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Signature Mini Black Cherry 320 GB external hard drive


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Product Description

Product Description

Introducing the Signature Mini family of bite-size drives, bursting with tasty ingredients. Supple and resilient to the touch, with a positive velvety rip, they¿re designed by our friends at Pininfarina, the icon of Italian sports car design since 1930. Just plug one in, and inside you¿ll find smart ways to protect and manage all your precious stuff. Includes Fabrik Local Backup software for setting up automatic backups on your Signature Mini, and Fabrik Ultimate Backup for secure, online storage that¿s safe from real world mishaps.

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Thanks to the deliciously sleek styling by famed Italian car designer Pininfarina, the SimpleTech Signature Mini 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable Drive isn't just another external hard drive. The recipient of the same magic design touch and attention to fine details that helped turn Ferrari and Maserati into icons of the automotive world, the Signature Mini will certainly turn heads as you make your way through the day with your work files, or your latest videos, photos and songs.

The SimpleTech® Signature MiniTM offers:
  • Slick Ferrari-inspired design by Pininfarina.
  • High-speed USB 2.0 interface for data transfer at up to 480 Mbps.
  • Fabrik Ultimate BackupTM for 2 GB of free secure online storage.
  • 1-year warranty.


The curvaceous Signature Mini was designed by Pininfarina of Ferrari fame. View larger.
Ferrari-Inspired Ultra-Portable Design
Get used to the staring, because when you take this drive out into the public, heads will turn. With its Ferrari-inspired lines, this delicious Black Cherry-colored Signature Mini is as much a piece of fine art as a piece of robust hardware. Despite being a compact 3.1 x 4.9 x 0.8-inches (WxDxH), the drive won't be slipping out of your hands, thanks to its velvety texture that offers you a secure grip for your hands. And the drive's two rubber strips at the bottom will keep it from slipping across your desk.

With the included USB 2.0 "Y" cable, the Signature Mini gets its power from your computer, meaning there's no bulky AC adapter to carry around or forget. Just grab the drive and cable, plug it into a computer, and you'll be ready to go.

Powerful Local and Online Backup Options
SimpleTech includes two backup options that will keep your mind at ease about your important data. In fact, SimpleTech’s Signature Mini Drives are the first drives in the world to offer both local and online backup capabilities. With the included Fabrik Local Backup software, you can set up automatic backups from your computer to your Signature Mini. But for the ultimate in protection, the Signature Mini also offers the Fabrik Ultimate Backup solution that uploads your files to a secure, online server that will protect your data from real-world mishaps and offer near-real time protection without bogging down your computer. (Although the Signature Mini is both Mac and PC compatible, at this time the Fabrik Ultimate Backup solution is only available for Windows-based computers.)



With just two ports, the Signature Mini is simple to use. In fact, you usually only need one cable as the drive can be powered by the USB bus.
Fabrik's Ultimate Backup allows you to store up to 2 GB for free on one of its 448-bit encrypted servers, and for just a few dollars a month, you get unlimited capacity to securely store all of your important files and media collections offsite. Acting just like the drive's local backup software, you simply set Fabrik Ultimate Backup once, and it automatically and regularly backs up your content behind the scenes. All backups, to the external drive or online service, are unobtrusive. Once your initial content has uploaded, the software performs incremental backups, so only the smallest amount of data that has been changed or modified in your files will be updated.



To keep your content private and confidential, all files are encrypted with 128-bit SSL encryption while in transit, with an option for a private encryption key. Fabrik's offsite 448-bit Blowfish encrypted servers are housed by a Fortune 500 company, ensuring file protection, security and peace of mind. So now, no matter what happens to your drive--a curious toddler, a spilled drink or natural disaster--your irreplaceable photos, music, videos and files are safe and secure both offsite and online.

Joggle Software for Easy Media Sharing
Also included is Joggle, a program that brings your photos, music, and videos together and displays it all in one easy-to-manage view. Joggle lets you view all your media files together on a single screen, and lets you access it securely from anywhere you're online. With Joggle, you can easily share your content with friends and family and embed sideshows and playlists into social Web sites including MySpace, Flickr, Facebook or personal blogs. You can even create an RSS feed for friends and family, all without making them register or login to sharing sites.

The Signature Mini is backed by a 3-year warranty and free, unlimited technical support.

What's in the Box
Signature Mini Black Cherry 320 GB external hard drive, quick-install guide, and high-speed USB 2.0 "Y" cable.



