Review: Samsung S1 Mini (Because Everyone Should Have a Hard Drive in Their Pocket)

I like to put backing up and flossing your teeth in the same category – the category that includes things you know you should do, but you don’t do, and when you realize you should have done it…it’s usually too late. But with the Samsung S1 Mini, how can you not make backing up a regular activity? This thing is so small, so sleek, and so easy to use, it actually makes backing up enjoyable. The Samsung S1 Mini has a hard disk size of 1.8 inches and holds 120 GB. At 87mm x 62mm x 15.5 mm and 91g, it’s definitely convenient to carry around wherever you go, and it connects to any computer via a USB connection. You can use it on Windows XP/Vista or Mac OS X.

samsung-s1-miniI backed up several gigs of photos, Word docs, spreadsheets, and videos from my PC, and it took no time at all. I also tried it out on my Macbook, and it was just as easy. The Samsung S1 Mini comes with Samsung Auto Backup software already installed in the drive, and it’s pretty easy to use. There’s also a capacity gauge that tells you how much space is available or used.

In addition, it comes with SafetyKey, a program that allows you to set a password when backing up files and folders. And for those who are either super paranoid or have top secret data on their computers, you also get SecretZone, which is a virtual drive that encrypts data for extra protection.

Regardless of the software, what’s so great about the Samsung S1 Mini is that you can use it almost like a big USB key and just copy data directly onto the hard drive. You can then easily slip it into your purse or even into the pocket of your jeans and take it with you anywhere. I mean, you never know when you’re going to need a hard drive. Adding to the convenience, it doesn’t need a power cable as it’s USB-powered.

It comes in four colors – Piano Black, Snow White, Wine Red, and Chocolate Brown. I should also add that it’s got an “anti-slippery” “leather-like” back cover so it doesn’t slip out of your hands when you’re carrying it around.

The only downside is the price. It’s $137.99 (amazon). You can find other “mini” external hard drives for less, but I think the Samsung mini is the sleekest and most stylish. Of course, sleekness and style probably aren’t on most people’s list of criteria for hard drives. In the end, if you’re not willing to spend that much on a mini hard drive, just make sure you’re backing up in some form. You don’t want to risk losing those irreplaceable photos and videos, or those documents you spent so much time working on. And…don’t forget to floss your teeth.