Nowadays, the PC user’s storage needs increase, especially with the continuous development of the Internet. One of the best ways to increase storage space is to add an external hard disk. Samsung offers us a USB 2.0 hard disk with 1.5TB capacity, the Samsung Story Station 1.5TB.
Samsung is a very old company founded in 1938. Its headquarters are located in Korea and it specializes in a large range of products, from home products such as televisions to mobile phones and PC components.
Inside the Samsung Story Station 1.5TB we find the Samsung F2 1.5TB Sata drive. We decided to test this drive internally in order to avoid bottlenecks from the limited USB 2.0 bandwidth. So let’s take a look at the internal drive’s specs:
* Device Type Hard drive – Internal hard drive
* Width 4 in
* Depth 5.8 in
* Height 1 in
* Weight 1.4 lbs
* Form Factor 3.5″ x 1/3H
* Capacity 1.5 TB
* Interface Type Serial ATA-300
* Buffer Size 32 MB
* Features Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS),
Native Command Queuing (NCQ),
Flying On Demand (FOD) Technology
* Compliant Standards S.M.A.R.T.
* Drive Transfer Rate 300 MBps
* Internal Data Rate 166 MBps
* Seek Time 8.9 ms (average)
* Average Latency 5.52 ms
* Storage Hard Drive / Non-Recoverable Errors 1 per 10^15
* Start / Stop Cycles 50,000
* Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
* Interfaces 1 x Serial ATA-300 – 7 pin Serial ATA
* Compatible Bays 1 x Internal – 3.5″ x 1/3H
* Compatible Slots x None
* Compliant Standards RoHS
* Humidity Range Operating 5 – 90%
* Shock Tolerance 70 g @ 2ms half-sine pulse (operating) / 300 g @ 2ms half-sine pulse (non-operating)
* Sound Emission 28 dB
A Closer Look
The Samsung Story Station 1.5TB comes in a black package. The drive itself is illustrated and tthe capacity and the connection type are stated.
The body is also in black colour. Generally it is a well built structure, on top the samsung logo is carved and on the front we find the operation switch.
At the back side of the hard disk enclosure we find the power and usb connectors.
If we turn the body upside down, we notice the air vents used for the ventilation of the hard drive.
As stated before, we preferred to test the Samsung Story Station 1.5TB internally, so we opened up the body. Here we see the internal SATA Samsung EcoGreen F2 drive.
Test Setup and Test Procedures
We decided to test the Samsung Ecogreen F2 1.5 TB with the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB, which is at the same category.
The specs of the Seagate drive taken from Seagate’s website are:
Model Number ST31500341AS
Interface SATA 3Gb/s
Guaranteed Sectors 2,930,277,168
Height 26.1mm (1.028 in)
Width 101.6mm (4.000 in)
Length 146.99mm (5.787 in)
Weight (typical) 720g (1.587 lb)
Spin Speed (RPM) 7,200 RPM
Average latency 4.16ms
Random read seek time <8.5ms
Random write seek time <10.0ms
Annual Failure Rate 0.34%
Maximum start current, DC 2.8
The test machine we used was:
CPU:Intel Core i7-920 (45 nm, 4 GHz, 8 MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard:Asus P6X58D Premium
RAM:6GB Muskin DDR3 6-7-6-18
HDD:Samsung F2 1.5TB – Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB
Graphics:AMD Radeon HD 3850 512 MB GDDR3
Power Supply:OCZ EliteXstream 800W
The test that we ran are:
- Windows Boot time
- Crysis Load time
- FC Test
- HD Tach
Windows Boot time and Crysis Load time Benchmark Results
One of the classic tests used in hard drive testing is the time needed to cold boot Windows. The drives were tested in a Windows 7 64-bit environment. We notice that the Samsung drive falls behind in performance against the Seagate drive.
When it came out, Crysis was one of the most requiring games that was made, due to its detailed graphics engine. We tested the time required to load Crysis between the two drives. We notice that the Samsung is still behind, but with a slight difference.
FC-Test and HD Tach Benchmark Results
FC-Test is a simple program used to calculate the time needed to read or write files. We measured the time needed to crate an ISO file between the two drives. Once again, the Samsung drive proved to be slower than the Seagate one.
HD Tach uses low level benchmarking techniques for random read and write functions. Again, the Seagate proved to be faster than the Samsung drive but the margin was not big.
Iometer Benchmark Results
Iometer is a benchmark utility used to calculate random read and write speeds. The Seagate Barracuda is the winner in the random read speed test.
At the random write speed, Seagate’s drive was also the winner.
The truth is that we got mixed feelings for the Samsung Story Station 1.5TB. Notice that in Europe it costs around 110 euros. On the one hand, it has a nice design and also proved very quiet during our tests. On the other hand, itis performance is not satisfying, so it is not recommended for the power user. If you want it just for storage space, it will do the job due to its big storage capacity.
(+) Storage capacity
(-) Price (you can find many alternatives at lower prices)
Thus, we give the Samsung Story Station 1.5TB a rating of 6.0/10