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SanDisk doubles the speeds of its Extreme and Extreme Pro Portable SSDs with support for USB 3.2 Gen

By Kenny Yeo - on 6 Oct 2020, 3:14pm

SanDisk doubles the speeds of its Extreme and Extreme Pro Portable SSDs with support for USB 3.2 Gen

SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD (Image source: SanDisk)

SanDisk has just updated its Extreme and Extreme Pro Portable external SSDs to support the latest USB 3.2 Gen 2 standard.

The two drives are largely similarly rugged. Both are rated to survive drops of up to two metres and have IP55 resistance ratings to dust and water – similar to the models they are replacing.

As for security, the two drives both support hardware 256-bit AES encryption.

Where they differ is in size and build. The Extreme Pro Portable SSD is the larger of the two and it has aluminium chassis that acts as a heatsink. The chassis is then wrapped by soft silicone to provide resistance against shocks and water.

The Extreme Portable SSD is the more compact of the two has a plastic chassis that's also wrapped by soft silicone to provide shock and water resistance.

The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD. (Image source: SanDisk)

The Extreme Pro Portable SSD is the faster of two. It supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 x 2 which means a maximum theoretical throughput of 20Gbps. According to SanDisk, the Extreme Pro Portable SSD's maximum read and write speeds are up to 2,000MB/s.

On the other hand, the Extreme Portable SSD supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 which means a maximum theoretical throughput of 10Gbps. SanDisk claims the Extreme Portable SSDs can attain maximum read and write speeds of 1,050MB/s and 1,000MB/s respectively.

The two drives are formatted in ex-FAT out of the box and will work with both PCs and Macs.

The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD and Extreme Portable SSDs are available now. The former is available in 1TB and 2TB capacities, whereas the latter is available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities. Their prices are as follows:

SanDisk external SSD prices
Model 500GB 1TB 2TB
SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD S$199 S$339 S$599
SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD - S$459 S$799


The drives are available right now exclusively at Hachi.tech. And from 10th October onwards, they'll be available at other leading e-tailers and retailers.Look out for it on SanDisk's official store on Lazada and Shopee.