Samsung T5 SSD vs Sandisk Extreme SSD

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by kgphotos, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. kgphotos macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2017
    Hi. I am looking to get an external SSD. My external WD My Passport spinner Drive is now filled so I need to get a new drive. My primary use for this drive is strictly for photo editing and storing. I will be using Lightroom. My workflow is currently 1 drive strictly for photos, 1 drive for photos and TM backups and 1 drive just for TM. These drives currently are spinning based drives.

    I am looking at the Samsung T5 and the Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD. Which is better? Faster? I’ll be using it on my 2017 iMac. I know the T5 gets a lot of praise on here.

  2. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
  3. StellarVixen macrumors 68000


    Mar 1, 2018
  4. vito macrumors 6502a

    Apr 4, 2006
    Manchester, UK
  5. kgphotos thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2017
    Thanks everyone. I went with the T5. Now do I have to format it when I get it for use on my iMac? If so, how? Journaled, APFS?
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I'd recommend Mac OS extended with journaling enabled...
  7. kgphotos thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2017
    Thanks @Fishrrman!
  8. IdentityCrisis Suspended

    Sep 9, 2018
    My T5 has been great. I was going to recommend that one to you but saw you already got it. :) good job.
  9. waring192 macrumors member

    May 16, 2012
    I have a T5 and its sterling. Would recommend!
  10. Burstl macrumors member


    May 3, 2011
    Now that Samsung released the super-fast X5 and didn't upgrade the slower T line (T1, T3, T5) do you think we will see a T7 anytime next year or will Samsung stop developing that line? What are your thoughts? I personally like the form factor and design of the T5 so much more than the X5, although the transfer rates of the X5 are really nice.
  11. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Why would they cannibalise X5 sales (which are horrendously more expensive than the T5) with a faster T-series unit?
  12. Anarchy99, Dec 15, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2018

    Anarchy99 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2003
    because they are different market segments and samsung have the drives on hand to clear out.

    the X5 is a thunderbolt 3 to M.2 NVMe adapter
    M.2 being the modern standard it will be around for a while and thus the x5 will only come down in price or you can diy a better option cheaper

    the T3 and T5 are USB to mSATA adapters
    mSATA was a older now mostly deprecated standard so they need some way to get rid off the leftover mSATA drives that is more profitable than clearance sales.

    the only difference between the T3 and T5 is the USB controller.
    its USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Speed up to 5Gbps) in the T3 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Speed up to 10Gbps) in the T5

    the mSATA drives are identical samsung ones on each so that usb controller is the differentiator.

    sidenote the T3 and T5 have one awesome thing
    they sell the mythical 2tb samsung mSATA drive that you can't buy standalone and no other ssd manufacturer seems to make
    (great upgrade opportunity for people with 2012 rMBPs that want more internal storage;) ;) )
    --- Post Merged, Dec 15, 2018 ---
    my guess is stop selling the line or at most it will be a cosmetic upgrade.
    reason for my thoughts:

    eventually, they will not need to clear out mSATA drives and most if not all manufacturing at this point has moved to M.2

    the T5 is already USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Speed up to 10Gbps) and the only usb spec higher than that is USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 - SuperSpeed+ (Speed up to 20Gbps)

    sure they could choose the slower USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 - SuperSpeed+ (Speed up to 10Gbps)
    but since thats the same speed as the current t5 the only benefit is the slightly less protocol overhead with USB 3.2 vs USB 3.1 Gen 2

    both these options require USB 3.2 PCs to take advantage of the speed or better overhead and there are none yet and by the time there are the supply of mSATA drives will be further depleted
  13. PatrycjaKozdra macrumors member


    Aug 19, 2015
    I actually have the T5, it works great but when I tried to use it on another computer (after I installed the software vault and entered the password) I was unable to access it. I switched it back to my MacBook and it worked fine. The other MacBook (Touch Bar) was unable to detect the T5 drive...

    Not sure if this is a known glitch or not but was unable to find a solution.
  14. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Well, I never made the mistake of using Samsung's SSD software with the T5s I have. I simply reformatted them and used them as regular drives. If you want encrypted, you could have used Disk Utility to format them as encrypted...

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