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SimpleTech PRO1000Q Pro Drive 1 TB Quad Interface External Hard Drive (Grey)

by Simmons

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  • High-performance storage and backup
  • Quad interface for plug and play flexibility: USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and 3Gb/sec eSATA
  • Compact design stacks or stands upright
  • Award-winning Fabrik backup software, including 2GB free online backup
  • Security lock slot


Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Simmons
  • Model: PRO1000Q
  • Hard Disk Size: 1 GB
  • Warranty: 3
  • Hardware Platform: PC
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 2.5 inches ; 3.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001DH2E6M
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: PRO1000Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 22, 2003

Product Description

Amazon.com

SimpleTech Pro Drive™ – Works Like a Pro. Plug n’ Play Simple. High performance storage and backup up to 3X the speed of USB 2.0. With four built-in ways to connect (USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and 3Gb/sec eSATA) and award-winning backup software included, Pro Drive is a smart investment that delivers everything you need to succeed.



High performance desktop hard drive for professionals and prosumers


QUAD interface for plug n’ play flexibility: USB 2.0 Turbo, FW400, FW800, 3Gbps eSATA


SimpleTech Pro Drive
Works Like a Pro. Plug n’ Play Simple. High performance storage and backup up to 3X the speed of USB 2.0.

With four built-in ways to connect (USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and 3Gb/sec eSATA) and award-winning backup software included, Pro Drive is a smart investment that delivers everything you need to succeed.

Compact, Intelligent Design
Its compact design lets you stack multiple units or stand them upright to optimize your desk space, and a built-in security lock helps ensure your drive remains where you left it. Also includes Fabrik Ultimate Backup™ which works in the background to automatically save copies of your precious files on encrypted, secure servers – for ultimate online backup protection that’s safe and protected from life’s little disasters.



Prosumers and small businesses who need professional-grade storage and backup of critical files, documents, and media collections


Features and Benefits
  • High-performance storage and backup
  • Quad interface for plug and play flexibility: USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and 3Gb/sec eSATA
  • Compact design stacks or stands upright
  • Award-winning Fabrik backup software, including 2GB free online backup
  • Security lock slot
  • Friendly, free unlimited technical support
  • PC and Mac compatible
  • 3 year warranty


What’s in the Box
Pro Drive Quad Interface External Hard Drive USB 2.0 Cable FireWire 400 Cable AC Adapter Fabrik Local Backup Software Fabrik Ultimate Backup™ Service (2GB free)† Free technical support 3-Year warranty* * Warranty period may vary based on regulations of the country where this product is purchased. Subject to certain terms and conditions

Product Description

As pure high-performance storage, the SimpleTech Pro Drive by Fabrik makes any red-blooded storage heart pump a little faster. Its blazing fast eSATA interface provides up to 3GB per second data transfer rate and its massive capacity makes it perfect for power users and digital media enthusiasts. With local backup and Fabrik Ultimate Backup, you get the same two-level protection the pros use. So, no matter what happens to your drive - a spilled drink, a curious toddler, a theft, or a natural disaster - you know your files are safe and secure online and off-site. Free 2GB online account, or for less than five dollars per month, upgrade to unlimited online capacity that is fast, affordable, and secure. A stackable design ensures a snug fit with Fabrik¿s Simple and Duo Pro Drives, so you can add more storage without taking up more desk space. USB 2.0 and eSATA interface. Its capacity is 1TB.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It's a waste of time for people wanting a hard drive that actually works.
R. Hovind
I then checked the Casper error report and guess what... "possible drive failure, unable to verify integrity of data".
Mike
I didn't try the FireWire 800 or eSATA ports on either drive, so I can't comment on them one way or the other.
Datan0de

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Datan0de on January 28, 2009
Size Name: 1 TB Verified Purchase
I needed another large capacity external hard drive that was both USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 compatible. The SimpleTech PRO1000Q looked to fit the bill perfectly.

Unfortunately, when the drive arrived I found that, while the USB interface worked fine the drive refused to mount at all using FireWire 400. I tried it on multiple machines (PC and Mac) that all have no difficulty mounting other large FireWire drives. I returned the drive to Amazon (which was fast and hassle-free!) for a replacement, only to find that the second drive had the same issue. Again, this was on multiple platforms where I regularly mount FireWire drives of this size.

I didn't try the FireWire 800 or eSATA ports on either drive, so I can't comment on them one way or the other.

