Useful Consumer Review

I’m travelling next month, so I thought it would be nice to have a really lightweight disk to carry movies around with. On. In. After. Under. <PREPOSITION>.

So I got this rather spiffy-looking USB3 SSD:

_1310154It shows up in Linux as

[30759.597367] scsi 2:0:0:0: Direct-Access Samsung Portable SSD T1 0 PQ: 0 ANSI: 6

but tells the OS that it’s a CD-ROM.  Nobody has written a usb_modeswitch script for it, so the only way to make it work is to insert it into a Windows machine, click through the installer (disabling the encryption), and then it’ll show up as a mass storage device the next time you plug it in.

That’s rather annoying.

It is really lightweight:

_131015226 grams.  But what about that USB cable?

_131015312 grams.  So you basically increase its weight by 40% if you want to use it…

Otherwise, it seems fine.  It’s quite snappy.  I get read speeds of 360 MB/s when accessing large files on an ext4 file system, which is way way way more than you need to watch films…

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