- Brand Name: Iomega
- Model Number: 33654
- Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
- Hardware Platform: Mac, PC
- Hard Disk Description: desktop
Iomega Desktop Hard Drive 500 GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0 External Hard Drive - 33654
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- 500GB external hard drive with USB 2.0 connection
- USB 2.0 offers up to 480 Mbps transfer rates
- 7200 RPM and 8MB cache buffer for speedy performance
- 1-year limited warranty
- Device measures 4.75 x 1.375 x 8.75 inches (WxHxD)
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The drive is compatible with both PCs and Macs. It is FAT32 preformatted so PC users can just plug it in and start using it. The Iomega 500GB External Hard Drive is backed by a 1-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Iomega 500GB External Hard Drive, USB cable, power cable, stand, and quick install guide.
Top Customer Reviews
Best of all, the price is right. I wholeheartedly recommend this external drive to everyone.
Just plug the usb cable and plug in the ac/adapter and you're ready to roll. In fact, I'm going to go get another one myself.
Set up is really easy, just plug the usb and the ac adapter and you are ready to go.
It has a great design, a stainless steel look and a blue light in the middle that looks kind of cool.
You can put it standing up or flat.
Doesn't take much space.
File transfer is fast. I'm not really an expert and I don't count the nanoseconds or anything, but it works for me.
No problem playing video or audio from the unit.
I have noticed that when I leave it on for long periods of time, it does get a little hot, but since I only use to back up files from time to time it's not really a problem.
All in all, I'd say this is a good product.
It is true plug-and-play, the drive was immediately and quickly recognized, no problems there. I reformatted from FAT32 to NTFS which took a while but nothing out of the ordinary given that it had to format almost 500 GB.
From what I can tell, the drive is very fast which makes it a pleasure to use when having to work with huge files.
The bad part: This drive is noisy. It is by far the noisiest of my external hard drives which are all Western Digital (60 GB & 80 GB Passport drives, 250 GB My Book). No fun sitting at my desk and listening to this "morse code noise" for hours. I have used my Western Digital drives, even the small portable Passport drives, for months as my regular drives (not just for occasional jobs!) and all are performing extremely quietly - not this Iomega drive. I read where other reviewers said it ran quietly but not the one I got. This one is LOUD and is already getting on my nerves to the point where I have decided to make it the backup drive and not expose myself to these sounds every day.
Another thing: It gets very hot. I have it sitting in the stand on my desk with plenty of airflow around it but it is almost too hot to touch. Again nothing that I have ever experienced with my WD drives which get warm but not hot.
All in all, I am not very impressed and will probably stick with WD drives in the future.
The overall design is pretty slick and the brushed aluminum gives it a very futuristic look. It's very slim and will fit almost anywhere. You can use it vertically (stand included) but I'd rather use it horizontally.
The hard drive WILL heat up around 40 minutes of use, at least in my case. The aluminum case will not help at all in dispersing the heat, on the contrary, it will sting a bit if you try to lift it while hot. I find that it gets less hot if used vertically.
As for the noise factor, other reviews have deemed the hard drive to be noisy and that it makes clunking noises. It will make some noise, obviously, while working but I find it to be noisier if vertical. So there's a trade-off between noise and heat based on what I just wrote in the heat factor.
The hard drive is a total workhorse and I love to beat the hell out of it. I've had files going to and from the hard drive while watching a 600+MB .avi movie and while burning a DVD with files from the hard drive. The movie plays without a hiccup and in my case it makes me wonder how much abuse this baby can take! I'm simply excited to have this toy in my arsenal and I fully recommend it to everyone out there.
I bought the hard drive to use it with Time Machine and I'm happy to say that I made the right move. TMachine will only use a sector of the HD and will let you upload and download files without any hassle to the rest of the HD...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I kept losing communications from it to my computer so I gave it to a family member hoping they would have better luck. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bill R
I just wanted to say I bought this external hard drive in 2007. It is 2015 and it is still working, I just need more space to back up now. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dailypam
I could not hook up this hard-drive up to my computer. It needed an extra USB port, which I don't have. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tracy E. Uhnak