taking so many pictures for the blog and just capturing amazing moments that this would be perfect for me. great idea! gonna have to look into upgrading to this.

  • Madelain

    This is a perfect little storage. I need one!!

  • Lynne Harper

    My hubby has actually been looking for a new hard drive for his pictures. This is a great size and holds a lot will pass the info over to him x

  • Nichola - Globalmouse

    I love the look of this and it’s definitely something I need in my life – probably a number of times over. It’s brilliant how you can hang it from a bag, I really need it!

  • Tanya

    I absolutely hate deleting old photos, even the obscure ones that anyone else would think why on Earth have you kept this so I love the sound of this and I love the fact it’s so small and easy to travel with

  • Katrina Downie

    This hard drive looks fab I currently have an ugly looking large block which is a bugger to carry I will look at this when i need more space shortly

  • Jess

    I love how small these are. So handy for photographers!

  • WhatLauraLoves

    This really sounds like an absolute essential. My computer is always running slow and its because of the amount of stuff I have saved on it!! xxx

  • Emily Leary

    I could not live without portable SSDs and I’m a huge fan of Sandisk. You need a reliable brand if you’re transporting vital data and they tick that box. I hadn’t seen this particular one before – it’s so dinky!

  • Mommy Peachy

    1TB and it’s so small!!! I need that in my life.

  • Mommy Peachy

    1TB and it’s so small!!! I need that in my life with all the photos I’m taking.

  • Blair villanueva

    It looks sleak and cool. Do they have more than 1TB? Apparently 1TB is not enough for me. 🙂

  • Becca Wilson

    I could totally use one of these! Extra space and storage is always a must when working on my projects.

  • Lisa Rios

    I like big drives and I cannot lie! LOL – Really, I’ve been meaning to get new ones, and this is helpful!