Samsung is preparing to launch a revamped version of its Story Station external hard drives. The new Story Station Plus drives have both eSATA and USB 2.0 connectivity, and will be available in 1TB, 1.5TB as well as 2TB capacities. With the inclusion of eSATA, users will be able to access and transfer data more quickly.

The 3.5" Story Station Plus drives are encased in aluminum, which plays a part in heat dissipation. The drives feature Samsung's low standby power design, which reduces standby power by 96% to 0.1W from the usual 2.5W. Like previous Story Station models, the "Plus" is capable of both real-time and scheduled backups, as well as SecretZone data encryption and SafetyKey password protection.

Samsung plans to ship the drives worldwide by the end of November -- or very soon, with only seven days left in the month. The Story Station Plus is backed by a three-year limited warranty and the 2TB has an MSRP of $299.