With the increasing use of technology in our day-to-day life, hard drives have become an integral part of all the work related to computing. The regular Hard Disk Drives are prone to damage as the rotating mechanism often gets faulty. To overcome the issue, the SSD or Solid State Drives are used. As they do not have any moving part in them, they are much secure and faster than the HDD.
During the CES Tradeshow 2016, Samsung unveiled three versions of SSD T3. All three versions are now available in Indian market. This external solid state drive is very slim and weighs only 50 grams. There are three variants of the drive. First one is 259 GB drive which is priced at Rs.10,999/-. The second one is 500 GB drive that is priced at Rs.18,999/-. The last and the most expensive variant is 1000 GB (1 TB), which is priced at Rs.37,999/-. Along with these three models, Samsung also announced a 2TB SSD, which will go on sale on 21st March 2016. The 2 TB SSD will be priced at Rs.74,999/-
The SSD sports a silver colored metal body. It has an elegant black design which adds up to its beauty. It has special urethane coating which makes it scratch resistant. Overall, if we judge it from the looks, it is sleek and trendy.
For connectivity, it uses USB 3.1 Type C connection. It is compatible with a wide range of devices. Ranging from Windows to Mac OS it supports every file system. It can also be paired with the devices and smartphones that run on Android OS. The file system that is used in these drives is exFAT which makes it universally adaptive to most of the file systems. That means the user do not have to format it before using on different Operating Systems. It is powered by Samsung’s proprietary Vertical NAND (V-NAND) and SSD TurboWrite technology.
The write speed of these drives is faster than internal SSD. It is also 240 times faster than an external HDD. The company claims that the data transfer speed is four times faster than external HDD. As explained by Samsung, the drive when attached to a USB 3.0 super speed interface, can read/write at the speed of 450 megabytes per second. It sports high-end security features. The encryption system used in the drives is AES 256-bit hardware encryption.
In order to make sure that the drive has a strong built, the metal body has a shock-resistant internal frame. It can hold up to 1500G of pressure. It can survive an accidental drop of 2 meters. The major issue with both HDD and SSD is overheating when the workload is high. To make sure it does not get heated, the company has added a Thermal Guard which manages the workload and avoid any chances of getting overheated.
The SSD market is getting wider with time. As soon as companies come up with the cheaper and more reliable versions of SSDs, they can compete with the HDDs in the market. At the moment, the only thing that is holding back the users from buying SSDs is the price tag.