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[DISCONTINUED] Samsung T1 Portable 500GB USB 3.0 External SSD (MU-PS500B/AM)
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- Easy Password Protection - Embedded AES 256 bit encryption for cutting edge data security
- Slim compact shape, combining style and portability featuring laser patterning and black chrome metalized finish
- Capacity: 500GB. Form Factor: Portable
- Transfer Rate: 450 MB/s. Encryption: AES 256-bit
- Compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0
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Introducing the Samsung Portable SSD T1
We have taken the power and performance of an internal SSD, added cutting edge security and put it in a compact, stylish case. The T1 is the perfect portable portfolio for your life. It's a new way to have your personal and professional data with you all the time.
Samsung Portable SSD T1
- Portable SSD with internal SSD-level performance
- Superfast read-write speeds of up to 450 MB/s
- AES 256 bit Encryption for cutting edge data security
Do not wait for your data. Compared to traditional spinning platter external HDDs, the T1’s portable SSD is up to 3 - 4 times faster. This means you’ll save time when moving or retrieving files like music, movies, documents and photos.
Cutting Edge Security
For many people their data is their life -- whether it’s personal or professional. That’s why we’ve made sure the T1 is embedded with the latest in advanced security using an AES 256 bit encryption algorithm to secure valuable data. No installation is required and all your data can be accessed with one password.
Sleek, Stylish Design
Let your portable SSD be an expression of your tech-savvy style. The T1’s sleek premium design is accentuated by its slim compact shape, combining style and portability. Plus, it features laser patterning and black chrome metalized finishing.
Internal SSD-level Performance
Now you can get the responsiveness of an internal SSD in a compact portable package. External HDDs can not compare with the T1’s random read and write speeds which provide off-the-charts performance when accessing your files.
Compact and Convenient
You deserve immediate access to your data any time you want it. Now, you can keep your data with you at all times thanks to the T1’s compact, portable design. At 2.8x2.0x.4, just slide it into your pocket, wallet or bag and you’re good to go. Data storage has never been so portable.
Shock and Vibration Resistant
Because it utilizes solid state technology, the sturdy T1 has no moving parts, making it more resistant to shock and vibration. It also features Dynamic Thermal Guard which protects data in high temperatures and allows you to take your data safely with you wherever you go.
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The powerful performance of an internal SSD with cutting edge security in a compact, stylish case.
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But let's start with the good.
1.) It's adorable. I mean really, really adorable. And tiny. It's smaller than you think. At 0.8" thick x 2.0" long x 0.4" wide (and only 26 grams!), it makes regular 2.5" SSDs in enclosures look and feel absolutely massive.
2.) It's based on the 850 EVO with 3D NAND, so it should be very reliable in the longterm.
3.) Comes with a dinky little USB 3.0 cable. While the cable design itself is unique to the T1 as far as I'm aware, you can use any USB 3.0 cable out there if you lose the one the T1 comes with.
4.) Great speed. I recorded just a hair under 390MB/s writes and another hair over 430MB/s read speeds while connected to my 2014 5K iMac, and similar speeds connected to a 2014 Mac mini.
5.) 3-year warranty.
1.) When you plug this drive into a Mac, you're greeted by a small 128MB partition with Windows and Mac installation files. Given that with every external drive I've ever used I would just wipe the drive and start using the disk, I was surprised to see that this doesn't work on the T1. First, you can't format the disk in Disk Utility - it just hangs the application. And second, you have no access to the actual 500GB - it's simply not visible. Uh oh. So, against my better judgment I installed their utility, which put two kexts AND an executable application on my iMac. At that point, I was able to label the disk using Samsung's utility, and set a password if I wanted. As soon as that was done, voila - 500GB available for my usage.
But this is simply not acceptable. While I understand the necessity of the software if you want to password-protect the disk, there's no reason to force the software installation for everyone. So, I loaded up the Samsung utility, disabled the password, and then was able to successfully remove the two kext files and the Samsung application from my computer. At that point, the drive was readable on my 5K iMac without any issue, and also readable on the Mac mini (that I had never installed the software on in the first place).
So at this point I think it's a great shame that Samsung has forced a software installation that keeps a daemon running in the background on your Mac - when for many of us it will be completely unnecessary.
So here's my guide to making this SSD work on your Mac (and subsequently ANY Mac) without any software running - assuming you're not setting a password on the disk:
1.) Plug in your new T1 to your Mac (after marveling at how adorable it is).
2.) Install the Samsung application.
3.) Now your drive should show up fine to read from and write files to.
4.) Open up Terminal (quick way to get to it is hit Command+Space Bar, and then type "Terminal", and hit "Enter")
5.) Type or copy the following, one line at a time. (you can also manually do this in Finder if you have the know-how):
sudo rm -r /System/Library/Extensions/SATSMARTDriver.kext
sudo rm -r /System/Library/Extensions/SATSMARTLib.plugin
(This removes two of the three unnecessary files that Samsung installs)
6.) Remove the Samsung Application and folder from within ~/Library/Application Support/
You can achieve this this by doing the following:
a.) Open Finder.
b.) In Finder, press CMD+Shift+G.
c.) Paste the following: ~/Library/Application Support/
d.) Remove the "PortableSSD" folder. This folder should contain only the Samsung application, so the folder is safe to delete in this case.
7.) You're done!
What's really frustrating about what Samsung has done is that they do tell you how to remove the first two files before you install their software, but make no mention of the third file/application that keeps running in the background. I thought about docking this review to 3 stars out of 5 for that alone, but the drive quality "makes up for it" in many ways.
