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Samsung 4TB D3 Station External Desktop Hard Drive - Black

by Samsung
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (465 customer reviews)

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  • The Samsung D3 Station External Hard Drive provides up to 3TB of desktop storage for all of your music, videos and photos. The durable black design stands up to the rigors of daily use and looks great next to your computer
  • Future-proof your concectivity with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0
  • With SafetyKey protection, the Samsung D3 External Hard Drive is the safest way to store your data
  • Massive 4TB Capacity
  • Enjoy stable HD videos and gaming
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Technical Details
Item Weight930 g
Product Dimensions22.2 x 21.7 x 7 cm
Item model numberHX-D401TDB/G
SeriesHX-D401TDB/G D3 Station
Hard Drive Size4 TB
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 803 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.1 Kg
Date First Available1 Jan 2014

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The Samsung D3 Station External Hard Drive provides up to 4TB of desktop storage for all of your music, videos and photos. The durable black design stands up to the rigors of daily use and looks great next to your computer.

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107 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, quiet and cool 8 Aug 2013
Size Name:3TB|Verified Purchase
A large drive at a good price which is actually very fast, with sustained large file writes peaking at around 160 MB/sec - blazingly fast for an external drive. Some other 3TB drives I've seen at a similar price (less than £10 cheaper) could barely reach 40MB/sec on similar transfers, which is pathetic.

Even after an extended write session of many hours, the case was warm rather than getting hot, and remained quiet throughout.

Only owned this drive for a couple of weeks, but so far operation has been flawless.
Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By jam
Size Name:4 TB|Verified Purchase
Very competent drive all-round. Large file transfers are blazingly quick (peak approaching 180Mb/sec), though it falls behind with small files compared to the best internal drives but that is of course expected..and its nit-picking too. The performance is stellar for the price.

It's not all song and dance though. usb3 is, at least in my experience with this drive and both an AMD and an Intel-based pc, somewhat flaky. Sometimes the drive would disappear from windows and i would have to pull the usb cable out of the back of the drive to pick it up again. Also, my drive tended to sleep too often for my liking with no way to change that. frustrating if you frequently access the drive as you have to wait for it to spin up before you can use it. I didn't think that would bother me at first but it really started to grate after a while: I had a steam library on there and there's nothing worse than having a game lock up whilst you are waiting for the drive to wake up.

Another problem and somewhat worrying, an hour in to an over-due defrag, the drive hit a reported 56c which is right on the limit of the drives operating range. Not good for lifespan at all - mechanical drives do not hold up well to sustained high temperatures.I didnt like the sound of that at all so i whipped the drive out of the enclosure and it really was worryingly warn to touch and this was about 20 minutes after i unplugged it. I put the bare drive in my microserver instead. Now the drive is well within its normal operating range. only downside? no warranty, but it was a calculated risk.

would i buy another? As great as the performance/space/price combo is...no, not unless Samsung start using actively-cooled enclosures for these drives.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works perfectly with a Mac, but a little noisy 6 Sep 2013
By Hawfinch TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Size Name:3TB|Verified Purchase
I've had the 3TB Samsung for a month, and I'm finding it a very speedy & reliable drive for use with my MacBook. I use it primarily for Time Machine and for storage of large media files, including HD video, which I can play back from the drive without lag or stutter - even while a Time Machine backup is going on in a separate partition on the same drive.

The only negative point is that it does have a slightly annoying spinup whine compared to other drives I've used, as well as an audible tapping noise when accessing. I don't believe it's faulty. These sound like the typical noises that a hard drive makes, just a bit louder than I've previously encountered. It's virtually silent when running without accessing.

I scanned it for bad blocks as soon as I received it (none found).

If you're planning to use it with an Intel Mac for Time Machine backups or as a startup disc, remember to change the partition scheme to GUID, as recommended by Apple, before you do anything else. You can do this in Disk Utility.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Seagate. 14 Aug 2014
Size Name:2TB|Verified Purchase
I bought this as it was a good price for a 2Tb drive and I wanted another of this size to put in my NAS.

Obviously I thought it might be a Samsung drive but it isn't - it's a Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001. I found out that Seagate acquired Samsung Hard Drives several years ago. But it doesn't really matter.

You will pay about £60 for the drive alone and that only comes with a year warranty. This one comes with three. Which is a bonus.

Specs are below and there are good dismantling instructions here if you are interested.
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Of course I shall be leaving the drive in the bay for now for the warranty and the box in the loft :)

The actual drive is fitted with some nice thick rubber mounts for vibration and shock isolation though and there is good venting at the bottom without allowing too much noise to come out. A compromise really as if you want cool you need vents and fans, and that equals noise.

The power for the unit is supplied by a wall adapter (think mobile phone charger) rather than a power brick and has the option for different plug configurations depending on where you are in the world or where you plan to be. Input ranges from 100v to 240v.

Comes with a 30" USB3 lead as well.

I can't comment on the speed, the heat or the noise etc but the enclosure sure looks nice. Overall a nice product presented well but like anything electromechanical - time will tell.
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