Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt review: a 1TB portable SSD for a reasonable price

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All benchmarks

Write File
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt372
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+344
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt341
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast229
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro204
Read File
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt408
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+350
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt382
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast234
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro206

Results are in MBps; larger numbers/longer bars are better.

Write Folder
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt349
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+300
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt319
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast212
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro188
Read Folder
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt355
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+305
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt338
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast171
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro180

Results are in MBps; larger numbers/longer bars are better.

BlackMagic Write
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt373
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+333
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast233
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro202
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt342
BlackMagic Read
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt471
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+349
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt386
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast218
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro190

Results are in MBps; larger numbers/longer bars are better.

AJA Write
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt374
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+339
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt341
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast238
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro205
AJA Read
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt470
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+339
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt388
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast238
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro205

Results are in MBps; larger numbers/longer bars are better.

AJA 4K Write
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt374
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+337
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt344
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast230
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro202
AJA 4K Read
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt471
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+354
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt391
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast229
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro206

Results are in MBps; larger numbers/longer bars are better.

At a Glance
  • The OverDrive Thunderbolt from Monster Digital might be expensive, but this 1TB solid-state portable drive's speeds won't disappoint and comes bundled with free data recovery protection.

    Pros

    • Super fast speeds
    • Data recovery is included with warranty

    Cons

    • Captive Thunderbolt cable may be too short for some situations
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