Samsung releases 2TB external drive

3.5 inch drive runs on USB power

Samsung today announced two new editions to its S Series external hard drive line up; the 3.5-inch 2TB (Terabyte) S3 Station and the 640 Gigabyte (GB) 2.5-inch S2 portable.

“As consumer demands continue to escalate for storing personal data, music and video files, Samsung has expanded its extensive family of external hard drives to support the growing personal storage market,” said Cheol-hee Lee, vice president of marketing, Storage Systems Division, Samsung Electronics. “The new drives provide users with a sleek design and high-density choices in both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch form factors.”

Originally only available in capacities up to 500GB, the new edition to the S2 Portable lineup at 640GB capacity can store data equivalent to 128,000 digital images, 160,000 MP3 music files, or 77 hours of high definition movies. According to IDC, 500GB and greater densities will comprise more than 50 percent of 2.5-inch external drives in 2010. Samsung now provides a broad choice of 2.5” drives spanning from 160GB to 640GB densities.

Designed for large data file back-up of desktop PCs, the 3.5-inch S3 Station is available in up to 2-Terabyte (TB) data storage capacity and comes in a classic piano black glossy casing with a space-saving footprint to conserve desk space. Pointing to the increasing popularity of 3.5-inch high density drives, IDC reported that the 1/1.5TB 3.5-inch drive was the mainstream density in the first half of 2009, as the 500GB market contracted.

The 640GB S2 Portable is available in September and the S3 Station will be available early next year.

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Samsung releases 2TB external drive