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Samsung Story Station 1.5TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

by Samsung
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)

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  • Hot Swap Function
  • Samsung STORY Station is the best storage solution to capture and preserve your life story
  • Enhanced data protection with Samsung Auto Backup and SafetyKey
  • Green Eco Friendly with Power Saving Mode
  • Simply plug it in and go, no CD is needed for installation
  • See at a glance how much space is available, used, or designated as backup storage.
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Technical Details
Item Weight943 g
Product Dimensions19.2 x 11.9 x 4.2 cm
Item model numberHXDU015EB
Screen Size3.5 inches
Hard Drive Size1500 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Voltage12 volts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 22,759 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.4 Kg
Date First Available27 Sep 2006
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306 of 309 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent and above all cool 22 Sep 2009
Format:Personal Computers
Having owned and used a variety of external hard drives. I feel the Samsung Storystation is one of the better variety.

The drive it well packaged and it seems that most if not all the packaging is easily recyclable. The drive is packaged in reinforced sturdy egg carton type cardboard that supports the drive very well during transit. A non-surprise but noticible difference to other external drives is that the cable connecting the drive to USB port is a mini-usb type. So that spare Usb printer cable won't fit here.

The drive is mainly matte plastic housing for the face, back and bottom. The top and sides is a very attractive brushed aluminum secured by 2 screws on either side.

What stands out about the unit is that the dial on the front is also a dimmer switch to control the light intensity (drive activity light) below the drive. A novelty, but nice to have.

Onto performance. The drive is very snappy and responsive and copying off the drive and general tasks. Of particular note is that when transferring batches to files concurrently, there is not a massive slowdown as with my other two external hard drives. Both transfers are definitely slower than if I did them each separately, but quicker than If I had done the transfer on my other drives. Thumbs up here.

Noise is of no concern. My philips drive is very noisy, making heavy disk transfer noises. The Samsung has been transferring around 400gb of data today, movies, pictures and music, and the only way to hear any disk activity is to have your ear up to the drive. So excellent for those who are thinking about storing music and keeping this drive next to desktop speakers.

Heat is a non issue.
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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value, huge storage capacity 11 Jan 2010
By Dave
Format:Personal Computers
I should begin by mentioning that the first one of these I received was faulty. Both my desktop and laptop rejected it with a Windows error 43 (essentially indicating that the plug & play device was faulty). This can happen with hard disks so, although disappointed, I wasn't put off too much. I used Amazon's "returns" process and chose to have a replacement, not the refund option. Amazon's returns process should be carefully followed. If it is, you will find that it is excellent. It even gave me the option to have DHL pick up the faulty item at Amazon's expense, which I set up there and then and they turned up the next day as requested. My replacement arrived two days later in spite of the current spell of freezing weather which is causing delays around the country, and in spite of it being a Sunday! So, full marks to Amazon for what is probably the best returns process I've ever used.

I've read a few negative reviews about the Samsung Story, though very few compared with the number of positive ones, and mostly those bad reviews have, in my opinion, marked the Story down for silly reasons. I'll make reference to some of those below so you can make up your own minds.

It still amazes me that there are people who have not grasped the terminology when it comes to hard disk sizes. Of course this disk shows as 1.36Tb and not 1.5Tb in Windows. Windows uses multiples of 1024 to determine Kb, Gb, and Tb, not 1000 as the hard disk manufacturers do. That's how it's always been and it's probably not going to change now. Get used to it. In fact, Windows does show that the 1.5Tb Story has 1,499,198,94,560 bytes available for storage. Okay, that's a tad short but hey, it's close enough. When was the last time you took a 2 litre car back and complained because it had a 1998cc engine?
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job 23 Nov 2009
By Deepak
Format:Personal Computers|Verified Purchase
For a small footprint this has a large storage capacity. It writes a little slower than my previous WD hard disk, but that's not too much of a problem in practice when doing back-ups or transferring some files. It runs pretty quietly so fine for a relatively quiet room. Very good value for money.
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134 of 137 people found the following review helpful
Format:Personal Computers|Verified Purchase
To keep my PC drive as uncluttered as possible, I use external USB drives to store all my working files and data which includes masses of photo and video files. I now have four Samsung Story 1.5TB drives - having purchased my first in September and been very satisfied with it, I bought a second in early November and have since ordered two more - they really are the best!

The drive feels solid and well built, even stylish - if ever such a utilitarian component could be considered as such, with its sleek aluminium casing and white LED downlight with a rotating dial to increase or decrease the light intensity. I'm not sure why an external hard drives needs this feature but it sets it apart from its seven neighbours on my shelf. It's silent in use, doesn't become hot and is ventilated beneath. A downside, for me at least, is that it isn't designed to be used vertically so it has a large footprint but several can be stacked together to overcome this.

The drive was recognised as soon as I connected it to my PC and performance has been good - just as I'd expect of Samsung and the included backup software works reliably and well.

If you plan to format the drive into NTFS, remember to copy the included backup software folder onto your PC's hard drive first!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Muhammad Ali Of External Hard Drives
This is honestly the greatest harrdrive!!! I bought this in my 2nd year of uni (19 Oct 2010 - a day before my birthday, and what a gift it truly is), and its still going strong... Read more
Published 18 days ago by JJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A great unit.
I like this and if a bigger one with USB 3.0 were available at a good price I would certainly buy another. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Smith & Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Four years on and it's still just getting on with it (no it's not!),
I bought my first drive in December 2009, and a second in 2010.
One was used on a Mac, the other a PC. Read more
Published 9 months ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT
I bought this to backup some pics, files etc on and use it as a media player with another device bought off Amazon. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Duane Allmark
5.0 out of 5 stars Samsung Story Station.
It is top class quality product and looks like Hi-End Audio separates. It is made from real aluminum mostly. It is not too fast, but I don't need fast hard drive. Recommended.
Published 15 months ago by D. Drabek
4.0 out of 5 stars Still using it
Still using the hard drive even I'm not a heavy user! I had another of the same but it got burnt in the circuit which was still under garantee and Samsung was happy to exchange but... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Evets34
4.0 out of 5 stars Price?
This is listed at 190 pounds (used?) ? I presume that this is a mistake or a very bad joke ! Good luck at that price....you've gotta be kidding !
Published 19 months ago by Steven John Garratt
2.0 out of 5 stars Unreliable and terrible customer support
I bought the 1TB version of this drive, which seems to be no longer available.

The drive was very reliable for about the first 3 months, then the drive repeatedly lost... Read more
Published 24 months ago by MisterM
1.0 out of 5 stars Drive failure
Having bought 2 of these drives, we are left regretting our decision. Both have now failed and have had to be recovered at a cost of about 700 each.
In addition a 1. Read more
Published on 15 April 2012 by Mr D Robinson
1.0 out of 5 stars Please avoid
After two years just stopped working! Only used as back up so no excuses. The laptop it was backing up for works perfectly but its back up is dead!
Published on 9 April 2012 by B. D. Mcmahon
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