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Silicon Power Stream S06 (3 TB) external hard disk: review and testing

In late summer 2014 the company Silicon Power has introduced a new capacious model of external HDD, designed to be the solution to the actual problem dealing with large volumes of information, as well as comfortable transportation. It is logical that Silicon Power Stream S06 has received interface USB 3.0, the presence of which significantly reduces the time to copy the data.

Silicon Power Stream S06

As for its other features, they can include the original case design with handle, which minimizes the chance of dropping of the drive during transport over short distances. Also separately we note the care about the effective cooling inside the hard drive, due to a number of vents. Let’s take a closer look to specifications of Silicon Power Stream S06.

The specs:

Producer and model

Silicon Power Stream S06

(under testing 3-ТB option)


1 x USB 3.0 (backward compatible with USB 2.0)

Form-factor of hard disk, inch


Capacity, ТB

4 (SP040TBEHDS06A3K)

3 (SP030TBEHDS06A3K)

2 (SP020TBEHDS06A3K)



Case material


Overall dimensions, mm

199 x 117,7 x 36,3

Weight, g (depending on memory capacity)

770 – 876

Producer warranty, years


Operating/storage temperature, °C

+5…+55 / -40…+70

OS compatibility

Windows 8.1 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP

Mac OS Х 10.5 or next

Linux 2.6.31 or next

Producer website

Silicon Power

Product page

As you can see, the manufacturer offers three options of the device, which differ from each other not only by the amount of memory (2, 3, and 4 TB), but different weight, which depends on the capacity of the internal hard disk.

Packaging and content

Silicon Power Stream S06

Drive Silicon Power Stream S06 is shipped in a small box of high quality cardboard and decorated with the image of the device. The front side of the package, in addition to the name of the manufacturer and model of the drive indicates about form factor and capacity, external interface and the compatibility with Windows and Mac OS. At the bottom you can point out a number of small logos that indicate some features of the device, namely a large capacity, three year warranty, low noise and an energy-saving mode.

Silicon Power Stream S06

On the reverse side of the box is a small advertising description of the drive, as well as the advantages: the presence of holes in the case for efficient heat dissipation, the handle for a more comfortable transportation and the ability to place the drive vertically or and horizontally.

Silicon Power Stream S06

In the box we found the USB-cable with a length of 60 cm, external power supply with a long cord (120 cm), as well as a quick start guide.


Silicon Power Stream S06

Model Silicon Power Stream S06 has a very original body made of high-quality black plastic. The sides gradually become a convenient handle for transportation. It uses nonspottable covering that hides fingerprints and other stains.

Silicon Power Stream S06

Looking at the upper side of the device, you can pay attention unless its name applied to the body, and the LED operation.

Silicon Power Stream S06

The reverse side has four rubber legs used for reducing vibration and preventing the drive slip on a smooth surface section. You can also note a small sticker with service information.

Silicon Power Stream S06

As we mentioned, Silicon Power Stream S06 can be operated not only in the horizontal, but vertical position, as on one side there are the rubber legs.

Silicon Power Stream S06

Silicon Power Stream S06

Two sides have the openings for removing heat from the hard disk. Note that during the test at a constant load of 15 minutes, according to indications of the internal sensor, the drive temperature reached 48°C. At the same time under the same conditions (air temperature 25°C) temperature storage without case was 43°C. Such a small difference confirms the effectiveness of passive cooling Silicon Power Stream S06.

Silicon Power Stream S06

On the back side of the case, in addition to the additional air vents, is available a USB 3.0 port and a connector for connecting the supplied power adapter.

Silicon Power Stream S06 Silicon Power Stream S06

As for the designated LED-operation indicator, it lights up blue when you connect the drive to a USB 3.0 port or has red color in case of interface USB 2.0. During idle mode the lights n all the time, but in the process of data transmission it flashes.

Silicon Power Stream S06

Silicon Power Stream S06

After removing the top cover you can find a 3.5-inch HDD-drive Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001. This series of devices is characterized by memory capacity of3 TB, the presence of SATA 6 Gb/s, spindle speed 7200 rpm, and cache size of 64 MB.

Silicon Power Stream S06

Silicon Power Stream S06

It supports technology S.M.A.R.T. (allows you to get information about the current state and predict the time of failure), NCQ (accelerates the execution queue), and Power Management (optimizes power consumption depending on the current mode of operation).

Silicon Power Stream S06

Silicon Power Stream S06

Note that inside the body and on the back side of the top cover are rubber inserts designed to reduce the vibration of the drive, as well as prevent it against damage caused by minor shocks.

Silicon Power Stream S06

Silicon Power Stream S06

The quality and speed of data transfer between interfaces SATA 6 Gb/s and USB 3.0 is provided by the printed circuit board, which is based on the controller JMicron JMS567.


Silicon Power Stream S06

For all the owners of drive Silicon Power Stream S06 is possible to install proprietary software SP Widget 2.0. It is a set of utilities for working with digital content.


Silicon Power Stream S06

It allows to back up the projects, folder "Favorite", etc, encrypt data to protect it against unauthorized access, work with cloud storage or download a trial version of anti-virus of company Norton.

Silicon Power Stream S06

Note the support of multiple languages.

File system

Silicon Power Stream S06

By default, the drive is formatted in file system FAT32, which has a limit on the maximum size of one file (4GB). At the same time, its effective capacity is 2.72 TB. Lack of space to the stated capacity is explained by the decimal unit conversion memory.

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