Samsung 1TB T5 Portable Solid-State Drive (Black)

Model: MU-PA1T0B/AM

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Packaging Info

Package Weight 0.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.4 x 4.4 x 1.5"

Internal Drive

Form Factor Not specified by manufacturer
Internal Interface Not specified by manufacturer
Type Solid-State Drive
Flash Memory Type MLC
Cache Memory Not specified by manufacturer

General Information

Connection Interface 1 x USB 3.1 (USB Type-A)1 x USB 3.1 (USB Type-C)
Maximum Write Speed 515 MB/s
Pre-Format Not specified by manufacturer
Encryption 256-Bit AES
Maximum Read Speed 540 MB/s
Storage Capacity 1 TB

External Enclosure

Dimensions (L x W x H) 3.0 x 2.3 x 0.4" / 76.2 x 58.4 x 10.2 mm
Security Features Password Protection
Bus Power USB
Environmental Resistance Shock
Weight 1.8 oz / 51 g
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
15 August 2017

Samsung's Portable SSD T5 drive has a speedy USB-C interface, plenty of reliable storage, and it takes up about as much room in your pocket as a short stack of credit cards.

  • +

    Excellent performance. Includes USB 3.0 and USB-C cables. Compact. Android-, Mac-, and Windows-compatible.

  • -

    While a comparable good per-gigabyte value, the drive itself is expensive.

Tom s hardware.34753650
17 August 2017

Samsung's new Portable SSD T5 is the same great product released last year with a slight improvement in technology. The lower capacity models come in the Alluring Blue color that we love and are affordable for nearly everyone.

  • +

    Attractive design, USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, USB Type-C connector, Full hardware-based encryption, Excellent price point ($199.99), Attractive design, USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, USB Type-C connector, Full hardware-based encryption

  • -

    A little buggy at release, Small performance increase over existing products, A little buggy at release, Small performance increase over existing products, Very expensive ($799.99)

5 October 2017

If you can afford a pocket SSD as opposed to a pocket hard drive, and especially if your PC has a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port—it's not Samsung's fault, but we tried the T5 with a slow USB 2.0 port and the results were not pretty—we don't know of a better external storage solution.

  • +

    Couldn't be more portable, Fast performance, Handsome design, Comes with USB-C and USB-A cables

  • -

    Expensive, No utility software except for password lock

15 August 2017

Performance Summary : The Samsung Portable SSD T5 offered strong performance throughout the vast majority of our testing. For all intents and purposes, when attached to a USB 3.1 (preferably gen 2) controller, it is as fast as a typical internal SATA SSD.

9 November 2017

Final ThoughtsWhen it comes to portable solid state drives there really is not much you can change, but I think that Samsung made the right changes to for the T5 to make it current and one of the fastest portable drives you can buy.

  • +

    – Superfast transfer speeds, – Small and very portable, – TypeC to C and TypeC to A cables included, – Software allows for password protection

  • -

    – None that I found

Consumer search.33575658
27 September 2017

Tiny and outrageously fast, the Samsung T5 Portable SSD is the ultimate portable hard drive -- albeit with a price tag to match. It's about the same size and weight as a stack of 10 credit cards, so you'll barely feel it in your pocket.

  • +

    Tiny, Outrageously fast, Rugged aluminum body, Three-year warranty

  • -

    Very expensive per GB

Storagereview com.32834213
15 August 2017

The Samsung T5 vastly improves on its predecessor as this ultra-portable SSD boasts best-of-class performance and design.

  • +

    Great overall performance, Durable, modern and slim design, Easy-to-use software

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    No increase in maximum capacity

The guru of 3d.33034171
15 August 2017

While testing this unit, you'd almost forget that it is a USB flash storage device :) And for USB 3.1 it is fast, but perhaps could have been faster? I mean this is USB 3.1 Gen 2, we've seen USB 3.0 and 3.1 Gen 1 at this performance level for two years now.

26 January 2018

The T5 is an updated version of their portable line and the first to use Samsung’s 64-layer V-NAND technology. By using the most up-to-date advances in storage density and USB protocols, Samsung has produced a high speed, portable SSD that’s very compact and versatile.

Pc perspective.34204714
19 August 2017

I noticed the smaller transfer sizes were lacking on the ThreadRipper platform, which appears to be a processor/memory related latency issue I'll dig into the external storage performance on the newer AMD platforms soon, but that's another article :).

User Reviews
13 September 2017

Large blueprints have always been a pain in my industry - not anymore! With 2TB of storage, I am not even worried this will run out of space and it's durable too - which is what I need.

23 August 2017

Received it last night. Had a quick test. It is considerably faster than normal portable drive. It is small, light weight, beautifully designed, perfect as a backup drive for traveling. The USB-C to USB-C cable works nicely.

5 days ago

So far so good. Fast, small, lot's of space and mounts quickly on my Macs. Very happy so far. The only thing is that it's not cheap ! But for me it's worth it.

3 weeks ago

Really fast! What I like the most is the two types of connection, usb and thunderbolt

3 weeks ago

I have to use the great tech service to set up device so it can be used for Windows and Mac at different times . Great tech service . It would be nice to have written directions that came with the unit that clearly explained the setting of the device so that both windows and Mac can use it .

4 weeks ago

1TB ssdis fast, reliable, and light weight. Easy to pack with your MacBook Pro when shooting on site. Allows you to store and edit your photo images on the go.

Product Highlights
  • 1TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.1 Type-C and Type-A Connections
  • Up to 540 MB/s Data Transfer Rate
  • USB Type-C & USB Type-A Cables Included
  • AES 256-Bit Hardware Encryption
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In The Box
  • Samsung 1TB T5 Portable Solid-State Drive (Black)
  • USB Type-C Cable
  • USB Type-C to Type-A Cable
  • Limited 3-Year Manufacturer Warranty
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