Samsung T3 Portable SSDs – Fast, Small and Very Portable

July 21st, 2016

SamsungSSDT3Have you noticed how the size of external SSD drives has been dropping? About a year ago I started switching to Lacie external SSD drives (Memory that just look like disk drives) because they are so fast and they don’t require their own power. They are just powered off their USB or Thunderbolt cable.

A couple of weeks ago I discovered the newest generation of SSD drives. The Samsung T3 Portable SSD. My first reaction was disbelief. How could you get 500 GB in such a small package? They are literally about a half and inch shorter than a credit card and 3/8″ thick. They are amazingly fast – read-write speeds of up to 450 MB/s. And reportedly very reliable. They come in 250 Mb, 500 MB, 1 TB and 2 TB. For use on a laptop, they are awesome. I have a 500 MB and a 1 TB and I love them. Here is a more in-depth analysis.

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4 Responses to “Samsung T3 Portable SSDs – Fast, Small and Very Portable”

  • Yup, I just put a Samsung EVO 1TB in an old 2009 Macbook Pro to use as an editing machine on a recent trip away and it give the old machine a whole new lease of life. The prices have dropped to quite a reasonable rate in the last few months.

  • Is it possible to connect this to a camera, Canon or Sony, and use it as a secondary storage device for shooting?

  • @Vic – Interesting – You may be able to connect this to a camera but I’ve never seen a cable that would do that… the biggest issue would be how to close the door to the SD card slot with a cable connected to it.

  • You can’t connect a drive to a camera. Cameras don’t have drivers to communicate with and control the drive. If your camera will interface with your tablet or laptop, you can connect the drive to that as a live backup. Fortunately, I’ve never had a total card failure and I would think that the odds against a card failing right in the middle of a shoot is pretty low. It would suck to have the camera throw up an error just as you are photographing the last room, but it isn’t the end of the world since you may be able to go right back and reshoot while your setups are fresh in your head.

    The best place for an SSD is on your editing machine so you can bounce between PS, LR and any other applications very quickly. When I’m backing up, I usually start it and go do something else or let it run in the background. I’m not in a huge hurry. Also, a super fast drive might not be an improvement if there is something else that is the limiting factor like a card reader, wi-fi, etc.

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