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Iomega Prestige 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive 34270

by Iomega
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500 GB
  • Easy-to-use - Simple USB 2.0 interface; just plug and play
  • Stylish & Durable - Stylish drive, available in a dark silver brushed finish; sturdy aluminum construction and includes stand
  • Secure - Iomega Protection Suite software
  • 3 year warranty with product registration
  • Power cord included
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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

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.8 x 1.2 inches ; 2.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001D7REIK
  • Item model number: 34270
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,394 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at July 7, 2004

Product Description

Capacity: 500 GB

Product Description

The Iomega Prestige Desktop Hard Drive USB 2.0 provides a simple and affordable solution for all your storage needs. Ideal for adding capacity to your system, this stylish drive offers a sturdy aluminum construction and included stand. Available in 500GB, 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB capacities, it’s the easiest way to save photos, music, videos and more. It includes Iomega Protection Suite software with Iomega v.Clone, Trend Micro Internet Security (1 year subscription), Iomega QuikProtect, EMC Retrospect, and MozyHome Online Backup service. v.Clone software lets you take your PC virtually anywhere including files, settings, and applications.

From the Manufacturer

The Iomega Prestige 500GB External Hard Drive is an easy-to-use, affordable, and energy-efficient desktop storage solution. Featuring a stylish and durable aluminum design, plug-and-play functionality, and a secure EMC Retrospect Express software license for easy file backup, the Prestige is the easy way to store your photos, videos, and music, and to protect your important computer files.

The included stand lets you place the Prestige both vertically and horizontally. View larger.

With a 7200 RPM spindle speed and 8 MB or more cache, you'll have quick access to your data. View larger.
Plug-and-Play Simplicity and 500 GB Storage Capacity
The Iomega Prestige uses a USB 2.0 interface for fast data transfers with universal compatibility. The USB 2.0 interface allows for plug-and-play simplicity with a data transfer rate of up to 480 Mbps. Additionally, the drive is already preformatted NTFS, so you don't have to waste time formatting to use it.

The Prestige features a drive with 7200 RPM spindle speed and an 8MB or higher cache buffer. This provides performance that results in fast access speeds and low latency.

And with 500GB of storage capacity, the Prestige gives you the ability to store up to 2 million photos, over 9,000 hours of music, or 750 hours of video.

Stylish Aluminum Case
The Prestige has durable aluminum construction with a brushed-metal finish that will stylishly complement your desktop or workstation. An included stand gives you the option of either placing the drive horizontally or vertically.

Not only does the aluminum design look good, it also works to dissipate heat, allowing the drive to run cooler and quieter.

Backup Software Included
A license for EMC's Retrospect Express software is included (software is available via download), allowing for easy file backup that keeps your data safe. Also included is free MozyHome Online Backup, which provides 2GB of online data storage.

Compatible with Macs and PCs
Whether you have a Mac or PC, the Prestige will do the job. The drive requires a PC with Windows Vista, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 Professional, and a Pentium II class processor with 256MB RAM and a USB 2.0 connection, or a Mac (PowerPC or Intel) with OS X 10.3 or above with a USB 2.0 port.

The Iomega Prestige 500 GB External Hard Drive is powered by an Energy Star qualified adapter and is backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box
Iomega Desktop Hard Drive, Connection Cable, Power Adapter Cable, Quick Install Guide, HTML User Manual and Help Files, Backup software license included, software via download (PC only).

The stylish aluminum enclosure complements your desktop.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very easy to install, use.
Harold E. Haynes
It's one of the worst products I have ever purchased, and I will never buy another Iomega product again as a result.
The Ineffable Pangolin
This hard drive only worked 6 months and died.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

524 of 528 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 22, 2008
Size Name: 1 TB
I stopped using Iomega products several years ago (remember the infamous "click of death" infesting Iomega Zip drives?) But after reading the Amazon reviews, I decided to get the Iomega 1TB drive.

It is about half the size of my old 350 GB Maxtor hard drives, costs half as much, and has three times the storage capacity! I plugged it in and Windows XP had it up and running in seconds, no fuss.

