Unboxing test of the SAMSUNG Portable SSD T7 Shield 4TB external solid state drive, featuring 3 meters of drop resistance and IP65 certification for dust and water protection

The Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield, encased in a rubber shell, has been tested and proven to endure a drop of up to 3 meters. This external solid-state drive also complies with IP65 certification, making it dustproof and waterproof against low-pressure water jets. Despite its compact size, it offers up to 4TB of storage and uses a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C interface, delivering sequential read speeds of 1050MB/s and write speeds of 1000MB/s. With its portability and swift data transmission, it’s an ideal option for those on the move.

Specifications for the Portable SSD T7 Shield include:

  • Colors: Starry Black, Indigo Blue, Milk Tea Brown
  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
  • Maximum Transmission Speed: 10Gbps
  • Capacities Available: 1TB, 2TB, 4TB
  • Dimensions: 59 x 88 x 13 mm
  • Weight: 98 grams
  • Dust and Water Resistance: IP65
  • Drop Resistance: Rated to withstand a 3-meter drop

Rough and wild style, IP65 dustproof and waterproof, 3 meters drop resistance | Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield 4TB unboxing

The Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield is available in three capacities: 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB. The 4TB version is exclusively in black, while the 1TB and 2TB versions come in indigo blue and milk tea brown as well. Encased in a rubber shell that feels akin to a mobile phone’s silicone protective case, it’s non-removable.

The T7 Shield features 3m drop protection and IP65 dustproof and waterproof rating. The “6” in the IP65 code signifies the highest level of dust resistance, ensuring complete protection against foreign object intrusion, while the “5” indicates defense against low-pressure water jets. Therefore, the T7 Shield should not be submerged in water.

Unlike the tech-oriented packaging of other Samsung products, the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield’s packaging takes on a rugged appearance. This design emphasizes its distinct features of drop resistance, dust proofing, and waterproofing.

T7 Shield outer box.
On the back are some certification marks.
There are specifications and sizes marked on the side.
There is a special introduction on the other side.
Inner white carton.
Open it to see the T7 Shield body.
Accessories include manual, one Type-C to Type-C and one Type-C to Type-A.
The length of the wire is about 40cm.

The Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield is encased in a rubber shell, featuring a textured surface that provides both a non-slip grip and rugged appearance to fully safeguard the SSD. However, this design also makes it more susceptible to collecting dust. The shell has “SAMSUNG” printed on one side and “T7 Shield” on the other. Additionally, it’s constructed with aluminum alloy, enhancing its durability.

T7 Shield front.
The back of the T7 Shield.
Type-C interface and operation indicator on the side.
The other side is the certification mark.
The blue light will be on when transferring data.

USB 3.2 Gen 2 | Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield performance and temperature measurement

The Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield, equipped with USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, was tested to replicate the typical usage scenarios of most external SSD users. For this test, a Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 notebook computer was used as the platform. This laptop comes with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U processor, 16GB of memory, and runs on the Windows 10 operating system. During the evaluation, the T7 Shield was connected to the laptop’s Type-C 3.2 Gen 2 port to ensure the performance was accurately measured under normal conditions.

Lenovo ideaPad Slim 7 and T7 Shield.

When examining the hard disk information through the Windows system, the available capacity of the 4TB version of the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield is found to be 3.63TB. By default, it utilizes the exFAT file system, enabling compatibility between both Windows and macOS. If desired, it can be converted to the NTFS file system for enhanced performance specifically on Windows platforms.

System information.

By utilizing CrystalDiskInfo to inspect the SSD information, it’s evident that the interface employs UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol). The T7 Shield supports the UASP transmission protocol, allowing it to process multiple commands concurrently. This leads to increased transmission speeds and a reduction in CPU usage, latency, and wait times, making data transfer more efficient and responsive.


Using CrystalDiskMark with the default profile for testing, the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield achieves the following performance metrics:

  • Sequential Read Speed: 968MB/s
  • Sequential Write Speed: 839MB/s
  • Random 4K Read: 20MB/s
  • Random 4K Write: 42MB/s

In a real-world mode test, the T7 Shield demonstrates:

  • Sequential Read Speed: 614MB/s
  • Sequential Write Speed: 771MB/s
  • Random 4K Read IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second): 7163
  • Random 4K Write IOPS: 10076

These results reflect the device’s capabilities in both standard and real-world testing scenarios, illustrating the balance between its sequential and random performance characteristics.

CrystalDiskMark default profile results.
CrystalDiskMark real-world mode results.

