Samsung Story Station 1.5TB External Hard Drive Review

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:

General

   * Device Type Hard drive – Internal hard drive
   * Width 4 in
   * Depth 5.8 in
   * Height 1 in
   * Weight 1.4 lbs

Hard Drive

   * 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),
     NoiseGuard,
     SilentSeek technology,
     Flying On Demand (FOD) Technology
   * Compliant Standards S.M.A.R.T.

Performance

   * Drive Transfer Rate 300 MBps
   * Internal Data Rate 166 MBps
   * Seek Time 8.9 ms (average)
   * Average Latency 5.52 ms

Reliability

   * Storage Hard Drive / Non-Recoverable Errors 1 per 10^15
   * Start / Stop Cycles 50,000

Storage Controller

   * 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

Miscellaneous

   * Compliant Standards RoHS

Environmental Parameters

   * 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
Cache    32MB
Capacity   1.5TB
Guaranteed Sectors    2,930,277,168
PHYSICAL    
Height    26.1mm (1.028 in)
Width   101.6mm (4.000 in)
Length    146.99mm (5.787 in)
Weight (typical)    720g (1.587 lb)
PERFORMANCE    
Spin Speed (RPM)    7,200 RPM
Average latency   4.16ms
Random read seek time    <8.5ms
Random write seek time   <10.0ms
RELIABILITY   
Annual Failure Rate    0.34%
POWER    
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
  • Iometer

 

 

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.

Verdict

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.

Pros

(+)  Design
(+)  Quiet
(+)  Storage capacity

Cons

(-) Performance
(-) Price (you can find many alternatives at lower prices)

 

Thus, we give the Samsung Story Station 1.5TB a rating of   6.0/10

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