SanDisk’s latest portable SSDs have boosted speed and security

The SanDisk Extreme and the Sandisk Extreme Pro are a pair of speedy external SSDs that also have the hardware to keep your data safe and secure. The more expensive SanDisk Extreme Pro claims speeds of up to 2000MB/s for both read and write, while the regular SanDisk Extreme offers transfer speeds of up to 1050MB/s read and 1000MB/s write.

This puts the new SanDisk Extreme Pro among some of the fastest drives on the market, without having to put up with the more limited compatibility of a drive that connects over Thunderbolt 3. Tom’s Hardware has already put the 2TB version of the drive through its paces and notes that it delivers “very strong sequential read and write performance” over the latest 20Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 standard, and it even outperformed some Thunderbolt 3 drives in certain workloads.

Both drives look almost identical to their predecessors.
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As well as offering faster data transfer speeds, the drives are also more secure than their predecessors thanks to their included AES 256-bit hardware encryption. That’s up from the software-based 128-bit encryption used in the previous drives, Tom’s Hardware notes. Not only is the security stronger, but it should also lead to less of a hit to performance if you encrypt your data.

In addition to its support for hardware encryption, the drives are also physically protected against danger. They have an IP55 rating for dust and water resistance (which gives them some protection, but don’t go immersing them in water), and SanDisk says the drives should also survive being dropped from up to two meters in height.

Neither the SanDisk Extreme nor the Extreme Pro come particularly cheap, however. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is initially being sold with 2TB of capacity for $499, but the company plans to release

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Guggenheim Securities analyst Michael Morris has boosted his 12-month price targets for six internet companies he covers, upgraded Snap Inc. and initiated coverage of Pinterest with a buy rating.

In a report summarizing the sweeping adjustments Monday, Morris cited an effort to shift analysis of the companies to bring it more in line with that of software companies, a group led by Microsoft.

Snapchat parent Snap Inc. earned an upgrade from “neutral” to “buy,” with its price target rising to $28 from $22. Pinterest starts off as a “buy,” with a price target of $48. Facebook, Google parent Alphabet, Roku, Netflix, Spotify and Twitter all saw their targets upped.

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The revised target prices represent a premium of 9% to 30% over current valuations. Shares in Roku, rated “neutral” by Morris, are projected to be at $173 in 12 months, which would be a 5% drop from today’s levels.

The revised targets were developed after comparing them to the median for a 35-stock software company group, Morris said.

“We are revising our valuation framework for our digital media coverage universe to better reflect


comparability with peer companies in the software industry,” Morris wrote in the report. “We believe that there are greater core similarities between internet and software companies than implied in current valuations and expect investors will continue to evolve their view to reflect this, driving incremental appreciation for internet shares.”

Mega-cap firms Alphabet and Facebook are directly matched with Microsoft, which Morris sees as “most similar in terms of size, business diversity, research and development investment and potential investor base.”

Elaborating on his reasoning, Morris observed that “at the core, ‘internet’ companies are software development and distribution companies