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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 0.6 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • ASIN: B0012R9WHW
  • Item model number: FS-U25/320H
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

First off, this is a great product and has been very reliable so far.
MSS
Finally, the device showed up under "My computer" but when trying to open it, the message "not accessible because I/O device error" appeared.
Anke
May Occupy Two USB Ports - unstable: Some computers cannot recognize it without using the USB power end.
Punkin

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Techhy on July 25, 2008
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I have over 2.5TB of 320gb drives. So trust this opinion on the points I write:
The simpletech drives are no real difference over the passport by western digital, in fact the WD is a bit thinner (when you cram as many in a case it may matter). The WD is supplied with a short cable, the Simpletech is a longer cable, and THIS is why some of the users will experience a problem with the simpletech drives-> The cable being longer will deliver less current to the drive, thus some computers do not have the ability to juice it up properly unless you use a high quality shorter USB cable. Additionally, I have noted (by taking many of them apart) that the PC Board (usb to SATA adapter portion) is not as "simple" as the passport, the pc board also runs a little warmer than the WD counterpart. I lastly ordered TWO of these 320gb Cherry's (320 juicy drippin' Gigabytes) and ONE of them had a BAD PC BOARD (USB to SATA internal adapter) which did not matter to me since I got the drive cheaper than a bare white label drive anyway- The drive was fine, just the PCB was faulty- Got hot, but no mounting... Anyway the drive is not "shielded" from EMI or STATIC discharge (internally) as the WD passport is. But BOTH the WD and the Simpletech lack a sturdy enclosure being plastic, and I typically mount the drive itself into a USB enclosure (cheapy ones do fine from ebay) which has an aluminum case to supress static and give it a bit of support to help prevent crushing in the bag. Sure the style is cool, but being larger and having the issues with the internal PCB make it less desired, but I still rate it highly mostly for the great drive bargain. I do not mind reformatting a drive, but it is nice to have it being NTFS out of the box...
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74 of 81 people found the following review helpful By mukhi on March 29, 2008
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If you are looking for a high quality portable external USB-powered high capacity hard drive at an affordable price, this is your choice!

Ownership: 5 days.

Pros:
1. High quality as SimpleTech is using a Western Digital (WD) internal hard drive disk (HDD) known to be a state-of-the-art HDD.
2. As portable (small size and light) as WD passport.
3. USB-powered or bus-powered. As single USB port of some computers can not provide enough power, SimpleTech is providing you with USB 2.0 Y-cable (not provided with WD passport) which can be used to hook up your drive to two USB ports of your computer to get enough power. This drive also has a power port (power cable is not provided, however, WD passport has no power port at all) in case you prefer to use a power cable. However, My laptop (almost 5 years old now) does not need it! I hook up this drive to a single USB port of my laptop and it works. I am so happy after knowing this as I was afraid to buy this drive considering that it may not work with a single USB port (my laptop has only two USB ports so that I would run out of it and not be able to use any other USB device, like mouse at the same time)! Make sure you use the main USB (not the pigtail, take a look at the picture above). WD will make you buy an expensive Y-cable if you need it. Moreover, this Y-cable from SimpleTech is longer than USB cable from WD.
4. Highest capacity portable drive available as of today (comparable to WD 320 GB passport).
5. I bought it from Amazon marketplace (ZENCORP) for $ 97.99 plus $ 6.49 S&H (no tax). The merchant offered the best price as of that day. I ordered it on Friday, merchant shipped (from MD) it on Saturday via DHL, and I received (at CA) it on Monday with excellent packaging!
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Merchant on May 20, 2009
When I first got this drive, I would have given it 4 stars. I really love the styling -- it is the best looking drive out there. And it worked fine for a year -- then it just died. This was not an occasional write error; unprovoked and without warning, it went belly up. Kaput. Dead as a door mouse. This-is-a-dead-parrot dead.

It was gently treated. Mostly, it has been on a bookshelf in my office, under no physical or thermal stress of any kind. I praised its beauty, and entrusted it with my most important data. And this is what I get: the thankless rotating bit bucket betrayed me!

O fickle platter: Never again, I say!
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Pixie on March 7, 2008
I purchased two of these to use with my laptops (both have low capacity built in hard drives). Within one week they both died. I ran a diagnostic on one of them and it had more than 400 bad sectors. The other drive would not even boot up. I tried on more than one computer, with different operating systems. It just stopped working. I previously had to return a 250gb simpletech drive after only 4 months. I wish I had known about the 250gb drive before I bought the 320's. I would not have wasted my time. On another note, they require a lot of power. Most laptops will need to plug it in to two usb ports or purchase a power supply (about $30 from Radio Shack). But you have to call in to Simpletech and get the specs on the power supply. That information is not on the web site. And it has unusual specs so your power supply choices are limited.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Guerra on March 22, 2008
I've had this drive about one month, and am very pleased with it. It's very small, yet huge in terms of capacity. It also looks cool (and even feels cool, like metallic velvet). It's extremely quiet (actually silent), and is plenty fast. No problems playing back recorded video through Media Center or Media Player. Smooth as silk even when fast-forwarding. Music of course and pictures come through perfectly.

On my Toshiba Satellite notebook, it functions just fine connected to only one usb port. If your laptop is underpowered for some reason, you can either use both prongs of the supplied two prong plug (uses up 2 usb ports) or you can use a 5 vdc 1.0 A ac adapter (I think the same used by most other powered usb devices like cooling fans, usb hubs and such). This information is clearly stated in the foldout manual. Make sure you look at the manual to see which of the two plugs you should use if you only want to use only one plug to connect to your computer or notebook, since one plug carries both power and data, while the other is just a backup power carrier in case your usb ports are underpowered.

Tech support responded within 1 day to the question I asked about whether it can be set to spin down when not in use (apparently not). It runs cool, so that's not really a problem.

For the price, the style and the performance, I think this is a fantastic drive.
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