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Samsung M3 1TB USB 3.0 Slimline Portable Hard Drive - Black

by Samsung
7,144 customer reviews
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1 TB
Hard Drive Only
  • Handy portable storage - Massive 1TB
  • Future your conectivity with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0
  • SafetyKeyTM protection for your data
  • Enjoy stable HD videos and gaming
  • Durable black design
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Product Information

Size: 1TB | Style Name: Hard Drive Only
Technical Details
BrandSamsung
Item Weight680 g
Product Dimensions11.2 x 8.1 x 2 cm
Item model numberSTSHX-M101TCB
SeriesSTSHX-M101TCB M3 Portable
ColorBlack
RAM Size1000 GB
Hard Drive Size1 TB
  
Additional Information
ASINB008PABFX8
Best Sellers Rank 1 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight259 g
Date First Available1 July 2012
  
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: Replacement parts covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase

Warranty, Labor: Labour cost covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase
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Product Description

Size Name:1 TB  |  Style Name:Hard Drive Only

Product Description

The Samsung M3 Portable External Hard Drive delivers handy portable storage. It is easy to take wherever you go, and has ample capacity up to 1TB. The durable black design stands up to the rigors of daily use.

Box Contains

M3 Portable External Hard Drive
USB cable
Software preloaded on the drive
Electronic User Documentation (PDF)


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243 of 252 people found the following review helpful By Kilpers on 19 Jan. 2013
Style Name: Hard Drive OnlySize: 1TB Verified Purchase
This item arrived quickly and was well packaged (as would be expected from Amazon).

Pros:
Fast - I copied 320Gb onto this drive and then back onto a new Hard Drive in a matter of hours. It must be plugged into USB 3.0 to have this speed. If you do not have USB 3.0 then it will still work - it just won't be anywhere near as fast. You can get USB 3.0 upgrade PCI card (available separately for about £35).

No formatting required - the drive is formatted to NTFS by default (the type any modern Hard Drive should be using), this meant I was able to remove the drive from its packaging and start using it right away. You can format it when you open it or reformat to 'FAT' if you want - there is nothing to stop you, however this is not required and will suit casual users.

No power cable - all power needed to operate the drive is drawn through the USB cable (once plugged into you computer!) There is only one cable that comes with the external drive: the USB 3.0 cable.

No need for any other software - there is software on the drive - but it is not required for backups. It is just an added extra if you want to take advantage of it.

Cons:
Short cable - the cable is around 30cm in length. This is fine for me as I have a USB 3.0 at the rear of my computer and it sits within easy access, but I can see how it will be a pain for some users.

That was the only bad thing I can say about it. Fantastic bit of kit, well worth the pennies. You will not be disappointed.
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270 of 281 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Edwards TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Mar. 2014
Style Name: Hard Drive OnlySize: 500GB Verified Purchase
I have used quite a few external USB Hard Drives over the years but this is the first one that has used a micro-B USB 3.0 Cable. This has a regular USB Type A male connector at one end and a USB 3 micro-B male connector at the other which plugs into the M3. Don't confuse this with the Micro USB (2) connector used with most mobile phones as they are not the same. You can use the old style cable but it will be a lot slower.

It's not a big deal as a short(47cm/18in) USB 3 cable is supplied in the box with the drive. However, if like me, you tend to leave cables lying around and then forget where you left them, you may have a problem. They are not difficult to find and Amazon sell them just make sure you search for 'USB 3.0 Micro-B' (if you paste that into the Amazon search it will take you straight to them).

The drive itself looks fine, feels quite sturdy and mine did not make any noise or vibration. In fact, I had to look at the LED indicator on the back to be sure it was on. It is about the size of a smartphone but twice as thick. It comes with some Samsung software, the installation of which is optional for Windows users (Apple users may need to use the supplied NTFS driver).

If you are a Windows user and don't want to install the Samsung software (I didn't) then you will be up & running in seconds. All you have to do is plug one end into the drive and the other into your computer. The drive uses the computer to power it. Some computers cannot deliver enough power through the USB port to run the drive. In this situation, the manual recommends buying a 'Y' cable. Again Amazon sell these but make sure you get one with the USB 3.0 Micro Type B connector at one end.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Thomas on 29 Nov. 2012
Style Name: Hard Drive OnlySize: 1TB Verified Purchase
Great value for money drive. I use a Mac and reformatted it for Mac only use, having copied the supplied software to another drive first, so that I can use the software when I get a Mac capable of dual Mac/Windows boot. If you want to use this drive for Macs and PCs, I think the existing format will work as my mac certainly recognised the hard drive as supplied, reformatting into native Mac (Mac OS extended, journaled) will work better with a Mac, but is not usable on a PC (maybe Windows 8 will recognise a Mac formatted drive?). At the moment I am using it on a USB 2 port and it works fine, looking forward to a speed boost when I get a USB 3 machine

UPDATE for this drive
I recently bought a Macbook Air with USB 3 ports and I have been somewhat disappointed with the write speeds, other usb3 devices I have used have been lightning fast, but this drive seems no faster than it was on USB 2. I copied the whole of my iTunes library to it (about 96Gb) and it took a long time, not sure how long except that in the end I just left the MBA to get on with it and came back several hours later to find it was just finishing. I'll try and do some more objective tests and report back

Further Update December 2013
About 6 months ago the drive became intermittent, it appeared to be an issue with the USB3 connector on the drive, I contacted Amazon who sent me a replacement before I had to return the original, I was able to copy all the data off the first drive onto the replacement without losing any of it, I then returned the faulty unit to Amazon, excellent service. The new drive is very fast on USB3, I have seen sustained transfer rates of 80Mb/s, so the slow speed of the original must have been due to the faulty connector. I have it partitioned into 3 partitions one of which is for Time Machine, which works perfectly.
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