Samsung T3 – 1TB External USB 3.0 SSD

Samsung t3 ssdI mentioned a few weeks ago that I’d decided to move my giant photo library of doom (tm Donald Burr) off of my Mac and onto an external drive. I didn’t want to sacrifice any speed, so I bought the Samsung T3 1TB USB 3 drive with USB-C connectivity to accomplish this goal. As I’d hoped, this drive is wicked fast. Let’s go through some stats, shall we?

The drive is spec’d out at 450MB/sec. We all love the free Blackmagic Disk Speedtest, so we’ll take a look at that first. Blackmagic showed reads of 421MB/sec and writes of 365MB/sec. I think that’s the closest I’ve ever seen a drive perform to its rated specs!

Blackmagic t3 speedtestRemember that the Blackmagic test is designed to test your drives to see if you can use it for real time video editing, not editing photos so this isn’t a perfect test but it’s still interesting. The T3 did perform quite well for all but the highest level video editing which was pretty cool.

But let’s look at a more practical application for most people listening. I moved my 400GB Photo Library over to the drive, and it started in the high 200s, then peaked at 398MB/sec, and at the very last few minutes of the copy it dropped back down a bit under 200MB/sec. The entire 400GB moved in a little under 34 minutes. That’s amazing, isn’t it?

I can definitely say that I recommend the Samsung T3 1TB USB 3 SSD. As a reminder from last week, that will run you $428 on Amazon right now. They have the 500GB model going for $218 and 250GB for $130 if you aren’t as much of a disk hog as I am.

2 thoughts on “Samsung T3 – 1TB External USB 3.0 SSD

  1. George - March 11, 2016

    If you’re willing to snap a Samsung M.2 SSD into a USB 3 case, about as easy a tech project as there is, Amazon offers the possibly faster Samsung 850 EVO Series 1TB mSATA3 Solid State Drive, Retail (3D V-NAND) and a snap in case for $311, a substantial savings over the pre-assembled T-3 drive.

    No link because for some reason Amazon blocks posted links (maybe they expire before the post?). Enter through Allison’s Affiliate link. Easy to find the Sammie drive page.

    FYI referring to Allison’s recent post about the SSD used as cache in the Drobo, it is generally considered damaging to SSDs to run Benchmark tests on them because the Benchmarks “beat up” the drive with excessive writes. On a drive that’s not mounted with the OS can run “TRIM,” the Benchmark data may remain behind, posing problems. (USB 3 does not pass through the TRIM command to the SSD).

    Good thing bloggers and podcasters like Allison will fall on that sword for our general knowledge base.

  2. podfeet - March 11, 2016

    The T3 has USB-C, so if you want to compare apples to apples, the T1 would be the model to compare. Amazon has the T1 1TB for $329 so about the same. I would have to go back and re-read my notes on NAND flash to see if that’s an advantage or a disadvantage.

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