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Samsung 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit

A Review of the Samsung MUF-BB 128 GB USB 3.0 MicroFit Flash Drive – Silver

For the purpose of clarity, this is a review of the Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit as shown in its packaging below.

Samsung MUF-BB USB 3.0 128GB Flash Drive Fit in packaging

Samsung MUF-BB USB 3.0 128GB Flash Drive Fit

Summary

The Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit is a discrete unit that will compliment the look of any laptop and at the same time, provide 119GB of fast storage space. The short length of the device means that it cannot be knocked from a laptop port, thus preventing data corruption. It is fast enough to integrate with a smart TV to provide time-shifting and programme recording. It can store at least 35 hours of recorded HD content due to its large capacity.

Additionally, this flash drive incorporates a number of unique features to protect your precious data. It is resilient to water, shock, magnets, temperature and x-rays. And, transfer speeds are very good when used in conjunction with either USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.

The Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit is manufactured in Taiwan and comes with a 5 year limited warranty.

Samsung MUF-BB USB 3.0 128GB Flash Drive Fit additional information

Samsung MUF-BB USB 3.0 128GB Flash Drive Fit additional information


Buy the Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit from Amazon.


It can be used with old and modern hardware and a variety of operating systems. At the time of writing, this flash drive offers excellent value for money and is highly recommended as a versatile storage device.

Introduction

This tiny device, just 2cm (3/4″) in length, boasts transfer speeds of up to 130MB/s and is backward compatible with USB 2.0. Samsung claim that this storage device is water proof, shock proof, magnet proof, temperature proof and x-ray proof. These are welcome features that can protect your data from being lost accidentally.

Size of Samsung MUF-BB 128 GB USB 3.0 MicroFit Flash Drive

The Samsung MUF-BB USB 3.0 128GB Flash Drive Fit is just 2cm (3/4″) in length

For out-of-the-box compatibility across computers and game consoles, the Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit comes pre-formatted in FAT32. This format provides cross platform usability but with a 4GB limitation on individual file size. If you intend to copy huge files to this drive, you will need to reformat the drive to the NTFS format, where no such limitation exists on individual files.

Windows detects this drive immediately as a Samsung USB.

Samsung USB shown in Windows Explorer

Samsung USB shown in Windows Explorer

Windows reports that the Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit has a usable storage capacity of 119GB when formatted.

119GB usable capacity when formatted as FAT32

119GB usable capacity when formatted as FAT32

The free program H2testw, which can be used to detect fraudulent drive capacities, shows the true capacity of this drive to be that reported by Windows, 119GB.

Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit - H2testw Results

Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit – H2testw Results

Note: H2testw reports the usable capacity of the Samsung MUF-BB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit as 122,335 MBytes. Expressed in GB, the capacity of this drive is 122,335/1024 = 119GB.

The H2testw test was performed with the drive in a USB 3.0 port. The procedure took 55:40 mins to write data to the drive and 17:45 mins to verify it. The average writing and reading speeds were 36MB/s and 115MB/s, respectively.

Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB Speed Test

CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 x64 was used to determine the sequential read and write speeds of the Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit in both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.

The different benchmarks of the CrytsalDiskMark are explained in this article.

USB 3.0 | FAT32

The benchmark, Seq Q32T1, writes and reads sequential 128KB blocks of data with multi-queues and threads. The average read and write speeds reported were 154MB/s and 102MB/s, respectively.

Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB Flash Drive Speed Test | FAT32 / USB 3.0

Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB Flash Drive Speed Test | FAT32 / USB 3.0

USB 2.0 | FAT32

With the drive in a USB 2.0 port, reported Seq Q32T1 read and write speeds were both 39MB/s. These transfer speeds are remarkable for a flash drive connected to a USB 2.0 port.

Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB Flash Drive Speed Test | FAT32 / USB 2.0

Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB Flash Drive Speed Test | FAT32 / USB 2.0

Computer – In Use

Although the Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit is a small device, the plastic moulding on the end of it enables its easy removal from a USB port. A faint, blue light is emitted from the centre of the moulding when there is read and write activity. The moulding also incorporates a cut away so that it can be attached to a lanyard or keyring to prevent loss. This unit is certainly discrete and would compliment a laptop or smart TV. It even looked good when connected to my black desktop computer.

