Transcend StoreJet 25M3 1 TB External USB 3.0 HDD ReviewWaco - February 10, 2013
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
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Transcend StoreJet 25M3 Introduction:
We've all been there: that terrible feeling deep in your chest that accompanies the dreaded "click of death" when booting up your computer. It only takes being burned by data loss a single time to realize that a real backup strategy is needed because no matter how reliable your hard drives or SSDs are you will eventually experience a failure. Thankfully there are a multitude of solutions on the market that are just dying to take that moment of dread and transform it into a moment of serenity through the knowledge that you have a backup solution in place and that it will be no hassle to get back up and running.
Transcend is no newcomer to the storage market and it is looking to fill that little void in your heart with the warm fuzzy feeling of a good backup strategy. The Transcend StoreJet 25M3 1 TB USB 3.0 external HDD is designed to make backing up your data as simple as possible. Armed with the Transcend Elite data management software with OneTouch backup and a speedy USB 3.0 bus, this external drive aims to tackle everything related to your data backup needs in one handy little package. Does it hit the target? Keep reading to find out!
Transcend StoreJet 25M3 Closer Look:
There's no ambiguity here: this is an external USB 3.0 drive with 1 TB of storage. Thankfully Transcend kept the packaging both simple and easy to understand so if you do end up shopping for a new backup solution at a brick and mortar store there won't be any confusion about what you're buying or what its capabilities are. The front of the box plainly states the basic information you are likely to care about and shows off the drive enclosure itself through a large window. The backside of the box details the numerous specifications and features that are detailed more thoroughly on the Specifications & Features page. Popping open the box reveals a few manuals, the three-year warranty information, the HDD enclosure itself, and the USB 3.0 cable.
Sexy isn't it? The Transcend StoreJet 25M3 comes clad in black and green and definitely looks like a high-performance piece of computing hardware. The bulk of the drive is covered by a rubber sleeve to dampen vibration and protect the drive itself from shock and impact. At the top edge of the drive there is a small button that powers the OneTouch backup feature (it also doubles as a blue activity light). The overall feel of the enclosure is extremely solid and it does feel strong enough that I wouldn't worry about throwing it into a laptop bag without any further protection.
The USB 3.0 cable included with the drive does have an extra USB 2.0 plug on the PC side to allow for higher power draw. This drive doesn't need more than a single USB port worth of power (500 mW at 5 volts) when running but it does need slightly more than that to spin up from idle reliably. Because reliability is the key feature of this drive since it is intended for use as backup storage I commend Transcend for actually sticking to the USB specification here.
Warranty? What warranty? Breaking the enclosure open this much requires breaking the warranty seals – so if you're planning on replacing the included drive with a larger model or something down the road do keep in mind that you'll be on your own if it ends up failing. That said, this enclosure is extremely well designed and conforms to the military drop-test standard MIL-STD-810F, Method 516.5, Procedure IV. This procedure in particular requires that the product survive a total 26 drops on each face, side, and edge from a height of at least 48 inches. The internal drive is protected by a rubber carrier, which is then protected by a plastic housing. That plastic housing is then further protected by the rubber sleeve. After performing all of the OCC benchmarks I did put this MIL-spec drop rating to the test and dropped the drive from arm's height (for me, over five feet) onto the concrete floor in my garage. For most drives this would have been an instant death – the StoreJet 25M3 was a trooper and survived with nary a scratch. The drive included on the 1 TB model is a Samsung Spinpoint Momentus ST1000LM024 SATA drive holding 1000 GB, spinning at 5400 RPM, and sporting 8 MB of cache.
Now that you've seen the naked drive, keep reading to find out how it performs!