Transcend ESD200 review: A fast little external SSD

A very portable SSD with impressive performance but less-than-satisfactory backup software

By , Computerworld |  Storage, Solid-state drives, SSD

The application lets you back up various types of files and organize them in different categories with a user-customizable Backup Tasks feature. You can also compress large files or encrypt private data simply by adjusting the settings of your existing Backup Tasks. Backups can also be scheduled, and once an initial backup is performed, the rest are incremental -- only the changed data is stored.

Like Apple's Time Machine automated backup feature, Transcend's Elite software is meant to allow you to restore data from any point in time.

The main menu of the Elite backup software has icons for backup, encryption and data restore as well as for managing your data. The management interface allows you to compress, encrypt, move or delete data that has already been backed up.

Once you choose to back up your drive, the task screen will ask you to name your new backup, describe it and then either back it up or back it up and compress it.

Next you'll be asked to pick a source and create a list of files to be backed up. Each file must then be selected in a separate step. Once the list is created, you have to then choose the destination by using a system browser in order to determine where the data will be stored. (Yes, you must pick the Transcend SSD as a backup target; this is what happens when a drive doesn't come in installed with backup software.)

Once the source and target of the backup have been selected, you need only choose "next" and the backup will be created. If you want the one-touch backup button on the SSD to work, you must then click on a circle icon next to the file to indicate that action.

The Elite software has the capability to schedule daily, weekly or monthly backups. The application must be running and the SSD must be connected to your computer and powered on in order for the automatic backup scheduling to work. Manual backups are possible by using either the management interface or the one-step physical button.

A closer look at the Transcend ESD200 USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive

If you're using a Mac computer, then you'll have to remember that there are file size limits, due to the fact that the Transcend SSD comes in Windows format MS-DOS (FAT32). So, before you can back up larger files, you must reformat the SSD from FAT32 format to HFS+.

Once formatted to HFS, the drive can't be used in a Windows computer, unless you reformat the drive to NTFS or exFAT, according to Lillian Lopez, a technical support engineer at Transcend.

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