Samsung T7 Touch Portable 1TB USB External Solid State Drive (MU-PC1T0K/WW) - Black
- 1TB capacity provides plenty of room for your photos, videos, documents, and games
- Up to 1,050MB/s transfer speeds make quick work of backing up your files
- Secure drive can be locked with your fingerprint or a password to keep your information safe
- Enhanced Motion LED allows you to view the status of the drive at a glance
- Compatible with PC and Mac
- Quick Start Guide
- USB Cable
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Of the 234 reviewers who responded, 215 would recommend this product.
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- Fast, Portable, Reliable- May 5, 2020
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I currently have around 80TB worth of HDDs hooked up to my gaming PC and Media Server. I have a mixture of internal SATAs, internal SSDs, my internal NVMe (which is my boot drive) & lots of external HDDs. I wanted to do some testing to really see how well this thing performed vs my Samsung 850 EVO internal SSD and vs my Samsung 960 EVO NVMe boot drive. As you can see from the attached photos it never edged out my 960 EVO NVMe drive, which it shouldn't. These NVMe drives are blazing fast and expensive for a reason. They, the NVMe drives (especially the ones by Samsung), are boot drives for anyone that uses them for a reason: they are just that fast. However, I found it rather cool that it did outperform my internal SSD. Granted that SSD is now a couple/few years old (have since forgotten when I got it). I find it interesting because almost always external drives will be slower than internal but that wasn't the case here. I was very pleasantly surprised. I am using this portable Samsung SSD to create backups for my work computer and it has been doing the job in no time. Pros: Super fast for an external drive, Compact, Portable, Will not break like a normal external HDD when jarred (click of doom), Cool fingerprint reader Cons: NONE! I am usually hard on tech stuff and look for faults, I honestly can not find any for this. I am beyond happy with it. Summary: If you need an external drive that is fast, small, compact, reliable & has USB C (it has a normal USB 3.0 port too!) then this is the one for you! As I stated above I can not find anything wrong with this external SSD it has literally checked all the boxes. What are you waiting for? Buy yours now!Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great External SSD!- May 8, 2020
As someone who has used (now outdated) external HDDs for my expandable storage purposes, it is a breath of fresh air to use something as modern and diverse as the Samsung T7 Touch. As soon as you open the box it is evident that care was placed into every detail of this product, down to the packaging and included accessories. The SSD is neatly-packed and comes with both USB-C to USB-C and USB-A to USB-C cables for maximum computer compatibility out-of-the box and while also relatively future-proofing the drive. After opening the packaging and plugging in the appropriate cable for my laptop, it was time to visit the product's website to install the software which allowed me to configure my password and fingerprints to maximize security (which is one of the main reasons I was interested in this product). Setup was a breeze and after a quick password entry and painless fingerprint registration (maximum of 4 fingerprints can be registered at one time), it was time to start using the drive! While total transfer speeds are somewhat limited by my current laptop not having USB-C, it is evident that the drive is leaps and bounds faster than the older HDD that I have been using for a few years. Files are clearly more responsive and open quicker when accessed from my new T7 drive in comparison which has alleviated frustrations inherent to HDDs (taking time fo the drive to 'wake up' and start spinning before the drive is available). I use my drive for both personal and professional use so being able to access information more quickly helps improve my workflow. Moreso, the small footprint and durability of the device is great for tossing the drive into a bag and taking it to/from work. Finally, the generous 1TB drive size has allowed me to consolidate 3 of my prior HDDs into this one device allowing me to travel with less devices saving me time and decreasing weight in my travel bags. I love that nobody can access the drive without my permission (which I tested with family's fingerprints) and this gives me further peace of mind when traveling with potentially sensitive professional information. Overall, a great drive which is a solid step forward in the industry and particularly in regards to my woefully archaic prior HDDs. Thank you Samsung! Note: I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest feedbackYes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Easy setup, fast transfers, quick unlock- April 8, 2020
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I think it’s pretty cool how small external storage media has become. The T7 Touch is the size of a short stack of credit cards and weighs just 2 oz, so fits in my pocket easily and doesn’t take up a ton of space in my laptop bag. I appreciate that it came with both a USB-C to USB-C cable and USB-A to USB-C cable. I have both ports on my laptop, but didn’t find there to be a significant difference in transfer speeds when moving files to and from the drive (both ports are USB gen 3.1 with ~425 MB/s for sequential read/writes and ~115MB/s 512K random read/writes). Copying a 1GB file to and from the drive takes only a few seconds. The outer case of the drive feels durable and is made of a lightweight aluminum with a matte brushed metal finish. The only markings on the case are the ‘Samsung’ brand on the front next to the ½” square fingerprint sensor and small print on the back with the drive’s model name. There’s a blue status LED embedded around the fingerprint reader that illuminates when the drive is being used. The drive is basically plug-and-play and you can start using it, without security features, right away after plugging it into your computer or mobile device. To setup password and fingerprint security for this drive, I had to install the Samsung Portable SSD software on