I'm disappointed, as this drive promised to be exactly what I was looking for and for a great price.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Hollander on January 9, 2009
Size Name: 1 TB Verified Purchase
I'm using this drive with Time Machine and it has worked very well. I have had a couple instances where I plugged it in, turned it on and it would not mount. There is a chance that it was the computer but If I unplugged it and plugged it back in it would mount and backup fine. It hasn't done this to me in a few weeks now, since 10.5.6 actually....
You can have the drive upright or using the included rubber thingies it can lay on it's side, I liked having the choice.
It's Firewire 800, so once I get a firewire 800 cable I can get those speeds. That's really my only problem, it did not come with a firewire 800 cable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Borchert on February 8, 2009
Size Name: 1 TB
Got good tech review from Tom's Hardware. Quiet drive. Quad interface has you covered. Drive hangs (non-responsive) 1-2 times per week and requires restart. Tech support and Pre-sales support stinks.
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Size Name: 1 TB
I recently purchased the Hitachi SimpleTech Pro Drive 1 TB external hard drive immediately after my main drive inside my iMac received S.M.A.R.T. errors. The reason why I purchased this is because it is from Hitachi (note: The drive says "SimpleTech by Fabrik" inside the box but says Hitachi on the outside box) and having used so many drives in the past, I needed A) a TB drive B) Quick speed in transfers C) must have a USB 2.0 and Firewire drive D) Price - I purchased it for under a $100.

I've read some of the complaints from other reviewers who have iMac's but once of the things I had to do was utilize my secondary backup (or you can use your MAC OS X disc) to bring up disk utility and you need to reformat (erase) your hard drive to Mac OS Journal (Extended). After doing this, the drive was then detected on my iMac.

I then installed Snow Leopard on the new TB drive and since then, I have had no problems with the drive. I will say that it does make a bit of noise when being accessed but I'm cool with that for now (I still plan to replace my drive inside my Mac). I have done several GB of transfers (mainly my Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and 3D work work plus video projects) from my secondary backup drive to the new TB drive and things have transferred quite quickly.

In terms of heat, I have other external drives that get scorching hot overtime but this Pro Drive is a bit warm after 10-13 hours on per day but never super hot.

But so far, I have had only a positive experience. Bare in mind, I have not tried video games on this drive, although I plan to buy a second ProDrive for my PC strictly for the games and I'll see how that goes and will update this review later. But for my iMac and using this as a primary drive, everything has worked fine thus far and will definitely purchase another one for the iMac as a time machine backup.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter A. Stark on November 22, 2009
Size Name: 1 TB
I bought two 1 TB SimpleTech Pro Drives. I ran each for two weeks, one after the other. Each one in turn stopped being recognized by my iMac, though it turned out eventually that the data was intact if inaccessible.

After Drive #1 suddenly stopped mouting, Drive #1 was unplugged and was not used while I tried Drive #2. Later, when I tried to reconnect Drive #1, it would not mount, whether connected by FireWire 400, FireWire 800, or USB 2. I did not try eSATA.

Then Drive #2 failed exactly the same way. I tried reconnecting Drive #1 and after 24 hours of connection, it suddenly was recognized again, and I could retrieve some data. Then it failed again.

Drive #1 is a total loss, for all practical purposes. In 48 hours of connection, it mounted for a total of 10 minutes, but if one clicks on it to access data, it dismounts.

I have owned these two drives for less than a month.

I would never buy SimpleTech products again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Hovind on May 28, 2010
Size Name: 1 TB
This drive is cheap and the price is very seductive. But you get what you pay for. It died on me within a month of using it. It will not even turn on. I got it at Fry's, and places like that (and Amazon) should refuse to carry such low quality products. It's a waste of time for people wanting a hard drive that actually works.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hochstein on September 11, 2009
Size Name: 1 TB
I bought this drive on clearance from Best Buy just over a week ago for $96. I liked that it had all four interfaces but I was a little leery that a 1TB drive with four interfaces would already be on clearance. I had the clerk open the box in the store so I could see what cables it came with. USB & Firewire 400, no eSATA or Firewire 800. Best Buy wanted $50 for a Firewire 800 cable so I figured I just use it with USB until I could order a Firewire 800 cable. I took it home and hooked it up to my 13" MacBook Pro and it recognized it with no problems. I formatted the drive and did a surface scan just to make sure everything was OK and it came back with no problems. I partitioned the drive into three partitions: one 250gb for SuperDuper, one 650gb for Time Machine, and one 100gb for general storage. I like SuperDuper a lot for backup but they claim that you will not be able to boot your Mac from any drive under USB and only certain drives thru Firewire. I proceeded to back up my Mac using the USB interface and everything worked fine. Two days later I left on a trip and while I was on the trip my hard drive in my Mac crashed. Dead hard drive. When I got home I hooked up my drive and ProDrive and much to my surprise, my Mac booted from the SuperDuper image right thru the USB interface! That was great and at least allowed me to continue using my computer to troubleshoot the hard drive.
As it turns out the hard drive is bad and my Mac is at the Apple store getting it replaced.
So far I haven't had any problems with the ProDrive at all and I'm very glad to see that it boots thru USB. I don't have my FW800 cable yet so I can't atest to the speed there and I dinged the drive one start for not coming with all the cables.
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