Samsung Story Station 1TB review - is it a happy ending?

Jacque31 By Jacque31, 7th Jan 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Review of Samsung's 1TB external hard disk drive. This isn't a pricey drive but you are getting one of the best there's on offer today!

So what's the story?

This drive From Samsung rocks! And it's about time too, as their external hard drives got a bit dated on the looks side. But this all ended with this beauty.

The drive is encased in a brushed gunmetal finish with matte black covering the front, back and sides. The front off the unit has an on/off switch which i'll come back to a little later. At the back you have your mini USB connection and the power socket. This is not an USB powered drive but it’s powered from the mains. Not a problem if your using a desktop, but can be a little to big for laptop owners always on the move. The drives are stackable too thanks to their design and have good rubber contact points underneath the drive to prevent the drive from being accidentally push off the desk. The drives performance is up there with the best in the competition (beating a lot of big names in the industry). The switch which i referred to earlier is not just an on/off switch, but also controls the HDD status light underneath the drive - adjusting the brightness. Sure this is a little bit gimmicky, but who cares, it's great. The drive is quite rugged and can take a few bumps and knocks. Surprisingly the drive isn't very heavy. It's also very quiet and can’t be heard in an office, and slightly in a very quiet study and stays quit cool after long periods of use. On the drive you get the expected bundled software (data encryption and back-up apps). SecretZone is easy to work with and Auto back-up does it's job well.

Flaws? Where?

There are no real flaws with this drive, the only one to come to mind is the fact that there's no eSata or Firewire port, but this isn't a real problem and most buyers won't even notice this. Due to this decision to exclude these ports Samsung has reduced the manufacturing costs of the drive. Some people might be put off by the torque screws on the sides, but that is part of the styling that makes this drive so sexy! Other than that theirs nothing wrong with this drive - you get everything, a good looking drive, value for money, solid performance. Expect to pay around about £70 - £80.


Overall i give the drive from Samsung a score of 9.2/10. I have been using mine for a couple of months now and am extremely satisfied, and will probably buy another one very soon. I recommend it without a doubt and can assure you that you can't go wrong with this purchase! And your wallet won't complain either.

Manufacturer - Samsung
Model - Story Station
Capacity - 1TB
Formfactor 3.5"
USB 2.0 (480 Mb/s)
Height 41.8 mm (1.646 in)
Width 119.5 mm (4.705 in)
Length 192.8mm (7.591 in)
Weight 0.902Kg (1.988 lb)
OS support - Windows and Mac


External Drive, Hard Disk Drive, Samsung

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author avatar Brian
10th May 2010 (#)

Pretty noisy compared with WD offerings when starting up out of power saving mode.

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author avatar Jacque31
10th May 2010 (#)

Hi Brain - Had mine for a long time now and is quiet from switching on to powering off. Very quiet and can't hear it at all.

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author avatar Oliver
5th Jan 2011 (#)

The drives aren't stackable, I own two and they don't stack neatly (and tend to fall of if you do). the drives are extremely noisy and data transfer speeds are average at best. The price point is amazing compared to what's out there. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless they could get it really. cheap.

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author avatar Oliver
5th Jan 2011 (#)

*'is not' that should be

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author avatar CHEKOremerez
8th Aug 2012 (#)

nope they dont stack................. what a shame they dont stack, this just doesnt stack up

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