Tough, fast, and compact. The all new rugged PSSD T7 Shield is built to endure with the space to create thanks to an IP65 rating for Dust¹ and Water² resistance.
Keep cool at high speed
Transfer massive files in seconds. USB 3.2 Gen 2 and PCIe® NVMe™ achieve soaring sequential read/write speeds of up to 1,050/1,000 MB/s³, allowing you to edit directly from the drive.
The high-tech rubber exterior with Dynamic Thermal Guard controls heat to maintain steady performance for even giant projects.
Ready for the rough and tumble. Shoot on location and wander the wild while feeling confident your data is securely resistant against water⁴ and dust⁵ with an IP65 rating.
The rugged design and advanced outer elastomer add extra durability to even endure a 9.8 foot drop.⁶
Compatible with your devices
The T7 Shield is compatible with PC, Mac, Android devices, gaming consoles, and more ⁷. Included in the box are USB Type C-to-C and Type C-to-A cables⁷ for added convenience.
Durable yet stylish
Take your pick. 1TB or 2TB gives you colossal space in sleek colorways of blue, beige, or black. The stylish rubberized grip prevents slips so it stays in your hands. Bring everything with you, and look great doing it.
World's #1 Flash Memory Brand
Experience the superior performance and reliability that you can only get from the world's number one brand for flash memory since 2003⁸.
All firmware and components, including Samsung's world-renowned DRAM and NAND, are produced in-house, allowing end-to-end integration for quality you can trust
¹Consistent with IP65 rating, tested under controlled conditions: 2kg/m³ of active dust with a pressure under 2kPa for 8 hours. Dust resistant capabilities may vary depending on the actual conditions.
²Consistent with IP65 rating, tested under controlled conditions: water flow of 100kPa for 3 minutes. Water resistant capabilities may vary depending on the actual conditions.
³Performance may vary depending on host configuration. To reach maximum read/write speeds of up to 1,050/1,000 MB/s, respectively, the host device and connection cables must support USB 3.2 Gen 2 and the UASP mode must be enabled.
⁴Test system configuration: ASUS Z270 ROG MAXIMUS IX HERO (USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C), Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700K CPU @ 4.20GHz, OS- Windows 10 19H2.
⁵Consistent with IP65 rating, tested under controlled conditions: water flow of 100kPa for 3 minutes. Water resistant capabilities may vary depending on the actual conditions.
⁶Consistent with IP65 rating, tested under controlled conditions: 2kg/m³ of active dust with a pressure under 2kPa for 8 hours. Dust resistant capabilities may vary depending on the actual conditions.
⁷Tested to withstand 9.8-ft (3 meters) drop under controlled conditions. Drop resistance capability may vary depending on the actual environmental conditions
⁸Compatibility with host devices may vary. Some operating systems may require T7 Shield reformatting. T7 Shield is compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0.
Storage Drive Type
Maximum Data Transfer Rate
1050 megabytes per second
Maximum Read Speed
1050 megabytes per second
Maximum Write Speed
1000 megabytes per second
USB Type C (USB 3.2 Gen2)
T7 Shield 2TB External SSD Drive Interface USB 3.2 Solid State Drive
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
Excellent suppper fast!! Better than the original T5
The Samsung Portable T7 Shield is Samsung’s newest model of small, portable, high-capacity Solid State Drives (SSD), with incredibly fast data transfer speed capabilities. Samsung has long been a dominant manufacturer of semiconductors and is a highly respected and popular choice for flash memory and SSD devices. Samsung developed many improvements in solid state memory technology and has cultivated an outstanding reputation for their solid state drives. The new T7 Shield is really a standout for several important reasons!
I have been using a Samsung T7 Touch portable SSD for over two years, and have been extremely impressed with that drive’s speed, security, durability and reliability. Upon this new Samsung T7 Shield becoming available, I was confident that it too would be an excellent portable SSD, and a smart choice.
The T7 Shield is available in 1 TB and 2 TB models with black, blue or beige cases. My 2 TB model has a black case with a rubberized elastomer material over a rigid shell, and it appears that it should prove to be both rugged and durable. .This ruggedized device is IP65 rated for water and dust resistance and is claimed to be tested as drop resistant up to 9.8 feet (3 meters). The dimensions of the T7 Shield are 3.5” in length x 2.3 in width” x 0.5” in thickness. It weighs only 3.47 ounces. It is lightweight, compact, rugged and fast, which are the primary reasons that I like the T7 Shield a great deal.
