The Samsung M3 1TB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive is a portable storage device from Samsung capable of storing up of 1TB of data. With a sleek black design and a rugged construction, this is definitely one of the better hard drives out there, considering that it also has a faster data transfer speed compared to older portable drives in the market. The Samsung M3 is a fast drive which explains why it costs a few dollars more than your other 1TB drives out there, but it easily one of the best portable drives for its price range.
- 1TB of storage
- Hot Swap function
- Black and checkered finish with a durable matte underside
- USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports
- SafetyKey TM Protection for enhanced data connectivity
- Total weight: 150 g
The drive works for both PC and Mac, although slight modifications may need to be made using Disc Utility for Mac users. Most Mac users have had no problems using the drive for Macs after the drive was properly formatted. The drive can also be attached to a portable hub and is fully backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices. Data transfer is very fast while being very quiet and the drive is ready to use about 30 seconds after plugging it in. To get an idea of how fast data transfer is, moving 8 GB of data takes a mere 8 minutes.
The sheer size of the drive makes it great for those who want a single backup storage for their files, from movies to office documents, but the drive itself is about the size of a typical smartphone that you can easily fit in your pocket. It draws its power straight from the USB cable, with no need for an external power source.
Most users are surprised to know that the drive comes with only Windows compatible software. Mac users still have to go online and download Mac software. If that does not work, reformatting the drive with Disc Utility will make it usable. This is perhaps the only drawback to using the Samsung M3 for Mac users.
A small size, large capacity, sleek, black design with a rugged build make the Samsung M3 Slimline one of the better options for portable drives out there. About the size of a cigarette pack, you can take this drive anywhere with you while keeping your data secure using its built-in security feature. Those looking for a drive that can accommodate backup data from one or two computers will definitely find this portable storage a smart option.