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.
Transcend StoreJet M25H3 Portable Hard Drive Features
- 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
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.
USB 2.0 Performance
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.
Value for money
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.
Transcend StoreJet M25H3 Portable Hard Drive Verdict
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.
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
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