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Samsung Takes STORY External Hard Drive To USB 3.0

Samsung Takes STORY External Hard Drive To USB 3.0

It's a chicken-before-the-egg type of scenario. Peripheral companies don't want to support USB 3.0 before USB 3.0 is widely adopted, and PC makers don't want to jump on the USB 3.0 bandwagon before there are a suitable amount of USB 3.0 accessories on the market. Thankfully, Samsung is taking the first leap in this scenario, introducing their fastest STORY External Hard Drive ever with a new USB 3.0 interface.



The STORY is one of the more stylish external HDDs on the market today, and the original (USB 2.0) just launched last year. Already, a new version is debuting to offer USB 3.0 users faster transfer rates (10x over USB 2.0), but nothing much else has changed. The design is still hip, the brushed aluminum is still brushed, and there's still the option to get one with 1TB or 2TB of storage space inside. It's available globally starting today, but no exact price is mentioned.


Samsung Unveils the Fastest STORY™ External Hard Drive with USB 3.0 Interface

SEOUL, Korea – April 26, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, today announced the fastest external hard drive yet in its STORY™ Station product portfolio – the Samsung STORY™ Station 3.0 with the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface. The top-of-line 3.5-inch external hard drive now offers 10 times faster speed compared to the previous USB 2.0 interface, making it the ideal storage solution for saving and retrieving crucial data in the blink of an eye.

“The Samsung STORY™ Station 3.0 has been built for advanced users who demand fast transfer speed and data security without sacrificing design,” said H.S. Lee, vice president, storage marketing, Samsung Electronics. “The STORY Station creates a seamless user experience that allows users to move large chunks of high-quality multimedia content with minimal wait time.”

The SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface offers a maximum transfer rate of 5 gigabits per second (Gbps) compared to 480 megabits per second (Mbps) in USB 2.0. Users can now transfer 4 MB of music (equivalent of a 3-minute song) or image files (6megapixel camera in hi-resolution photos) in approximately 0.02 seconds and an HD movie in 2.3 minutes. The new interface is backward-compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 interfaces.

In keeping with Samsung’s world-class design tradition, the STORY Station line-up is the winner of an iF award 2009 in product design category. The minimalist design was inspired by retro electronics and combines a grey, brushed aluminum casing with the logo stenciled in red. The casing materials are RoHS-compliant, and the ventilation slits facilitate even heat dissipation to ensure reliable performance.

Designed with the environment in mind, the STORY Station 3.0 features three energy-saving modes including idle, sleep and suspend. The standby power level meets requirements for the European Union EuP (Energy Using Products) Directive for Standby Regulation.

The STORY Station 3.0 drive, available in densities ranging from 1TB to 2TB, is a part of the growing STORY product portfolio. The line-up now offers the widest range available in premium desktop storage – The STORY Station USB 2.0, the STORY Station Plus with e-SATA and USB 2.0, and the latest STORY Station 3.0. Preloaded software suites include Samsung Auto Backup, SecretZone™ and SafetyKey™ for data encryption and password protection.

The Samsung STORY™ Station 3.0 drives will be available globally now and it features a three-year warranty.

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
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Sleek looking piece of hardware and I'm glad Samsung is moving forward with USB 3.0 adoption. The more they and others begin to integrate it in their products the sooner PC makers will standardize it in their offerings. Intel - get on board.

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If the price isn't right, why not wait for USB 4.0!

Besides it is a Samsung :P

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Nice and fast device. It's good to see some adaptation beginning to occur finally. Hopefully they won't want your firstborn son (or an arm or leg) as price to own one.

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It's sort of useless. The fastest SSD SATA hard drives can only deliver a sustained 250MB/Sec read and around 125MB/Sec write speed. USB 2.0 is capable of 480MB/Sec, double the fastest sustained transfer device available for any peripheral. Even the fastest 10,000 RPM Velociratptor drives have trouble sustaining half the speed of the SSD drives. e-SATA Technology can deliver 3GB/Sec for a $2 cable, $6 dual bracket, and a $12 external case to throw whatever you want in. The "New" USB cables are over $30 and all they are is the same exact cable as USB 2.0 except they twisted the pairs and added some extra shielding. It's the latest of the gotta have new hardware rip offs going. I'm not surprized Samsung jumped on the gravey train. Did you ever try to get tech support from them? Don't even think about asking for warranty info they will hang up on you after rerouting you through 20 different phone numbers!  You would have to attach a RAID 0 array of 12 of the fastest SSD drives to even come close to the transfer speed of e-SATA II cables to start come close to using up the bandwidth reading and you would need an array of 24 to use all the write bandwidth with only $20 bucks worth of e-SATA gear. A USB 3.0 cable alone costs over $30. What do you plan on hooking up to that? Even the newest $6000 DDR3 RAM drives used in servers can't bottleneck a SATA II connection and they use 8 8GB DDR3 2000 RAM modules in a RAID 0 array to form a violently fast 64GB drive. It may be of some use when they get around to wiring up our internet with fiber optic cable. But then it will be obsolete for sure as optical cable is already up to 4.5 Exabits/Sec (4500 Terabits/Sec). I read that and almost fell over! They must be counting individual photons at that speed! 2 photons is a 1 and 1 photon is a zero. And that was 9 months ago when I read that so it's most likely half that again at the rate of Moores Law. Anyway, I would hold off on buying any of the shiney new toys until the price goes down to the $20 range for the whole set of gear like the e-SATA stuff did after the buzz wore off. The Chinese will be pumping it out on Ebay for a pennies on the dollar within a year(Literally, That $30 cable will be $1.99 with free shipping like the e-SATA cables). I've been analyzing the "AMAZING MUST HAVE" Technologies since 1982 and 85% of them flop like IBM's Micro Channel Architecture. That was supposed to revolutionize computing as we know it. The only relic left from that fiasco is the PS/2 port and that should have died along with it. I was young and nieve back then and purchased a shiney new IBM PS/2 Model 50 for only $3000. It cost me another $200 for a 1 MB RAM upgrade module! Within 2 years it was considered a bad joke, in my case a financial nightmare. After running a computer shop since 1984 I learned to buy at least 1 year behind the cutting edge. Let someone else work out all the bugs and take the financial bullet for you. That new $1000 CPU you have your eye on will only be $200 next year and it will even work better since all the bugs will be ironed out and there will actually be applications that can use it. The new Core i7 CPU's are the first real change in X86 architecture in 13 years. The truely amazing new break throughs are few and far between in general. I'm fairly sure 3.0 will tank in it's present form. It was supposed to integrate a fiber optic cable in the original design. I guess they figured they would squeeze whatever they can from the early adopters before they roll that out as USB 4.0 When they do add in the fiber the numbers will exponentially increase. (But we will still need something to plug into it)

Just a few thoughs on the subject....

Geo

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Geo, I think you'll find USB 2.0 is 480mbit/sec, which is 60MB/sec, and certainly a bottleneck for the drives that you talk about. Therefore the upgrade to USB 3.0 is very worthwhile indeed.

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I believe the word you wanted to use in the article was that this is a catch-22 situation.

I'm wondering how much extra it costs to make a device usb 3.0.  It would seem that it should be simple and most of the headache is on the motherboard manufacturer's side.  Regardless, I'm sure there will be a premium for this.  Good looking case too!

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