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Keep your hard drive safe
Store confidential files securely with this metallic red Samsung T7 portable SSD. The 256-bit AES encryption offers reliable protection against unauthorized access, while write speeds of up to 1,000MB/sec. allow swift data transfer. This Samsung T7 portable SSD has an advanced thermal solution, which helps prevent overheating for seamless operation, and compatibility with multiple devices enables flexible use.
USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface
Offers an easy-to-use connection to devices. Backward compatible with USB 2.0 for simple connection to your computer. USB-powered.
Password protection and 256-bit AES hardware encryption
Help keep your files secure.
Solid state drive with no moving parts
Ensures cool, quiet operation.
Compatible with PC, Mac and Android
For flexible installation options.
1TB storage capacity
Provides ample space for storing documents, photos, music and more.
Lets you take your data on the go.
Samsung Portable SSD T7 MU-PC1T0R - solid state drive
External storage primarily comes in two varieties: you get to choose between a large, hulking hard drive that sits on your desk, usually needs its own power supply, and performs just okay, or a small thumbdrive that offers a small amount of storage with poor speeds. There were few options that delivered both compact and speedy external storage, usually ringing in at exorbitant prices reserved only for professionals and extreme hardware enthusiasts.
The last few years have mercifully changed the landscape as solid state disks (SSDs) became immensely more affordable and even smaller, with some of the highest performing disks fitting into a package the size of a stick of gum and coming in at palatable, even justifiable, prices. Samsung’s new T7 Portable SSD is a prime example of striking the balance between price, performance, and capacity, offering up to as much as two terabytes of storage into a “credit card” form factor with performance that puts many internal SSDs to shame.
- Unboxing and Setup
First impressions of the T7 are that of surprise. The portable SSD is smaller than the packaging implies, coming in slimmer and thinner than a deck of playing cards. It has the right amount of heft in the hand to feel premium, and the finish on the case is very smooth with no seams, as if milled from a single block of aluminum. The disk feels like it could take some hard drops and be none the worse for wear. Unlike external hard drives, an external SSD has no moving parts, so it can much more easily withstand bumps, shocks, and physical damage without destroying the mechanisms that let the drive function at all.
Samsung includes both USB-A and USB-C cables in the packaging for use with virtually all devices on the market. The setup guide is very sparse, but as an external disk the T7 is as plug-and-play as it gets. Once connected to a PC, the drive presents a standard partition containing an installer for the Samsung Portable SSD Software - a nice touch to speed up the setup process. The software is pretty lightweight and serves to toggle drive encryption and update the firmware on the SSD.
- Security & Encryption
Once a password is set through the Samsung Portable SSD app and “Security Mode” enabled, the drive will encrypt all data written to it. The app acts as the decryptor to allow existing data to be read and new data written to the disk until the computer is shut down or the drive is disconnected. Upon reconnection, the drive will present just a read-only partition containing the Portable SSD Software installer, and the stored data partition will not present to the OS until the drive is unlocked in the app.
The drive uses hardware-driven AES 256-bit encryption, which is the current industry standard for data security. It’s very difficult to crack besides brute-forcing the password, so the strength of your security will depend upon your password’s complexity. Don’t lose or forget it though, since there’s no way to recover the data otherwise and you’ll need to factory reset the drive to use it again, destroying all your data in the process.
The drive’s performance is greatly affected by the type of connection you use. To get top speeds you will need to connect this to a USB-C port that supports USB 3.2 Gen 2, which is still somewhat new and primarily featured in upper-midrange to high-end devices. A regular USB-A connection will be limited to USB 3.0 speeds, roughly half performance of USB 3.2 Gen2.
I was able to test both connections using CrystalDiskMark, a benchmark application to test drive speed, and had repeatable results shown in the attached images. The differences between the two connection types were most apparent with sequential operations, where it is clear that the lower bandwidth of USB-A was the limiting factor, cutting read and write speeds by nearly half. Strangely, the older USB-A connection performed significantly better at random reads and writes, outperforming some SATA disks in that regard. I could almost see this being used as an external boot disk for a full OS installation - the performance is that good.
Encryption (Security Mode) made little difference in performance, impacting the results by only a trivial amount that can be written off to standard benchmark variations.
I backed up about 800GB of data to the drive in a single go to test real-world performance on USB 3.2 Gen 2, and found that performance settled in at around 500MB per second writes peak with averages lower due to smaller file sizes getting mixed in. Over the course of an hour of constant activity, the disk got somewhat warm to the touch but never got near anything that felt hot. Performance remained consistent and never fell off.
