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SAMSUNG P3 Portable 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive STSHX-MTD20EF(HX-MTD20EF/G2)

  • Graceful design
  • Thin, compact size
  • SafetyKeyTM protection for your data
  • 3-year limited warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • david g.
  • 12/15/2014 2:48:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggssmooth and silky

This review is from: SAMSUNG P3 Portable 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive STSHX-MTD20EF(HX-MTD20EF/G2)

Pros: instant setup...sleek design...small footprint
for 79 bucks on special, a steal considering 1 tb seagate backup plus slims were about the same.

Cons: minor--this is a seagate product so if there were to be a problem, well, that might be a problem...no tech tips to be had at samsung, not that i needed any

Other Thoughts: i was quite worried that this would not work in my new asus because my old my book drive did not, at least in the usb 3 port....and, the wd my book is powered and did in fact work in my other two pcs...
but,alas, not to worry. the p3 lit up and was humming within 5 seconds tops.
transferred and opened a few files and so far, smooth...

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  • Alexander V.
  • 10/30/2014 12:52:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat drive

This review is from: SAMSUNG P3 Portable 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive STSHX-MTD20EF(HX-MTD20EF/G2)

Pros: I decided to write a review when I read a few sort of negative reviews on this drive here, and I actually had only positive experiences with this HD.
1. The cable connection to the drive is strong - I can hold and swing the drive in the air by the cable, and it doesn't disconnect or even close to that.
2. Formatting is fast.
3. Encryption is supported just fine. Download Samsung SecretZone: a very easy interface; creates a hidden partition as an .msr file with a password to open it (it is mounted and get a drive letter like any partition in Windows Explorer - it's a virtual drive, essentially). It can be up to the size of the whole HD; that is, everything on the drive can be encrypted if necessary.

Cons: Portable SecretZone.exe never worked. This means Samsung SecretZone must be installed on your PC to use encryption or see files encrypted earlier.

Other Thoughts: You must use Samsung SecretZone program to see or mount the secret partition. This is both good and bad: good because no one else would even know there is a secret msr image file on this drive; bad because you cannot access your encrypted files on someone else's PC without installing this software. The program Portable SecretZone.exe came with this HD and is probably supposed to give such access, but it never worked and always crashed on Win7 32-bit and 64-bit PCs.

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  • Ted F.
  • 8/29/2014 10:41:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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1 out of 5 eggsAt least it worked once

This review is from: SAMSUNG P3 Portable 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive STSHX-MTD20EF(HX-MTD20EF/G2)

Pros: Good price from Newegg, fast shipping. Nice small size. Worked very well the one time I got to use it.

Cons: Went TU after sitting for a month. Currently RMA'd back to Samsung aka Seagate.

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  • Lloyd L.
  • 8/19/2014 6:19:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent - Adjustable power down setting

This review is from: SAMSUNG P3 Portable 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive STSHX-MTD20EF(HX-MTD20EF/G2)

Pros: Price, small form factor, quiet, Excellent speed. HDtach reported about 98MB/s which is great for an external spinning hard drive (of course an SSD would get higher scores). 18" USB 3.0 cable. Power saving mode is adjustable -- see other thoughts.

Cons: USB 3.0 connection on the drive doesn't hold as tight as I would like, but I have not had a problem with it disconnecting.

Other Thoughts: The auto spin-down timeout is adjustable through the included Samsung drive manager software. I really like this option because I find the auto spin down to be annoying sometimes. I changed mine from the default 5 minutes to 30 minutes. The setting is persistent from computer to computer so you only need to change it once. Very Nice!!

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  • Jason C.
  • 8/14/2014 6:59:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsDon't buy

This review is from: SAMSUNG P3 Portable 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive STSHX-MTD20EF(HX-MTD20EF/G2)

Pros: Works well on usb 2.0

Cons: Doesn't work on all usb 3.0
No firmware or driver update
It's actually Seagate support not Samsung
After finding out it won't work on my new MSi dragon laptop 3.0 ports due to firmware/driver issues I'm stuck with it since it's past the return allotment.
Seagate blames MSi, MSi blames Seagate. One of those situations. Save yourselft a potential hassle and chose another brand...

Other Thoughts: I've always had great experiences with all Samsung products until now. I can't exactly hold Samsung responsible for since it's actually Seagate that manufactures the drives. I bought a Samsung EVO ssd and it works awesome. Stay away from Seagate!

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  • August K.
  • 6/27/2014 12:34:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSAMSUNG P3 Portable 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive

This review is from: SAMSUNG P3 Portable 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive STSHX-MTD20EF(HX-MTD20EF/G2)

Pros: It worked for about 2 months.

Cons: It quit working for no reason after about 2 months. It won't even re-format now.

Other Thoughts: Do not buy this drive if you think it is a Samsung product. It is really made by Seagate and Seagate handles the supposed 3-year warranty.

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  • kirby a.
  • 4/27/2014 6:04:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPoor connector on drive side

This review is from: SAMSUNG P3 Portable 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive STSHX-MTD20EF(HX-MTD20EF/G2)

Pros: good storage, good company name

Cons: unit I received will mechanically disconnect with the slightest motion on the drive connector. Can not reccomend

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  • Li W.
  • 4/23/2014 9:32:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReview for SAMSUNG P3 Portable 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive STSHX-MTD20EF(HX-MTD20EF/G2)

This review is from: SAMSUNG P3 Portable 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive STSHX-MTD20EF(HX-MTD20EF/G2)

Pros: 1. Massive, 2TB portable storage in a small,attractive form factor.
2. USB 3.0 Speed + Power
3. Quality Feel to the product
4. USB 3.0 Cable included
5. Terrific Price
6. Quick & Hassle-free Newegg service + delivery

Cons: Included USB 3.0 Cable is relatively short.

Other Thoughts: No quick format. I fully formatted the 2TB drive. It took 24 hours to format completely.

I plugged it into a WDTV Live, and was able to access and watch the content that was copied there, including massive .MKV video files, without any issues.

I purchased this as a daily Newegg deal at $110

I have not yet tested out the full read/write capabilities of this USB 3.0 mobile drive, but everything up to now has performed as expected, or better with this fine Samsung product.

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  • Brian H.
  • 4/2/2014 2:42:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFast, Small and Thin for a 2 TB 2.5"

This review is from: SAMSUNG P3 Portable 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive STSHX-MTD20EF(HX-MTD20EF/G2)

Pros: Excellent speed for a 2 TB drive of this size
I get 120 MB/s on read and write

Cons: This model does not support built in drive lock encryption.
Most advertising indicates that full drive encryption is supported, the Samsung Drive management software supports full drive encryption but it's grayed out for this drive model.

Other Thoughts: I also have a USB 3.0 2TB Western Digital, but it's much fatter and so much slower at 30-40 MB/s.

The gray metallic color is a match for my ASUS T100 2-1 Tablet PC

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  • Jason M.
  • 3/24/2014 7:54:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBefore you buy...

This review is from: SAMSUNG P3 Portable 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive STSHX-MTD20EF(HX-MTD20EF/G2)

Pros: Small portable 2TB external HD.

Cons: No SATA interface. USB 3.0 interface attached directly to the hard disk.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this drive to disassemble and installed the 2.5" 9.5mm drive into my laptop since such a drive is not available for retail or OEM sale yet. I was disappointed to see that the drive was NOT a SATA III interface with a SATA to USB enclosure like external drives in the past. Instead the USB 3 interface is integrated directly into the circuit board of the drive. So if you were planning to get this to install into your laptop like I was don't bother.

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