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SAMSUNG T5 Portable SSD 500GB - Up to 540MB/s - USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive, Black (MU-PA500B/AM)
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- SUPERFAST READ WRITE SPEEDS: SSD with V-NAND offers ultra-fast data transfer speeds of up to 540MB/s (up to 4.9x faster than external HDDs); Ideal for transferring large-sized data including 4K videos, high-resolution photos, games and more
- COMPACT AND PORTABLE DESIGN: Top to bottom shock resistant metal design fits in the palm of your hand and easily slides in your pocket or purse to take work and entertainment on the go
- SECURE ENCRYPTION: Optional password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption keeps your personal and private data more secure
- SEAMLESS CONNECTIVITY: Includes USB Type C to C and USB Type C to A cables to connect to PCs, Macs, smartphones and other devices
- WARRANTY AND COMPATIBILITY: 3-year limited warranty; Requires Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), Android 4.4 (KitKat), or higher; Older versions of the Windows, Mac and Android operating systems may not be supported
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The World in your Pocket
Get your entertainment, coursework, or games anywhere, on any device. Feel the freedom of huge storage and speedy transfers to laptops, smartphones, game consoles and more. The latest T5 easily slides in your pocket or purse, with multiple color options that complement your sense of style.
Fast Transfer Speeds
With Samsung V-NAND flash memory and a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, the T5 provides transfer speeds of up to 540 MB/s*, that’s up to 4.9x faster than external HDDs**. Transfers and backups of large-sized data including 4K videos and high-resolution photos will be much quicker and faster.
*Performance may vary depending on host configuration. Must support USB 3.1 Gen 2 and the UASP mode must be enabled.
**Based on internal test results compared to a Samsung external HDD 500GB.
Make It Your Favorite Accessory
More Color Choices
The T5 brings more style to computing with chic colors, sleek casing, and elegantly curved sides. The rose gold, metallic red, deep black and alluring blue* aluminum finishes offer you even more color choices across different storage capacities.
*Color options vary by storage capacity.
Compact and light
Smaller than the average business card, weighing just 1.80oz, and only 0.41" thick. The compact, light and slim T5 is the perfect portable storage.
Solid Inside and Out
The T5 has no moving parts and a sturdy metal body, so it can handle drops of up to 2 meters*. The optional password protection with AES 256-bit hardware encryption keeps your personal and private data more secure*.
*The internal free fall shock test was conducted under controlled conditions.
Manage your data easily with new intuitive software for PCs and Macs* that makes it simple to set the password and get the latest firmware updates. You can also download the mobile app for Android smartphones and tablets.**
*Software requires Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), Android 4.4 (KitKat), or higher. Older versions of the Windows, Mac and Android operating systems may not be supported.
**Firmware update requires PC or Mac connection. Android app available on Google Play.
Any Device, Anywhere
USB Type-C to C and USB Type-C to A cables* are included for effortless convenience, especially when you're on the move.
*With USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
Ready Anytime, Anywhere
Take everything, all your work and entertainment, with you. Take along your documents, photos or videos, and get things done wherever you go.
Compatible with your Devices
Easily plugs into your PC, Mac, smartphone or gaming console* for lightning-fast access to memories, entertainment and more.
*Compatibility may vary.
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The Samsung T5 Portable SSD has the latest in Samsung V-NAND flash memory technology. Its portable design, blazing fast transfer speeds of up to 540 MB/s, shock resistance, and secure encryption make it the best portable SSD on the market. Shockproof aluminum exterior-can withstand accidental drops of up to 2m.
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If you accidentally installed the software on your Mac, back up all your files and follow the instructions below that are listed but hard to find in the Samsung T5 SSD Manual. You can also refer to the screenshot I attached to this review which Samsung explains how to delete it from Windows and Mac.
Software needs to be deleted manually by executing CleanupPSSD_Mac.sh in SW installation path.
(Normally ~/Library/Application Support/PortableSSD/CleanupPSSD_Mac.sh)
*Third party cleaners such as AppCleaner may not delete “Samsung Portable SSD” SW completely.
One non-Mac related issue is the fact that it's simply not as durable as it looks. The connector to the USB cable is made with cheap metal and gets easily bent. Not good for technology of this general quality.
But the proprietary software that comes with it is a problem. It frequently stops recognizing the drive when the computer has gone to sleep, necessitating you unplug it and plug it back in.
There is always a message that it was ejected improperly after it *mounts*
I updated the software at one point and it refused to be recognized on my laptop. I found the offending file after an hour and replaced it with a backup and then it worked.
In short, it's lovely to carry all this storage in hand, but Samsung should make a product that plugs and plays in Mac--we're way past proprietary software for accessories these days. And while we're at it, they should at least make the software flawless.
