Samsung Security Software
Although the Portable SSD T3 is not compatible with Samsung’s excellent Samsung Magician software– apparently it only works with internal devices– it does come with a simple and powerful security system that implements AES 256-bit encryption. Included on the drive are versions for Mac OS, WIndows, and Android.
Setting up the drive password is easy: just type it in twice. You’re limited to 16 characters, though, which limits the use of pass phrases. Note that Samsung warns that if you set a password and subsequently forget it, you’ll have to send the drive back to Samsung to have it reset, which will incidentally result in the loss of all information on the drive.
Once the password is set– and any time you run the security program afterwards– you’ll get this nice summary screen showing the serial number of the drive, and its name and status.
Any time the computer is rebooted, or the drive connected, you’ll have to enter the password in order to mount it.
If you take the drive and connect it to another computer without the security software, only a small read-only partition will mount. This partition– which, by the way, survives a DISKPART “clean all” command– contains copies of the security software and an explanatory note. Once a password has been set, you’ll need to install the security software and enter the correct password to use the disk on another computer.
In the last section I’ll present my final thoughts and conclusion for the Samsung Portable SSD T3 drive.