Verbatim (99375) 2TB Store 'n' Go Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Diamond Silver Review @ ModSynergy.com
I heard someone say recently that the hard drive is dead. To be more specific, this person was referring to the conventional spinning hard drive in comparison to the Solid State Drive (SSD), however, this person made the comment suggesting that nobody uses conventional hard drives anymore. That may be the case for enthusiasts and those who use it as a boot drive, but certainly the spinning hard drive is not dead for the masses who still control the majority of the industry.
I would say it's virtually impossible to argue based on a capacity to price standpoint that the hard drive is dead. Hard drives are still superior over an SSD in terms of how much you pay and how much capacity you receive, especially when hard drive capacities for consumers have reached a whopping 10TB and remains less expensive than the equivalent SSD. It all comes down to affordability. The fact is that there are still tons of people who use conventional hard drives to store and archive various types of multimedia (personal & business) because SSD's for them still have not given them the value proposition to fully switch over. Take someone for example who edits videos. Yes that person would probably have an SSD as a boot drive and running his programs but when he archives and saves the videos, it's definitely ending up on a hard drive.
Verbatim is a trusted name that has been in the computing industry since 1969 and when floppy disk drives were still the best humans had to offer. Since that time they've changed ownership from American to Japanese, and now belong as a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation, and are mostly known nowadays for offering storage solutions (flash memory and hard drives) and selling optical storage media (Blu-Ray, DVD, CD, etc).
Today I have the opportunity to reconnect with Verbatim in Q2 2017 and review one of their latest products in the Verbatim 2TB Store 'n' Go Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive.
I'll be reviewing Verbatim product number 99375, the Store 'n' Go Diamond Silver 2TB portable hard drive, and backed by Verbatim's industry-leading 7-year limited warranty. Whether or not it's worth your hard earned money...let's get the review started.
"Since its beginning in 1969, Verbatim® has been at the forefront of the evolution in data storage technology. Today, more than 39 years later, Verbatim remains one of the most recognizable names in the data storage industry.
Customer-driven, Verbatim is known for adding considerable product value--above and beyond its competitors--to established media technology. As an industry pioneer, Verbatim is recognized for the role it plays in early product development and commercial product introduction of new technologies. Verbatim's leadership role is especially apparent in the evolution of optical media recording including MO and the CD/DVD family of products.
Along with its technological innovations, Verbatim has always been recognized universally for its superior manufacturing practices. Verbatim was the first media company to receive ISO certification, the de facto standard for quality management systems worldwide. This commitment to quality translates into consistent product performance and reliability. In addition, Verbatim provides toll-free technical support and service to enable its customers to maximize the performance of its products.
As a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, a recognized world leader in the chemical and computer industries, Verbatim is ideally positioned to take advantage of changes in the market while continuing to challenge the frontiers of data storage."
Verbatim 2TB Store 'n' Go Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Product Overview
Experience transfer speeds up to 10x faster with SuperSpeed USB 3.0! The Verbatim 2TB Store ‘n’ Go Portable Hard Drive features a unique, diamond-patterned finish and comes with the fastest USB connectivity available. SuperSpeed USB 3.0 lets you blaze through demanding tasks by reading and saving files faster.
The Store ‘n’ Go Portable Hard Drive comes pre-installed with Nero backup software for full system backup and restore functionality – schedule automatic backups by date and time, or encrypted backup with password protection.
Backed by our industry-leading 7-year limited warranty, the Store ‘n’ Go USB 3.0 hard drive lets you save your precious photos, videos, graphics, games, music, data and more with confidence.
Verbatim 2TB Store 'n' Go Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Product Features
The Verbatim 2TB Store 'n' Go portable USB 3.0 hard drive comes in a cheerfully designed and eco-friendly hybrid clamshell packaging where it utilizes mostly paper instead of plastic, making recycling easier and effective than recycling plastic alone. We live in a plastic world, with enormous amounts of plastic filling our landfills, and since there are many variations of plastic, not all plastic can be recycled at local recycling facilities. But with paper having one variation it's easier to recycle.
