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Transcend StoreJet M25H3 1.5TB Portable Hard Drive Review

Transcend StoreJet M25H3 1.5TB Portable Hard Drive Review - Daniel Bell reviews the rugged Transcend StoreJet M25H3 1.5TB portable hard drive.

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Category : Digital Storage Devices
Product : Transcend StoreJet 25M3 Portable Hard Drive
Price : £103
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StoreJet 25M3 Portable Hard Drive

The Transcend StoreJet M25H3 is a 1.5TB portable hard drive which offers shock-resistance and transfer speeds of up to 5Gb/s when using USB 3.0. It also has USB 2.0 compatibility and comes with the Transcend Elite data management software. It is available for around £105.

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Transcend StoreJet M25H3 Portable Hard Drive Features

  • Shock-resistant
  • USB 3.0 and 2.0 compatibility
  • Connection bandwidth up to 5Gb/s 
  • Durable anti-shock rubber outer case 
  • Internal hard drive suspension system 
  • Plug and Play operation – no drivers required 
  • USB powered 
  • Power saving sleep mode 
  • One Touch Auto-Backup button
  • LED power / data transfer activity indicator 
  • Includes Transcend Elite backup and security software
  • Three-year Limited Warranty
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Transcend StoreJet M25H3 Portable Hard Drive Performance

The drive comes ready to plug in and use, but you can also use the software which is on the drive to enhance the functionality. The Transcend Elite Data management program allows you to create backups, encrypt data, sync bookmarks and restore your backups if you lose the data. When you have created a backup you can set it to run using the one touch backup (OTB) button. The RecoverX software successfully recovered some images we'd deleted from the drive, with the StoreJet Toolbox allowing you to format the drive.

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USB 2.0 Performance
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USB 3.0 Performance

We ran the drive through the CrystalDiskMark software using USB 2.0 and 3.0. Using USB 3.0 we weren't able to get anywhere near the 5Gb/s mentioned on the packaging, but speeds were around three times quicker than USB 2.0.

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Transcend StoreJet M25H3 Portable Hard Drive Verdict

The Transcend StoreJet M25H3 is available for around £105. There aren't many other portable drives that are 1.5TB, options include the Toshiba HDTB115EK3BA Stor.E Basics 1.5TB USB 3.0 at £79.99 and WD My Passport 1.5Tb at £90.41. Other rugged portable drives to consider are the LaCie Rugged Triple 301984 1TB USB 3.0 at £126.00, SiliconPower Armor A80 Blue 640Gb USB 3.0 at £129.29, Buffalo MiniStation Extreme 1TB USB 3.0 at £70.99, A-Data 1TB DashDrive Durable Series USB 3.0 at £73.44 and ioSafe Rugged Portable 1TB USB 3.0 at £299.99.

Value for money

The Transcend StoreJet M25H3 is a rugged portable hard drive which looks stylish and can transfer data at high speeds via USB 3.0. We weren't able to achieve the 5Gb/s as suggested on the list of features but it is 3x quicker than USB 2.0. Thanks to the supplied software and OTB button, it's extremely easy to use the drive to backup all your important data. 

   
  The Transcend StoreJet M25H3 portable hard drive is rugged, stylish and has USB 3.0 compatibility.  

Transcend StoreJet M25H3 Portable Hard Drive Pros

Rubber outer case and shock resistance
Comes with useful software installed
Has both USB 2.0 and 3.0 compatibility
One-touch backup feature
Three year warranty

Transcend StoreJet M25H3 Portable Hard Drive Cons

Couldn't get anywhere near 5Gb/s using USB 3.0
Manual mentions a USB Y-cable which isn't supplied (USB 3.0 cable supplied)

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Transcend StoreJet 25M3 Portable Hard Drive Specifications

ManufacturerTranscend
Dimensions
Weight216g
Width129.5mm
Height82.4mm
Depth20.4mm

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    RuiP 2
    18 Jun 2013 5:58PM
    Hello ePHOTHOzine,
    I noticed one of your comments under the Cons section:
    - Manual mentions a USB Y-cable which isn't supplied (USB 3.0 cable supplied)

    The Transcend StoreJet 25H3 is a USB 3.0 drive which does not require a USB Y-Cable.
    This information is on the Quick Start Guide Tongue

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    19 Jun 2013 2:03PM
    As I understand it, some drives draw more current than can be supplied by one usb port, hence the supply of a Y-cable with some drives. As USB 3 ports provide a greater current this should not be a problem, but what if you want to connect this drive to a USB 2 port - is its current requirement well within the USB 2 spec?

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