What is a Solid State Hard Drive?

Unlike our traditional hard drives, Solid State Drives utilize flash memory for data storage, which means they contain no moving parts (e.g. spinning disks, moving read/write heads). In standard hard drives, moving parts can make them susceptible to physical shock and jeopardize data stability. In addition, SSDs operate virtually silent, offer higher performance, and use less power than a standard hard drive.

Do I have to install any operating software?

No. Verbatim External SSDs are plug-and-play devices – simply connect the drive to the USB port on your computer and you’re ready to go.

Can I use an SSD and hard drive simultaneously?

Yes, external SSDs connect to your computer via a USB port and can function alongside your system’s hard drive.

Key Features


The USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface offers high-speed data transfer and optimum performance. With transfer speeds up to 500MB/s*, this drive is ideal for large data transfers such as graphic design work, video editing or managing/archiving music libraries.

*For optimal performance use with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port/cable or a Thunderbolt 3 port/cable. Transfer speeds based on internal data using UASP and BOT mode.


Lightweight and portable, sleek and slim, the Verbatim Vx500 External SSD is designed for your busy lifestyle. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, this drive is ideal for on-the-go or at home use.


The Vx500 External SSD features a high-quality metal housing, ruggedly engineered to for an on-the-go lifestyle. Utilizing 3D flash memory technology, this drive has no moving parts and features a shock-resistant design, helping it withstand everyday bumps and drops.


The Verbatim Vx500 External SSD comes with a USB-A and USB-C cable, compatible with USB-A, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports. This makes it ideal for multi-computer use, including PCs, Macs and mobile devices.

What is the difference between USB 3.1 Gen 2 and USB 3.1 Gen 1?

  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 is 2X faster than USB 3.1 Gen 1
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 offers transfer speeds up to 5GBps while USB 3.1 Gen 2 offers speeds up to 10GBps
  • Both interfaces are compatible with USB 2.0
  • The Vx500 comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB-A cable that are USB 3.1 Gen 2

I don’t know if I have a USB 3.0 Interface - will Verbatim external SSDs still work?

Yes, Verbatim USB 3.0 External SSDs are backwards compatible with USB 2.0. However, for maximum performance, a USB 3.0 interface is recommended.

Where can I find more information on external SSDs?

Additional information about Verbatim SSDs can be found on Verbatim’s website.