As expected, writing speed to the USB varies considerably during the transfer of many files. Typical write speeds when copying over 35GB of photographs from a hard disk drive to the Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit, ranged from 35MB/s to 72MB/s.

Writing speed when copying lots of small files

Writing speed when copying lots of small files

During intensive copy operations, the Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit does get warm. However, the heat produced does not result in a device that is too hot to handle, nor does it affect performance. The device cools quickly when intensive operations cease.

Smart TV – In Use

The Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit performs admirably when used as an external hard disk drive for a Smart TV. Once connected the drive enables faultless time-shifting and programme recording.

How many hours of recorded television can a 128GB flash drive store?

Ultimately, the resultant file size of a recorded programme is dependent on the bit rate of that transmission. That bit rate will be relatively low for Standard Definition (SD) channels and much greater for High Definition (HD) channels. There is even bit rate variation within these two groups. Sports broadcasts tend to be of the highest quality and so have the highest bit rate and consequentially, the greatest storage rate.

The table below shows the expected recording time for the range of SD and HD channels on Freeview. These data were compiled by making random recordings from different channels then noting the recording time and file size. The storage rate was then calculated and then the total recording time for a 128GB USB flash drive.

Smart TV file storage rate and total recording time

Smart TV file storage rate and total recording time for a 128GB USB flash drive

The maximum storage rate of 56MB/min was courtesy of BBC ONE HD Match of the Day. The table shows that if this was the only scheduled weekly recording, a 128GB USB drive would be able to store approximately 35 hours of this programme. In comparison, one thirty minute recording of  ITV HD Coronation Street utilises 1.2GB of storage. A storage rate of 40MB/min.

So, to answer the question: “How many hours of recorded television can a 128GB flash drive store?”

Anything between 35 and 124 hours of recorded material, dependent on what you watch.

Conclusion

If you are looking for high capacity, fast, inexpensive flash storage then the Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit will not disappoint. It is discrete, aesthetically pleasing and versatile and contains a rich set of features to protect your data from harsh environments. Highly recommended.


Buy the Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit from Amazon.


Competition

There are many 128GB USB 3.0 flash drives on the market. Still unsure about the Samsung MUF-BB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit? Check out the competition on Amazon by clicking the link below.


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200M PLC Passthrough Adapter Power Packet Utility – InTellon

InTellon Power Packet Utility for 200M PLC Passthrough Adapters

This review provides download links to the InTellon Power Packet Utility and User Manual for the 200M PLC Passthrough Adapters that were manufactured circa 2005-2009. The links are provided at the very end of this document beneath the original copyright notice.

Power Packet Utility

Power Packet Utility

Check the photographs and description of the 200M PLC Passthrough Adapters to make sure that the Power Packet Utility software is the correct version for your units.

Introduction

These 200M PLC Passthrough Adapters were manufactured in China. Based on the Intellon INT6400 chipset, they  were one of the first incarnations of the HomePlug to go on sale in the UK. Relatively inexpensive, they were able to extend the reach of  local area networks by utilizing the existing electrical wiring of the home. They were a welcome arrival for those suffering the woes of weak and unreliable wi-fi.

The main features of these 200M PLC Passthrough Adapters were:

  • Transmission of data up to 200Mbits/s across the household power line.
  • Every socket became a connection. No new wire required.
  • Effortless creation of high speed networks that could carry video, voice and data consistently, with zero drop outs.
  • The passthrough feature meant not having to give up an electrical outlet. The product provided a female socket to which devices or power strips could be connected.
  • Built in noise filters to improve data transmission.
  • 128 AES encryption.

The 200M PLC Passthrough Adapters were sold in pairs and each pair came bundled with a small user manual and miniature CD containing Power Packet software: Powerline Ethernet Adapter Series Utility. Two RJ45 Ethernet cables were also provided to complete the kit.

200M PLC Passthrough Adapter | User Manual & CD

200M PLC Passthrough Adapter | User Manual

Overview of the 200M PLC Passthrough Adapter

200M PLC Passthrough Adapter | Front

200M PLC Passthrough Adapter | Front

The front face of the 200M PLC Passthrough Adapter features the pass through female electrical socket to receive a 240 volt UK male 3-pin plug. Three green LED lights in the bottom right hand corner of the unit display Power, LAN and PLC activity.

