I’m Looking For SanDisk SSD Alternatives

Share with your friends!

The recent SanDisk SSD debacle forced me to remove the SanDisk Extreme SSDs from my list of recommendations in our photography backup storage guide. I own several of those troublesome SSDs, two of which failed and have now been returned for warranty replacement. How long SanDisk will take to send me replacements remains to be seen. Based on my experience trying to start the warranty process, I guess it will take quite some time. Either way, I don’t trust those drives anymore and won’t be using the replacements when they arrive.

SanDisk SSD Alternatives

So now the question is, what should I replace them with? What should you replace your SanDisk SSDs with? Photographers generally gravitate towards large-capacity SSDs. Modern cameras shooting 40-60MP images and 4K or 8K video will chew through a few hundred gigabytes of data daily. For this reason, 4TB SSDs are usually the way to go, but this narrows the possible options as not everyone is producing drives with that capacity.

I spent a little time researching the options for portable 4TB SSDs, and I plan to get my hands on the best ones to test and compare them. The obvious candidates are the 4TB Samsung T7 Shield and the 4TB Crucial X9 and X10. As I write this, those drives are already on my way to me, and once I return from a trip to Europe in a couple of weeks, I’ll get to the testing.

There’s also the astoundingly quick but slightly less portable OWC Envoy Pro FX. I tested the 1TB version for my review of that drive, but it is available with a 4TB capacity and should be at the top of anyone’s list if they are editing 8K video on the road. The Thunderbolt interface makes it more expensive, but the speed is incredible! That said, you don’t need to spend that money if you’re not editing video footage from the drive, so one of the new drives I’ll be testing soon will likely be a better option.

Update: The first candidate on my list was the Samsung T7 Shield. Click here to read my review and learn how it stacks up to the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD. The second candidate on the list was the Crucial X9 Pro and X10 Pro. Click here to read my review of those drives.

There’s a Price War Right Now

It hasn’t escaped SSD manufacturers that SanDisk is in trouble right now, and many people are looking for alternatives. In the past couple of weeks, I have noticed aggressive price drops from the likes of Crucial, Samsung, Kingston, and Glyph Technologies. Looking through the 4TB SSD section on B&H Photo, almost every SSD I consider a possible SanDisk replacement has a heavy discount. These other SSD manufacturers are trying to pick up the pieces from SanDisk’s failures. They want you as a customer, and that’s great for us as consumers! Now is the right time to buy new SSDs. Just be careful because SanDisk also has heavy discounts on their drives, and you should avoid them at all costs!

Photo of author
Professional photographer based in Yukon, Canada, and founder of Shutter Muse. His editorial work has been featured in publications all over the world, and his commercial clients include brands such as Nike, Apple, Adobe and Red Bull.

Featured Posts

You may like

6 thoughts on “I’m Looking For SanDisk SSD Alternatives”

  1. Dan,

    Interestingly enough, PetaPixel just did a review and recommendation of portable SSD’s, which you may have seen (https://petapixel.com/best-portable-ssds/). They specifically steer away from Western Digital devices.

    I was going to get the OWC drive, but their review showed it to be quite large and heats up; ended up with the LaCie drive and am happy.

    Anyway, my thoughts.



    • I hadn’t seen that, but I’m not surprised that it roughly aligns with my thinking since there are relatively few 4TB options on the market. The OWC drive is certainly quite large. I did lament that in my review of it a couple of years ago. Particularly alongside their very small Elektron drive. I guess it needs the added size to manage the heat from the crazy speeds. Sadly, the smaller OWC Elektron tops out at 2TB.

      Did you get the LaCie Rugged (orange) or the Thunderbolt Rugged Pro (black)? I see they only mention the Pro version in their review, but I’d be inclined to consider the cheaper non-Thunderbolt version myself if I’m not planning to edit video in the field. I will put in a request with LaCie to see whether I can get one or both for a side-by-side test with the Samsung and the Crucial drives.


      • Dan,

        I’ve used the orange LaCie rugged for many years during photo workshops and travels….and have been very happy; I recently did purchase their Thunderbolt Rugged Pro (black), but only 1 TB….don’t shoot video, but love the speed!….and its TINY!




        • Good to know, Mike. The 1TB Pro is a reasonable price. It’s a shame the 4TB Pro is 2-3x the price of other similar Thunderbolt drives otherwise I’d jump on that.

    • Interesting! I have some Angelbird SD cards. They seem like a good brand. However, the drive you linked to tops out at 2TB. Actually a bit odd considering they usually market to video folks who are usually in desperate need of disk space. I will keep an eye on that drive to see whether they ever launch a higher-capacity version. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published or shared. Comments that use abusive langugage, fake email addresses and fake names will be marked as spam. Please note that if you include a link in your comment, it will need to be moderated before it appears on the site. Required fields are marked*

By submitting a comment this form also collects your name, email and IP address so that we can prevent spam. For more info check our privacy policy.