Portable SSDs are extraordinarily convenient and useful for many purposes. Video content producers and photographers find them to be essential. Given their large capacity and high data transfer rates they are ideal for those purposes as well as data backup and storage, and notably, for use as a portable file store when using multiple computers, and particularly when travelling away from home or primary workplace. Creating several hundred still images and video files in an average week, as well as creating many large editing and workflow project files demands large capacity, fast, reliable drives. Coupled with the need for portability of all of that data, and more, selecting the best and most reliable portable SSDs that I can find is extremely important. I rely on Samsung portable SSDs and thus far, I remain very satisfied with them.
The Samsung T7 Shield is ideally suited to both working with your primary computer as well as when away from a primary computer. The T7 Shield is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Android devices, as well as gaming consoles. I have not used the T7 Shield with a Mac or a gaming console, but I have used it with Windows and Android devices, as well as Chromebooks.
One of the very significant advantages of the Samsung T7 Shield, and of major importance when selecting the best SSD for travel, is the security features embedded in the T7 Shield. Password protected AES 256-Bit hardware encryption makes this a very secure storage device, especially if travelling with sensitive data.
Furnished in the box with the T7 Shield are two high-quality USB 3.2 Gen 2 cables. Both a USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable and a USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable are included. The USB cables are a generous 17.5” long which is very convenient and useful, and much better than the ridiculously short USB cables which are supplied with drives from some other manufacturers. There is a printed Installation Guide included, but the PDF only User Manual must be downloaded from the Samsung website.
Once attached to a computer, the Samsung T7 Shield immediately mounts and displays a read-only partition containing the Samsung Drive Management Software. I also located the Samsung Android App in the Google Play Store. The T7 Shield is preformatted in exFAT, which is appropriate for Windows PCs, Macs and Chromebooks.
Once the software is installed, the process of password creation is simple and straightforward. The T7 Touch can also be used without password security (unlocked drive). Password creation and management requires the use of the pre-loaded Samsung Portable SSD Software. I have been using an outstanding Samsung T7 Touch portable SSD for over two years. The user interface screen of the Samsung Portable SSD Software recognizes all attached compatible drives, and allows easy and efficient administration and management of each of the attached drives from the home-screen. The management software functionality is used for setting up or modifying the drive security, and for obtaining updates for the software and drive firmware.
The drive management software is not compatible with, and thus not installable on some devices, such as Chromebooks, but that only limits administration of security features. The software was compatible with my Android phones, but none of my Chromebooks, including a very new Chromebook. The T7 Shield SSD hardware works perfectly well with all of my devices including my Chromebooks. The installed software runs as a background process occupying 0.4 MB of RAM on my laptop when the drive is mounted.
In addition to the preloaded Samsung Portable SSD software, Samsung Magician Software is an SSD management utility that is available for download from the Samsung website. It is an excellent utility for monitoring the health of all compatible Samsung SSDs and for easily reading the drive specific information including current firmware version. Unfortunately, other features of the Samsung Magician, including diagnostic scans and performance optimization are not available for use with the T7 series drives.
Samsung Magician monitors and displays the drive temperature (in °F or °C). The data from Samsung Magician validated my personal observations that the T7 Shield has excellent temperature control. The Samsung T7 Shield does of course become warm when attached to a computer, and generates heat in proportion to activity when it is actively in use. However, the empirical data demonstrates that the Samsung T7 Shield runs relatively cool for a portable SSD, even when there is significant drive activity. The T7 Shield was running at 83°F the majority of the time, and did not exceed 97°F even when there was a very high level of drive activity. Samsung employs their Dynamic Thermal Guard technology to monitor drive temperature and degrade performance when the pre-defined threshold is reached. It is probably safe to assume that the drive has internal heat sinks and/or phase-change material to mitigate thermals. It is my understanding that Samsung employs a single layer PCM (Phase Change Material) to somewhat mitigate the heat generated by active use (presumably encapsulated paraffin wax).
The T7 Shield has a small LED lamp on the end of the housing next to the USB-C connector. Blue LED illumination indicates drive activity, and red illumination indicates stopping/dismounting the drive.
