- Brand Name: HGST
- Model Number: HSD2000
- Hard Disk Size: 2 GB
- Hardware Platform: PC
- Hard Disk Description: Mini
HGST SimpleDrive 2TB Turbo USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
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- SimpleTech SimpleDrive Turbo 2 TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive General Features: Color: Black
- 2 TB capacity 3-5-inch hard drive Slim design takes up little space Built-in cooling vents
- Powers on and off with your computer Plug Play PC Mac compatible Kensington Lock slot
- Interface: One (1) USB 2.0 port (mini-B Female) Unit Dimensions:
- 2 x 5.25 x 7.25-inches (H x W x D, approximate)
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Top Customer Reviews
The first problem was caused by me when I did a sector by sector backup of my hard drive, and the dell emergency backup partition became visible on my 1 TB usb drive. That partition is difficult to delete, but the support person was very helpful in getting it deleted. Unlike most, it was a very pleasant and pretty quick tech support call!
The second problem was a little more difficult. When attaching both usb drives at the same time, the 1TB drive showed up in "My Computer", but I could not transfer files to it. The support person had me try several different usb connections, checking of drive letters, and a few other things, but nothing worked. We both agreed that the problem was not the usb drive, but most likely an issue with my computer. He suggested I try attaching both to a different computer to confirm this, and call back if it still didn't work. I hung up, and attached both to a newer computer and they both worked perfectly. Issue resolved as far as I was concerned.
An hour later I get a call from tech support. HE has discussed my issue with an engineer, and they believe the problem is being caused because both drives have external power supplies and it could be overloading the usb controller. He suggested I unplug the power supply on one drive and see if that works. Then he asked if he could send me an email so I could respond to tell him if that worked.
I have been through many tech support nightmares. I have never before had such a pleasant tech support experience as this, and I wanted to share it with those that are considering this product.
I like the price a lot. The design is sorta 2006 and I am not thrilled by it. The indicator LED is white and feels like its flimsily attached. The Hitachi website and logo borders on Engrish and does not inspire my confidence as a westerner.
This drive is QUIET! I can't hear the head moving. When it is in use there are very strong tortion / gyroscoping effects compared to my old 5400 RPM external drive. You really feel some resistance if you try to move it, probably because its 7200 RPM. In other words I wouldn't move it around too much :)
The wire it ships with is a micro-usb and very short. Luckily I have a longer one lying around.
Performed surface scan, and found no errors as shipped. I will tell you that scan took a while. Its a big drive. Which actually makes me a little nervous, since if it fails you will loose a whole lot of information all at once. Hmmm I wonder if RAID 5 comes in USB versions... Probably not at this price anyway.
I encountered a problem. The drive is supposed to shut itself off when the USB connection is interrupted (such as when your computer powers off). I like that, it saved power and increases drive longevity. However, when Windows goes to sleep and then wakes up the drive is not automatically detected and has to be unplugged and plugged back in.
This drive is compatible with something they are calling Turbo USB 2.Read more ›
It looks rigid, it's easy to use. I hooked it up to my Mackbook first, so I could format it and partition it to the formats both Mac OS and Windows would recognize. It was easy to let the Mac partition it to two partitions, one is Mac Bootable (1TB), another is FAT. So my Mac would read both partitions.
I use the Time Machine to backup my Macbook, and manually backup photos, videos and other stuff to the Windows partition.
I've used almost 300GB out of 2TB so far without any issues yet. The Turbo USB 2.0 does seem to be faster than my regular USB2.0.
At the moment I am writing this, my computer is still copying hundreds of thousands of files.
I will update this when I see something unusual. But so far so good.
Update on Jan 5, 2010:
Two problems found so far:
1. When you transfer a huge amount of files (let's say 20,000 files), the drive gets significately slower. Now if you unplug it (when it's safe) and plug it back, it will be back to normal speed. I guess it's a memory management issue.
2. Sometimes, your computer will not recognize your drive. You try different USB ports, still doesn't work. Even a different computer, still the same. Now you need to unpluge the power cord (when it's safe) whith the USB cable pluged, and plug the power cord back on, it will work.
Just my experience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the heavyweight of external drives. Solid and indestructible. This would be good for a first external drive...oh my!Published on December 25, 2013 by Steve B
I was just useing it to store photos and stuff. It died on me. It wasn't very old and not like it was always getting used. I won't get another hitachi.Published on December 24, 2013 by david
I bought the 1TB version over 3 years ago and it still works. I had Windows XP at the time and now I use it with Windows 7 64-bit. Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by A. Lau
OK, it's big and it's fast and I haven't filled it up yet. However. I don't like that it has no actual on/off switch. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by The Grey Piper
I really like the auto power off feature of this product. Just one more thing that automates itself so you never accidentally leave it on.Published on May 1, 2013 by Tlk
Great external hard drive. Plenty of space for what I need. AC power is a pain but I knew this going into it. Read morePublished on December 1, 2010 by hburg82
Good price, very simple. Just plugs right in with a USB cord and then you have to follow on screen instructions to partition it. Read morePublished on November 6, 2010 by Marc Dangelo
This is the only brand of external hard drive that has not caused me trouble when using it with my Mac. This is the second unit I've purchased for school to store video files. Read morePublished on October 9, 2010 by A Weinroth