ADATA Nobility 1TB review

1TB of data in your pocket, with great performance over USB3

21 Aug 2012
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1TB hard disk, USB3, 16x118x78mm

With a sleek brushed metal finish, the Nobility is Adata’s professional grade portable hard disk. With a 1TB 2.5in disk inside, it should be more than large enough for keeping all your important files with you when on the move. The blue activity LED lets you know when the disk is being accessed, so you don’t accidentally remove it while files are being transferred.

ADATA Nobility 1TB

The disk's spindle speed might only be 5,400RPM, but the Nobility includes USB3 support for extra bandwidth when transferring files. In our performance benchmarks, it managed 86.4MB/s write and 103.4MB/s read speeds when handling large files. Small files were tougher, bringing write speeds to 25.6MB/s and read speeds to 39.1MB/s. This is about average for a portable hard disk, so don’t expect to be blown away by rapid file transfers.

There’s no mention of it on the box, but ADATA bundles a copy of its own HDDtoGo software with the disk – you have to download it from the web, as it isn’t pre-installed. It can back up your Windows mail inbox and duplicate specific folders to the drive, but it can’t perform true backups of your entire system.

ADATA Nobility 1TB

At a very reasonable 12p per gigabyte, the 1TB Nobility is priced on a similar scale to 500GB portable disks. The lack of any software bundle whatsoever is a little disappointing, but the design is top notch and performance average. If you need a large amount of storage when on the move, this is a great choice, but the better-performing Seagate Backup Plus Portable 500GB just edges it out if you don't need this much capacity.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****


Hard disk Samsung HN-M101MBB
Capacity 1TB
Formatted capacity 931
Price per gigabyte £0.12
Disk size 2.5in
Interface USB3
Power connector USB3 from host
Spindle speed 5400rpm
Cache 8MB
Seek time 12.0ms
Weight 165g
Size 16x118x78mm
Power consumption idle N/A
Power consumption active N/A

Buying Information

Backup software included none
Price £120
Warranty three years RTB