Planned USE (Photo management and editing on two systems): I recently purchased a Surface Pro 4 Tablet and have been enjoying using it in the field for photo editing via Lightroom and Photoshop.. My home computer is an iMac and it was the computer with my lightroom catalog on it. I thought, “wouldn’t it be awesome top put my entire catalog onto an external instead of managing two different catalogs”.. So I put my entire catalog onto a 1TB Toshiba Drive (Standard Magnetic Disk Drive, not SSD) and noticed a significant performance loss! I wanted to find something to get that performance back. After researching I found that an SSD drive should do the trick.. Problem is, most are VERY EXPENSIVE!! And the cheap drives are actually Hybrids meaning 128GBs are SSD and the rest is a Magnetic Disk Drive.. That would be worthless for me I need a full SSD such as this one from VectoTech!
Short Review (How did it perform): Simple answer is THIS DOES THE TRICK and I got all performance PLUS SOME back!! The VectoTech drive is about $75 – $100 less expensive than the better known drives on the market making it a GREAT VALUE! I got the performance back that I was missing and my catalog is actually running better now than it did on the internal drive on my Mac! (Internal Drive was Magnetic Disk and not SSD) The drive also works with both my Mac and Surface Book (See Tips Below).. The transfer speeds are AMAZING (Over 400 MBs) and the drive seems to be very high quality!! Very easy to pack and carry this drive!!
1.) I needed this to be used for both Mac and Windows.. SO I had to reformat this as an exFAT drive.. I decided on exFAT due to the fact that I sometimes edit videos on the same drive and my videos might be over 4GB/each (FAT32 can’t host files over 4GB but exFAT can and MAC can’t write on NTFS but can sometimes read it)
2.) For best performance keep this as NTFS or Mac OS Extended Journaled and it will perform around 430 MBs but as exFAT I usually get between 375 – 400MBs but usually closer to 400MBs constantly! Only change to FAT if you have to use on MAC and Windows.
3.) Remember, the size of your files also affect speeds! A ton of smaller files will be slower than larger files.. My drive is being used for photos so 400MBs is GREAT for that!! On larger videos, it is actually much quicker!
4.) If you aren’t getting fast speeds make sure you have it in a USB 3.0 port (Usually the blue USB ports but not always. My Macs are black like 2.0 ports)
1.) Quick Read and Write Speeds – Again I tested this with several formats and both NTFS and Mac OS Extended had speeds way over 400MBs but I had to use exFAT due to it working on both a MAC and Windows system but still get close to 400MBs most of the time!! Very quick speeds!
2.) Plug and Play – Plug it in and you are ready to go!
3.) Very Slick looking!
4.) Being SSD it doesn’t have all the mechanical parts of other drives! Meaning less can fail and and less can break! This makes me feel much better keeping my Lightroom Catalog on this drive (I am still backing it up on the old Toshiba External. Backups are important)
5.) Shock Resistant – Like I said, less to fail and break if dropped! Great for a portable drive. Heck, I have corrupted a Magentic Drive just by bumping it while it was working.. No worries doing that with an SSD
6.) Excellent Value – Same drive in a Samsung is around $400..
7.) Quality seems outstanding.. Very well built drive!
8.) Excellent Customer Service – I had to call them before I purchased and they answered quickly and very friendly!
9.) Assembled in the USA
1.) Price – While this is less expensive than big brands, SSD is still expensive compared to magnetic disk drives. I do love the VectoTech has been able to keep the price down on these!
Overall: I HIGHLY recommend this drive! I got all the performance back plus some that I lost when I moved my Lightroom Catalog to an external!
Tested and Works on
1.) Surface Pro 4
3.) Regular Windows 8 PC
4.) Xbox One
6.) As a drive on my Router as a personal “Cloud”
7.) Wii U (My Wii U didn’t provide enough power to the drive so I had to test it using this cable, at first I thought it just wasn’t going to work but when I used this cable it worked fine)
More test, photos, and updates coming soon! (Last Updated on 12/22 at 5:40est added WII U to my test after a request I received in my email)