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My Thoughts On The Samsung 1TB M3 Portable Hard Drive

The price was within my budget. I paid 600TT at Ctrl Alt Del in the Croisee (Same compound with Nanans). It is listed on Amazon for 69US (normally 120US). Slim, light and portable. Supports USB 3.0 but backwards compatible. This is good since my laptop is USB 2.0. According to the packaging I can get up to 480 Mbps on USB 2.0 and up to 5 Gbps on USB 3.0. 1TB is plenty of storage for that price. I was checking out a 500GB for similar price. In the box you get the hard drive and USB cable and documentation. I was surprised to learn that the drive is actually manufactured by Seagate but branded as Samsung. It looks like older technology since it started selling on Amazon in 2012. The main reason I purchased the drive is to backup my photos and data. It comes with some features like SafetyKey (password for backups), SecretZone (encrypted area) and AutoBackup software. It is powered through USB. I noticed that Windows lists the capacity of the drive as 930GB. I read online that that is because drive manufacturers divide by 1000 (and not 1024). Under disk management I don’t see any reserved space. As an example of speed. I was able to transfer 75GB (12,000 files) in 27 minutes (on USB 2.0). Overall, I’m happy with my purchase and hope it gives me years of usage. I checked some of the reviews on Amazon UK and most were good. It receives a 4.5/5 stars (from 7122 reviews). Advice to myself and others. Never depend on a single copy of anything. A drive can die or get corrupted or lost or whatever. Have multiple copies of your important data in different locations and offline and online. Also I am challenging myself to use the “Safely Remove Hardware” option in Windows instead of just yanking the USB cord out.

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