The high transfer rate specifications for the Samsung T7 Shield are a very impressive 1050 Mbps for Sequential Reads and 1000 Mbps for Sequential Writes. Those fast data transfer rates are attributable to the PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) bus, NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) memory and USB 3.2 Gen2 connectivity. Testing the Samsung T7 Shield with CrystalDiskMark 8 produced results of 1065.91 MB/s Sequential Reads and 1003.14 MB/s Sequential Writes. Samsung Magician reported 977 MB/s Sequential Reads and 965 MB/s Sequential Writes. Of course there are even faster SSD drives available, notably those using the faster Thunderbolt 3 interface, such as the Samsung X5. However, the T7 Shield supports the fastest data transfer rates available for USB interface SSD drives, and further the Samsung T7 Shield actually does achieve the extremely fast data rates claimed by the manufacturer. The Data transfer rates did not appear to be affected at all by AES 256 Bit hardware encryption.
Overall, the Samsung T7 Shield is absolutely great. It offers large capacity, fast data transfer rates and password protected AES 256-Bit hardware encryption. It is very compact and lightweight and is ruggedized to offer protection from the perils of portability. Additionally, being a Samsung SSD is in and of itself a strong motivation for selecting the Samsung T7 Shield.
The Samsung T7 Touch is outstanding, and I highly recommend it!
Arrived read-only, requiring a password. Already encrypted. Did I get a used drive? My company IT could neither access nor erase it. Geek Squad couldn't fix it and wouldn't exchange it because it was 5 days past the 2-week return date. Now dealing with Samsung, which takes weeks if everything goes smoothly.
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Files, Portable, Software
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rugged, Solid, and Fast
I needed another external portable drive for doing backups and decided to grab the new Samsung T7 Shield 2tb SSD.
Unboxing and first impression:
The drive came nestled in a standard Samsung logoed box, and a recyclable pressed paper container.
Well protected but doesn’t need that too much as this thing is built to be rugged. There’s also a pair of cables, USB C to USB C and a USB A to USB C, nice that they include both, and some paperwork, that’s it.
The drive itself is smaller than I expected, it’s also heavier than expected to when comparing it to an internal SSD drive. The drive feels very solid, no flex to it at all “brick like strong”, and is coated with a non-slip rubber coating making it very easy to hold on to and it sure won’t be sliding around very easy either. There’s a single USB C port on one end along with a power/activity light.
My computers all have USB C ports so am trying and benchmarking this on my desktop unit that has a USB C 3.0 port. I’ve run a complete series of Crystal Disk Mark benches on it and it maxed out the port speeds on this desktop without a hitch. The drive is extremely fast compared to any of my spindle drive based external drives “way faster, and during the benchmarking the drive never felt hot to the touch, just barely warm. And in typical SSD fashion all the benchmarks look almost identical no matter what the file size.
If you are looking for a rugged “very rugged” external drive to store files or use as backups. The drive also supports 256bit encryption and has the software already on the drive ready for you to install. Our security camera setup saw it with no issue and I could configure it for backing up files if we wanted. The size of the drive really impressed me, it’s small “about the size of a credit card” but it’s naturally thicker “around 0.5” at the thickest part”. This is a little on the spendy side but it’s well worth it, and I won’t complain as I paid that much for the old 256gb spindle one I got when they first came out “actually more than that”. I do like that it has a IP 65 rating which means it’s completely sealed from dust and can take direct water spray “just no immersion”, but I don’t plan on keeping this around a pool or near water where it could be dropped in. I think you’ll be happy with this drive if you don’t need something with more storage “then you have to go to a spindle based drive” and want something that’s easily portable and can slip into your pocket easily, plus not having to worry too much about dropping and damaging it.
I've been using NVME drives for awhile, including a 1tb drive in an usb-type c enclosure, so I had big expectations of this drive's performance. I'm still impressed. It's exactly as fast as you'd expect, and it's in this great form factor.
Build quality is that rubberish rubberized kind of material. I still wouldn't go tossing this around in the rain or anything, but it does feel nice and durable. I love that it's just straight c to c cabling on this instead of some proprietary nonsense, great job there samsung - keep it up.
You get two cables in the box (a to c - and c to c), they're pretty short but will get the job done if you don't have anything else laying around. For best results you'll want that c to c cable in most situations, those ports are usually the fastest.
So how fast? I've attached a photo of the full benchmark, but according to the manufacturer it's rated at 1050MB/s sequential up and 1000MB/s sequential down and my unit exceeds both of those numbers by a fair bit, so yeah it's great. No this is not internal NVME speed, which is roughly 3x as fast ... or more with gen 4 drives, but for most people this will be perfect. To put it in practical terms I run a media server on a laptop from time to time and I keep all of my media on a external drive - a traditional external drive. So it took about 48 minutes to transfer hundreds of gigabytes of data from that thing to my PC. Sending that from my PC to the T7 took about 12 minutes. It's fast. You can even play games from it, but I don't have need to. But this would be a great option if you're on a thin and light laptop or newer console. Storage is only 1.81TB as formatted, don't be thrown by that it's completely normal.
