I have had my Samsung Story for a good few years now.
It is built solidly and have been exceptionally reliable.
The case is metal and feels like proper engineering. No cheap and nasty hard drives like other product. I have even dropped it once or twice and has not done anything lasting even with it being fan cooled.
Once you plug it in and turn it on with the very cool looking knob, it making a futuristic whirring noise and lights up. All for show but I really like it and makes it stand out. It stands out and is not just a box but a bit of feature as well.
The noise from the fan is not really an issue but unless you go SSD you do not really have the choice to be honest.
Transferring files is done as quick as USB 2.0 can go but its best to move things on mass instead of individually as it will take more longer otherwise.
Security as well there are option to backup and use the Samsung Vault within the hard drive which I did not need to take advantageous of, but is a very desirable feature.
Finally the main choice for choosing this item was for the size of memory the price was very reasonable. Checking other reviewers they commented on the reliability and despite not spending a lot it has not let me down.
I would recommend Samsung Story devices and would definitely consider Samsung devices in the future.
Excellent hard drive. 1TB, 1000GB, for a very affordable price. Very reliable, quiet, good looking and robust. If you are looking for a hard drive this is definitely the one to buy in my opinion. Having been through many hard drives that have fallen apart or died through overheating, it is nice to finallly find one that doesnt break when dropped and that I can feel confident in. Analmost silent fan keeps the unit cool and doesnt annoy you with loud whirring noise. It has a huge amount of memory, enough for all your music videos and photos. 1000GB is basically enough space to store 1500 standard films or 250 blue ray films, god knows how many tunes and an infinite number of photos. the nicely shaped gun metal surround is very attractive with some lovely curves which are almost of an erotic nature if you are into that kind of thing :)
I originally bought this to keep copies of my downloaded films on, for streaming to my television. I liked the size it provided and trust the brand to provide quality.
I did have to reformat the drive for it to take the size files I wanted it to, but this was not a problem, and easily done upon reading the instructions to establish why it wouldn't originally take the files.
The two minor issues arising with it, are the constant light coming from under the on dial whilst it's turned on, which can be quite distracting in a dark room. The other being the slight humming noise it produces - but that can be expected from most products of this type. This is only noticeable in a silent room.
The one major issue I had with the first of these I bought was that the dial broke, and would not switch off the hard drive. I received a replacement, and have not had any problems since. I have also had no problems with the additional one I had to purchase, to transfer my files to whilst returning the original.
On balance, I would recommend this, just advise care to be taken with the dial!
About a month ago I researched into reliable external hard drives so I could relieve my heaving internal hard drive from a bulge of photos, videos and other documents.
I looked into Seagate, Packard Bell etc. for the right solution- something that wasn't going to pack in after a week or had tendencies to malfunction. I read countless consumer reviews and many horrors stories where a external hard drive had dumped all the information that had been stored or had crashed sending cherished memories into oblivion.
I'm sure all manufacturers have problems with defected returns but I was looking at the percentage of negative reviews against all products. The product with the least negatives was the Samsung Story-Station.
I bought two since they seems to be very reasonably price and reliable which was the main purchasing factor.
It comes matt black, a good solid build with white led under lighting when the hard drive is switched on. Once the drive is switched via a dial on the front the under light is dim-able with the light at its most intensity when the dial is turned about 300 degrees. The drive sits flat and is about 19-12cm long. I have mine on top of my computer tower.
It can be connected to the computer be a USB cable (USB2.0 connection) which is supplied with the hard drive itself. This I find sometimes a little slow if I transferring large amounts of information but generally I don't have a problem with. The drive doesn't omit too much noise and is near enough silent apart from at the start of data transfers or murmuring occasionally as if powering down (sleep mode).
I've had the Story-Station for more than 4 months now and its served me well and will continue to. A great investment.
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I bought this external hard drive back in February 2010 to back up data on my iMac using the 'time machine' feature. I wanted to be very careful about the product I chose as the photos and videos I've recorded over the years are priceless to me, so I needed something with a good track record. On Amazon, the 1TB and 1.5TB version had many, many positive reviews from owners who were pleased with it's reliability so I was confident it would serve me very well, and (touch wood) it has for the past 10 months.
The drive arrived promptly and I was pleased to see there was no unnecessary packaging, the drive was packed in one piece of sturdy 'egg box' style cardboard within the usual box and the other accessories were in a sealed plastic bag.
Visually the drive looks of a very high quality, the main body of the drive is moulded plastic, but is housed with a brushed aluminium hood attached with two screws on each side. There's also one prominent dial on the front which turns the device on and off, but also serves as a dimmer for the 'in use' light. It's a little pointless, but it looks nice. The only issue I have with this drive aesthetically is it's footprint on the desktop. At 19.2cm long and 11.9cm wide it takes up a fair bit of space and it would have been better if it could stand upright rather than flat.
At the rear of the device is one mini-USB port which connects via USB2.0 to the computer (cable supplied) and a socket for the mains adaptor. The device works on all platforms, PC & Mac and you simply plug it in and go. I leave the unit powered on all the time and it turns on/off automatically in tandem with the computer.
I use it as a back up, for which it works fine. If you're using for more labour intensive file transfers you might find that the USB2.0 connection is a little slow, and opt for something a little faster. Firewire/USB3 if your setup allows. Although these are currently much more expensive.
For a quality brand like Samsung at a very reasonable price (around £65 currently) and many happy Amazon customers, I totally recommend this product.
The Samsung story station is an external hard drive. It is completely plug and play, and works with PCs and Linux (ubuntu), and works with macs, although i have never tested this. It has an external power supply and connects to the computer using a USB cable.
I know, i know, USB 2.0 is slow for a 1TB drive, however drives with esata and especially USB 3 cost so much more at the moment it is ridiculous, and not that many computers in the world actually have esata or USB 3. In practice, USB 2.0 is fine 99% of the time, and you wont notice the difference. It is only when loading huge amounts of data onto the drive in one go when you notice the difference. I use the drive to ferry my files between home and uni, and so any huge files i just keep on there the whole time. USB 2.0 is adequate almost all the time, but if you want the extra speed, be prepared to spend an extra £50 or £60 for a drive of this size.
As far as i am aware, the drive inside is Samsung's own F2 1TB drive. The USB interface will be the limiting factor on speed, so the drive speed is of little importance. The drive has a good reliability record anyway.
The case feels very well made, and comes with a 3 year warranty, which is very reassuring, as most only come with 1 year. The rotary switch on the front alters the brightness of the status indicator light, which is a bit of a gimmick, but it also serves a second purpose. You can turn the drive off using this switch, so you have complete peace of mind that the drive was not being accessed when you power it down or unplug the USB cable. The packaging it is shipped in is also very good, and means your drive will not be banged up in transit.
I would strongly advise this drive. It is a little more expensive than others, but then again you do get a metal caddy which protects from bangs and overheating, a very long warranty, and a slightly faster drive (against others using USB 2).