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AcomData PureDrive 500 GB USB 2.0/eSATA External Hard Drive PHD500USE-72


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  • 500GB USB 2.0 eSATA External Hard Drive
  • micro-hard-drives
  • 1.0TB 7200rpm SATA-Enterprise
  • ST31000340NS
Power Consideration: This desktop class hard drive requires the use of a power adapter (included) to operate. It cannot be powered by a USB cable alone.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 3.8 x 6.8 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000XSDKP6
  • Item model number: PDHD500USE-72
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 24, 2007

Product Description

Capacity: 500 GB

Product Description

Acomdata 500GB PureDrive USB eSATA 500GB USB 2.0 eSATA External Hard Drive

From the Manufacturer

PureDrive Logo
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 & eSATA
External Hard Drives
AcomData pureDrive is the perfect solution for those who want nothing more than pure, high-performance data storage. Conveniently store all of your tunes, your pics, your flicks--and all of your other digital files--in one compact, portable package.
Features
PC MAC Icon
Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Transfer data at blazing speeds up to 480 Mbps. Compatible with USB 1.1.
eSATA
Transfer rates up to 1.5 Gbps. That's almost twice as fast as FireWire 800.
Perfect solution for:
high-end graphics; storing digital video, photos & music; desktop publishing; backups
Vertical & Horizontal
Adhesive rubber feet and slide-on stand included.
Stackable
Add even more storage without taking up more desktop space.
On-Off Switch
Turn the Drive on only when you need it and save electricity.
PC MAC Icon PC MAC Icon
Mac & Pc ready
Works on both Mac and PC right out of the box .
Security lock slot
Physically secure your Drive to prevent theft (security lock not included).
Near-Silent Operation
The pureDrive dissipates heat so efficiently it doesn't need a fan.

Product Sheet
(includes full specifications)
Download the full-color Product Sheet (PDF: 462 KB)

User’s Guides
Download The User's Guide (PDF: 925 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions
"What's faster, USB 2.0 or eSATA?" "Can I use a USB 1 connection with a USB 2.0 Drive?" For answers to these and other common questions about AcomData E5 Hard Drives, click here.

Configurations
Model No. Capacity Rotational Speed Cache (Buffer) Seek Time (Read, typical) Interface Transfer Rate
PDHD160USE-72 160 GB 7200 RPM 8 MB 8.5 ms

Hi-Speed USB 2.0:
Up to 480 Mbps. Up to 12 Mbps if using a USB 1.1 port.

eSATA:
Up to 1.5 Gbps (1500 Mbps).

PDHD250USE-72 250 GB 7200 RPM 8 MB 8.5 ms
PDHD320USE-72 320 GB 7200 RPM 8 MB 8.5 ms
PDHD400USE-72 400 GB 7200 RPM 8 MB 8.5 ms
PDHD500USE-72 500 GB 7200 RPM 8 MB 8.5 ms
PDHD750USE-72 750 GB 7200 RPM 16 MB 8.5 ms
PDHD1000USE-72 1 TB 7200 RPM 16 MB 8.5 ms


System Requirements
Windows PCs
Minimum 233 MHz processor
• Windows Vista (Ultimate, Premium, Basic, Business and Enterprise)
• Windows XP (Home, Pro, pro x64, Media Center and Tablet PC)

• Windows 2000

• Windows ME
• Windows 98SE
Free USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port OR a free eSATA port*
Mac
G3, G4, G5 or Intel processor
Mac OS 10.2 or later
Free USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port OR a free eSATA port*
* eSATA cable not included.
Easy Installation
Installation involves nothing more than connecting the supplied USB 2.0 or an eSATA cable (not included), plugging in the power cord, and turning on the Drive. Simple. Easy. And just like the Drive itself--very fast.

Users of Windows 98SE and 2000 (SP3 or earlier) will need to install the supplied USB 2.0 driver.



Package Contents
AcomData pureDrive Model 761 External Hard Drive
Stand
USB 2.0 cable (USB 1 compatible)
AC adapter and power cord
CD
(Contains User's Guide and USB 2.0 driver for Win98SE and Win2000-pre SP4)
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Registration Card

Warranty
One year limited warranty

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The blue light in front is very cool.
Luciano CCS
I hope this review helps someone else avoid the problems I have had with this drive.
Amazon Customer
I have two of these drives and had no problems for 6 months.
R. Murphy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Angela Clark on February 17, 2009
Size Name: 1 TB Verified Purchase
It's a cool looking quiet drive + it is priced reasonably. Also, while it was working with our Direct TV HD receiver, I was a happy customer. Then, after just 1 month, it died taking all our recorded shows & movies to the zone of "no return". The lights are still on, they even go from red to violet and then blue - yes, very entertaining and pretty ;), but the drive is unrecognizable. I bought a new eSATA cable, I rebooted my HD receiver numerous times, (not suspecting that a drive can possibly fail just after 1 month), I tested it on 2 different computers w XP OS & Vista + I used 2 different types of connections: USB and eSATA, but both computers failed to see the drive.

