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Samsung - T5 500GB External USB Type C Portable Solid State Drive - Alluring blue

Back up your system or move data between computers with this 500GB Samsung portable solid-state drive. Transfer speeds of up to 540MB/s let you save and share larger files easily, and the lightweight design fits into your pocket or bag. This durable USB 3.0 portable solid-state drive uses AES 256-bit encryption for reliable data security.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Samsung T5 500GB External USB Type C Portable Solid State Drive
    • USB Type-C to C cable
    • USB Type-C to A cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (323 out of 327)

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    Features


    500GB portable storage capacity

    Gives you simple and efficient access to your massive data so you can complete tasks quickly and on the move. Take along your documents, large-sized photos or videos, and get things done wherever you go.

    USB Type-C interface

    Offers convenient connection to an extensive range of devices from PCs, Macs, smartphones and other devices.

    Transfer speeds of up to 540 MB/s

    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.*

    Password protection with AES 256-bit hardware encryption

    Keeps your personal and private data more secure.

    Solid inside and out

    Stay worry-free. The T5 has no moving parts and a sturdy body, so it can handle drops of up to 6.6'.**

    Top-to-bottom metal design

    Comes in a rounded unibody that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand.

    Management software

    The T5 comes embedded with an intuitive software for PCs and Macs to easily set the password and get the latest firmware updates. You can also download the mobile app for Android smartphones and tablets.

    * Performance may vary depending on host configuration. To reach maximum transfer speeds of 540 MB/s, the host device, and connection cables must support USB 3.1 Gen 2 and the UASP mode must be enabled.

    ** The internal free fall shock test was conducted under controlled conditions.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 327 reviews

    99%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fast is an understatement!

      Posted
      winmac3

      As the title states, fast is an understatement, ridiculously fast! I have a Macbook Pro (w/Retina Display, right before the new model came out) with a 250gb ssd. I plugged this into the usb 3.0 port and wanted to test how fast it would transfer so I moved a 1gb movie file. At first, I thought it didn't move the file because all I heard was the click of the file transfer. When I checked, lo and behold, it moved that file instantaneously! It was actually drag and drop fast, way faster than transferring it to my Sandisk 3.0 usb flash drive! I also have an old Windows 7 laptop with less than stellar specs and while it wasn't anywhere near the transfer speed as the Mac, it was still quicker than my 7200rpm Seagate hdd. One interesting thing to note is that, on my mac, it actually showed a 500gb storage space when I first hooked it up. On Windows however, it showed something like 465gb. I'm guessing it has something to do with Windows based software that's included. The size of the drive really is the size of a business card. Color's a matte metallic finish (kind of anodized feel) and the cable's about 18 inches long. It's formatted as exFat so it works with Mac and Windows out of the box. I've only used this as an external storage and not as Time Machine so I have no idea how it performs with that. And a blue led light comes on when you plug the drive in. I got this before the price drop so it's an even better deal now. Only wish the storage size was bigger and that's the only reason why I'm giving it 4 stars. Other than that, it's been an awesome little drive!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Easy storage

      Posted
      redneckgeek
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      I really love this portable drive. Since it's an SSD, it's fast and easy to use. Essentially, just plug and play. It is very small, given the amount of storage capacity. The only thing I don't like is the cable. I can't stand these cheap cables that manufacturers include with their products. The cable for this HDD is the typical, jumper cable with the harder plastic shielding. The result when unfolded is a semi-accordion shaped, semi-rigid thing that won't cooperate in whatever limited space I'm using it in. I replaced the cable with a decent braided cloth covered cable, just to get the length and flexibility I needed. Honestly, the difference in the cost of the two types of cables can't be enough to justify sending out the cheapo version with a >$100 hard drive. Even so, I love this hard drive. From a functional standpoint, this is fantastic.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      WOW

      Posted
      jplev
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      These little Samsung Portable SSDs never cease to amaze me. It comes with both a USB A to C and a C to C cord unlike previous generations. This thing is also faster than the previous T3 generation. I use this drive for storing Final Cut X libraries that I am currently working on. It handles 4K video flawlessly since it is so incredibly fast and reliable. What I also like is there small size and the resilience of this little drive. Unlike external HDD, an SSD has no moving parts, that means that if I accidentally jostle the SSD I am not risking massive data loss like I would on an HDD. Also, this thing is so much faster than any thumb drive I have ever used. This device is well, well worth the price.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fast, Fast, Fast

      Posted
      anneeokie
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      I started copying some very large folders (about 100 GB) from my old laptop on to an older Passport external hd. After 3 hours of copying, I cancelled it and attached the Scandisk SSD and started the same copy. It copied from my old computer in about 1 1/2 hours. When I loaded the copied files to my new HP Spectre, it only took 50 minutes. Now that is amazing!!!!!. The Scandisk ssd is about the sizes of a credit card and about 1/4th inch thick. So far, it's compatible with all my older gadgets. It comes with both a USB cord and a USB-c cord. I chose the Scandisk SSD external drive after reading all the great reviews and it's certainly living up to them.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Performance

      Posted
      HobokenDutch
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      I purchased this drive to give a performance boost to my MacMini from 2012 and it was well worth the investment. After some research on Youtube on how to format an external SSD as a primary boot-up drive for a Mac, I connected this drive via one of the USB ports in the rear of the MacMini and great things began to happen. I set the MacMini to boot up to the SSD instead of the old hard drive, and I've never looked back. Everything runs faster on an SSD, and this Samsung SSD is fast on boot-up. Highly recommend if you want to give an old Mac a performance boost without cracking into the hardware itself. Just use the original hard drive as a back-up drive.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Not much to dislike about this one

      Posted
      synter
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      The size is amazing. It weights nothing, it's super fast, and reasonably priced. So why not 5 stars? Well, I guess I could do 5. But 5 means perfect to me, and I'd like the following: 1. A thinner cable, and very flexible, like Apple cables. The drive is so tiny, that the thick, non-flexible cable makes it impossible to set the drive nice and neat on something. There's no rubber feet or bottom, so the drive just flies around. And I'd prefer the led activity light on the end opposite the cable so I can see it. A tiny carrying case would have been nice too. But performance wise? All good. Black or grey would be nicer, but who cares on that part.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent portable SSD

      Posted
      X4CTO
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      I needed a reliable small solid state storage device for offloading 4K video from my portable devices so I went with the Samsung SSD's being that I've been very happy with the speed and performance of their desktop SSD's. This thing is very small and gives me an extra 500GB wherever I am. Build quality is great and the speed is ridiculously fast compared to many portable drives I've used recently. Great choice if you're looking for some of the best portable storage available. Highly recommended!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I am in love with my Samsung Portable SSD

      Posted
      RuthSpy
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      I love the transfer speed on my Samsung SSD, I think this is a must have for post production work. I am currently using it to download Pictures and Videos so it does not slow down my computer. But the only thing I have noticed is that my Bluetooth features turn off from my Keyboard and wireless mouse. I had to unplug the Samsung SSD in order to get things working. And the Keyboard had to be hard wired to the back of my IMac. Not sure if anyone else experienced this issue with their PC. But overall it delivers the transfer speeds I needed, when I am done with my work, I dump it on my WD My Passport.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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