As a test, I transferred two gigs of photos (I'm a photojournalist) and it backed up two gigs in two minutes. It is almost perfectly silent.

I didn't bother downloading the free Retrospect Backup software; I always back up manually as part of my business routine.

If I ever have a problem with this drive, I'll update this review. Otherwise, I rate it as a perfect high-capacity drive, period.

Update note: been using it for 3-1/2 years now, no problem. Works fine on my new Windows 7 64-bit machine. Note 2: I keep it turned off except when I need it. It tends to get quite warm if I leave it running.
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908 of 927 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 23, 2008
Size Name: 500 GB
Amazon offers this unit for less than some big-box stores. Another good reason to buy from Amazon.

Always remember that outfits like iomega, LaCie, Fantom and others are packagers, not hard drive manufacturers. There are only a few hard drive manufacturers and all of them turn out good products. This does not mean that hard drives don't fail - they do and anyone who keeps only one copy of critical data is a fool.

The units I purchased both had current models of Seagate Barracuda drives installed: excellent devices. Right now, the drives themselves from some sources cost only a few dollars less than the iomega unit, so you are getting the external housing for just a few dollars.

The housing has a power switch, very nice at a time when other manufacturers are eliminating such "frills" and a white activity light on the side, which strikes me as a strange place for it. Since the housing has no fan, there is no fan noise. The noise from the drive itself should be imperceptible. (If it isn't, return the unit immediately.)The housing remains cool to the touch in use.

The unit size is nice and a plastic base is included for those who prefer a vertical mounting.

A power supply and USB cable round out the package.

One of the very nice aspects of this unit is that there is no software installed on the drive - nor is any included in the box. Yea! The drive comes NTFS formatted and, for use with an Apple Macintosh, must be reformatted.

Overall, a very nice value.

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318 of 331 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 24, 2008
Size Name: 1 TB Verified Purchase
I've got 21 iomega drives - I've been using them for years and I've never had a problem - though a contract employee of mine said one of his died. (He actually just shipped it to me and yep - it's dead.) I just bought my first 1TB drive and I'm psyched. I'm using it to back up my old, lower-capacity drives. It seems as solid as the others. I'm going to fit all the video and projects on my first six drives onto one drive now! It's smaller than any of the others, too - as far as external physical dimensions. They got the dimensions wrong on this site - it's 8 x 4.5 x 1.25. It's awesome. I'm a pro video producer and now thanks to these drives (and a smokin' laptop) I'll be super-portable. I think I'll wind up with everything on 4 or 5 of these now. Killer product. I love these things.


NOTE - I now own 5 of the new prestige drives, and one of them has stopped working. Luckily I back everything up. I'm still buying the drives, and I'm hopeful that Iomega will replace it, but you should know I lost one of these newer ones.


NOTE - No, I didn't lose it after all. It was acting wonky for a while, but that was at least six or seven months ago, and I haven't had any trouble since. (It wasn't linking up to the computer, but that stopped after about a week.) It's been working fine since then.
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419 of 446 people found the following review helpful By Roxanne K. Ong on January 6, 2009
Size Name: 500 GB Verified Purchase
It looks great, feels great and is quiet and so easy to install. Those are your pluses. But 3 weeks later, I get an error that says "Delayed Write Failed... the data has been lost." I chat with support and they tell me "Any hard drive that you have sooner or later will go bad. It is a mechanical thing that they will wear out. When that happens can't be known. What happens if you need to use the drive for backup, it is only a backup drive if the data that you have on the drive is also somewhere else. If it is only on this drive then it is a archive."

I was livid. I understand if after a 6 months, things start conking out and I should have made a triple backup, but 3 weeks? Plus I didn't even move the drive, it's been sitting pretty on my desk. My husband bought an iOmega a while ago and warned me that happened to him and I thought it was a fluke and he was probably unlucky. Including me, this makes 100% of the people I know who owned iomegas portable hdd dying on them.

While the argument of hard drives will conk out eventually is understandable, i do not see this happening for desktops or laptop hard drives (talk about mobiles) -- which then I can only conclude is they use inferior quality resources to manufacture.

bottomline - buy at your own risk and it's not a viable backup solution.
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