Questions & Answers
- Answer I use one on an XBox One X. Really made load times faster.
- Answer I am using one on a 2019 iMac 27" (w/256GB SDD internal) as an external 1TB for storage and on a 2017 iMac 21.5" as an external SSD boot disk in lieu of the 1TB internal Fusion. Both are running Catalina. No problems with either.
QuestionMy husband has a desktop Dell. How much data will this external hard drive hold? Also, will it connect to his Dell? We have a lot of pictures saved on the Dell and would like to unload them. We are not that computer savvy? Thanks.
- Answer I use this for my entire catalog of photos in Lightroom and there is only about half the drive space taken up. Not sure how many photos you're talking about and being a non static number for the size, as every photo is different, then it it hard to say if 1TB will store all your photos. I can tell you I have 230,000 and most are taken in a RAW format by the camera and those are the ones I have on this drive that is now half full. You can also connect this to your Dell desktop without worry. I myself have a Dell and I use it regularly with this drive. You plug it into your USB port on the computer and you should see it in your file manager very shortly after that. (takes a few moment s to read and or set itself up). Hope everything works out for you and you get the storage space you need.
QuestionWhat kind of speeds can I expect to get with this drive if I'm using USB 3.0 connection? I know it's a pricey drive for this application but my MacBook Pro has 3.0 ports, and I like the reliability of the SSD, compared to HDD.
- Answer You should expect to get speeds around 410 MB/s for both using a 3.0 port
QuestionHi I bought a gaming desktop was going to get another ssd getting one externally would be easier my question is will the USB type c be just as fast as having one internally?
- Answer On a new computer I'm having built, the speed on that internal SSD drive and this external one appear to match fairly closely. Joke; probably because of those irritatingly short cables.)
- Answer Yes both USB A TO C and USB C TO C.
- Answer per the Samsung website, the blue is available in 250 and 500 GB whereas the black is available in 1 or 2 TB. The difference is the capacity.
QuestionAnyone using this external SSD unit had experience with doing a firmware update on the T5 1TB? Reading support documentation @ Samsung support, their wizard isn't Mac compatible as I read it. Thanks, W
- Answer I downloaded the app that came with the drive, (Samsung Portable SSD) and its pretty straightforward. You plug the SSD in, launch the app, and hit the update button within the app. It should update within a couple seconds.
- Answer Yes it can. Use the appropriate cable (supplied with ssd) that has the physical connector for the usb 2.0 port. You won’t get the speed out of the drive because the usb 2.0 port will essentially choke. The ssd is orders of magnitude faster in data throughput than a usb 2 port. So it may be an expensive solution as compared to a regular external HD. However, it will be more reliable than a regular HD and also be somewhat future proof when you upgrade to a usb 3.xx port with faster data throughput. It is also smaller and lighter with all-metal construction compared to most 2.5 in external bus powered HDs.
QuestionWould this work as the same as an internal one? been looking at replacing the C drive with SSD but if this will do the same then I would be ok with having and external SSD.
- Answer No. The cost of this drive compared to an internal SSD wether 2.5 or a M.2 is drastic and the performance would be degraded. This drive is meant for backups and transportation not as a OS drive.
QuestionCan i store files from multiple devices??? Like Xbox One X, Note8, External HD, Laptop. Games,Photos, Videos, Music. Or can this only be encripted to 1 device only?
- Answer It can be partitioned just like a regular hard drive. There are a couple of file formats that it didn't like/offer but that was merely a matter of choice
QuestionCan the USB Type C connect to an ethernet cable that is connected to my router? I would keep the SSD in a fireproof cabinet connected to the Router/computer via the ethernet cable that transitions down to the SSD.
- Answer No, this ssd wouldnt work that way. You need a nas deck to do what you are trying to do.
QuestionI’m looking to purchase one to use in a mobile DJ setup. I would be loading mp3 and wav files on the drive filling the drive to about half of its capacity—at least 4 hrs continuous play time for a show. Anyone have feedback on this application?
- Answer While I’m not a DJ, I’ve stressed this little drive out through photography and pushed it to the limit of data transfer and the drive seems to be faster then my computer (a brand new MacBook Pro) can read/write. I’ve also had a file corrupt on this drive without it compromising any other data. It’s a beast. If any SS drive can handle the transfer load you’re mentioning, it’s this.
QuestionQuestion about this SSD's hardware encryption: If the device fails or gets stolen, is there a way to decrypt my all encrypted files that I plan to back up to cloud storage?
- Answer The T5 has part of its drive partitioned as an encrypted drive. It is only accessible with the included software. If the software was deleted it must be downloaded from the company support website.
QuestionWill this be compatible with the PS5? Looking for a semi-lower cost external SSD with actual decent storage. Only thing I've seen in stores advertised for PS5 was I believe 500 GB or less, which is not ideal for games running 60+ GB a piece on average.
- Answer Yes it is compatible with the PS5. I got it for my PS5 (to store PS4 games on) & it works fine. Does exactly what it's supposed to do.
- Answer Yes you can
QuestionCan this T5 be used as a back up to my computer with an ethernet cable from my router and the T5 50 feet away in a secured enclosure. The ethernet cable could be converted over to the type C at the secured end?
- Answer I have never tried such a hookup. I suppose it would work. However, using an SSD drive for backups is a very expensive storage option. The beauty of an SSD drive is speed. You really don't need speed for a backup most of the time. A slower less expensive conventional drive is more than adequate for backups as long as it is a reliable brand.
- Answer If you format it as ExFAT, you can use it with either Windows or Mac, but that file format pays a speed price that I find to be too much. The way I do it is by formatting for Mac as HFS+ (aka, Mac OS Extended, Journaled) since I mostly use the Mac; then I use the Paragon HFS+ driver for use on Windows. You could also format as NTFS and get a NTFS driver for Mac. macOS can read NTFS drives without a driver, but not write to them. DO NOT format as APFS (the new macOS file format). The Windows drivers for APFS are still read only.