KOREAN MANUFACTURER Samsung is joining the rush of companies bringing out devices using USB 3.0 with its global release of an external hard drive using the faster data transfer standard.
‘SuperSpeed’ USB 3.0 has only recently arrived, but is being taken up quickly by companies developing new devices as it a lot faster than USB 2.0. It is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
The Samsung Story Station 3.0 is an external hard drive that uses USB 3.0 technology. The company quotes the statistics that USB 3.0 offers a maximum data transfer rate of 5Gbps compared to 480Mbps in USB 2.0.
What this means in practice is that it can transfer a three minute song or 4MB in just 0.02 seconds and a typical HD movie in 2.3 minutes.
The drive concerned is available in 1TB to 2TB capacities. It also has three energy-saving modes - idle, sleep and suspend.
Backwards compatibility is the real beauty of USB 3.0. You will need a new cable and host adapter to achieve the faster USB 3.0 speeds with a computer, but it will still work with a USB 2.0 port. µ