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Monday, January 14, 2013
Samsung M3 1TB USB 3.0 HDD review

2. Inside the package

The drive retails in the package illustrated below. It includes the external HDD, a USB3.0 cable and a warranty card. AutoBackup personal backup solution, Secure Manager and SecretZone encryption software come preloaded on the drive.


Also backwards compatible with USB2.0., the M3 drive is housed in a stylish black case with scratch-resistant finish.

The 'Samsung' logo is embossed on the top side of the drive. The USB 3.0 port is positioned at the side of the drive's body and a small label at the bottom side of the drive includes product information.


The drive measures 4.4 x 3.2 x 0.8 inches and its weigh is just 151g.

At the heart of the drive there is a Samsung 2.5" Spinpoint M8 1TB HDD, spinning at 5400rpm. It is equipped with a 8MB cache and
Samsung says it has a 12ms seek time:

  • Capacity: 1TB
  • Platters: 2 (500GB x2)
  • Interface: SATA 3.0Gbps
  • Cache: 8MB
  • Rotational speed: 5400RPM
  • Average seek time: 12 ms
  • Average latency: 5.6 ms
  • Form factor: 2.5”
  • Z-Height: 9.5 mm
  • Format: Advanced 4K sector

The Spinpoint M8 also utilizes a Marvell 88i9322-TFJ2 controller with 8MB of DDR cache provided by a Samsung K4H641638-LCCC memory chip.

The Samsung M3 1TB HDD came with firmware Ver. 2AR10001 installed.

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