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Samsung T3 Portable SSD - 250GB - USB 3.1 External SSD (MU-PT250B/AM)
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- Portable Design with Internal SSD-level Performance
- Superfast Read-Write Speeds of up to 450 MB/s
- Shock Resistant & Secure Encryption
- Compatible with PC, Mac, & Android OS
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Portable SSD T3 (250GB Capacity)
With no moving parts, a shock-resistant metal body that withstands drops of up to 6.5 feet, and built-in AES 256-bit hardware encryption, this SSD offers complete data protection from the inside out.
Enjoy Internal SSD-Level Performance in a Compact Form
Designed specifically for today's mobile lifestyles, the Samsung Portable SSD T3 offers a storage capacity of up to 250GB in a palm-sized design, making it easy to take all your important files with you. This powerful drive offers blazing-fast transfer speeds of up to 450 MB/s* for up to 4x the speed of traditional 2.5 inch portable hard drives (HDD)** while weighing less than two ounces.***
- Superfast read/write speeds of up to 450MB/s*
- Compact design weighs less than two ounces***
- Shock-resistant metal case and internal frame
- USB 3.1 Type-C port to connect to latest devices
- Compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and Android devices****
Small in Size, Big on Memory
Built strong and light for potent portability, the Samsung Portable SSD T3 allows you to store and access huge amounts of data. With a capacity of up to 250GB, this sleek SSD fits easily in your pocket, so you can take all your data with you anywhere you go.
Transfers Large Amounts of Data in Moments
With blazing-fast read/write speeds of up to 450MB/s,* the Samsung Portable SSD T3 allows you to transfer data in seconds. These transfer speeds are up to 4x faster than those of traditional 2.5 inch portable hard drives,** raising the bar for speed and capacity in portable storage.
Compact, Lightweight Design
The Samsung Portable SSD T3 weighs less than two ounces*** and measures roughly the same size as a business card, delivering next-level speed, capacity, durability, and connectivity in a truly compact design.
V-NAND Technology for Enhanced Performance
The Samsung Portable SSD T3 uses Samsung 3D vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology to increase density, performance, and efficiency while creating a smaller footprint. This revolutionary vertical design allows the SSD T3 to hold large amounts of data in a compact drive that fits in the palm of your hand.
Durable Design and AES Encryption Keep Your Data Safe
Designed with no moving parts, the Samsung Portable SSD T3 features a shock-resistant metal case and internal frame that can withstand up to 1500G of force--the equivalent of a 6.5-foot drop. Plus, AES 256-bit encryption algorithm protects your data.
Compatible with Multiple Operating Systems and Devices
The Samsung T3 SSD features a USB 3.1 Type-C connection port, so you can use your T3 SSD with the latest devices, including Windows Ultrabooks, MacBooks, Android tablets, and smartphones.**** You can also use your SSD T3 with other older devices supporting USB 2.0 ports using the included USB Type-C to Type-A adapter.
What's in the Box:
Samsung Portable SSD T3, quick start guide and warranty statement, and USB Type-C to Type-A cable.
*Performance may vary depending on host configuration and data type. USB 3.1 connection, internal SSD, and UASP mode must be enabled.
**Compared to traditional spinning platter portable hard disk drive (HDD); performance may vary depending on host configuration and data type. USB 3.1 connection, internal SSD, and UASP mode must be enabled.