my computer; it’s pre-loaded to the root directory on the drive and takes only a minute to install. You can secure the data on the drive with a password only or both a password and fingerprints. However, be warned, if you forget the password without a fingerprint unlock, there’s no way other to access or recover the data on the drive. When saving your fingerprint data, you’ll have to scan the same finger about a dozen times, in different positions so it can get a full scan of all parts of your fingerprint. You can save up to 4 fingerprints, either multiple of your own, or add fingerprints of other users. Each time you plug the drive into a computer or mobile device, you’ll have to scan your fingerprint to unlock the contents of the drive (or enter the password). If you don’t unlock the drive, you’ll only be able to see the software installation files and a text document named, “This is a read only partition.” You won’t be able to copy any files to the drive or see any other files while it is locked. However, you can turn the security off at any time; just note that this action will delete the password and all fingerprint data, so next time you turn security on, you’ll have to choose a new password and re-scan you fingerprints. If you just want to rename or remove an individual fingerprint, you can edit them in the software’s settings. I can also use this drive with my mobile phone by plugging this SSD into it's USB-C charging port (Samsung Galaxy Note 9) and I had to install the Samsung Portable SSD app from the Google Play store. However, there is a bug in the software where it doesn’t recognize the drive is plugged into my phone, despite the LED turning on and allowing me to unlock the drive with my fingerprint. Once unlocked, I am able to access the files on it, even though the app continues to say "DISCONNECTED - No Samsung Portable SSD is connected." However, this means I am not able to use the password to unlock the drive since the app couldn’t “see” the drive. However, it appears the fingerprint unlock works fine on mobile. Other than that, the drive works great. It’s small and compact, transfers files quickly, and lets me protect my data, whether that’s sensitive work stuff or personal files. It’s also nice having 1 TB of storage space that can fit in my pocket and plug directly into my phone when I need to move files off it, so I can free up space for taking more photos and video on my phone.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- OUTSTANDING - FAST SSD WITH FINGERPRINT SECURITY- April 8, 2020
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] The Samsung Portable T7 Touch is Samsung’s newest model of small, portable, high-capacity Solid State Drives (SSD), with a notable improvement in data transfer speed capabilities over most other SSDs. Samsung has long been a highly respected and popular manufacturer of 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 Touch is really a standout for several important reasons! The T7 Touch is available in 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB models with either black or silver cases. The black case that I have is brushed, anodized aluminum and it appears that it should prove to be both rugged and durable. However, this is not a sealed device and it is not IP rated. The dimensions of the T7 Touch are 3.3” in length x 2.25 in width” x 0.3” in thickness. It is both light weight, and compact. Portable SSDs are extraordinarily convenient and useful for many purposes. Video content producers 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. The Samsung T7 Touch is ideally suited to working when away from a primary computer. When travelling “light”, the Samsung T7 Touch is the perfect accompaniment to an extremely portable 13.3” Chromebook. That compact, lightweight pair obviously can’t run AutoCAD, but they easily accommodate working with Microsoft Office files, Adobe Acrobat files and other functionality not requiring hauling around a large, heavy and powerful laptop. Of course, even when travelling with a Windows laptop the Samsung T7 is still the external SSD to which I tether the laptop. It is extremely useful to be able to “take it all”, and have optimal data security as well. One of the most significant advantages of the Samsung T7 Touch, and a major driver in my selection decision for the best travel SSD, is the set of security features embedded in the T7 Touch. Both a Password only security option and a Fingerprint security option are available, coupled with AES 256-Bit encryption. A biometric protected, encrypted SSD is the safest and smartest way to travel with private or sensitive data. Hardware encryption complimented by biometric security clearly differentiates the Samsung T7 Touch from other SSD drives, and marks it as the superior choice for anyone who desires to use a very fast external drive which also provides optimal data security. Furnished in the box with the T7 Touch are two 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 (approximately 17.5” long) are included. There is a printed Quick Start / Installation Guide included, but the PDF only User Manual must be downloaded from the Samsung website. I wondered why it wasn’t preloaded on the drive. Once attached to a computer, the Samsung T7 Touch immediately mounts and displays a read-only partition containing both the Windows and Mac versions of the Samsung Drive Management Software, as well as a text file referring Android users to the Samsung site. I located the Samsung Android App in the Google Play Store. The T7 Touch is preformatted in exFAT, which is appropriate for both Windows PCs and Chromebooks. Once the software is installed, the process of password creation and fingerprint enrollment for up to four fingers (which can of course belong to multiple users, if sharing the drive) is a simple and straightforward process. Note that if Security Mode is subsequently disabled after setup, the password and fingerprint data are deleted and reactivating security in the future requires repeating the password creation and fingerprint enrollment process. Individual fingerprints can be deleted and replaced as well as assigned individual names to facilitate their administrative management. The T7 Touch can be used without security (unlocked