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Samsung S2 USB 3.0 Powered Hard Drive

Samsung S2 USB 3.0 Powered Hard Drive Article Author : Ian
Date : 06-15-2011
 

We’ve been a fan of the Samsung S2 portable hard drives for some time, as they offer a cheap way of storing data “on the go” - a great way of making backups. A 2.5” hard drive is used to make this a truly portable unit device, as it requires no external power supply and is significantly smaller than traditional desktop drives. Even smaller 1.8” hard drives are available (as the S1 Mini), however these are more expensive and don’t extend all the way up to 1TB.

The latest S2 model to be released is a 1TB USB 3.0 version, which promises to increase data transfer speeds using the improved USB interface and an upgraded hard drive (7200 RPM, up from 5400). At the time of the review, the 1TB drive could be purchased for approximately $100/£70 and includes a carrycase and USB 3.0 cable.


The Samsung S2 USB 3.0 portable drive design is identical to previous versions – complete with a textured plastic base and a shiny gloss top. The same basic carrycase is provided, which should protect the body from scratches but sadly fails to include anywhere to store the cable. It would be nice to see an improved case come with future versions (perhaps an all-encompassing solution, rather than a slip-case).


Unless you’ve got a very recent PC, it’s quite possible that you’re system only supports USB 2.0 devices. However, don’t let this put you off, as the USB specification is backwards compatible and will function at the slower 2.0 transfer rates. You may not be able to achieve the maximum speeds, but you can future proof for your next system upgrade. In our test system, we used a PCI-E card to provide USB 3.0 support to our desktop.


As you can see from the image above, the new USB 3.0 Samsung S2 uses a different type of Micro-B connection – although these both terminate in the familiar USB connector (however, there are some subtle differences to this to support to the faster standard).


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