  • Power: The Power LED illuminates when the adapter is powered on.
  • LAN: The LAN LED flashes to indicate activity over the Ethernet connection.
  • PLC: The PLC LED flashes when there is activity over the power line connection.
200M PLC Passthrough Adapter | Right

200M PLC Passthrough Adapter | Right

On the right hand side of the unit are two switches labelled  RST and NMK.

  • RST – Resets the unit to factory defaults.
  • NMK – Network Membership Key. Adds new devices or removes old devices from a HomePlug AV logical network (AVLN).
200M PLC Passthrough Adapter | Ethernet Connection at Base of Unit

200M PLC Passthrough Adapter | Ethernet Connection at Base of Unit

At the base of the unit is the connection for an Ethernet cable.

200M PLC Passthrough Adapter | Rear of Unit

200M PLC Passthrough Adapter | Rear of Unit

The rear side of the 200M PLC Passthrough Adapter contains important information about the default settings of that unit, namely: Mac Address, password and serial number.

The default password is required when adding that HomePlug adapter to an AVLN with the supplied Power Packet Utility software.


In 2009, I purchased four of these Ethernet passthrough adapters in order to extend the range of my home computer network. And, it is fair to say that they have withstood the test of time. Seven years on, they are still working admirably. Except for one that is, that got reset accidentally when I moved it to a new location.

To reconfigure that one unit would have been easy enough if I still had the Power Packet Utility software installed on my computer. But,  three operating systems and another PC later I’m dead in the water. I can’t find the original CD or find the correct version of the Power Packet Utility online. And, InTellon no longer trade under that name.

Working on another project today, I found the original Power Packet Utility CD and manual purely by chance.

I thought it only right to make that software available to others who might be in need of it.

The original copyright notice allows me to do this providing I display that original notice:

Copyright (c) 1999 – 2005 NetGroup, Politecnico di Torino (Italy).
Copyright (c) 2005 – 2009 CACE Technologies, Davis (California).
All rights reserved.

InTellon Power Packet Utility - Version 5.0, Build 2.0 - Released 3 Nov 2009

InTellon power Packet Utility – Version 5.0, Build 2.0 – Released 3 Nov 2009

Download 200M PLC Passthrough Adapter User Manual.

Download 200M PLC Passthrough Adapter Power Packet Utility, version 5.0, build 2.0, released November 3 2009.

InTellon Power Packet Utility Installation Files

InTellon Power Packet Utility Installation Files

Install WinPcap_4_1_1.exe first – this contains the drivers for the Passthrough Adapters, then install setup.exe.

Works on Windows 10 64 bit!

Review: bequiet! 300W TFX Power Supply Unit BN136 Upgrade for Dell Studio 540s

Review: bequiet! 300W TFX Power Supply Unit BN136 Upgrade for Dell Studio 540s

Summary

The be quiet 300W TFX BN136 power supply unit fits nicely in a Dell Studio 540s and has ample power on it’s dual 12V rails to power an ASUS 1GB GeForce GT430 PCI graphics card with ease. It was not found wanting under the FurMark 15 minute stress test; one of the toughest tests for a power supply and graphics card to endure.

The power supply itself is a beautiful item and oozes quality with it’s enamel-black finish and it’s braided-quality cables.

The bequiet! 300W TFX BN136 power supply unit is packaged with a euro-type electrical cable, so you will have to consider an adapter or alternative cabling if your live in the UK.

It has only two SATA electrical connectors – daisy-chained together – intended for connecting a pair of drives stacked together. You will need more than this. A Molex to SATA connector needs to be factored in with your purchase.

The bequiet! 300W TFX BN136 power supply does not break any records in terms of operating quietly. It’s noise levels are slightly louder than those from the Dell’s original power supply unit. I would say it’s acceptable for general use but my machine is a dedicated Home Theatre PC, where quiet operation is essential. It’s certainly the noisiest item in my machine. Ironically then, it lives up to it’s name:

Shsh! Be Quiet!

Introduction

Last year I purchased an EZCool 400W TFX Power Supply Unit as part of an upgrade I was doing to my Dell Studio 540s to replace its original Liteon 250W psu. I needed a more powerful supply to fuel an ASUS 1GB GeForce GT430 PCI graphics card I was installing as part of that upgrade. The new graphics card required a maximum of 18A on the 12V rail. The Liteon fell short of that but the beefier EZCool could deliver that with ease.

