Samsung M3 External Hard Drive Review

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Samsung M3 External Hard Drive Review

samsung m3 Hard Drive ReviewWhile the popularity of Solid State Drives has increased massively over time there is still a place for traditional hard drives.

If you need a large capacity storage device it is hard to look past a 2.5″ hard drive. The Samsung is available in 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB versions and offers truly staggering value for money.

2.5″ drives have quickly taken over from 3.5″ external hard drives, they now offer the same huge capacity in a more compact design.

The Samsung M3 is only 2 cm x 11.2 cm x 8.1 cm and being portable is powered from the connected USB cable. The supplied cable is the only slight niggle with this hard drive, at about 30cm in length, placement of the drive may be restricted for some.


Available Sizes500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB
CompatabilityWindows, Mac,XBOX One
Backup SoftwareYes
Plug and PlayYes
Portable (USB Powered)Yes
USB 3.0Yes, with USB 2.0 backwards compatability
Speed5400 RPM
Data Transfer SpeedUSB3.0 transfer speed up to 5Gbps
USB2.0 transfer speed up to 480Mbps



samsung m3 Hard Drive

The Samsung M3  is a nice looking portable drive with rounded case with a distinctive criss-cross pattern.on the front.

With no separate power button the only other item on the drive is the micro-B USB 3.0 Cable.

If you do not have a USB 3.0 connection don’t worry as the M3 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.


The Samsung has remarkably fast transfer speeds, which are obviously much quicker when connected by the USB 3.0 connection.

The drive comes pre-formatted  in NTFS form with a number of backup applications already installed.

The Samsung Drive Manager software makes automatically backing up important documents simple, there are also other apps to protect your important data.



Samsung M3 External Hard Drive Review Summary

With its small form factor and no need for an external power supply the M3 is a very convenient drive to have. Coupled with its fast transfer speeds using the USB 3.0 connection this Hard Drive is highly recommended.

There are faster 7200RPM drives available but these are more expensive ,it stands up well against other 5400RPM drives in the speeds stakes.

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Item Weight150 g
Product Dimensions11.2 x 8.1 x 2 cm
Item model numberSTSHX-M101TCB
RAM Size1000 GB
Hard Drive Size1 TB

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