Overall, this is a great drive. It's just such a shame that Samsung has shown a lack of professionalism by their underhanded driver installation process (a process that needn't exist for many).
PS Samsung - if you're reading this: In future ship this drive "open," i.e. a 500GB SSD with 500GB accessible OUT OF THE BOX. You can put the Samsung application on the SSD (maybe being completely truthful about what this entails...), but this then gives people the OPTION of whether they want your files all over their computer depending on whether they want password protection or not. Don't force it upon absolutely everyone who wants to use this otherwise excellent SSD.
4 stars out of 5. Recommended with the above caveat.
1) Very small and elegant
2) Fast (I am seeing > 300MB/s sustained reads, > 200MB/s sustained writes on large files via USB3)
Supplied cable works fine (via USB3) with my Samsung laptop, but usually not on my new Lenovo.
On Lenovo, plugging in to USB3 port sometimes recognizes as USB2 device, sometimes not at all, occasionally as USB3 (but rarely).
Looking carefully at the cable, I think this is a design issue, not a defect in this particular cable.
I can use a standard USB3 cable and it works fine, but the supplied short cable connector has subtle dimensional differences that keep it from working properly.
Guess I will be shopping for a new short USB3 cable!
Addendum1: The cable type is the same that ships with the Samsung Note3 Smart Phone (Micro USB3 on the device end).
I tried my Note3 cable and it works reliably on my Lenovo USB3 ports with the T1 Drive (full USB3 connection).
There are a number of short (10cm and 6in) cables available on Amazon.
I have placed an order and will report back...
Addendum2: I bought 2 short cables, ASIN B00H47OWFQ and ASIN B00NTR1D8E (you can search for these here on Amazon).
The first is listed as 10cm but is actually 17cm (end-to-end).
The second is listed as 15cm but is actually 16cm (end-to-end).
By comparison, the supplied cable is 12.5cm (end-to-end).
Both of these cables provide a reliable USB3 connection with all of my USB3 computers, whereas the stock Samsung cable does not.
They are also far more flexible than the stock cable.
I recommend buying one of these to avoid frustration and irritation!
So talking about the design: On the front you can see a metallic Samsung logo on a carbon fiber looking housing and to the side is a black glossy plastic end housing. The drive feels insanely lightweight and seems to be made primarily of plastic. On the top is an LED indicator as well as the micro usb 3 connection port.
So connecting the drive to your PC is relatively simple, just connect the micro usb 3 end of the cable into the port on the T1 by lining up the arrow symbol. Next hook up the USB 3 end into your USB 3 compatible computer for maximum speeds. As far as compatibility is concerned, you can use a computer with USB 2 but USB 3 will provide the fastest speeds possible.
So once I connected my drive, it showed up as T1 underscore Setup and contained two files. a DMG file and an executable. The DMG is for Macs and the exe is for Windows. Installation was fairly simple for Macs and probably for Windows as well. You just need to install a simple driver and you’re good to go. Once it’s done installing, reconnect the drive and you’re set. You should immediately be prompted with a welcome screen to activate the T1. click next, and then enter a name. Next you’re asked to set a password. You should then see the device listed as Samsung underscore T1 in your devices list and be able to transfer files to it. If you ever want to change your password and see the drive’s info, a shortcut to the menu was made automatically on my desktop to do so.
So now lets do some speed tests. Using black magic disk speed test, I set my target drive as the T1 and used a 5GB stress. The speeds I got are just absolutely insane. Averaging around 350 megabytes per second for both read and write in such a small compact form factor is just unbelievable. This things handles gigabytes of files like nothing. I transferred a 1.28 GB movie in just around 5 seconds. Insane.
So now let me give you guys my thoughts and impressions on the T1.
The T1 is sleek and very portable. I mean the damn thing is smaller than a typical gift card and way smaller than a smartphone like the Note 4. It’s also incredibly thin as well. One thing that worries me about the design is that it feels very fragile. It uses a plastic housing that is really lightweight. I wanted to see how much this thing actually weighs, and using my trusty scale, the readings I got were 0.9 oz by the drive itself and 1.2 oz with the cable attached. That is crazy light. Something else that concerns me is the short usb cable. It’s very short and not very maneuvarable which makes it quite clear that the T1 is mostly for the on-the-go user. There are ways to get around this though by simply getting a longer USB 3 to micro usb 3 cable which are actually already available through many online retailers. Installation is really easy but I do want to mention one thing about the security. If you set a password with the drive, you will not able to use it with devices other than PCs so if you use drives with many types of devices, you might be SOL. For most users though, this isn’t really a problem. In terms of transfer rates, as you saw, this thing flies. But transfer rates, if you don’t know already, really depend on not only the thing you’re transferring to, but also the device you’re transferring from. If you don’t have usb 3 connections or the internal drive of your computer is just a traditional hard drive and not an SSD, you will not get the maximum or close to maximum results from the drive. I transfer files from my Late 2013 Mac Pro and mid 2012 macbook air, both of which have usb 3 and SSDs. If you’re hardware can’t back up the potential, it really isn’t worth it to buy the T1. And all of this leads me to my conclusion. The Samsung T1 portable SSD is clearly not made for everyone. It’s made for the on-the-go user who is most likely a professional and has the specific hardware to make the most use of the T1. This is not a consumer device and I want to make that very clear for people who don’t know better. For the demographic that the T1 does concern, the T1 is definitely expensive compared to other competitors, but it is by far, according to my knowledge, the best of its class right now which means that if you need something reliable, extremely portable, and most importantly, fast, the T1 is perfect.
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It worked a couple months, until after I updated my Mac OS. Samsung will not replace these for you, so you are out what ever you pay for it.