I disliked the EZCool 400W TFX psu because of the noise it produced. It was absolutely no good for use inside a media centre. Noise levels were too high. See my Amazon review here: EZCool 400W TFX PSU Review: Tim Wolverson

Recently, the EZCool 400W TFX psu died a smelly, electrical death and I was forced to start looking for a replacement. What I found was that the range of TFX power supply units was still very limited in the UK, particularly if you want one with an output greater 300W. Yes, it’s possible to ship good quality ones in from the States but the hefty shipping charges were too lofty for me; almost as much as the items themselves. So I started looking deeper into the subject of power supply units by seeking help on a number of forums. I certainly didn’t want to buy another EZCool 400W TFX psu. I’d had a guts-full of those.

I eventually started gravitating towards the bequiet! 300W TFX BN136 power supply unit as a favourite contender. bequiet! 300W TFX BN136 PSU

German engineering; energy efficient; boasting whisper-quiet performance; quality components; made to last with superior reliability. A best seller. And the more I began to understand the internals of modern power supply units, the more this item appealed to me, despite its lowly 300W output tag. I had discovered that a power supply’s output wattage was not the crucial factor in power supply selection. The total continuous current on the 12V rail(s) is the most important.

The manufacturer’s website offers an array of technical data on this unit. In terms of output, success or failure for me depended on one key attribute, the available current on the 12V rail to ensure a consistent supply of power to the graphics card’s GPU; 18A at 12V = 216W.

The bequiet 300W TFX BN136 psu has dual 12V rails and the maximum current of each rail is listed as:-

12V (1) – 14A
12V (2) – 16A

At first glance, the maximum current on each rail may lead you to conclude that neither rail can supply the 18A required for the ASUS 1GB GeForce GT430 PCI graphics card, or the sum of the currents totals 30A, meaning that there’s plenty of combined power on tap with some to spare. Neither assertion is correct.

If you look down the list of technical output data on the manufacturer’s website, you will find a rating:-

Max. Combined power 12V  =  250W

This means that the combined maximum current is 250W divided by 12V = 20.8A

So I know that this unit is capable of delivering the power required to my graphics card.

So why have dual rails instead of a single one? The simple answer is safety. Having too much current available on one rail could result in fire if there was an electrical short. There is also a risk of electrocution with high currents, even if the voltage is relatively low. It’s much safer to split the power and transmit it through more than one rail (pair of wires). Some power supplies with greater wattage have multiple 12V rails to keep everything safe. More details can be found in the relevant forums.

After checking other important technical data, like physical size, I ordered the bequiet! 300W TFX BN136 psu from Amazon.

Review: bequiet! 300W TFX Power Supply Unit BN136 in a Dell Studio 540s

1.     Packaging & What You Get in the Box.

The bequiet! 300W TFX power supply unit BN136 is supplied vacuum packed in a swish, black, cardboard box. The box boasts the unit’s features on the front, its technical details on the back and its awards won on the top.

The box lid was security-sealed, which I like very much. A good start.

The first thing I saw on opening the box was a euro-plug power lead for the power supply. I live in the UK, Amazon! It’s no good to me without an adapter! So that was a negative for me. Not a big one because I knew I could use the power lead I already had. But what if this were not purchased as a replacement or upgrade? What if it were purchased to build my own computer from scratch? Yes, I’d have to bear the cost and more importantly, the inconvenience of having to buy a compatible power lead.

The very least Amazon could do here, is throw in an adapter so everything can work straight out of the box or make it clear that this is what to expect.

The power supply is wrapped in bubble-wrap and the electrical cables are fastened together with an elastic band. There is a multi-language manual and a small bag of cable ties and black screws to secure the power supply in your machine should you be building a PC from nothing. A very well packaged item, with little chance of the unit getting scratched during transit.

With the psu free of its sheathing, you begin to feel what an excellent piece of kit this is. The weight of the unit suggests quality; the enameled black coating of the unit looks great; the quality of the braided cables is second to none. From every angle, the bequiet! 300W TFX power supply unit BN136 oozes quality and aesthetics.

