I received this hard drive as a present from my partner about a year ago because I had bought a new small netbook which had less memory than my previous laptop and I was worried that all my music, photos and files would fill up the computer too much and slow it down.
I was really pleased with this Samsung S2 portable hard drive and have been getting a lot of use of it over the last year.
It is very compact, about 11 cm x 8 cm, and quite thin, under 2cm. It is light and portable. I mainly use my laptop and hard drive at home, but as this is so light I have been able to easily take it on holiday or away for the weekend, bring it to college etc with no hassle and difficulty.
The case is a shiny chocolate brown on the front with Samsung written on the bottom. It has a shiny silver rim and the back is a textured matte plastic. It is very sturdy and has survived jostling in my bag and being dropped on the floor with no ill effects. My S2 drive came with a dark brown leather carry case which slips over the hard drive like a glove to protect it from being scratched or damaged, so after a year it still looks like new.
The hard drive connects by way of a small USB cable. A small blue light is shown at the top of the hard drive when it is successfully connected. When I plug it in, my computer recognises it instantly and launches the autorun, asking me if I would like to open the folder to view files. I have found it very reliable and quick.
500 GB is plenty of space for most people. I still have 411 GB free even after putting about 10,000 music files and about 8,000 high resolution photos onto it.
This does not really have any extra features beside its small size, portability, large storage capacity and reliability but that is all I wanted from it. It is a great piece of kit and I would recommend it to anyone.
**Why I made the purchase**
I have owned this hard drive for around 12 months. At the time, I required a hard drive so that I could back up my computer at regular intervals. Having had large and small external hard drives before, I was sure I wanted something small that only had a USB port rather than a 3-pin plug like the older, bulkier hard drives used to have. I mainly use the hard drive on the desk at work and occasionally transport it to and from work.
The hard drive looks very sleek and feels very sturdy. It is the size of a passport and about 2cm-3cm thick which makes it very portable. The front has a shiny (but seemingly scratch-resistant) cover and the back is made of a textured plastic. Both sides feel very durable and the shiny side of the case looks very slick. The hard drive also comes with a protective leather case which further enhances the durability.
There aren't many features on external hard drives except for the space that they offer. This has a 25cm cable, which may be too short for some tower computers depending where the USB ports are situated. However, compared to a Belkin hard drive I own which has a cable which is approx. 5cm in length, the 25cm USB cable seems a luxury!
*Touch wood!* there have been no issues with this hard drive. I plug it in to the USB port, the computers recognise it quickly and I copy my items over to it. It seems so much more robust than the Belkin and Western Digital hard drives I have had in the past. It doesn't seem to mind travelling too much either, and these things can often give up the ghost and die just because they have been moved.
I am very pleased with my purchase and would definitely buy another Samsung S2 External Hard drive if I required one.
When my old 3.5" external HDD started to show signs of failing (that wonderful clicking sounding, it was preceded by a scratching one), I decided to splash a bit more cash out and get a 2.5" instead getting a new SATA drive to drop into the existing case.
I felt there were a few benefits to getting a 2.5" drive:
- More environmentally friendly (at least it uses less electricity anyway)
Albeit they are a bit more expensive, but I thought overall it would be worth it.
After reading a lot of reviews I decided to choose the Samsung S2 despite the fact that the drive can't be changed (smaller case design and as a result cannot be swapped out if it fails) and it's a bit slower than some of the others. I chose it because the reviews were positive about the reliability.
I have not been disappointed so far at all. I haven't had any failures with it. Detected immediately and files copy across at a respectable speed. It might not be as quick as some external 3.5" and other 2.5" but it's a minor issue.
The only slightly major issue, and the reason for losing 4/5 instead of 5/5 is the fact it was not detected by my PS3. This is a shame, but I can stream from it over wireless without a problem. The smeebly slower speed does not cause an issue here.
Unlike other external drives, a new one cannot be fitted into the case but I am hoping that it will last long enough that this isn't even a consideration.
Off the strength of this experience, I would buy another Samsung drive. Perhaps a larger capacity one next time although I have only filled 250GB so far.