The worst part about this experience, (besides wasting money, energy & time) is non-existent AcomData's customer support.
Try calling (909) 786-4280. You have to press 1 for a technical support. Then every minute you will be prompted to press 1 again in order to continue to wait for the next agent, otherwise they automatically redirect you to their mailbox. You can't even turn on a speakerphone and do something else while waiting for somebody to show any signs of life at that company, because they want you to act as a monkey by pressing 1 as soon as you hear that their agents are busy helping other customers. Also, 2 times, after I had presses 1 ~ 5-6 times, while waiting for that mysterious customer support, I got disconnected. How more obvious can they be with this system? They could have put *do not disturb* banner on their web page & prerecorded a message, which would say: *we will try to make it very difficult for you to reach us, so hang up right now & thank you for understanding*. Email this company & see how long it will take them to respond, especially if you're requesting RMA number.
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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Bertilak on December 4, 2008
Size Name: 1 TB Verified Purchase
TO MAKE A SAD STORY SHORT:

This died on me in three days.

TO MAKE THE STORY LONGER:

Even the best electro/mechanical equipment does fail occasionally and early failures are usually some kind of manufacturing defect that may only affect a very small percentage of devices that come off the line. Once a device makes it past a week or so there is a good chance nothing is wrong with that particular sample. So, there is a really good chance that this failure is atypical.

TAKE A CHANCE?

If you want to take chance on this drive (and if you do, the odds are in your favor) consider the following:

1. Almost any drive you look at on Amazon, if there are more than a few reviews, you will see reports of failure.

2. This drive is reasonably priced so if you get a good one you are getting a good deal. Be sure to look over to the right hand side of the product page and pick the seller with the best deal. As of this writing it could be a difference of $20.

3. The drive is easy to install and use. For USB it is as easy as plugging in any USB device (memory stick, SD card).

4. The drive does support eSATA (first generation, 1.5 Gb/sec).

BUT FOR ME PERSONALLY:

Once bitten twice shy. So a two star review. Let those who have had better luck give it the five star reviews. Things will average out. This attitude did cost me as I replaced this unit with something more expensive in the hopes that it will be more reliable: LaCie 301442U d2 Quadra Hard Disk 1TB eSATA/FireWire800/FireWire400/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (Aluminum).

I now have a review posted for the LaCie drive.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By G. U. on February 10, 2009
Size Name: 1 TB
I bought two of them from Amazon late November 2008 and used them as backup drives. They are all dead now.

Avoid this drive!

An update: sent an email to Acomdata support on their website and did not get a response after a few days. called their tech support at (909) 786-4280 and got an RMA immediately.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By K. Ung on November 10, 2008
Size Name: 1 TB
I have purchased 2 accomdata ext hard drives and BOTH have failed after a year of use. I never bang them around and only keep them near the pc. What good is the storage if you lose it after the drive fails? I have lost precious data due to these unreliable drives from this company. I have a Seagate drive that is over 5 yrs old with no problems.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Francis Swope on August 12, 2008
Size Name: 1 TB
If I could get this to work under e-sata than it would get 5 stars. But that is most likely Windows or a hardware on my end, I couldn't get a Western Digital e-sata to work, either. So it is most likely not Acomdata's fault. Works great under USB2, and you really never need e-sata speed except for editing or copying massive amounts of data.

I have been using Acomdata products for 5 years now, about 2 drives I used their enclosure to house my drive and 4 other Acomdata drives have hummed along perfectly for years now.

Both the 1 TB and 705 GB use a Samsung internal drive, a HD brand I have not had much experience with. But 6 months out, they seem to run great. Overall, the drives run quiet and the enclosures stay pretty cool. A real nice and solid feel, too.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Sean C. Carter on July 30, 2008
Size Name: 1 TB
I actually bought this on sale to pull the drive out and use it in my computer. I ended up liking the case itself so much I put another drive in it and use it all the time.

My only complaint is that the activity/power light is REALLY bright, which seems to be more and more common on externals now. I fixed that by sticking a piece of black electrical tape over it and leaving a sliver at the top so I can still see activity without being blinded.

The drive stays cool by spinning down when idle and is fan-less, but the case is aluminum for heat dissipation.
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