Can't find a place to buy mSATA drives? Samsung T5 Portable SSD is another option for you. It is much more available across the world, and it works perfectly with SolidPod.

Inside Samsung T5 is a Samsung 860/850 EVO mSATA SSD drive with a USB reader. We need to teardown the T5 to get the mSATA SSD inside to use with SolidPod. Let's get started.

You will need

  • Samsung Portable SSD T5 (2TB is not recommended, detail down below)
  • Small Phillips Head Screwdriver #00
  • A craft knife or a small flat head screwdriver, or anything with a sharp edge

Step 1  Protection stickers

There is a black metal sticker on each side of the drive, remove it carefully with a knife or any tool that works for you.

Step 2  Enclosure screws

Remove the two screws on each side of the drive under the sticker.

Step 3  Frame

Pull the frame that holds the circuit board and SSD from the USB port side of the T5.

Step 4  Foam Pad

Remove the black foam pad on top of the mSATA SSD.

Step 5  Screws

Remove the two screws that hold the SSD.

Remove the one screw that holds the circuit board.

Step 6

Remove the circuit board with the SSD from the plastic frame.

The frame has hooks to hold the circuit board in place, be very careful not to damage the circuit board when removing.

Step 7  Thermal Pad

Flip the circuit board. You will see a pink thermal pad on the backside of the SSD.

Carefully peel off the thermal pad.

Step 8

Unplug the SSD from the circuit board. Now you have an mSATA SSD ready to work with your SolidPod.


Different versions of Samsung T5

There are many versions of Samsung T5 SSD since its release. Samsung has changed the mSATA drive inside the T5 from 850 EVO to 860 EVO in newer batches, which have better performance than the old version.

The only way we know to distinguish them is to look at the SSD inside.

2TB Samsung T5 Issue

During our test of a 2TB Samsung T5 manufactured in early 2018, the SSD drop frames when recording, and have problem offloading files to a computer. Therefore, we don't recommend you use 2TB T5 in production.

We will update this recommendation in the future if we found it is safe to use. If you have tested the 2TB T5 and have no problem with it, we are happy to hear from you.