I review tech for a living – these are the 3 SSDs worth buying in the Prime Day sale

Whether you want to back up old photos, or take files with you on the move, a good external SSD is a great buy

A roundup of the best SSDs on Amazon Prime Day, including options from Samsung, Crucial and Sandisk, on a green and blue background
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An external hard drive is a brilliant bit of tech to have around. They're incredibly useful, allowing you to safely store files and take them with you without having to lug around your laptop.

Picking out the right one can be tricky though. They can be expensive bits of kit, and you'll want something reliable – particularly if you're storing important documents and precious memories on there. Fortunately, the Amazon Prime Day sale – coupled with a bit of expertise from the T3 team – has you covered.

These are three of the best picks if you're on the hunt today.

Samsung T7 Portable SSD:  was £196.49

Samsung T7 Portable SSD: was £196.49, now £94.89 at Amazon
Save over £100 on the Samsung T7 Portable SSD this Amazon Prime Day. It's fast, with top speeds of 1,050 MB/s, and weighs just 58g, meaning it won't add too much weight to your bag. You'll find a USB-C cable in the box, and it even comes with a USB-A adapter, to make sure it works with just about any device.

Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD:  was £363.99

Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD: was £363.99, now £118.99 at Amazon
Save £245 on the Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD in the Amazon Prime Day sale. This packs in blazing fast speeds of up to 1,050 MB/s, and is IP55 water and dust resistant. That's perfect for taking your files with you, without having to worry about the elements.

Crucial X8 Portable SSD:  was £208.99

Crucial X8 Portable SSD: was £208.99, now £77.99 at Amazon
Save £131 on the Crucial X8 Portable SSD in the Amazon Prime Day sale. While Crucial might not have the household name status of their counterparts here, they deserve it. The brand has been around for decades and is an established leader in memory technology. This one packs in 1,050 MB/s speeds and is drop-proof up to 2m.

Any of the above are great options if you're looking to gain some additional storage space. All of them pack fast speeds, meaning you won't have to wait ages for files to transfer. And, they're all lightweight, so you wont feel like you're adding unnecessary bulk to your setup.

If you're on the lookout for a PS5 SSD – you'll generally want a built-in heatsink for those – our guide shows off some of the best around. Keep an eye on our guide to the best Prime Day gaming deals, too. That will be the first place to spot any PS5 SSDs on sale over the period.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at T3.com, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.