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I purchased the Samsung T5 500GB brand new, however once I installed the ssd software it’s prompting for a password. This product seems to be USED!
This is upsetting because it was advertised as a NEW product. Once I scrolled through the reviews - I could see other customers who also have experienced this..
Can this be looked into immediately and actioned!
So... if you give command to copy-paste, say, 1GB worth of many small files files, it starts great but within seconds slows down to speed of a floppy-disk. That point onwards the transfer is painfully slow for an SSD. (This does not happen with the SSD that came with my computer because ALL of disk space is truly SSD).
For day-to-day I/O where you are saving small files or retrieving them, it works great. But if you do bulk transfer, it is just another USB 2.0 or even slower (after the initial spike though).
Build quality is good & it came with 2 wires (1) USB-C wire (2)conventional USB wire. It was very easy to set-up.
What happens if you click through the Apple warning messages....the Samsung software will install, but if you make the mistake of clicking on the Samsung software update that's indicated when the software is open. YOU WILL BRICK THE SAMSUNG DRIVE MAKING IT USELESS! What happens is that you get a message asking you to connect the ssd drive to your computer, but what happens after you update the software is that the SSD drive and you Mac will NO LONGER RECOGNIZE EACH OTHER!
It's a bit of a process to get rid of the software. You have to enter a command string into Terminal to get rid of the &&^%$ software!
OK....do the following and you should be good.
Download the setup software. DO NOT UPDATE THE SOFTWARE WHEN INSTALLED. The software will ask you to assign a password. DO NOT ASSIGN A PASSWORD. Turn that option off. AGAIN.....TURN THAT PASSWORD OPTION OFF! The software will warn you the the drive won't be safe....yada yada!
Once you do the above you should be able to see the drive your desktop and Finder. The final step to drag the SAMSUNG software from your desktop into your trash basket and forget about it. YOU DO NOT NEED THE SOFTWARE....Just the drivers which are now installed. So every time you plug in the SSD drive will see it without opening any Samsung software.
Boot up time went from 1:15 to 0:35 -- more than twice as fast.
This is by far the cheapest and easiest upgrade you can get for any computer!
Bought this Samsung T5 Portable SSD 500GB USB 3.1 (MU-PA500B/AM) for 149.99$ for Blackmagic pocket cinema camera 4k (BMPCC). Right out of the box, it was formatted to ‘OSX extended’ using the camera itself. Testing/video recordings were done for one minute only and it did pass all codecs/modes/max fps (including 120fps), except Lossless RAW (which is recorded in DNG) at 60fps for both UHD 3840x2160 and 4KDCI 4096x2160. See attached picture for more details.
This SamsungT5 SSD can record excess of 880Mbps which is manufacturer’s stated data storage/recording rate for ProRes 422HQ, 3840x2160 at 24fps.
* Price, you decide if it is right. (You can get 1TB internal SSD for same price too)
* Lightweight and half the size of regular SSD.
* Comes with USB 3.1 and USB C adapter cables.
* Power consumption is just 4 watts (0.8A at 5vDC) in comparison to 6 watts (1.2A at 5vDC) by other Samsung 860 EVO V-NAND 500Gb internal SSD.
* Warms up fast when recording at higher resolution at 60fps continuously for more than 5-10mins.
* 8 out of the 10 times, Bmpcc camera refuses to recognize the drive, especially when both are booted up ‘plugged in’ together. Solution is to plug it in only after the camera is powered up first.
* USB 3.1 to iMac computer data transfer speed is approx. 400-500mbps.
UPDATE October 2019 (see 2nd update picture with red note):
Above review was for older/original firmware 5.2 of the BMPCC 4K camera. Good news is that Samsung T5 now can record ALL new formats (as par new Firmware 6.2.1 update :) without any problems.
Note: Bad news is that new firmware allows you to record 120fps in RAW (aka BRAW) and ProRes at 1080p only.
Physically the drive is very compact - a little shorter an slightly wider than a credit card and about 1/4" thick and very light. The exterior is unassuming flat black aluminum and one end has a USB-C port and a small blue activity light.
It comes pre-formatted in exFAT which works on both Windows and Mac. The box also includes a fairly stiff USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB-A cable, each about 12" long. The drive includes a software password tool if you want to password protect the drive contents (I didn't install this) for Mac, Windows, and Android.
Other than the size and durability (no moving parts), the main benefit of these drives are speed. They are incredibly fast owing to USB 3.1 interface. I did a quick, informal test and 25Gb of video transferred in under a minute from my Mac Book Pro (USB-C); reading it back took about the same time. This is fast enough to use as regular storage and a huge time saver if you need to move large files between computers.
The drive does get a tad warm under use and the cable is stiff enough to prevent the lightweight drive from laying flat on a desk during use, but these are minor quibbles.