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Freecom Tough Drive 500 GB 3.0 USB Shock-Resistant Mobile External Hard Drive, Dark Grey 97710


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500 GB
  • Durable, soft silicone cover, ideal for mobile computing
  • Internal anti-shock mechanism insulating the hard drive from shock
  • USB 3.0 for super fast data transfer - also connects to USB 2.0
  • Integrated USB cable, no extra connection cables needed!
  • Power via USB port, no power adapter needed
  • High quality, slimline design
  • Software included: Nero BackitUp and Burn, Green button energy saver and Password Protection
  • The easiest way to add extra storage capacity to your computer



Technical Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB
  • Operating System: Windows
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Product Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 3.3 inches ; 7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B006C4R5GU
  • Item model number: 97710
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 22, 2011

Product Description

Capacity: 500 GB

In today's world mobility has become a key factor. People who are on the road carry their whole office with them. Notebook, mobile phone,PDA, external hard drive… Imagine what can happen when you're late for a flight, running to the gate, and your external hard drive accidentally falls from your notebook case or out of your jacket pocket onto the floor… it breaks. Hundreds of hours of work, gigabytes of spreadsheets, documents, photo's… all gone. Not anymore! Freecom introduces the ToughDrive. The ideal external storage solution for people on the move. Fitted with an internal anti-shock frame and a unique soft silicone cover, it can withstand bumps and drops so your drive is still fully functional after it has dropped. The ToughDrive ensures you can still access your valuable files. A safe feeling. Provided by Freecom.

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It works well with my stuff and was easy to use.
fmwaalex
I doubt it could have reached 60 Mbps anyway, but my deducted result isn't something to be unhappy about.
Azu~Nyan
I highly recommend this product to anyone needing a back up hard drive.
Nancy Loderick

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edwin de Wit on January 20, 2014
Size Name: 1 TB
I have bought two Freecom Tough Drives over the years on an airport. Back then still USB 2.0. I had a 320GB and a 750GB one.
Both stopped working and both times it was the SATA to USB interface failing. The removed Samsung (320) and Toshiba (750) drives still work fine today, many years later. I need to add that I was always pampering the drives as I liked them, especially the smooth feel and I wanted them to last. Alas, they did not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tom on May 7, 2012
Size Name: 1 TB Verified Purchase
I have ordered this hard disk a couple of weeks ago and I am very satisfied with both the design and the performance. I duly hope that it is really shock-resistance as I am travelling a lot. My last 1 TB hard disk from WD failed while travelling.
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Size Name: 500 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I've been using this external Hard drive for just under a month now and have to say that it stands up to it's claim of being Tough and shock resistant!!

Using this device is super easy - it has an integrated USB cable that tucks in securely into the case and that you can plug into your lap top or desk top. While compatible with USB 2.0 ports, it works optimally with USB 3.0. The data transfer speed is significantly faster with 3.0. It takes a few seconds for the computer to recognize it and then it functions perfectly as an external hard drive. I have not had any hiccups where this is concerned.

The drive does come with Nero BackitUp & Burn software included (for Windows). The software to use the drive does work with Mac and PC. The box that it comes in only includes a small Quick Start Guide (as most hardware does nowadays) and then the manuals and primers are on the drive itself. you are supposed to save these files to another drive but, frankly, unless you are doing something more complicated, I didn't really need to refer to anything. It was literally plug and save.

Another plus is the Warranty - two years with unlimited help desk support.

While I used this hard drive for a while, I think it really proved itself when I handed it to a teenager and asked him to use it during his school day to save everything he worked on. It was used at least a few times daily for a couple of weeks, dropped regularly and still works as perfectly as it did on day one.

So, a drive that stands up to it's name of being Tough. Recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2013
Size Name: 500 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Not being very tech savvy, I'm always somewhat anxious when it comes to deciding on an external hard drive to obtain and when it comes to using it. I tend to break out in sweats that somehow I'll screw up the backup and/or restore process.

Using the Freedom Touch Drive 500 GB 3.0 USB Shock-Resitant Mobile External Hard Drive has alleviated any concern I had. Installing it on both my desktop and laptop computers was fast and easy, and the process to backup my all data from my desktop to the Freedom external hard drive was very fast and "idiot proof." Similarly, it was a snap to move the data from the external hard drive to my new laptop.

I don't know enough to be able to state with any confidence that this USB 3.0 USB external hard drive product transfers data at a significantly faster speed than USB 2.0 products -- but I can assure you that the it completes the data tranfer process very quickly. Further, its ability to hold 500 GB is much more capacity than I currently need, but it's assuring to know that the storage capacity is there if ever needed. Also, assuring is that if you drop the Freedom product on a hard surface it provides more protection than most other mobile hard drive products since it (supposedly) is shock resistant due (I assume) to its rugged silicone cover. Hopefully, I won't have a need to find out if this feature really works!

The only issue I have with this product pertains to its USB cable, which is integrated in the sides of the drive. The good part of this feature is that you only have to pull it out and connect it to your computer (i.e., no additional cables are needed). The cable itself, however, is only a few inches in length, making it a "very tight fit" when I sat it on the top of my modem in order to connected it to its USB port.
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Size Name: 500 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This USB device is a must have if you are on-the-go a lot. It's about the size of a Samsung Galaxy Note, so you can fit it pretty easily in your pocket.

I also performed a small drop test where I dropped the device from a height of 5 feet, and there were no data loss or corruption. It's the same height that resulted in a broken screen of my Galaxy SII.

Transfer rate using HD Speed averaged about 50 Mbps as opposed to the advertised 60 Mbps on a USB 3.0 with no other devices connected to the hub. I doubt it could have reached 60 Mbps anyway, but my deducted result isn't something to be unhappy about.

Solid device, highly recommended.
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By fmwaalex VINE VOICE on October 17, 2013
Size Name: 500 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I am always looking to back up the stuff I have on my computer so when I had the chance to get this I jumped on it. This little back up drive has a 500 GB space on it so I loved it. It works well with my stuff and was easy to use. The USB works but it may be the only thing people don't like about this product. Because of its placement and such you may need a USB extension cable. Other than that everything is great, easy to install and very easy to use.
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