The most common use for a portable SSD is to back up important data, such as documents and photos, including those from mobile devices. The external drive can then be stored somewhere safely away from your device in the event of a theft, water or fire loss. Many people maintain two backup drives for additional protection.
Using a portable SSD with your laptop is a popular alternative to installing a new internal drive as they're quicker and easier to plug and play.
People also use portable drives to store collections of films and music, either to enjoy when the mood hits, or to share with other people on their devices.
Creative prosumers and professionals working with large amounts of data use external SSDs to free up their computers to focus on processing. All Crucial external SSDs work seamlessly with popular photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop Express and video editing software like LumaFusion.
And thanks to wide-ranging compatibility, external SSDs are also used by console gamers to save large games rather than having to constantly delete and download.