External storage has various functions both as a backup and as temporary storage.

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If in general external storage still uses Hard Disk Drive (HDD) technology, this device from Seagate presents a more modern Solid State Drive (SSD) technology and in theory, has much faster performance.

This Fast SSD from Seagate carries the theme of a slim and portable external storage. Then what about the performance? The following is a review of the Seagate Fast SSD from MyBestDeal.
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Initial Impressions

Seagate Fast SSD has a very minimalist design with a metal bandage with the Seagate logo on the front. Compared to external storage in general, Fast SSD has a much smaller size.

Seagate Fast SSD Front View

This one device has dimensions of 94 mm x 79 mm x 9 mm, only slightly larger than my palm. This small size makes the Seagate Fast SSD a very portable external storage to carry or put in a bag without having to take up much space.

For connectivity, Fast SSD only provides one USB Type-C port. This is because the performance of a fast SSD must also be accompanied by a type of connectivity that can take advantage of that speed as a whole.

Seagate Fast SSD Display Port

Fortunately, Seagate provides 2 types of cables in the sales package, namely USB-C to USB-C cable and USB-C to USB-A cable. This, of course, is a plus because I don’t need to buy an additional cable to connect to an old device that only has a USB-A port.

The cable itself is fairly short so I had a little trouble connecting it to the USB port that is behind the computer. But with this short cable, it actually makes it easier and hassle to connect to devices like laptops.

Performance Test

The Seagate Fast SSD that I tried has a model number STCM500401 with a capacity of 500GB. From the information I found on the back of the box, it says that this device has a maximum sequential transfer capability of up to 540 MB / s for reading and 500 MB / s for writing files.

Fast SSD already uses the exFAT format which means it can be directly used on devices based on the Windows or Mac operating system. That way users don’t need to bother formatting themselves.

Then what about the ability to move data?

Trial With USB-C to USB-C Cable

Review of the Seagate Fast SSD Benchmark USB-C

The first test I used was a USB-C to USB-C cable. In the benchmark test using Crystal Disk Mark, Fast SSD is able to reach speeds of 563 MB / s for reading and 508 MB / s for writing in the sequential category while in the heavier 4KiB Q1T1 category it is quite appreciably reaching 11 Mb / s for reading and 39 MB / s to write.

Next I tried copying various types of data to see their capabilities for real needs. Fast SSD takes 4 minutes 53 seconds to move an 85GB GTA 5 Steam game folder, 25 seconds for 3,100 photo files with a total size of 4GB, and only 3 seconds for a full 1GB movie.

Trial With USB-C to USB-A Cable

Review of the Seagate Fast SSD Benchmark USB-A

Next I tried Fast SSD using a USB-C to USB-A cable connected to port 3.0. The test method is still the same so you can see whether there are differences or not.

As a result, on the Crystal Disk Mark benchmark, Fast SSD was able to reach 434 MB / s for reading and 427 MB / s for writing in the sequential category and 21 MB / s for reading and 32 MB / s for writing in the 4KiB Q1T1 category. Fairly decreased compared to previous tests.

The same thing was seen in the next test. Fast SSD takes 10 minutes 51 seconds to move one GTA 5 Steam game folder, 40 seconds to 3,100 photos, and 3 seconds to move the same movie file.

Seeing these figures, the Seagate Fast SSD is indeed very fast and can even be said to be 4x faster than the USB 3.0 external HDD in general which only has speeds in the range of 100MB / s.

High transfer speeds are not the only advantage of Seagate Fast SSD. This device has a feature that allows users to backup data easily (must register the device first) because it can automatically delete, add, or move files according to the target data that you want to back up.

Conclusion

There’s no denying that the Seagate Fast SSD is reliable external storage. The sleek and highly portable design is one of its main advantages compared to other devices in general.

As the name implies, Fast SSD has a very fast performance for external storage. That way it doesn’t matter if you want to be used for strenuous activities even like storing thousands of photos or something like that.

The immediate provision of 2 types of cables that meet the needs of today’s users is also an added value because it provides convenience and keeps it relevant for some time to come with the use of USB-C.

Overall, the Seagate Fast SSD is a device that I can highly recommend for all types of users especially those who want a compact and fast external storage. But it’s more recommended if you have the main device that has a USB-C port.

In addition, in the sales package, there is also a bonus of Adobe Creative Cloud for Photography for 2 months that might be useful for its users. There is also a 3-year warranty.