How to Use Samsung T5 On Your Mac, 4 Ways

By Simon Irons / October 23, 2019
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Using your Samsung T5 on Your Mac. Four Ways You Can

1. You’ll find the Samsung T5 great when you’ve intensive, heavy work you need to do on your Mac. And you need a fast external Solid State Drive.

2. When your Mac’s internal drive is nearly full you can off load your files to your T5.

3. Put your HD videos on your T5. Or those photos you need to take with you to work on. The T5 is only a bit thicker than your credit card and so easy to carry with you.

4. When doing a Time Machine backup fast is important to you. Use your T5.



How to Install Your Samsung T5 on Your Mac

Power up your Mac and Log in.

Plug your T5’s USB cable into your Mac. Your Samsung T5 will power up. You’ll see its LED blink blue.

Shortly after that you’ll see its drive icon on your Mac’s desktop.

Samsung T5 SSD Drive Icon on Desktop
Samsung T5 SSD Drive Icon on Desktop

Your Samsung’s drive icon may not look exactly like the one in my picture. 

How your Samsung T5 look’s on your Mac’s desktop depends on your Mac’s operating system version.

Can’t see your Samsung’s drive icon on your Mac’s desktop?

You should check your finder preferences.

Open a new finder window and go to finder preferences.

Finder Preferences
Finder Preferences

From the menu that comes up next make sure to check these boxes. Show ‘Hard Disks’ and ‘External Disks’.  Then your Samsung’s drive should show up on your Mac’s desktop.

Finder Preferences Show External Drive
Finder Preferences pick to Show External Drive

Using Your Samsung T5 With Your Mac

Because your Samsung T5 is sold ExFAT formatted you can use your T5 straight away. You can drag and drop your files. Or copy and paste your documents, videos or photos to your T5.

And use your T5 to free up space on your Mac.

How do you open the T5 on Your Mac?

It’s easy. 

You open up your Samsung T5 to use on your Mac by double clicking on your T5’s drive icon. The one your Macs desktop.

Samsung T5 SSD Drive Icon on Desktop
Samsung T5 SSD Drive Icon on Desktop

That opens up a finder window on the drive. 

Once you’ve opened up a finder window onto your Samsung T5 drive. You’re free to go ahead and put files on your T5 SSD drive. Or create folders so that you can store your documents in some sort of order.

How to Create Folders on Your Samsung T5 on your Mac

You can create any folders you want on your Samsung T5. Click inside the finder window of your T5.

Then from the Finder window option from the menu at the top of your desktop. Choose File, then ‘New Folder’ from the menu.

Finder Create New Folder
Finder Create New Folder

Then you’ll have a new untitled folder on your Samsung T5.

Samsung T5 on Mac Name Folder
Samsung T5 Name Your Folder

You click on the text ‘untitled folder’. Then you can name your folder to what ever you want.





How to Use Your Samsung T5 To Free up Space on Your Mac

Drag and Drop To Your T5

You can use your Samsung T5 just like you use your Mac.

Dragging and dropping your files or documents across to your Samsung is the same as on your Mac.

1. You start by opening up two finder windows.

2. You open one finder window on your Mac. And in that finder window you move to the document or file you want to drag and drop to your Samsung T5.

3. Then you open up a finder window on your Samsung T5 by double clicking on your Samsung’s drive icon on your desktop.

4. If you want you can now create folders on your T5. And use those folders to organize the files you want to drag and drop across.

Double click on those folders on your T5 to open them up. Ready to receive your dragged across files.

5. Click and hold on the file you want to drag across from your Mac. And while clicking and holding. Move your cursor key across to your open Samsung finder window. Release your hold and whoopee!

You’ve just dragged and dropped your file across.

Dragging and dropping more files is just as easy.

You just select several files on your Mac. You do that by:

a. Clicking on the first file you want to drag across. Then hold down the shift key and click on each of the next files in turn.

b. Or you can click on the first file. And then shift and click on the last file and highlight several or your files.

c. Or you can click on the folder that all the files are inside. You do that if you want to move all the files in the folder across.

d. Or you can create a selection window.

Create Selection Window
Create Selection Window

You do that by clicking in a blank space near the first file you want to move. And click and hold. Then you move your cursor across all the files you want to drag across. Selecting them. Release your hold.

After all you’ve highlighted the files you want to drag and drop.

Then click and hold on any of the highlighted files.

Move your cursor across to your Samsung T5’s Finder window. Release your hold and you’ve dropped your files there.

If you are dragging across a lot of files it can take a while.

Your Mac will show you the progress of the files you’ve moved across.

And talking of move.

Know that by dragging and dropping your files you move your files from your Mac to your Samsung T5.

Are they the only copies of your files?

It’s not the best idea to have only one copy of your files anywhere. Just in case.

Have a copy of those files in a backup. You can find out how at this link.

Or take a clone copy of your Samsung T5 SSD drive. And the document at this link will show you how.

Want to drag and drop files from your T5 back onto your Mac?

It’s easy. You do it the same way in reverse.

You select your files to drag on your T5.

And then drop them into a folder, within a finder window on your Mac.

How to Use your Samsung T5 To Take Files From your Mac to work on.

By Copying and Pasting your Files

Copying and pasting your documents and files to your T5 is just as easy. 

But this time you’re taking a copy of your files. Leaving the originals on your Mac.

Great for when you want to take a copy of your files rather than move them.

