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Samsung HX-MT010EA/GM2 1000 GB External
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- Inspired by the evocative landscapes of Scandinavia, the four colours of the M2 Portable Series are drawn from nature. Choose your favourite from a palette that resonates with the land, the sky, the trees and the air: Brown Black suggests the quiet earth
- Protect the Earth and your precious data at the same time. The M2 Portable Series external hard drive features Samsung's Eco Triangle technology. Its eco-friendly components are halogen-free, without compounds such as BFRs and CFRs. Optimised energy-ef
- Presenting the slim, compact data storage solution that redefines portability. The M2 Portable Series external hard drive is a mere 17.60mm thick - but don't be fooled by its ultra-small size. Designed to carry massive amounts of digital content on the
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With a refined, clean Scandinavian design, the M2 Portable Series holds your attention along with your precious data. It also holds up to day-to-day use, thanks to the scratch-resistant, fingerprint-resistant wave e-patterned matte finish that preserves its timeless beauty. The M2 Portable Series design is functional, as well: with concave sides for a better grip when you hold it; so, you'll feel secure when taking it on the go.
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SINCE I WROTE THIS REVIEW IT HAS BEEN POINTED OUT TO ME THAT THE COMMENT HAD MYSTERIOUSLY MOVED TO THE PAGE WITH THE SLOWER USB 2.0 VERSION OF THE SAMSUNG PORTABLE DRIVE. I HOPE IT'S CLEAR THAT MY ENDORSEMENT IS FOR THE LATEST & MUCH QUICKER USB 3.0 VERSION.
I was looking for another USB 3.0 backup drive and had reservations about getting another WD My Passport SE. WD My Passport Essential SE 1 TB Black Portable Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0) Specifically, that I was unhappy with the Western Digital installed drive-lock security system. Firstly, I have no need for security on the drive and tried to disable the feature. Although the instructions say you can disable the security, it always switched itself back on again. Worse still, on my second PC, the WD My Passport drive often failed to respond to the password and I had to connect it back to the main PC to re-initialise it. After doing this about twenty times I decided to try another make for my next purchase.
I spent several hours trawling the net and looking at dozens of reviews before deciding to give Samsung a try this time. The Samsung M2 arrived a couple of days after I placed the order and I couldn't be happier... Samsung M2 Portable 3.0 HX-M101TAB - Hard drive - 1 TB - external - 2.5" - SuperSpeed USB - brown black The drive arrived in perfect condition and I couldn't wait to test it out.
At first it wasn't recognised on my USB 3.0 hub, but I breathed a sigh of relief when I realised the USB lead had to be pushed home into the drive with a bit more pressure than I'm used to (at least it won't fall out!). Joy of joys, I was able to confirm the lack of any drive-lock security feature (heaven!!). The drive was recognised without the need to install any extra drivers (I'm using Windows 7 64-bit) and it was ready for some comparisons with the WD My Passport.
I copied over four very large files (combined total 20.0 GB) to the Samsung & WD. The Samsung finished in 3 mins 48 secs (averaging 87.8 Mb/sec), the WD finished in 4 mins 21 secs (averaging 76.6 Mb/sec). I ran the test twice to check the results. The Samsung was the clear winner here. Then I tried copying over 2,400 small files (combined total 23.3GB). This result went the other way, with the WD taking 18 mins 16 secs compared to the Samsung at 19 mins 11 secs. They are both excellent drives and completely silent, but my personal choice has to be the Samsung, as I mainly copy over large video files.
In fact, I like it so much I've ordered another one, (the WD will be relegated to the cupboard under the stairs!).
Sorry if this review is a bit long but I hope you find it useful...
UPDATED 12th NOV 2011
WD have now published a fix to properly remove the drive-lock security feature. If you need it, go to the WD Support page and search the forum.
I've tried it, and it does work. Even so, I still prefer the Samsung Portables, I've been using them for a few months now and they're very good.
Slowly fails and unable to be recognized by computer, all worked fine for the first few months although hardly used never dropped. Just used as a backup in the house and left in the draw.
I could not recommend this product for storing data.
Use at your peril it does have a 3 year guarantee so send back to Seagate.
and efficient. I am over the moon with my purchase.