***Exact weight of product may vary by capacity.
****Type-C to Type-A adapter included. Additional adapters may be required (sold separately).
|960 PRO||960 EVO||850 PRO||850 EVO||T3 Portable SSD|
|Capacity||512GB, 1TB, 2TB||250GB, 500GB, 1TB||256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB||250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB||250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB|
|Form Factor||M.2 2280||M.2 2280||2.5 inch||2.5 inch, mSATA, M.2 2280||Portable|
|Interface||NVMe PCIe||NVMe PCIe||SATA III 6Gb/s||SATA III 6Gb/s||USB 3.1|
|Max. Sequential Read Speed (Speeds vary by system environment, form factor, and capacity)||Up to 3,500 MB/s||Up to 3,200 MB/s||Up to 550 MB/s||Up to 540 MB/s||Up to 450 MB/s|
|Max. Sequential Write Speed (Speeds vary by system environment, form factor, and capacity)||Up to 2,100 MB/s||Up to 1,900 MB/s||Up to 520 MB/s||Up to 520 MB/s||Up to 450 MB/s|
|NAND Type||Samsung V-NAND||Samsung V-NAND||Samsung V-NAND||Samsung V-NAND||Samsung V-NAND|
|Warranty (Limited warranty TBW varies by capacity)||Limited 5 Years||Limited 3 Years||Limited 10 Years||Limited 5 Years||Limited 3 Years|
|Recommended For||Ultimate Performance Gaming and Professional Computing||Advanced Performance Gaming and Professional Computing||Gaming and Professional Computing||Everyday Computing||Fast and Reliable External Storage|
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|Hard-Drive Size||250 GB||500 GB||250 GB||256 GB||480 GB||250 GB|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB||USB 3.0||—||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||Solid State Drive|
|Item Dimensions||2.28 x 2.91 x 0.41 in||0.4 x 2.3 x 3 in||2.98 x 2.98 x 0.42 in||1.8 x 3.5 x 0.39 in||3.25 x 0.7 x 5.25 in||1.95 x 3.79 x 0.35 in|
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Portability is the key element shared among all digital devices today where everything, including you, is constantly moving. When you are always on-the-go, your data should be, too. Born and bred with potent portability in its core, the Samsung Portable SSD T3 is built strong and light and is equipped with a built-in security feature. Most of all, it offers the blazing-fast data transfer speed of up to 450 MB/s. With compatibility across multiple operating systems and devices, the T3 will take your data to another level of accessibility.
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I bought this drive, cloned my OS X internal drive to it (the 512GB model), and my computer now behaves like it has an SSD for a fraction of the price. It supports UASP, which was critical for me. We'll see how it lasts, but right now the difference this made in the computer as a boot drive means it no longer takes 20-seconds to open Lightroom, but instead 4-5 seconds (with a huge library of 90k photos).
According to disk speed test, I see right around 390mb/s write and 425mb/s read over USB 3.0.
The Samsung T3's exterior casing is and improvement over the prior version of the product. It' snow metal and much more rugged, it sports a reversible USB type C connector, and it now works out of the box without additional software installation.
This is a great portable storage device that's fast enough for just about any use that might be thrown its way. Great for general video editing (even multicamera 4k edits) and certainly more than adequate for gaming. I use a bunch of these as field editing drives for my YouTube channel and have found them to be every bit as good as desktop class SATA SSD drives.
You will need to buy a USB-C to USB-C cable for connecting to a USB-C PC, however. The cable it comes with is a USB-C to standard USB 3.0 connector.
NOTE: I purchased one of these originally and later received one via the Amazon Vine program.
----------------Apr 26 2016 Update----------------
I changed my review score to 5 to reflect the additional tests I've done to clarify the speed cap myth with Macbook.
After I consult with Apple forum, I get a answer that I might need a USB 3.0 USB-C to USB-c cable. So I did a search, and the ONLY cable mentioned USB 3.1 10Gb/s support is from Belkin: Belkin 3-Foot 3.1 USB Type C (USB-C) to USB Type C Cable, USB-C Certified And I tested with Macbook, it correctly recognized with USB 3.0 speed and pushed speed to it's limit. photo 7-8
So, in conclusion, If you want to achieve best performance with USB-C cable, make sure you have a USB-C cable support at least 5Gb/s transfer speed. And some cable like Apple's USB-C, Google's USB-C, Anker USB-C they only support 480Mb/s which is USB 2.0 standard for data transfer.