Temps are good as well. It's sitting at 26C after being "on" for about 20 minutes and having run those synthetic benchmarks. Ambient temp is only about 10C though so keep that in mind. It's a fair sight cooler than my two internal NVME drives which are running at 33C and 43C in the same room. So make of that what you will. The drive does get noticeable warm to the touch, but that's just how it maintains it's temperature, it's letting that heat out. It's good.
Yeah it's just a great drive. I don't know what else I can say about it. It's exactly what it's supposed to be. I wish I had a few more.
To echo my title, I will start by saying I really like this drive. It has more or less everything I am looking for in external storage. Simple. Compact. Fast. Clean design. Reputable name behind it. Peace of mind.
I have been running a couple of 1TB Samsung T5’s for a while now and they have been great for me. I have been eyeing the T7’s since their arrival but had not committed given how similar they were, and, frankly, did not have a need for the Touch model. Given the changes with the T7 Shield, it seemed a good option to both pick up some improvements and consolidate my ever-growing pile of drives.
As you would expect given the name, a huge draw of this drive is its durability. Now, while I have not really purposely tossed it around, I can say it does feel quite solid, and “feels good” in hand. The rubber-like grip material (elastomer apparently?) makes the drive rated for drops of 3 meters, and I think it helps protect from the repetitive bag tosses and bumps in my day to day. Being sealed in the elastic polymer also gives you IP65 rated protection against dust and water. A nice add. Lastly, despite some concerns going in, all of this protection does not seem to bring any thermal issues with it. Admittedly, I was a bit (happily) surprised. It gets warm under use, but about what you would expect.
Design-wise, it is mostly all positives for me, with a few small nit-picks along the way. I love the size. 3.5” by 2.3” by 0.5”. 3.47 ounces. Slightly larger than my T5’s, but still small. Light. Still solid. A great size for use at home, or on the go. Perfect stick to a laptop size. I also love the look. Minimal branding. Black. Clean. Plain. Boring? Exactly what I was looking for. Perfect for me…almost. My only minor dig is that the material is a bit of a dust magnet. It is not really bad, more of a personal thing for me, but a little different than the all-metal drives I have been used to recently. Worth a mention. Lastly, and not in relation to this drive, I wish Samsung would stay consistent with their color offerings in their SSD space. They seem to slightly change it up with each iteration.
In the box Samsung supplies the drive itself, two USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 cables (roughly 17” in length, A to C, and C to C), and an installation guide. The drive is more or less ready to go, plug and play, for Windows PCs, Macs, and Chromebooks. The drive comes preinstalled with some nice software that allows you to password protect your drive as well as perform some basic drive monitoring/data functions. (Samsung Drive Management Software and Samsung Portable SSD software). While I generally choose to run my drives without the protection, it is a fantastic add here to give you some built-in ability to protect your data against possible loss or theft of the drive. The software itself is simple and easy to use. All in all, I couldn’t really ask for more here. Proper, quality cables, plug and play, and some nice, provided software. As a longtime Samsung SSD user, I should add they also offer a piece of software called “Samsung Magician.” Some of the functionality is lost with these external drives, but you get an overall picture of “drive health,” it is the easiest (only way I know of) way to check and/or update firmware, and you can see the total write data on the drive. To me, it is absolutely worth the download and install.
As for speed? Well, it is quite good. It comes rated at 1050/1000 Mbps for sequential reads/writes, which is about what you would expect for drives with this tech in this class. While I generally came up a little short in my few benches (averaged at 991.13 / 949.42), they were in line, and I am happy with the results. Gigs of files move…quickly.
Ultimately, I really do like this drive. Compact, lightweight, but solid, with added protection. A nice clean design. Fast data rates and sizable capacity. There are some faster drives out there, but you get a COMPLETE package here, with comparable speed, as well as added data security. All in all, a great drive.
This drive is fast, durably built and light at 2 oz and is about the size of a credit card. It would be a great addition for anyone but especially those traveling. Samsung is a leader in hard drives and this unit does not disappoint. I recommend but be sure your computer can take advantage of the speed.
Drive is preformatted as GPT and exFAT. I tried speed tests with exFAT and NTFS (after reformatting) and saw little difference.