The front of the box showcases the Store 'n' Go portable hard drive in all its glory and is the highlight of the show with its distinct diamond-patterned exterior body. Some brief and relevant information surrounds the portable hard drive revealing that it uses the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, offers 2TB in drive capacity, includes Nero Backup software, energy saving software, and offers a whopping 7-year limited warranty should anything go wrong. I know nowadays hard drive warranty periods have decreased, it used to be 5 years, but is typically now 1-3 years, so it's refreshing to see Verbatim offer such a long warranty. The longest warranty period I've experienced was 10-years on an older Patriot Memory SSD.
The back of the box contains even more information and reveals, through a label, that the product is made in the factory of the world (China). A small window at the bottom shows the included, and short looking, USB 3.0 cable to use with the drive.
It should be noted that the included Nero Backup software that comes with the portable hard drive only works for the Windows operating system. Apple Mac users should not be disappointed as they already have the capable and fantastic built-in Time Machine at their disposal.
We're living in 2017 and therefore anything less than USB 3.0 would be simply surprising. USB 3.0 offers substantially faster transfer speeds than USB 2.0 so you can get more of your work done instead of waiting for USB 2.0 transfers to finish. I think we all should have access to USB 3.0 at this point, so for this review I will skip USB 2.0 testing.
Other than the software that is already on the drive itself, there is no other bundled accessory such as a protective drive pouch or protective drive sleeve. All you get is the drive and USB 3.0 cable.
This version of the Verbatim 2TB Store 'n' Go portable USB 3.0 hard drive comes in a sexy diamond silver patterned exterior if you don't want the standard black model. The whole body is composed of hard plastic and comes in 99% matte finish, which I prefer over shiny...so fingerprints and scratches aren't easily visible. Only the top portion has the jazzy diamond-patterned finish and it's a treat to see because depending on how available lighting reflects off of the portable hard drive, it gives off a cool holographic type of look, setting the drive apart from others on the market in terms of personality. The bottom portion is just standard matte black, while the whole profile surrounding the drive enclosure is semi-translucent for the blue activity LED to shine through when in use.
In terms of weight and dimensions, the 2TB Store 'n' Go tips the scale at only 140 grams (0.31 lbs) and measures a very portable pocket sized 4.69" x 3.18" x 0.58" (L x W x H). Other than the patterned design on the top of the drive, the rest of the Verbatim 2TB Store 'n' Go portable USB 3.0 hard drive is basic in style.
A label sits at the bottom of the drive which contains model number, brand name, serial number, and other safety label and certifications. Since we already talked about the bundled accessories of the Store 'n' Go being very basic, I was very surprised to see absolutely no rubber feet on the bottom of the drive to prevent slippage if placed on a table or smooth surface. To me this is a sad oversight on Verbatim's part obviously done to save money and bring cost down, but thankfully can be rectified for little cost as I know they sell rubber feet at my local "dollar store" that can be used for this type of application. Unfortunately as is, the drive will move about on flat surfaces, so one has to be careful to ensure the drive doesn't drop and fall.
What Kind of Hard Drive is Inside?
When connected to a PC and S.M.A.R.T information inspected, it was revealed that the Verbatim 2TB Store 'n' Go portable USB 3.0 hard drive utilizes a 2TB Seagate ST2000LM007. This SATA 6Gb/s based mobile HDD is of the 7mm/0.276in height variety normally found in Ultrabooks and not of the 9.5mm variety used in standard laptops.
In the Seagate lineup this particular drive ending in 007 is the base model and has a data transfer rate up to 140MB/s and spins at 5400RPM. It should be noted that the drive cache is higher than you'd normally see, having 128MB of cache.
When connected to a computer, the Verbatim 2TB Store 'n' Go portable USB 3.0 hard drive comes pre-formatted and ready to use out of the box. Pre-installed on the drive through a small Adobe Flash based program are Nero BackItUp software, Verbatim Green Button Software that offers 3 sleep/suspend settings, Verbatim HD Formatter to be able to format the drive to other drive file systems, Verbatim HD Info that will display what is on the drive through Windows File Explorer.
Honestly you don't need to use any of these programs on the drive, other than Nero BackItUp should you wish to use it, and frankly there are better and current free backup programs on the Internet you can use, but at least you get a paid version with the purchase of the drive. Verbatim's Hard Drive Formatter software allows you to format to NTFS, FAT32, exFAT and or convert from either. I'd just use Windows own hard drive format tool, it does the same exact things and more.
