SanDisk 500 Portable Hard Drive

SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable Drive Review

When I’m travelling I take a LOT of video footage and hundreds of photos since I’m obviously creating content all the time for this blog. I find that I soon fill up memory cards, so I like to transfer all the files straight onto my computer where possible. I’m always quite nervous about losing my camera or having it stolen on the road, so I feel a lot more reassured if I know that I’ve backed up everything to my Macbook Pro or an external hard drive.

The trouble with ordinary external hard drives is that it can take quite a while to transfer such large files, particularly if you shoot anything in 4K. Sitting in my hotel room waiting for the transfer to finish is always bit of a bore, particularly if I’m just eager to get out and explore a new destination. Videography and photography are part of my job, so I can’t afford to waste time with lengthy file transfers.

Lately I’ve had the chance to try the SanDisk Extreme 500 – a portable solid state drive (SSD) that delivers up to 4x the speed of a portable hard drive. Now that I have this hard drive as part of my kit, I don’t know how I managed without it.

Super light with plenty of storage

SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable Drive

What I love about the SanDisk Extreme 500 is that it is incredibly light and fits in the palm of my hand. It’s half the size of my mobile phone and yet it has way more storage – 240GB to be exact. It does come in larger sizes, including 480GB, 500GB and 1TB if you need more space.

This SSD is super thin and much smaller than all my other hard drives. Measuring just a few inches square, I can easily pop this in my handbag or my pocket when I’m on the go. The structure is also really durable and the SSD is built to resist shocks, vibrations and extreme temperatures, so it’s good to know that this would withstand different climates when travelling. I’ve been to freezing destinations such as Iceland and ultra hot destinations such as Madagascar and so I need something that’s designed to work in all sorts of environments.

I also love the fact that it has a little metal loop so I can easily attach this to my backpack or bag using a keychain.


SanDisk Extreme 500

I use a Macbook Pro and some hard drives require special formatting for Mac. Not this hard drive. It’s a plug and play situation, so all I had to do was plug it in using the USB cable provided and it worked first time. I can transfer large video files and photos at speeds of up to 415MB/s – which is lightning fast compared to the hard drives I’ve had before.

When I connected the hard drive to my computer I found a folder with 2 PDF files on there explaining how to set up the SanDisk SecureAccess software on a Mac. SecureAccess allows you to store protect critical and sensitive files on the SSD by creating a private vault that is protected by a personal password. When you drag files to this folder they’re automatically encrypted, so even if you share your SanDisk USB flash drive or it becomes lost or stolen, access to your files are safe. It’s not essential that you install this, but it’s a nice feature to have.

Installing this was fairly straightforward, I just had to download the software for Mac by clicking on a link in the PDF. Easy peasy. Once that was done, I just had to run the software and set up a password.

My Verdict   

I love the Sandisk Extreme 500 SD and it’s now a permanent fixture in my camera kit. For years I’ve been carting around four larger portable hard drives because sometimes I’m away for long periods of time and I need to be able to access my old files. It’s annoying because they can take up lots of room in my carry on bag. But the SanDisk Extreme 500 portable hard drives are so small I could pop a few of these in my bag and not notice any difference – they’re fab!

This post was sponsored, although all opinions expressed here are my own.

Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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