Best SSD Drive for Tesla Model S, Model X, and more: Arcade games

Tesla Steam


With the recent holiday update (12/13/2022), Tesla integrated its all-electric vehicle fleet with services like Steam. The Steam integration only applies to the updated Model S and Model X produced in the past two years. because these vehicles come with more powerful computers designed for video games (Elon Musk promised in a tweet that older models would offer "modifications").

Steam offers a huge library of video games, with thousands of games now available to play,even graphically demanding games like "Cyberpunk 2077". But downloading multiple arcade games requires more external storage space, including Tesla's Drive-Thru and Sentinel modes.

If you want to take full advantage of these features of the Tesla, using 500G SSD space may be limited. Tesla's Sentry mode and arcade games can fill up storage very quickly, another important consideration is rewriting your SSD as it ages. The larger the SSD, the less time of rewriting is required and obviously the more you can store. And buying an SSD for a Tesla also requires consideration of shock, vibration and transfer speeds. Therefore, the criteria we chose were SSDs with 1 TB of storage space, shock and vibration resistance and a USB 3.2 interface.

Here, we list some of our recommendations for the best portable SSDs for Tesla.


  1. Tesla Solid State Drive 
  2. Samsung T7 Shield Portable  
  3. SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable
  4. Western Digital My Passport SSD
  5. Crucial X8 1TB Portable SSD
Tesla Solid State Drive


Tesla has released a 1TB solid state drive on its official store. Set to be available in February 2023 for $350, it's designed to store everything from Tesla arcade games to vehicle camera data. And it's specifically designed to withstand the extreme temperatures, shocks and vibrations inside the car. This automotive-grade external SSD is certainly the best option, but it has the same obvious drawbacks: it's not available yet and it's much more expensive.

Samsung T7 Shield Portable

If you are looking for a portable SSD, I think you have to check out the Samsung T7 SSD. This external storage is not only fast, but also has a lot of nice features while still being able to offer good portability.

This SSD is ready for bumps and tumbles, with a rugged design and advanced external elastomers that add extra durability and can even withstand drops up to 9.8 feet, while being IP65 rated for safety against water and dust.

SanDisk Extreme Portable

Another great option is SanDisk Extreme SSD. This 1.8 ounce drive has an IP55 rugged rating, meaning it is dust and water resistant and can withstand drops from up to 6.5 feet.

It comes with password protection with 256-bit AES hardware encryption to help protect the privacy of private content. And it comes with a reassuring 5-year warranty.

Western Digital My Passport

Western Digital is a leader in SSDs, and it's also a good fit for the Tesla, with the same performance, AES hardware encryption and 6.5 feet drop resistance as SanDisk. And it's compact enough to slip into almost any pocket on a laptop bag or briefcase.

Its password protection has a unique feature of automatic backup that makes it easy to restore important files and documents that are lost or deleted. It's a great way to keep your data safe in case you lose your drive. And Western Digital also offers a warranty of up to 5 years.

Ctucial X8

An economical SSD that doesn't have a snazzy look, but it can deliver the same performance as its competitors at an attractive price Crucial uses an anodized aluminum unibody form factor that is drop-proof up to 7.5 feet, and resistant to extreme temperatures, shock and vibration.


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John Murphy

John Murphy is the founder of TOPCARS Tesla Aftermarket Accessories, as well as an investor in Tesla and owner of the Model Y. He posts about Tesla news while running the site on a daily basis.

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