Transcend 256GB StoreJet 500 Portable Solid State Drive for Mac

Transcend 256GB StoreJet 500 Portable Solid State Drive for Mac

Transcend 256GB StoreJet 500 Portable Solid State Drive for Mac

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Product Highlights

  • 256GB Capacity
  • Read Speed up to 440 MB/s
  • Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 Ports
  • Cables and Travel Pouch Included
  • Transcend Elite Data Software
  • Bus Powered
  • Preformatted HFS+ for Mac
  • Windows and Mac Compatible
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Capacity: 256GB

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Transcend StoreJet 500 overview

  • 1Description

The 256GB StoreJet 500 Portable Solid State Drive from Transcend is formatted in HFS+ for use with your Mac and it connects via Thunderbolt or USB. It is also compatible with Windows computers but requires reformatting. The StoreJet 500 is equipped with a Thunderbolt port for transferring data to your computer with a rate up to 10 Gb/s. In addition, it is also built with a USB 3.0 port that provides 10 times the bandwidth of USB 2.0.

The SSD offers a read speed up to 440 MB/s that provides rapid access to your HD videos. Compared to a hard drive, the SSD features no moving parts, which allows it to run coolly and silently. Additionally, it can withstand five times greater shock than hard drives, giving your data comprehensive protection.

The StoreJet 500 supports Time Machine, which allows you to back up and synchronize data on your Mac computer. Transcend also offers a free download of Transcend Elite data software that makes it easy to keep important files organized, protected, and up-to-date. Furthermore, the StoreJet 500 powers itself from your computer via Thunderbolt or USB. Included with the StoreJet 500 are Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables and a travel pouch.

Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 Interfaces
With advanced Thunderbolt technology, the SJM500 portable SSD offers transfer rates of up to 10 Gb/s. In addition to the Thunderbolt interface, the SJM500 is also equipped with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port with UASP support, providing 10 times the bandwidth of USB 2.0.
Durable Design
The SJM500 SSD is natively formatted in HFS+ for your Mac and fully supports Time Machine. The SJM500 can withstand 5 times greater shock than hard drives, giving your data comprehensive protection. Moreover, its high-quality metallic design complements your Mac with a sleek and elegant look.
Transcend Elite Software
Transcend Elite includes user-friendly applications that help you manage your data and increase productivity. With Elite, your Transcend storage device can keep important files organized, protected, and up-to-date.
UPC: 760557830733
In the Box
Transcend 256GB StoreJet 500 Portable Solid State Drive for Mac
  • Thunderbolt Cable
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Travel Pouch
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Transcend StoreJet 500 specs

    Storage Capacity 256 GB
    Connection Interface 1 x Thunderbolt (Mini DisplayPort)
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB Micro-B)
    Maximum Read Speed 440 MB/s
    Pre-Format HFS+
    Internal Drive
    Internal Interface SATA (Unspecified)
    Type Solid-State Drive
    Cache Memory None
    External Enclosure
    Bus Power Thunderbolt, USB
    DC Input Power 5 VDC
    Operating Temperature 41 to 131°F / 5 to 55°C
    Dimensions (L x W x H) 4.8 x 3.0 x 0.5" / 12.2 x 7.6 x 1.3 cm
    Weight 0.3 lb / 0.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.2 x 3.8 x 2.2"

    Transcend StoreJet 500 reviews

    256GB StoreJet 500 Portable Solid State Drive for Mac is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent drive, but thunderbolt speeds are aweful The size of the drive is pretty big (dimensions, not storage wise), and the thunderbolt & usb3 speeds are not not great. In using a late 2013 iMac and mid 2013 MacBook Pro, I was disappointed in the speeds. The max for either USB3, or thunderbolt was usually 295MBs Write / 359MB Read. I benchmarked it 3 times, and those are the averages. For thunderbolt, I would've expected it to be at least 500MB R/W (preferably in the 700-800MB range) I tested it using blackmagic, and wasn't really stunned or blown away by the results. Would I recommend, maybe, but don't think it's anything to write home about.
    Date published: 2015-06-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast, Light, Well Designed I bought the StoreJet 500in the petite 256 GB in size for two reasons: first I needed a drive to carry large multi-gigabyte files back and forth between two sites. I suppose this is even small enough to carry in a pocket, but generally I put it inside it supplied slipcover and travel with it inside a protected compartment of a backpack. The second reason for the purchase was to have an emergency boot drive for my multiple Mac office. I own several iMacs, and always worry about the possibility of an internal drive failure, especially in the older machines. So, I've formatted it as a bootable drive with a complete current OS X 10 and the required software set for my office. OS X 10 in the current iteration occupies less than 9 GB. My minimum software installation requires another 10 GB. Just to be sure everything works, I've restarted two iMac's after using system preferences to designate it as a the start up drive, and it works like a charm. I did have one problem when the drive arrived. The supplied 0.5 meter Thunderbolt cable was dead on arrival. The super people at B&H customer service were able to send me a quick replacement, and now all is well. Thanks B&H! Speed: Please remember: this is an inexpensive Thunderbolt 1 device. My system reports indicates that it operates only at a single Thunderbolt channel - 1 layer at 10GB per second. Thunderbolt 2 devices operate at two channels or layers totalling 20 GB per second, but if you want that speed, you need to pony up a lot more money. Subjective Speed assessment: Owning several multiple internal and external hard drives and SSD's. I find this drive to be very quick- though not as fast as the internal 1TB on my latest generation iMac when copying large (12 to 20 GB) files. I do note that on one of my oldest machines (late 2011 27 3.4 gHz i7 with 24 GB of ram and a 1 TB hard drive that it seems slower. It's still lots faster than the internal hard drive, but I suspect the older Mac's firmware or internal bus design have reduced throughput, even for a nominally Thunderbolt 1 device.
    Date published: 2015-10-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple but with good performance Set up as a boot drive for 2011 iMac. Significant increase in percieved nimbleness for boot and application startup. Not the fastest on the market but more than fast enough as an upgrade for 2011 iMac and as good value as you are likely to get for the dual interface flexibility. Supplied Thunderbolt cable long enough for this use.
    Date published: 2016-07-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from I would've just stuck with SanDisk USB3.0 SSD's... I've been using SanDisk SSD drive (USB 3.0), and heard that Thunderbolt is a lot faster so gave it a try. First of all, compared to SanDisk, which is very thin and beautifully designed, this Transcend looks more like traditional hard drive with its big size. It looks like it needs to be handled with care. And for the speed, I don't notice any difference. I am a video editor and I work on MacBook Pro with all the files in external SSD drive. Considering the price which was about twice higher than the SanDisk, I think I made a poor decision.
    Date published: 2017-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does the job. I built a PC for video editing and I used a mother board that has a Thunderbolt port. My purpose was to have the capability to have an external solid state HD video storage site that I could edit from. I have Windows 7 and I had to reformat this drive, but I got that accomplished in relatively short order. So far this set up performs as I hoped it would. I edit HD video directly off this solid state hard drive and so far works as I had hoped. I use Vegas Pro 13.
    Date published: 2015-10-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool little drive I'm using this as a boot disk for OS X Sierra on an older Mac. Working good so far. Not super speedy, but it gets the job done. Runs a bit warm, but not too bad. I like how small it is.
    Date published: 2017-05-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Transcend 256GB StoreJet 500 Slim, light, fast, does the job
    Date published: 2015-08-02
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