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Samsung Portable SSD T1 Review Discussion

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The Samsung Portable SSD T1 is a storage device specifically designed for both enthusiasts and travelling professionals looking for both high performance and ultra-mobility. At a glance, it certainly looks like a unique portable storage solution, as this sleek looking device is incredibly small and built slightly larger than a business card (71mm long by 53.2mm wide). If you have some space in your wallet, it could likely fit there. With its uses its use of the most modern V-NAND technology, this SSD device also packs a serious punch in the performance category.

Samsung Portable SSD T1 Review

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Let's start asking for more SSDs with USB interfaces

e.g. some USB 3.0 expansion cards also have internal USB connectors:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1KT2F42770&cm_re=USB_3.0_expansion_card-_-2VV-000G-00001-_-Product

Gee, with a little duct tape, I could attach two of these T1s inside my workstation chassis:

with the side panel installed, who needs to know? LOL!

It won't be too long before Samsung supports USB 3.1.

MRFS

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All the investment thus far has been in Thunderbolt, but that shaves off a good portion of the market. I think Samsung was wise to offer a more broad solution.

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What's to prevent USB 4.0 from increasing the clock to 16G?

Maybe a better cable?

I might be "out to lunch" but I would like to see a convergence

of PCIe 4.0, USB 4.0 and SATA-IV -- all defaulting to 16G clocks.

If chipsets can do auto-detection now, these higher speed standards

could be backwards compatible with slower clocks.

Or, am I just dreaming?

MRFS

Edited by MRFS

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It's fast. On the downside, price per GB is a bit of a premium. Hmm ... that could be better, but there are relatively few competing products here.

Does this drive have TRIM support?

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result of CHAT session with Samsung customer support:

rt_arrow.gifPlease wait for a Samsung Agent to respond.

rt_arrow.gifYou are now chatting with 'Pamera B'. There will be a brief survey at the end of our chat to share feedback on my performance today.

rt_arrow.gifYour Issue ID for this chat is LTK1125602946380X

Pamera B: Hi, thank you for reaching out to Samsung technical support. How may I assist you?

Paul A. Mitchell: Hi Pam

Paul A. Mitchell: http://forums.storagereview.com/index.php/topic/37369-samsung-portable-ssd-t1-review-discussion/#entry289311

Pamera B: Hi Paul.

Paul A. Mitchell: Does the T1 support TRIM commands when connected via USB 3.0?

Paul A. Mitchell: You can reply later via email to: <mrfsys@gmail.com>

Pamera B: I understand that you are facing issue with SSD.

Paul A. Mitchell: Yes: that question arose at the storagereview.com User Forum:

Paul A. Mitchell: see URL above

Pamera B: I am afraid at present, we at Live Chat are not handling the Samsung SSDs as it requires special training and expertise. We do have dedicated support for this product. You can reach them by calling: 1-800-Samsung (1-800-726-7864) M - F 9:00am - 9:00pm EST.

Pamera B: Use the following sequence of options after dialing 1-800-Samsung:

Pamera B: Press 1 (Consumer)

Pamera B: First time caller press 1

Pamera B: Not a first time caller press 2

Pamera B: Press 4 (PC)

Pamera B: Press 5 (Drives and memory)

Pamera B: Press 1 (Solid State Drive)

Pamera B: Press 2 (Memory cards)

Pamera B: Press 3 ODD

Pamera B: Press 4 Hard Disk Drive.

Paul A. Mitchell: Thanks! Paul out ...


Paul A. Mitchell: Thanks! Paul out ...

Pamera B: You are welcome.

Pamera B: I just wanted to make you aware of some really good support pages that are available to our customers.
Samsung SPOT (Smart Personal Online Training) offers real-time Samsung support with a product expert through live video chat. visit us at <a data-cke-saved-href="http://helpouts.google.com/+SamsungUSA" href="http://helpouts.google.com/+SamsungUSA" _black"="">Samsung SPOT Our hours of operation(currently) are: Monday to Friday / 10am to 7pm EDT.
If you are looking for more details on the functionality of a product or would like to find answers to some of the questions, visit us at SamsungSimulator for an interactive review of some of our Samsung products.

Pamera B: Is there anything else I can assist you with?

Paul A. Mitchell: No thank you. HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Pamera B: You are most welcome.

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There may be some answers in this excellent article on UASP and Turbo Mode:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3-uas-turbo,3215.htmlhttp://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3-uas-turbo,3215.html

"we set out to explore the state of USB 3.0 and figure out if there was any way to improve our USB 3.0 transfer speeds"

"USB Attached SCSI (UAS) is a new USB 3.0 protocol that replaces the older USB 2.0 BOT protocol. Intended to more completely exploit USB 3.0's potential, UAS introduces two major architectural changes."

"UAS support is currently missing from Windows 7, OS X, and Linux (depends on kernel), but Microsoft confirmed that Windows 8 will feature native UAS support late last year. Indeed, installing the Windows 8 Release Preview reveals the native UAS Mass Storageicon1.png Driver. However, Windows 8 UAS support only seems to work for USB 3.0. We're told that a Windows 7 update for UAS support is probable some time after Windows 8 ships."

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Here is the official word;

Trim is supported on the T1. However, neither Microsoft nor Apple currently support issuing TRIM commands through the USB interface on their current OS. We’re exploring additional methods of forcing TRIM – including manually through the Samsung SSD Magician software. However we do not anticipate having a solution prior to the launch of the product.

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Whenever a Windows user wishes to run CHKDSK on C:,

the Operating System restarts and takes exclusive control

of devices like storage. It is this interlude that Samsung should exploit

with a user-configurable option that runs the TRIMMER utility.

Also, that program should be available for launching

from Startup Programs.

MRFS

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PartitionWizard also utilizes a Windows startup "interlude" (my term)

whenever it needs exclusive control of the C: system partition.

This software is excellent freeware:

http://www.partitionwizard.com/

If anyone would like to see that "interlude" demonstrated,

try "Partition | Check & fix detected errors" on C:

or any other option that makes changes to C: .

For example, in the past we've used it to ALIGN C:

after a fresh install of XP Professional.

In systems with multiple NTFS partitions,

I could see an option to TRIM different partitions

on different days of the week -- options like that.

Expect difficulties executing TRIM on RAID 0 arrays

controlled by third-party controllers, however.

/s/ Paul

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