Silicon Power Diamond Series D03 USB 3.0 Portable HDD Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2012-12-04

The speedy D03 USB 3.0 drives from the Diamond Series come from Silicon Power and can be found with different capacities, sport a catchy design and have an internal solid aluminum structure. The outside is scratch resistant and thanks to the 2.5'' drive inside, the product remains very light, weighting only 147 grams.

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Test Setup and Extra Info Part I

The testbench was composed from the following hardware:


CPU: Intel I7 Retail @ stock

Motherboard: Foxconn BloodRage with G42 BIOS

RAM: 3x2GB Patriot PVT36G1600LLK 1600MHz

Video: Sparkle GTX 470 with stock and OMNI A.L.C.

Power Supply: Nexus RX-8500 850W modular

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200.11

Case: Thermaltake Armor+ LCS, stock cooling

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Expansion: ASUS U3S6


When powered on for the first time, we will see that the PHD U3 drive comes formatted FAT32, with a single partition on the drive:




With the help of AIDA64, we will be able to extract some more information about the drive, which is a Seagate Spinpoint M8, with 5400RPM:





A free-to-download utility is to be found on the Silicon Power website, which contains multiple functions to the drive:




The interface of the software is split into multiple sections:




One of the functions is the ability to backup the My Documents folder:




Next, we can sync and backup any folders from the internal drive:




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