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Samsung S1 Mini 1.8in external hard drive

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Review We've just received what has to be one of the cutest little external hard drives we've ever seen: Samsung's new S1 Mini.

Samsung S1 Mini

Samsung's S1 Mini: not much larger than this picture

The top of the S1 is all ultra-glossy black and smooth, but with a dotted texture under a clear plastic cover so it's not your average piano-black peripheral, despite Samsung quoting "piano black" as one of the drive's three colour choices. The activity light is a needle thin slash of bright blue LED, up at the top of the face.

The back of the drive is matte black plastic with a contoured "leather-look" texture that looks like it was taken off a 1980s car dashboard but makes for an interesting contrast with the shiny upper half.

Samsung S1 Mini

Textured design

Still, we think the S1 looks rather snazzy, but what really matters is the size: the S1's about the size of a packet of smokes - 87 x 62 x 15.5mm, according to Reg Hardware's handy ruler - making it eminently pocketable and portable.

Within the shiny casing sits a 1.8in hard drive of 120GB unformatted capacity. It connects up to a host computer by USB 2.0, which provides power as well as the data link. Samsung bundles two cables with the S1, both with a regular USB connector at one end and a mini USB jack at the other. One is 50cm long, but the other has a mere 4cm of cord between the plugs, ideal for a laptop link.

Samsung S1 Mini

Much smaller than a WD MyBook

Samsung has pre-formatted the S1 Mini using the FAT32 file-system for cross-platform compatibility, but you're clearly free to reformat the drive to NTFS, HFS+ or EXT3, depending on the operating system you favour.

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