When it comes to storing a lot of files and backups that you can carry in your bag or pocket, a portable SSD is your best bet. You get a small size with big performance, with portable SSDs offering extremely fast data transfer speeds while sometimes being the size of a credit card.

What you may also now need is a USB-C connection, since laptop makers are quickly adopting the new standard. You should get yourself one of this lot.

Samsung T5

Samsung T5

Samsung makes amazing SSDs, and the T5 is the latest and greatest that you can slip into a pocket. Coming in a range of capacities, the T5 is fast, tiny and not massively expensive.

Prices start at $130 for read/write speeds of up to 540 MB/s. Blazing fast performance in your pocket.

Glyph Atom

Glyph Atom

Besides having an awesome name, the Atom is one of the smallest portable SSDs you'll find anywhere. It's no bigger than a pack of gum and it contains as much as 1TB of storage, in some cases even in RAID configuration.

Stylish, tough, USB-C equipped and with Thunderbolt 3, 1TB will cost around $400, while 275GB comes in at $160.

Western Digital My Passport

A respected brand, a teeny tiny little box and 512GB of SSD storage for around $180? WD's My Passport is a winner for sure, and you can get it in either smaller or larger storage sizes, too.

WD also includes automatic backup, so this really is an SSD you'd want to take everywhere.

LaCie Rugged

This LaCie SSD was designed by Neil Poulton? How about that, huh?

More importantly, it's ridiculously rugged and durable, so it's perfect for the outdoorsy laptop user. It also supports Thunderbolt 3 from its USB-C port, which is insanely fast data transfer for a portable drive. It also comes at a premium, with a 500GB capacity costing $350. But for the right person, this is the ultimate portable drive.

Make your own with a Satechi enclosure


If you already have a 2.5-inch SSD going spare, you can save yourself some cash and get this $35 enclosure from Satechi. Simply pop in the drive, and you've got your very own, homemade portable SSD.

And of course, it has USB-C 3.1, so you'll still get great data transfer speeds.