You open up two finder windows.

Open one finder window on your Mac.

In the finder window on your Mac you click through to the file or files you want to copy.

The other finder window you open on your Samsung T5.

You select the file, files, or folders you want to copy on your Mac.

You use the steps from a to d above to select the files on your Mac.

Then you copy by:

1. Right click on the selected files. And from the menu choose copy.

Right Click Copy
Right Click Copy

2. Or go to the top of the finder window and choose Edit. And from the Menu pick copy.

Finder Window Copy Files
Finder Window Copy Files

Your Mac will copy the files.

Next you move to the finder window on your Samsung T5.

If you haven’t done this already, you can create a folder to copy the files into.

Or not.

It’s up to you how you want to organize your files.

If you’ve created a folder on your Samsung T5 double click on it to open it up ready to receive your files.

Then you paste your files by:

1. Right clicking in your Samsung T5’s finder window. And from the menu pick paste.

2. Or click in your Samsung T5’s finder window. And from the finder window pick Edit. And from the menu that comes up choose Paste.

Samsung T5 On Mac Paste Files
Samsung T5 On Mac Paste Files

Your Mac will now paste your files across.

If you’re copying and pasting quite a few files then this could take a few moments. Your Mac will show you the progress of your copying across till it’s done.

If you’re copying and pasting quite a few files then this could take a few moments. Your Mac will show you the progress of your copying across till it’s done.

How to Delete Files From Your Samsung T5 on Your Mac

Inside the finder window to your Samsung T5 you highlight the file you want to delete.

You can click on one to highlight one file.

Or you can use shift and click to highlight several.

Or you can highlight a folder to delete by clicking on it.

You then right click over the highlighted file(s). 

And then pick ‘Move to Trash’ from the menu.

The documents are moved to the trash can on your Mac.

Just be sure to empty your Mac’s trash before you Eject and unplug your T5. You do that to stop annoying ghost images of those documents appearing on your T5.

How to Use Your Samsung T5 with Time Machine

When you’re looking for an ultra fast backup of your Mac. You can use your Samsung T5 as a place for your Time Machine backups.

But you’ll need to reformat it first to a HFS+ file system. This file system is also named Mac OS Extended (Journaled) file system.

You can find out how to format your Samsung T5 here.

And when you’re done pop back here.

How to Set up Time Machine to Use your Samsung T5

1. Open up Time Machine on your Mac.

You find Time Machine by spotlight searching. Click on spotlight search at the top of your Mac’s desktop

Spotlight Search Symbol
Spotlight Search Symbol

Type in system preferences. Then double click on System Preferences.

Time Machine in System Preferences
Time Machine in System Preferences

2. Then click on Time Machine within your System Preferences.

3. Start the Time Machine T5 setup.

Samsung T5 Time Machine Set Up Window
Samsung T5 Time Machine Set Up Window

Click your Time Machine slider from OFF to ON. If you’ve never set up Time Machine before you’ll need to do this.

Check the box to show Time Machine in the menu bar at the top of your Mac’s desktop.

Then click on ‘Select Disk’.

4. Pick your Samsung T5 on the next screen.

Click on your Samsung T5 from the list that appears.  Your Mac will list all the external drives it can see that are available for Time Machine.

Click on the name you gave your Samsung T5 when you formatted it.

5. Click ‘Use Disk’

Samsung T5 Time Machine Choose Drive
Samsung T5 Time Machine Choose Drive

And your Samsung T5 is now connected to Time Machine. And Time Machine will use your T5 to backup your Mac.

A Time Machine backup to Your Samsung T5 on Your Mac

You can start a Time Machine backup straight away once you’ve set Time Machine to use your Samsung T5.

Click on the Time Machine symbol at the top of your desktop.

Time Machine At Top of Desktop
Time Machine At Top of Desktop

And from the menu choose ‘Backup Now’.

Time Machine Backup Now
Time Machine Backup Now

Time Machine will now prepare your backup and then start your backup.

The preparation for your Time Machine backup could take a while if this is the first backup of your Mac. It’s worth being patient.

You can check on the progress of your T5’s backup by clicking on the Time Machine symbol at the top of your desktop.  There you’ll see how many GB’s are left to backup.

You can also find out from that menu when your backup is finished.

Be sure to eject your Samsung T5 before you plug out your USB cable.

How Do I Eject My T5 From My Mac?

You Eject your Samsung T5 by;

Right clicking on your Samsung T5’s drive icon on your desktop.

And from the menu you pick Eject.

Right Click to Eject
Right Click to Eject

Then wait a few moments for your Samsung’s LED activity light to turn red. Showing your T5 is now idle. Then you can take your T5’s USB cable out of your Mac.

Always eject your T5 from your Mac when you’re done with it. And do that before you plug out your Samsung’s USB cable from your Mac.

Ejecting is how you tell your Mac you’re now finished with your T5.

And if there’s anything your Mac is holding in its memory that needs writing down to your T5. It will do that closing it off nicely.

Otherwise you risk corrupting your files.

Last Words on How to Use Your Samsung T5 on Mac

And now you know the different ways you can use your Samsung T5 on your Mac.

Do go ahead and check out my other documents on the T5.

Samsung T5 on Mac Review, Bust Waiting Times on your Mac

Setup Your Samsung T5 Like a Boss on Your Mac

What is the Best External Hard Drive for Mac – Don’t Risk It