In the box;
Minimal instruction manual that has print so small it was virtually unreadable to my old eyes. So out came the strong reading glasses.
2TB black T7 drive – 2 oz and 3.4 x 2.2 x 0.3 inches in size. Claimed 1050 MB/sec read and 1000 MB/sec write speeds.
Comes with a USB-C to USB-C and a USB-C to USB 3 cables. The cables are around 17 inches in length, which should be more than long enough for most.
I would suggest installing Samsung Magician app. I already had Samsung Magician installed as I have internal Samsung drives. It will check firmware, etc. for drive as well as giving you the option to encrypt the drive with a password.
The drive is nicely constructed with a protective rubber cover that is wrapped around an aluminum unibody case. The cover not only protects but helps you get a nice grip on the drive as well as helping secure it wherever placed – no sliding. It easily fits in your pocket and is built to be tossed around stating it can be dropped from 6 feet, is water/dust resistant. I have to say that I did not test any of these but given its construction I don’t doubt its claims. Internally I assume there is a 2TB M.2 PCIe SSD drive, but I could not determine the exact model.
I like to use CrystalDiskMark for my speed tests as writing to/from other drives to test speed is impacted by the speed of the other drive. This way only this drive is test. I used my new Samsung Galaxy 360 laptop. It has Thunderbolt 4.0, USB C and USB 3.2 connections. Using Thunderbolt, I got 1070 MB/s read and 1016 MB/s write – both a touch higher than rated top speeds for T7. Using USB C & USB 3.2 connection I got nearly identical 463 MB/s read and 455 MB/s write speeds- still fast. I did not notice any change in temp on the drive when running my speed tests.
To give some context to those speeds;
I ran same test using a Samsung 2TB USB 3.0 external “spin” drive I have had for a while. There was little difference between Thunderbolt, USB C and USB 3.2 – they were all around 113 MB/s read and 114 MB/s write.
I also ran a test using a self-built external SSD using a KIOXIA 512GB PCIe drive I had left over from an upgrade to another laptop, using a SSK case. Thunderbolt gave 1075 MB/s read and 979 MB/s write. The USB C and USB 3.2 speeds again were nearly identical with 457 MB/s and 444 MB/s write.
Speed tests for the Samsung Laptop using internal model MZVLQ512HBLU-00B 500GB drive I got 2207 MB/s read and 1191 MB/s write. Interesting that the read was more than twice the speed of the T7 but write was about the same, probably due to buffering(?).
Also, to give a little context on pricing – in November 2018 I received a G-drive 500GB portable SSD drive with price of $150. My Samsung 2TB USB 3.0 external drive was $110 a few years ago.
3-year limited warranty
Activity light is on the same side as cable connection, so just a tad hard to see unless you flip drive
Yes, the T7 is a tad pricey but considering size, weight and speed advantage as well as the nearly 0 chance of it being damaged if dropped – it is a great option, and I would highly recommend it. My only caveat is to be sure your system can take advantage of the speed this drive can provide.
One thing with most external drives is that they can be easy to damage. They slip off the edge at the wrong time and that spinning platter corrupts your project. Could be years worth of stuff gone because you bumped your knee on the table. Then you might choose a thumbdrive, but they are usually limited in size and the bigger they are, the slower they tend to get. This Samsung T7 kind of brings both of those examples together and keeps up the speed.
Straight out of the box and ready to go. This comes with USB-A to C and USB-C to C cables. Hooked it up to multiple Windows based PCs and Android phones and had files transferred everywhere in minutes. With 2 TB you can store a lot and with read/write speeds similar to some internal hard drives you can do it faster or work from it directly. Of course, this is all dependent on what your device is capable of as using a USB2 port will still work, just not give you the same speeds.
On the drive there is the application for Windows and Mac so that you can manage the security of the device by adding password and encryption. There is a link to the Google Play store of the Android app as well. Though not required, it is beneficial if you are traveling with sensitive information as this drive is meant to travel.
The rubber casing on this drive really makes it feel like you could throw it across the room and still be good to go. I’m not trying it myself, but it feels a whole lot safer than the plastic shells of most external drives and sturdier than a thumbdrive. The size is easy enough to keep in a pocket and with the grip, probably not just going to slip out like your phone without a case.
Overall, this drive is exactly what I need when working on the go. It relieves some of the anxiety other drives give me while giving the speed and capacity to work on practically anything digital. I feel that the only weak point would be the USB cables themselves over time and those can easily be replaced.