I purchased it to used with my MacBook Retina 12' because of the USB-C support
But there is a real problem for this drive to use with USB-C to USB-C cable:
If you use it with Apple USB-C to USB-C cable, you only get USB 2.0 speed which is capped at 40MB/s in and out. Like the photo 1-3 show below.
If you use it with the accompany USB-A to USB-C cable you will have USB 3.0 speed which is 400MB/s in 425MB/s out. But the inconvenience part is for MacBook you have to use a USB-C to USB-A adapter like the photo 4-6 shows.
So in conclusion: if you purchased it for the USB-C convenience and universal support, you will disappointed with the speed seriously capped into USB 2.0 standard. For the best performance, you have to use the USB-A to USB-C cable, which will put it back to the same category of using a microUSB cable: you'll need adapter to make it work in full speed.
I've yet to have a Samsung disk fail, and I've owned and used a small handful over the past 3-4 years. For me, use means ran a full system from, whether it be as a root drive or as a host for a partition with a Virtual Machine on it. I've not yet been able to confirm the durability and reliability of the T3, but I would be surprised if it failed any time sooner than their T1 l ine.
Now, for performance. I will let the numbers speak mostly for themselves, but I will say this- the is is the fastest external drive I've ever found or heard of, and it's actually quite faster than many internal SATA SSD drives over 6gbps interfaces.
Here are the no BS benchmarks. I was only able to test the 1 TB model as my budget doesn't allow me to buy one of each of the other sizes. That said, I would love to get my hands on the 2TB model!
For the benchmark, I'm actually using a 64 bit Linux system and the partition I am testing on is using software encryption, the settings being xts-plain64-sha1 with a 256 bit key size. This benchmark focuses on what I tend to care most about- raw, sustained throughput. Many drives will burst to a certain speed via some caching mechanism, then quickly return to 1/10th that speed. The T1 and T3 devices do not have this issue- or at least their non-cache speed is still blazing fast.
Before I get to the numbers, I'd also like to commend Samsung for not setting the device as a CD-ROM type device untilo formatted using their Windows based software. This device was a 1TB disk out of the box, easy to partition however I wanted.
Raw throughput peformance via LUKS software encrypted partition:
root@debian:/mnt/usb# echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
root@debian:/mnt/usb# dd if=/dev/zero of=tempfile bs=1M count=102400 conv=fdatasync,notrunc
102400+0 records in
102400+0 records out
107374182400 bytes (107 GB) copied, 258.599 s, 415 MB/s
root@debian:/mnt/usb# echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
root@debian:/mnt/usb# dd if=tempfile of=/dev/null bs=1M count=102400
102400+0 records in
102400+0 records out
107374182400 bytes (107 GB) copied, 253.642 s, 423 MB/s
root@debian:/mnt/usb# dd if=tempfile of=/dev/null bs=1M count=102400102400+0 records in
102400+0 records out
107374182400 bytes (107 GB) copied, 14.054 s, 7.6 GB/s
To interpret these results- the first is a raw write benchmark, writing ~100MB sequentially, with an empty cache. The second is a raw read benchmark, again, with an empty cache. Without cache, these are worst case performance tests. The third test is read peformance with the cache in play. The numbers:
415 MB/s WRITE speed
423 MB/s READ speed
7.6GB/s CACHED READ speed
A device at this price that can read/write at these speeds consistently is amazing for anyone who wants to use it for serious I/O. If you plan to backup an entire system, use this drive. Your source drive will probably be the bottleneck, even if it has Samsung 850 Pro drives in it. If you plan to run virtual machines off of this, you should also use this drive.
If you're just one of those people that wants the absolutely best value with a preference towards high performance, use this drive.
Hope this is helpful. Note this review is from a Linux system- there's no reason the drive should perform significantly differently in Windows, though it is entirely possible there is a special Windows based driver Samsung provides that gives a small boost.
VERDICT: very happy, would recommend you buy this drive
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