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Keep your data safe with Samsung's T5 portable SSDs on sale from $80 today only

Best Buy is offering the Samsung T5 SSD (opens in new tab) with as much as $50 off today as one of its deals of the day. The discounts apply to both the 1TB (opens in new tab) and 500GB models, though the latter is only available for in-store/curbside pickup. The smaller capacity model is down to $79.99, a match for the lowest we've seen it go and a great deal if you can get it. The 1TB model has a huge $50 savings, beating current offers at B&H (opens in new tab) and elsewhere.

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The T5 features quick read and write speeds of up to 540 Mbps along with AES 256-bit hardware encryption. It's so tiny it can fit in the palm of your hand too. It comes with a USB-C and USB-A cable in the box and a 3-year warranty.

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This external SSD features quick read and write speeds of up to 540 Mbps, along with optional password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption. It's so tiny it can fit in the palm of your hand too. Samsung includes two cables so you can connect it to either a USB-C or a standard USB port right out of the box.

In a perfect world, portable solid state drives would be just as inexpensive as portable hard drives. After all, the main feature of SSDs is they have no moving parts, which really makes them perfect for carrying data on the move. Hard drives are much more prone to failure when getting knocked around in your backpack or trampled on the subway. Unfortunately, we're not there yet. Luckily this deal shaves some of that cost off the top and you get a really good product out of it.

Use Samsung's included management software, which helps you with encryption and ensures your drive has the latest firmware updates. Or you can download the free mobile app that gives you some control, too. Samsung also backs it up with a three-year warranty so you can be confident in your purchase.

We named the Samsung T5 as the staff pick on our list of the best external USB-C SSDs in 2020 thanks to its excellent feature set, affordable price, and diminutive size. Don't miss your chance to pocket one at a discount.

Adam Oram is a Senior Writer at iMore. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as an Apple Genius and as a Deals Editor at Thrifter. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food. Follow him on Twitter at @adamoram.