Performance Testing & Results
The goal here is to simply verify how fast the Verbatim 2TB Store 'n' Go portable USB 3.0 hard drive is. Verbatim doesn't provide performance numbers for the Store 'n' Go on their website or packaging, only that its USB 3.0 interface can deliver up to 10x the transfer rate of USB 2.0.
We'll be testing with ATTO Disk Benchmark 3.05 to see full drive throughput, CrystalDiskMark 5.2.0 x64 which tests with incompressible data, and lastly with a real-world verification tool called H2testw which I will use to verify real-world performance numbers.
The original premise of H2testw is to detect counterfeit USB drives by verifying drive capacity. Some drives on eBay and others advertise a certain capacity USB drive, but H2testw verifies the integrity of the drive by writing random data to the drive, and then goes back and verifies if that written data is good or corrupt. Some dishonest people will hack the firmware and trick the drive in reporting a larger capacity than real capacity. In the process of filling up the drive and verification, the program monitors the time it takes to do so and thus calculates read and write speed performance. The shorter the time, the faster the drive.
In the case of synthetic benchmark CrystalDiskMark, the Verbatim 2TB Store 'n' Go portable USB 3.0 hard drive manages a very brisk sequential read speed of 130.5MB/s, making it one of the top performing high capacity hard drives I've tested. I was surprised by this fast of a result because its faster than other similar capacity (other manufacture) drives including larger desktop hard drives I've used through USB 3.0. I think the large 128MB drive cache is the main reason why such a great result was had here. This result tells us the Verbatim 2TB Store 'n' Go portable USB 3.0 hard drive excels in transferring big files, something great for those who do video editing for sure.
On the flipside we see an equally impressive result for sequential write speed that is nearly identical to its sequential read speed coming in at 127.9 MB/s. Again, what such a number tells us is that this drive is great for those who are going to transferring big individual files such as video files or large database files.
The slow 4K performance numbers (0.3-0.6 MB/s) we are seeing here clearly indicates that this particular drive is not ideal for transferring really small files (4 KB in size). The result is a little under average performance for this section of the benchmark, but clearly this drive is optimized for transferring larger files, for which I suppose most consumers will be using such a portable drive for, moving large multimedia files.
To see the full throughput of the Verbatim 2TB Store 'n' Go portable USB 3.0 hard drive, ATTO Disk Benchmark 3.05 is used and from a queue depth of 16KB to 64MB we see that the Seagate ST2000LM007 has a read and write speed of virtually 130MB/s.
On to a more real-world test using H2testw to fill up the drive with 32GB worth of data, the drive was able to write 32GB in 6 minutes and 6 seconds (89.4 MB/s write speed) and was able to verify 32GB worth of data in 4 minutes and 6 seconds (133 MB/s read speed). The read speed was greater than the other synthetic benchmark results, which was surprising. This result will give you a better indication of what it can do on a consistent basis.
I think that this level of speed and performance from a portable hard drive offering 2TB of capacity is really great. I've had no issues during my testing with the Verbatim 2TB Store 'n' Go portable USB 3.0 hard drive, it's been reliable and without incident thus far, but obviously I'm not able to test long term reliability.
Temperature wise, after my round of benchmark testing and using the drive, my digital thermometer recorded a temperature of 32 degrees Celsius up top and 43 degrees Celsius on the bottom of the drive.
Where Can I Buy One? And For How Much?
A quick browse reveals that the Verbatim (99375) 2TB Store 'n' Go portable USB 3.0 hard drive can be purchased for $134.99 USD through Tigerdirect.com. The little brother packing 1TB of capacity sells for $82.99 instead also through Tigerdirect.com. I have no affiliation with TigerDirect.
I was not able to find this particular model on sale on Amazon.com at the time of writing this review, but they do have other models.
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It's hard not to like the Verbatim 2TB Store 'n' Go portable USB 3.0 hard drive. I love the unique diamond-patterned silver styling, I like how light and small it is, and I appreciate the brisk performance that allows it to move large multimedia files quickly over USB 3.0 interface at up to 133MB/s.
The drive is quiet in operation and is never loud or makes weird noises. It's never hot to the touch when used and is only lukewarm to warm at best. The price tag is affordable and the drive comes with an impressively long 7-years warranty.
About the only fault I can nitpick about is not regarding the drive itself but that the enclosure has no rubber feet at the bottom nor does it come with a protective carrying case. But in the grand scheme of things, those are very small nitpicks. Great job Verbatim!