Product Comparison: Samsung M3 (HX-M101TCB/G) vs Maxtor M3 Portable

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General Specifications
M3 (HX-M101TCB/G)
M3 Portable
About the Product
The Samsung M3 Portable External Hard Drive delivers handy portable storage. It is easy to take wherever you go, and has ample capacity up to 1TB. The durable black design stands up to the rigors of daily use.
The Maxtor M3 Portable External Hard Drive delivers handy portable storage. It is easy to take wherever you go, and has ample capacity of up to 4TB. The durable black design stands up to the rigors of daily use.
Key Specs
Storage Drive Type
1000 GB
2000 GB
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Samsung M3 (HX-M101TCB/G) Portable Hard Drive - Black
  • Effective and efficient at data transfer and storage
  • Big capacity, super-fast portable drive.
  • The drive has a quiet low hum when operating but is significantly quieter than many other drives of a similar storage capacity.
  • I'm very happy with my new hdd It is easy to take wherever you go, and has ample capacity up to 1TB.
  • The hardware is very good - compact and lightweight with good capacity and speed.
Maxtor M3 Portable Hard Drive
  • Neat littledrive with large capacity. Seems to work flawlessly under windows 10.
  • I can't see there being an issue with it but for the price and hard drive capacity it was a great but.
  • Good capacity for a good price. Bit shiny plastic tbh and not a designer product but hey ho what do you need it for?
  • SSDs are too expensive at this capacity to use as USB storage (for me) but I've used Maxtor products since 1995 without obvious issues over others. Stick with a main brand.
  • A very large capacity portable hard drive.
Size & Weight
0.69 in.
1.5 in.
4.35 in.
4.6 in.
3.22 in.
3.2 in.
5.3 oz.
5.96 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Samsung M3 (HX-M101TCB/G) Portable Hard Drive - Black
  • Sleek and stylish look - yet practical and robust
  • The durable black design stands up to the rigors of daily use.
  • This is a good drive - it is fast, compact and has a huge capacity.
  • I was tempted by this one because of the physical size/drive capacity ratio - it's physically very small.
  • Found these to be almost as light in weight, just a mm or two thicker but cheaper.
Maxtor M3 Portable Hard Drive
  • It looks good and it's the small size you'd expect of a portable drive. All good and no complaints!
  • I have a similar product but it is 1TB and this one is the same size as it and about the same weight which is great as it is so portable.
  • The hardisk worked as expected and durable (used it for almost a year now) yet compact!
  • 2.5 size drive size so very neat and tidy
  • Best to transfer a folder at a time depending on size.
OS Compatibility
Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later
Windows 10/8/7/Vista, Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later
USB 3.0
USB 3.0
Data Protection
SafetyKeyTM protection
SafetyKeyTM protection
Durable black design, NTFS format system, LED indication
Durable black design, Handy portable storage, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (Max): 5.0Gb/s
Backup Function
What customers say about "Features"
Samsung M3 (HX-M101TCB/G) Portable Hard Drive - Black
  • Ability to create 'Secure Drives' which are password protected.
  • There is also a secure feature to encrypt it so that only you can access the data stored if it gets stolen.
  • Quick speeds at USB 3.0 (your laptop/computer must have a blue USB 3.0 port in order to make use of this feature, if it doesn't you likely have a standard USB 2.0 connection)
  • No recovery for the Secure Drive. (I forgot mine and to this day am unable to access the items which are stored in it).
  • The Windows feature for this often refuses to eject the drive.
Maxtor M3 Portable Hard Drive
  • No software to install simply plugged in the usb and was recognised at once.Backup software appears to be installed on the drive but I prefer my own tied and trusted software so deleted the supplied ones.
  • Manual still mentions tray icons and use of "the Safely Remove Hardware" feature which do not exist in Windows 10, so ignore that.
  • The software provided with the user manuals was great simple yet elegant and had some interesting features such as creating invisible partitions that are password protected.. great for protecting privacy.
  • Excellent hard drive with the features as described by the seller. I use it to back up my daily work at the office.
  • It contains automatic backup software so it will back up your computer with all changes since your last backup – a terribly convenient feature.
Additional Accessories
USB 3.0 cable, Quick start guide
USB cable
Samsung Drive Manager Software
AutoBackup, Secure Drive, SecretZoneTM
Power Supply
USB 5V/0.5A
USB 5V/0.5A
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
3 year(s)
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