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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2004
As an external hard drive it works fine, espically for the price; I paid one hundred fifty at a local store. No noise or anything so far :) It just sits there, and shows up as another drive, no big deal.

I have two complaints though: the manual is totally worthless. This normally wouldn't bother me too much, but this is actually the worst manual I've seen. Not helpful at all. You have to use thier web support (which is actually pretty good, and free), as the manual doesn't explain anything.

Also, the power button is located in the back of the unit, rather than on front or up top, where it would be easier to get to.

Other than that, it's a good drive, particularly at less than a dollar a gigabyte. Great portable storage to have, great for backups, etc. and the bundled Norton Ghost is great. It's got the functionality of an external hard drive for a very good price.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2005
Mine didn't make any noise, but if you even *touched* the cable while it was running, the drive would momentarily lose power and the operation would fail. The drive would take 30 seconds to recover.

Ordinarily, I'm very patient with my devices, but I returned this the same day.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2004
The drive makes a a very distracting "meow" noise every ten minutes. I've returned the unit to Iomaga, and got a replacement that makes the same noise. Customer service reps first told me that the noise indicates a failing fan motor, and then told me that the noise is normal. Otherwise, the drive seems to work fine. I don't know whether it's a design flaw or a series of bad drives, but be aware that you may end up with an unwanted "pet" if you purchase the drive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2005
When I bought this Hard drive, it was to plug in with my desktop that only had 12 gigs of hard drive space, thrown along with it another hard drive which was 40 gigs. Now it is being plugged into my new deskop which i had for a little over a year now.

I love the speed of this thing when it transfers data. But then as months went by, I started to see the flaws in the product.

1. It started to make this really loud spinning noise like that you hear when you boot up your lap top.

2. There isn't a way to even disconnect the drive from my computer anymore. You know that little icon that has a green arrow at the bottom right task bar to tell you if you wanted to disconnect it the safe way? yeah. that one. nope, doesn't even work anymore, it always tells me that there is an error message that it can't disconnect at the moment and try again later. 1 hours later, still the same error message, and then half and hour still the same. you get my drift? the only way to turn it off is to yank out the power cord which i really really hate doing cause i know that will damage it in the future.

3. This is where the HUGE problem comes in. I can't even seem to turn off the drive by pushing the little on off button anymore. I mean yeah, i was able to before when i got it all new, but then after several months? this should not have happened.

I love my drive and all, since i got used to the problems that it comes with. I just hope it doesn't fail on me.

other then that it is pretty light to carry around and i love the sleek looking design, i just put it right on top of my desktop computer since the USB cable is really short and it won't even reach up to my table, and i am not comfortable in putting on on the floor since kicking will occur, leading to broken hard drive.

I gave this product 3 stars cause it served its purpose pretty well for the year and a half use.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2005
I use this drive as a backup for several computers at work. I just plug it into the wall and into the USB port, the computer recognizes it, I drag and drop, and the backup is done.

The inside packing material in the box is pressed cardboard with compartments for the drive and cables, which is not only handy when you store it in the box and only take it out once a week for backup, but is environmentally friendly and doesn't leave pieces of styrofoam all over the place.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2005
I bought this driver for a very good price at OfficeMax. It is easy to use. Just connect to USB of your PC and you are ready. No need to look at the manual. However, it takes time to transfer a big volume to this hard driver when you use USB1.1. It took more than 3 hours to transfer the volume of my 3 DVDs in the old laptop. I have a USB key Sandisk 512 MB but this driver by far is more convenient. Quiet and cool design. The power button only works when you disconnect the driver from the PC. It lacks of a network card if you want to use in your home wireless network.

It is a good product and I highly recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2005
I have two iomega drives, one for more than a year and this one (not really this one, I own the SKU 33112, since this one (SKU 33082) is a discontinued model, nonetheless I am writing here).

They both work fine.

The noise level is acceptable, since the drives are quiter than my laptop's fan itself.

However, be aware of what you are buying:

It is a DESKTOP external hard drive, so do not complain that it is too big to carry around, moreover including the power cord.

And more important: you are probably buying it for a backup purpose, so use it as such and do not keep your files ONLY in it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2005
There's no cat meow. It still works fine when I touch the cable. You don't even need the manual, just connect the USB cable and it shows up. I think everyone else is a bit too picky, but this hard drive is awesome, especially for the price. I paid $140 for a 160GB, at < $1/GB this doesn't get any better. Very simple to use, don't even need any tech support or any manual. Have no doubts about this, great product.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2005
Given the # of good reviews, I bought the 160 GB and am in Day 3 of trying to get it to work. Part of that time was 24 hours of THINKING that it was working (blue light flashing, pop-up window reporting that files were being transferred), but I don't think that the drive would ever have stopped. When I finally tried to Cancel the operation; it hung my computer (couldn't CTRL-ALT-DEL it; I couldn't even turn the computer off -- I had to unplug the computer!; then, it took 2 tries to get it to boot up again correctly). I will spend some MORE time on the support web site; the "manual" is indeed useless & apparently inaccurate. I'm afraid that I have a lemon here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2005
I have had no problems with this drive. It took literally 5 minutes to install, of which 4 minutes were used unpacking the drive. I do not get any noise from this drive, as some have experienced. Maybe time will tell. I am using it exclusively to store videos transfered from VHS-C tapes. I am sharing the drive over a wireless network, so all my computers can have access to our family videos.

I love this drive. Now I can even take it to relatives computers if I want to.
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