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Verbatim InSight 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive 96980 (Black)


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  • Winner of the 2009 PC Magazine Editors' Choice Award
  • 500 GB, USB 1.1 or USB 2.0; 5400 RPM
  • Identify drive and free space without connecting to a PC Windows and Mac compatible
  • Features an Always On LCD that displays a personalized drive name and available free space
  • Package Includes: InSight Hard Drive, USB 2.0 cable, Quick Start Guide

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Verbatim
  • Model: 96980
  • Hard Disk Size: 500.0 GB
  • Hard Disk Description: portable
  • Width: 0.52 inches
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 3.4 inches ; 5.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002LLJJAS
  • Item model number: 96980
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

With the unique “Always On” LCD display, the InSight™ portable hard drive allows users to personalize their drive name and shows available free space, even when the drive is disconnected. The Insight™ drive’s sleek, piano-black finish and unique, curvaceous design add a touch of class to your netbook, notebook, or desktop computer accessories. Available in capacities of 320GB and 500GB, the Insight™ portable hard drive is backed by a 7-year limited warranty to give you peace of mind while commuting or traveling.

 

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Features

Always On – The Always On LCD display feature updates when the drive is connected and/or dismounted safely from your computer and displays your customized drive name and available free space.

Design – Its sleek piano-black finish adds style and elegance to your PC accessories.

Compatibility –The Insight™ portable hard drive is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems and can be used with all USB ports.

Nero BackItUp Software – The InSight™ portable drive includes Nero BackItUp software for Windows only and offers full system backup and restore functions, the ability to schedule automatic backup by date/time and an encrypted backup option with password control.

Warranty – Verbatim offers a 7-year limited warranty for the InSight™ portable drive.

Tips for Getting Started

Using InSight™ is easy:

  1. Remove the InSight™ drive from its box
  2. Connect the USB 2.0 cable included in the box to the drive and then to your computer
  3. The InSight™ drive will mount automatically and a new icon will appear on the desktop (Mac) or in My Computer (Windows)

Now you’re ready to transfer and protect your files.

What's in the Pack?
  • InSight™ Hard Drive (includes Nero BackItUp software)
  • USB 2.0 cable

About Verbatim
For 40 years, Verbatim has been providing technology you can trust with an impressive selection of removable storage media and computer peripherals, including a wide range of CD, DVD and High Definition video products. Verbatim also offers an array of lightning fast desktop and portable hard drives, USB flash drives, stylish, feature-rich mice and keyboards, and a broad range of replacement laser toner cartridges. Buy Verbatim and you get innovation, security, and reliability – and that means peace of mind.

Product Description

For a portable hard drive that continuously displays available free space, take a peak at the Verbatim InSight hard drive with an Always On LCD that shows the drive’s available free space and personalized name. The Always On LCD display automatically updates when the drive is connected and/or safely dismounted and is easily renamed right from your PC or MAC. Compatible with all USB connections, the InSight drive includes a USB 2.0 cable, a Quick Start guide and Nero BackItUp software that offer full system backup or restore functions and optional password security. Compact but big on storage capacity, the InSight drive is available in a sleek piano-black finish with capacities of 320 GB and 500 GB and carries a 5-year limited warranty. With an Always On display, the Verbatim InSight hard drive is a plug-and-play external drive that keeps you in the know – even when it is disconnected.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Computer would not recognize it when booting up.
Richard L. Mercado
This is a nice drive: good looking, portable, convenient, easy to use, with an LCD display of how much space you have left.
B. Junkin-Mills
It is one of the coolest looking and definitely slimmest portable hard drives I have ever owned.
Susan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JDP on October 11, 2009
Size Name: 320 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Out of the box and at first glance, I was almost sure that I had received a digital scale instead of the new Verbatim InSight 320 GB Portable Hard Drive. I am sure others have thought the same. When using a Windows based platform, the unit was up and running in no time with simple plug and play features.

