Maplin 128GB USB 3.0 External SSD Drive

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About this product


  • 128GB mSATA SSD enclosed in a case as a portable drive to carry around with you
  • Read speeds of 420MB/s and write speeds of 180MB/s allow you to transfer data quickly over USB 3.0
  • 20,454 inputs/outputs per second (IOPS)

Product overview

• 128GB mSATA SSD enclosed in a case as a portable drive to carry around with you
• Read speeds of 420MB/s and write speeds of 180MB/s allow you to transfer data quickly over USB 3.0
• 20,454 inputs/outputs per second (IOPS)
• Lightweight and small in design allow you to carry it around in your pocket

What is the advantage of this drive?
This external drive embodies the speed of a solid state drive (SSD) while being portable to carry around with you. It allows you to keep your files on the drive for use at any time as well as being perfect to back up your most important documents and pictures in case of emergency. 128GB will give you enough storage for approximately 24 hours of high definition video or over 70,000 photos so you’ll never have to worry about running out of space.

How portable is the drive?
The drive is very lightweight coming in at 45g and the physical dimensions put it no bigger than a smartphone meaning you can carry it in your laptop bag or even your pocket without it becoming a burden.

Will USB 3.0 work with my computer?
The USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1. This means you can use your drive with almost any computer, some newer TVs and even some soundbars. All this allows you to transfer files, watch films on your television and play music through your soundbar, making this a versatile drive.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, what a find. Whilst browsing your Liverpool Street store looking for Internal SSD's one of your assistants pointed these out to me. I have a MacMini 2012 2.5GHZ modle and wanted to upgrade the internal HD to SSD. He suggested I tried this very small, lightweight unit. Got it home, plugged into the MacMini - Formatted disc, loaded OS X Yosemite 10.10, selected as startup drive - and the speed and response is amazing - blisteringly fast compared with old HD - everything loads instantly - at the price this is unbeatable - my only gripe - why only 128gb versions - 256 and 512 at comparable prices and its unbeatable - highly recommended. Ian Handley, Norfolk
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb little drive Found this whilst browsing in store for an external drive for my 2015 MacBook. It is small, light and quick. I clone my laptop to it and it is great for moving large media libraries between machines quickly. Great drive, outstanding value.
Date published: 2015-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect and Fast I have loads of Files & Items on this Unit, nearly half full now. I bought it a year ago. Is top speed, works perfectly, most pleasurable to own and use! Nice box - is packed in sponge.
Date published: 2015-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for back-ups Very easy-to-use little device and brilliant for backing up and saving large amounts of files, photos etc.
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Drive! Bought it a while ago, its very good: small, fast, and useful!
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Value, Extremely Quickl I bought this so that my wedding photographer can provide me with a copy of the RAW files, which are large in size, so speed was important to reduce the copying time. I did a quick test on my home computer using a USB 3.0 port and managed to write a 4GB video file at a sustained 175MB/s! The case feels a little cheap, but for my purpose its ideal.
Date published: 2017-11-08
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Dimensions 52 mm x 92 mm x 9 mm
Connection type SATA 3.0
Capacity 128 GB
Powered by 5 V from USB
Colour N/A
Backup options N/A
Compatibility Windows / OSX / Linux
Drive form factor mSATA
Sequential read speed 420 MB/s
Sequential write speed 180 MB/s
Drive spin speed N/A
IOPS 20454

Is this compatible with Windows 10 please ?

Asked by: Questioner
Yes, this will work fine with windows 10.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-09-21

Could I use this to speed up my old - 2010 - Macbook? How do I put the operating system onto it?

Asked by: AllanH
This is an external drive so is for storage, and would not be suitable to upgrade an internal drive, you would need one of the ones linked below:
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2017-08-28

Why can't my Windows 7 Ultimate PC see this drive as a device, I bought this drive to back up my important documents but I now find that it's completely useless.

Asked by: Plumbpipe
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Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2016-10-01

I have a Samsung TV that records to an external USB. A flash drive (USB key) won't work. When inserted into a PC, can this drive be partitioned ? if it can it might work with the PC. Anyone tried these on a TV ?

Asked by: Nick
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Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2016-06-22

Wife has an iPad. Am I correct that the iPad operating system is incompatible with this ssd? If so is there a suitable external ssd for Apple/iPad devices? Any info appreciated

Asked by: UncertainJim
Unfortunately, due to the restrictions placed on external device connections by Apple, there are very few wired drives which will connect to an iPad. If you were looking for larger storage then portable wireless drives may be more suitable. While not an SSD, something like this would be what I am referring to.
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2016-03-02

How do I find the Serial Number for this device?

Asked by: AlanV
you can use any disk info tool to interrogate the drive and ascertain it's serial I use CrystalDiskInfo
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-02-10

Power consumption is 6W (active) from a 5V supply so the current will be 1.2A which seems a very high drain from a USB socket. I am considering driving it via an opto-isolator. Do you know of a reasonably priced one that can handle the current?

Asked by: hyltont
Please be assured, if you have any queries with regards to specific products from our stock, we will be more than happy to assist. However, it is important to note that as a retail only company we are unable to assist with any design projects or queries, or advise on specific products that may be required for your purpose if you do not currently have the design/circuit information detailing the value of the components needed.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2015-10-05

what is the mean time between failure on the ssd inside the case or how how reliable is it/ who make the interal ssd
Asked by: dave
They use Toshiba Flash Inside Capacity 30GB ~ 960GB SATA Interface SATA Revision 3.1 SATA 1.5Gbps, 3Gbps, and 6Gbps interface Flash Interface Flash Type: SLC, MLC 1pcs to 16pcs of TSOP/BGA flash Performance* Read: up to 520 MB/s Write: up to 490 MB/s Power Consumption* Active mode: < 6040 mW Idle mode: < 320 mW MTBF More than 1,000,000 hours Advanced Flash Management Static and Dynamic Wear Leveling, Bad Block Management, TRIM, SMART, Over-Provision, Firmware Update Operating Voltage 5V Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 70°C Storage Temperature -40°C ~ 85°C * Performance and Power Consumption may differ according to flash type, flash configuration, SDR configuration, and platform.
Answered by: LR
Date published: 2016-01-01
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