- Bottom Line
There isn’t much to say about external storage - when it works, it works, and Samsung’s Portable SSD T7 1TB has the performance to justify its premium asking price. The drive is consistently fast and only truly limited by the connection type used, which may be even less of a factor should the drive receive a firmware update to support Thunderbolt or newer USB types. This is a great option for computer backups, game storage for consoles, or even diagnostics and testing, as its performance is much stronger than any external hard disk drive or USB flash disk (i.e. thumbdrives) available on the market. The Samsung name does come with a price premium, but within the SSD space the brand is well-respected with its portfolio of high performing, reliable SSDs that the T7 has no trouble slotting into. Highly recommended!
This is a very convenient form factor, it is fast as well. I have several now and they are connected to my Caldigit Element 4 hub . It is connected to my 14" MacBook Pro M1 Max. The Samsung SSDs are nice as I can connect them either to the the 3.2 USB or Thunderbolt 4 ports on the hub.
Super small & light. It's a solid product, but it scored much higher on my PC running CrystalDiskMark compared to running the Blackmagic disk speed test on my M1 Mac Mini. Read speed: 1,044 MB/s vs.696 MB/s. Write speed: 942 MB/s vs.743 MB/s. Strangely, it scored higher on the write speed compared to the read speed on my Mac.
Bought it for my PS5 Works excellent put all my old PS4 games and play it right from the hard drive now you could store PS5 games on there but can’t play them transfer rate is pretty fast pretty impressed with it
Let's start with the obvious, this Samsung SSD is small - it's smaller and even thinner than my wallet. If you had told me a few years back that I would no longer need to carry my brick SSD's I'd thought that you'd be pulling my chain.
I'm always super impressed with how Samsung designed the new SSD series - making it not only super portable but also sleek in color. I already own a ton of gray/black items so the red really popped and helped me locate my SSD in a pinch.
The T7 is also super easy to use, just plug in and go. It comes with two cables: USB C to USB C, and USB C to A, incase you have the older computers. You have the ability to set a password incase you are traveling with it using Samsung's software, which might be the only downside if you're planning on using it across several devices. But that's just a minor inconvenience.
The connection is instant and smooth - especially across different devices. I usually use mine between my iPad Pro and Macbook pro when uploading and downloading files. Depending on your file size and type, transferring files can take seconds or minutes, no longer is it taking me hours just to move a few heavier files.
With school starting this month, I cannot recommend the T7 enough to students and teachers. I'd give this a A+.
This is my second Samsung external SSD I have a T7 touch for my PS five and got this one for my daughters PS five great hard drives nice and fast and little quicker than the PS4 and the price isn’t too bad.
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Fast and sleek
Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
Reads and writes very quickly close to advertised (averages 800mb/s). Even at near full capacity this SSD moves fairly quick at around half it's speed (~400mb/s). It's been great to edit 4k videos off of whether it be after effects or premiere. Only gripe is packaging seemed silly, the SSD sits on the very surface and not secured inside making it fall out easily and might suffer a small scratch, so unbox slowly.
This little SSD is a powerhouse of storage. It was packed very nicely and cam with both USB-C and standard USB cables, so you can attach it to anything. The same size as a credit card, only thinner, this little beauty can easily be taken almost anywhere.
Definitely a plug and play storage device, I offloaded a ton of photographs from the hard drive of my laptop and it took very little time. I have attached it to a tablet, two different laptops and a desktop and the info is right there!
As I stated, it is quite compact and only has a power light and a socket to plug a cord into. The only thing that would make it better would be if it had a way to attach a cord or keyring to it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Brand response from Samsung
Thanks for purchasing the Samsung T7 Portable SSD and for your review. I'm glad to see you are happy with this SSD. Roughly the size of a credit card and only weighing 2 ounces, the T7 fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and is light enough to take your files on the go. Whether you're storing critical business documents, games, or movies, the Portable SSD gives you speed and durability in a palm-sized package.
Should you ever need assistance with features or usage, please know that Samsung is always here to help. You can reach us at any of the following options:
A:AnswerYou may need Apple's Lightning-to-USB cable,
or Lightning-to-USB 3 camera adapter.
For more info on how to connect the drive to ipad read on here-
A:AnswerIf you are referring to use it for games and other data on the PC, you can't as the format PS5 uses is different from what PC reads. You should be able to look at photos that's on the drive, but in terms of using it to play games from, your PS5 won't be able to until you format the drive for your PS5 which erases any data on the drive.