Solid State Drives have now come down in price considerably. So much so, that you might benefit from an external SSD to safely store your important additional files.

Here are two external drives that provide affordable and reliable storage for all of your photos, music, videos, and files. If you are a person always on the go, or just a computer user who needs extra storage, then this may be the next step for you.

Ok, so solid state drives (SSDs) are more expensive than hard disk drives (HDDs) drives, but the exceptional performance benefits that you get with SSDs is well worth the price that has now fallen considerably.  
Price Crossover Point for HDDs and SSDs
  2012 2013 2014 2015E 2016F 2017F
HDD 0.09 0.08 0.07 0.06 0.06 0.06
2.5” SSD 0.99 0.68 0.55 0.39 0.24 0.17
The per-gigabyte of hard disk drives and SSDs as per article on Computerworld.
1.    SanDisk Extreme 500 240GB USB 3.0 SSD

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The Extreme 500 Portable SSD reads at up to 415MB/s and is 4X faster that an HHD.  You get 128-bit AES encryption software that allows you to password-protect your files to ensure that your data is safe and secure. In terms of sturdiness, the SanDisk Extreme 500 has a small palm-sized housing with a rubber bumper and offers shock and vibration resistance. Additionally, you can charge your Extreme 500 directly from the USB port on your computer so there is no need to carry extra power cords.
2.    PNY ELITE 240GB USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive (SSD)

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The PNY Elite Portable SSD reads and writes faster than the SanDisk with clocked speeds of 430MB/s read and 400MBs write. This allows you to transfer files at high speeds. Data protection is provided by Acronis True Image Data protection software.

Here are the SPECS:
Brand SanDisk Extreme 500 240GB USB 3.0 SSD PNY Elite 240GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD
Capacity 240GB 240GB
Sequential read (up to) 415MB/s Up to 430MB/s
Sequential write (up to) 340MB/s Up to 400MB/s
Interface USB 3.0 USB 3.0
Shock Resistant 800 G N/A
Vibration Resistant 5.35 gRMS, 50-2000 Hz N/A
Dimensions (L x W X H) 2.98 x 2.98 x 0.42 inches 2.36 x 1.4 x 0.35 inches
Weight 2.7 ounces 1.3 ounces
Compatibility Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Mac OS 10.4+ ? no drivers needed Windows, and MAC OS X
Warranty 3-Years 3-Years

Sources: Computerworld, PNY, SanDisk

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