updated 01:40 pm EDT, Thu October 15, 2009
Samsung STORY drives get more power efficient
Samsung late Wednesday announced that its 3.5-inch STORY Station external hard drives will be upgraded with a more energy efficient power source that will consume less than 1W in standby mode. This is the industry's lowest power consumption level and should lead to the drives drawing just 0.09W when parked compared to the usual 2.5W. The power reduction comes through a new circuit structure that renders the drive non-operational when when it is connected to a power plug but not the USB port.
The STORY Station drives otherwise remain the same, including retaining the same capacities of 500GB, 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB. Samsung's Auto Backup feature is built in, as is SecretZone software for data encryption and SafetyKey password protection.
STORY Station drives shipping from November onwards will boast the lower power consumption. Pricing should remain unchanged.