2.       Fitting the bequiet! 300W TFC Power Supply Unit in a Dell Studio 540s

After the failure of my EZCool 400W TFX power supply, I replaced it with the original Liteon 250W power supply that came with my machine; just to keep the media centre alive until the bequiet! 300W TFX BN136 psu arrived. It worked to a fashion. It was adequate in enabling the continuation of recordings. Its under-powered output though manifested itself in occasional bouts of severe ‘stalling’ when watching even standard definition video; sound and video stutter, lasting for seconds.

I was certainly eager to swap power supplies the moment the bequiet! 300W TFX BN136 psu arrived.

I removed the Dell’s original power supply by removing the case lid; the fastening screws at the rear of the unit and all the electrical connections to the motherboard and internal hardware.

The bequiet! 300W TFX power supply unit BN136 slides back onto, and engages with the Dell’s case-lug nicely to secure the unit at one end. I used three of the supplied black screws to secure the power supply to the chassis of the Dell 540s. The screw holes aligned perfectly and the unit was fixed solidly with the screws tightened.

I then proceeded to connect up the power cables. The CPU power cable was long enough to reach the connection point on the Dell 540s motherboard. There was enough length to route the cable around motherboard heat sinks and the graphics card to make a neat job of it. I had read reviews elsewhere that this cable was not long enough in some cases. All I can say is that it was of ample length to fit in the Dell 540s. As a comparison, it was equally as long as the CPU power cable of the original Dell psu.

I then proceeded to connect main power to the motherboard. The bequiet! 300W TFX psu BN136 is equipped with 20-pin and 4-pin motherboard connectors that can be combined to make the 24-pin connection for the Dell 540s. I had to remove the front fascia of the PC and push the DVD ROM forward to gain access to the motherboard connector.

Connection then was simple. I slid the DVD ROM back into place. Conveniently, the braided part of the motherboard cable terminates some distance before the plug. This makes it easier to fold the wires flat underneath the DVD ROM where there isn’t much space.

More than likely, you will need to purchase a molex to Sata power adapter to increase the number of available Sata power connectors to four.

The bequiet! 300W TFX power supply has only two Sata power connectors daisy-chained on the same braided cable. In the Dell 540s, the HDD is mounted some distance away from the DVD ROM, and at right angles. This cable alone then is not physically capable of supplying power to both devices. I used this cable to connect up my SSD & HDD which are situated one on top of the other. The distance between connectors was ample.

I used the molex to Sata adaptor to supply power to my DVD ROM.

I tucked the braided cable into the integral cable tidy inside the Dell’s chassis and boxed the machine back up.

3.      Conclusion

The bequiet! 300W TFX psu is not as quiet as it’s name would suggest. I’ve been listening to it’s fan noise over the course of a week now. I would say that it is a fraction louder than the original Dell psu. Not by much, but I’m disappointed that it is not any quieter. It’s in a Home Theatre PC after all and that’s what it is being judged on. It will do. But only just.

There a four fans in my Dell 540s. This is the loudest thing in there by far. And it runs continuously. By contrast, the case fan, CPU fan and graphics card fan are all whisper-quiet.

Seemingly, there is ample power for the ASUS 1GB GeForce GT430 PCI graphics card, a Blu-Ray ROM drive, HDD, SSD, dual core processors and a dual TV tuner card. The graphics card plays High Definition video content flawlessly.

I ran the 15 minute FurMark GPU stress test, keeping a close-eye on GPU temperature.
The test was successful in that the GPU on my card did not burn out and there were no stability problems caused by a lack of unsustainable power.

In Hindsight

I strongly believe that I should have expanded my choice of power supplies by purchasing a regular sized PC case; swapping everything over and seeking out a normal factor, uber-quiet power supply.

If the bequiet! 300W TFX psu had been a little quieter than the original Dell psu, I would have been very happy with its purchase, since it satisfied the power requirements of my hardware.

My Scores

  • Product Quality: 5/5 (A very well made unit; excellent quality braided cables)
  • Value for Money: 4/5 (Had to purchase molex to SATA power connector. Came with euro-plug)
  • Performance: 3/5 (Too noisey for my liking and marked down because of it’s misleading name)

Acknowledgements

Thanks for all the help at the jonnyguru.com forums.
My thread on those forums: Candidate TFX PSU for Dell 540s and Asus GT430
My concise review on Amazon UK