Using ATTO Disk Benchmark, which tests the device’s maximum performance across different I/O sizes ranging from 512B to 64MB, and employing a 4-tier Direct I/O queue test, the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield achieves the following results:

  • Maximum Read Speed: 930MB/s
  • Maximum Write Speed: 884MB/s

These figures provide further insight into the T7 Shield’s capabilities, highlighting its strong performance across various read and write conditions.

ATTO Disk Benchmark.

Film and television professionals are indeed a primary customer group for external SSDs. Utilizing the AJA System Test to simulate the write and read performance specific to professional video multimedia, and setting the test parameters to 4K, 10-bit YUV, the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield demonstrates the following performance:

  • Write Speed: 815MB/s
  • Read Speed: 846MB/s

These results emphasize the T7 Shield’s suitability for handling the high-performance requirements of video and multimedia tasks, making it a valuable tool for professionals in the film and television industry.

AJA System Test.

The PCMARK10 Data Drive Benchmark, designed to evaluate the performance of data disks, external storage devices, or NAS systems, provides scores and measures such as average bandwidth and access time. For the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield, the results from this benchmark are as follows:

  • Score: 211
  • Average Bandwidth: 32.71 MB/s
  • Average Access Time: 768 microseconds

These metrics reflect the specific performance characteristics of the T7 Shield in the context of data storage and writing. The information may be particularly useful for those looking to understand how the device performs in real-world data-handling scenarios.

PCMARK10 Full System Drive Benchmark test.

FastCopy is a tool that can enhance the process of copying files, often achieving a swifter copying speed than the Windows built-in file system. In a test using video and picture files to evaluate the actual transmission speed of the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield, the results were as follows:

  • Copying a 22.6GB video file into the T7 Shield took 32.7 seconds, with an average transfer speed of 726.7MB/s.
  • Copying the same file from the T7 Shield to a computer took 31.9 seconds, with an average transfer speed of 746.3MB/s.

These results demonstrate the T7 Shield’s efficient transfer rates when handling large multimedia files, indicating its potential usefulness for professionals who regularly work with substantial amounts of data.

FastCopy video file transfer test.

In another test, using a 27.2GB RAW image file, the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield exhibited the following transfer performance:

  • Copying the file into the T7 Shield took 56.4 seconds, with an average transfer speed of 507.3MB/s.
  • Copying the same file from the T7 Shield to the computer took 42 seconds, with an average transfer speed of 680.4MB/s.

These results offer further insight into the T7 Shield’s data transfer capabilities, specifically when dealing with large, uncompressed image files. Such information could be valuable to photographers and other visual media professionals who need efficient storage solutions for their work.

FastCopy image file transfer test.

In a final evaluation using CrystalDiskMark, a temperature test was conducted with the number of executions set to 9 times. At a room temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature reached by the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield was only 43 degrees Celsius. This indicates that the heat dissipation performance of the T7 Shield is quite satisfactory, maintaining a reasonable temperature even under a more extended and rigorous testing scenario.

Temperature test.

Firmware Update, Data Encryption | Samsung Mobile SSD Software 1.0

External SSDs, frequently used outside the home, can pose data leakage concerns if lost or misplaced. Addressing this issue, Samsung’s Mobile SSD Software 1.0 offers a data encryption function for the Portable SSD T7 Shield. By simply setting a password, users can effortlessly encrypt their data, adding an essential layer of security. Additionally, the software provides a firmware update service, promptly notifying users when new firmware is available, allowing them to keep the device updated and optimized. This combination of features enhances both the safety and functionality of the SSD, making it a robust choice for on-the-go use.

Samsung Mobile SSD Software 1.0 interface.


The Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield offers a convenient portable size with a maximum capacity of up to 4TB, making it suitable for a wide range of users. Its USB 3.2 Gen2 transmission speeds are more than adequate for everyday use. With IP65 dustproof and waterproof certification and a proven resistance to a 3-meter drop, the T7 Shield delivers solid protection, helping users avoid data loss due to physical damage. Samsung further ensures data security by providing data encryption and firmware update software, reflecting a comprehensive commitment to both hardware and software security.

Here’s a breakdown of pricing for the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield:

  • 1TB: 2,899 yuan
  • 2TB: 4,999 yuan
  • 4TB: 7,599 yuan

With support for Windows, macOS, and Android platforms, users have the flexibility to choose the version that best fits their capacity requirements. Combining performance, reliability, and a focus on data protection, the T7 Shield serves as a versatile solution for various storage needs.

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Title: Unboxing test of the SAMSUNG Portable SSD T7 Shield 4TB external solid state drive, featuring 3 meters of drop resistance and IP65 certification for dust and water protection