drive) or with just Password Security (which requires the application to be installed on any computer to which the device is attached) or with Fingerprint Security (which requires establishing a password first), which will unlock the drive on any computer to which it is attached. Obviously, the security, flexibility and ease of convenient use provided by the biometric security option is truly optimal. Unlocking the T7 Touch drive with just a touch on the fingerprint sensor is the fastest and most convenient means to unlock the drive. The Samsung software is needed only on those devices which will be used for drive management (creating or modifying Password, Fingerprints or Firmware Updates), or if Password Security alone (without fingerprint security) is selected. Quite importantly, the software is not needed in order to use the drive when Fingerprint Security is employed, which is clearly the best choice for the majority of users. The drive is instantly accessible on any computer once a fingerprint is authenticated. The management software functionality is exclusively for setting up or modifying the drive security, and for obtaining updates for the software and 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 Touch SSD hardware works perfectly well with all of my devices including my Chromebooks. The software once installed, is always running as a background process occupying 1.6 MB of RAM on my laptop when the drive is mounted, and 0.8 MB of RAM when the drive is not attached. Additionally, when the T7 Touch is connected to a computer upon which the application is installed, the software always launches a pop-up window, which can be a minor distraction or annoyance. There is no option to only launch that window on demand. Since it is only needed for initial security feature setup, ongoing password or fingerprint management and software/firmware updates, it is safe to uninstall the application, which can easily and quickly be reinstalled when needed directly from the T7 Touch, even when locked. However, it is probably wise to leave the software installed in order to receive notifications of available software and firmware updates. If you turn off the password or fingerprint security, that data is deleted and re-enabling of security then requires re-configuration with creation of a password and re-enrollment of fingerprints. It would be nice if that data was retained when switching Security Mode off and back on, until the owner elects to delete it. This became particularly evident when the software detected an available Firmware update. In order for the firmware update to succeed, it requires disabling Security Mode, which has the consequence of deleting your password and stored fingerprints. This is a minor annoyance. The only indications of which firmware version is installed on the T7 Touch is during the firmware update operation. The Samsung software does not otherwise display the firmware version currently installed. I believe that the software should be improved to display the firmware version (and date) on the application main screen, or at the very least, on demand. It would also be helpful for the application to display the device’s serial number, as well. The square shaped fingerprint sensor embedded flush on the top of the Samsung T7 Touch is surrounded by four LED elements which illuminate in various patterns to indicate drive status. All four perimeter LEDs initially illuminate solid to indicate that the drive is powered. All four LEDs extinguish when the drive is idle. The LEDs flash sequentially, clockwise during data transfer, and all four flash on and off in unison when waiting for fingerprint unlocking. The high transfer rate specifications for the Samsung T7 Touch 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. However, those data transfer rates are only achievable when the host computer is similarly equipped with USB 3.2 Gen2. My test speeds were limited by the USB 3.0 ports on both of the laptops available for testing. USB 3.0, data transfer rates were measured with Crystal DiskMark 7.0 at 457 – 459 Mb/s Sequential Reads and 437 – 441 MB/s Sequential Writes. Nevertheless, based on anecdotal observation, the Samsung T7 Touch was the fastest drive which had ever been attached to either laptop. Very large file transfers were very fast. Of course there are faster SSD drives available, notably those using the faster Thunderbolt 3 interface, such as the Samsung X5. Data transfer rates did not appear to be affected at all by AES 256 Bit hardware encryption. The Samsung T7 Touch does become warm when attached to a computer, and generates heat in proportion to activity when it is actively in use. Large data transfers generate palpable heat. 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). Overall, the Samsung T7 Touch is absolutely great. It offers large capacity, fast data transfer rates and stellar biometric security and hardware encryption. The T7 Touch is the optimal portable SSD drive particularly when travelling, and especially when maintaining data security is imperative. The Samsung T7 Touch is outstanding, and I highly recommend it!Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very Sleek and Speedy- April 13, 2020
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Very happy with this portable SSD. Good speeds and being able to secure it with a fingerprint is super handy for private data. Excellent build quality with a premium feel. The fingerprint scanner is not as fast as a modern smartphone but is certainly fast enough and has always unlocked on the first try when using a registered finger. I ran benchmarks with BioDrive both enabled and disabled and saw no difference in performance. The software required to setup the fingerprint scanner in WIndows is easy to use and straight forward. The only issue I ran into was attempting to setup the drive via Android. The drive is usable on mobile devices but I could not get the software to register fingerprints to work on my phone (Note 9) nor tablet (Tab S6). However if you setup the drive in Windows the scanner still works to unlock the data for use on mobile devices. I also tested this as an external drive on an XBox One X and it functioned perfectly.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.