My primary use for the Insight 320 is for photo storage backup. Transfer of jpeg files was a relatively smooth process. Its all about drag and dropping files. The installed and very basic Nero software package is give or take at best. Personally after reviewing Nero and uninstalling it, I came to the conclusion that its a waste of space. Its a matter of choice whether to install the Nero software on your computer or not. An optional password security feature is included too.

Encased in a gloss black, hard plastic body, this stealthy unit displays the drive's personalized name and the remaining capacity on its 128x32 pixel screen. Even when I unplug the USB cable the data is viewable. Personalization tags are easily changed when connected. A nice feature is that the unit automatically updates itself when connected to my computer. Measuring in at 3"x6"x.5" and weighing almost 6 ounces, it goes without saying that this model is compact.

The Verbatim Insight 320 Hard Drive comes packaged with an 18" USB 2.0 cable, User Guide booklet, and the installed Nero Back It Up software package. The manufacturer backs up this product with a five year warranty. Even though I found no valid telephone customer support numbers posted on the website, Verbatim does offer limited help via links, email and snail mail.

For me the most notable shortcomings of this product is the installed Nero software package, the short USB cable, and the finger print magnet finish. Even with those minuses I still find this product to be an exceptional tool. Without a doubt, the Verbatim Insight 320 Portable Hard Drive is a worthy product that holds its own.
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Size Name: 320 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This drive is stepping into a space that, in my mind, is owned by Western Digital and its Passport line of drives. I have two of them, a 250GB model and a 500GB one. This review will be comparing the Verbatim to these two drives.

Their weight feels comparable in my hand, so one is not noticeably lighter or heavier than the other (I would estimate the Verbatim to weigh in right between the two WD drives). However, the Verbatim drive is noticeably larger than both Western Digitals, which is important when you're talking about a drive intended to be portable. The difference amounts to 1" in length and 0.3" in width. The Verbatim is slightly thinner over the flat part of its case by about 0.1". The curved bump in the front where the display is located actually makes the drive thicker than the Passports, which are flat.

Portable hard drives aren't intended to be speed demons, so it's no surprise that the Verbatim isn't setting any speed records. It does fall in the same range as the Passports, so there's nothing to complain about. According to HD Tune 2.55, the Verbatim registered an average transfer rate of 28.3 MB/s, whereas both Passports came in at 28.9. The Verbatim's minimum rate would dip down to 23.9 MB/s periodically througout the test (the WD's dipped, but not as frequently nor as low). Access time was 16.7 ms, which was lower than the 17.1 and 17.8 readings from the WD drives.

I tested the Verbatim drive by transferring a variety of large and small files using standard Windows XP file copy tools, and the transfer rate was consistent with the tests above. I had no problems transferring over 3,000 music files, totaling about 57 GB, nor were there any problems in transferring large video files.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Singh on October 22, 2009
Size Name: 320 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I really like this drive for all of the reasons mentioned in my reveiw subject above.

1. Size - Its a little bigger but thinner than my iphone. Its very light and eminently portable and I was pleased at the fact that a 320GB drive could be in a form factor so diminuitive.

2. Read/Write speeds are fast - I copied a 25GB iphoto library holding numerous sub-folders and images over in less than 18 minutes which is much better than some of the older drives I own.

3. Doesn't require external power to operate or run the little LCD display. I like the design and the little display is nice and the fact that you can operate with just the drive and a mini USB to USB cable is very nice.

4. It runs very quiet.

All in all if you are in the market for a portable hard drive for backup, media or file transfer or anything else, this is a good choice.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Burton on December 24, 2009
Size Name: 320 GB
I boughgt this drive to backup my data on my old PC and should never have installed the Nero BackItUpm Essentials software. My new PC running Windows 7 had repeated difficulty installing this software, and does not recognize the files and says "Runtime Error." Plus, neither Verbatim nor Nero gives you any manual or instructions for this software, leaving you to figure it out on your own. I would warn anyone who buys this device to NOT install the Nero software!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Dave on April 6, 2010
Size Name: 320 GB
I used this for 2 months as an external data drive and it seemed fine, so when I upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 I trusted it for all of my data. What a mistake. When I plugged into Windows 7 for the first time, the display showed "Scanning ..." and that's the last thing it ever did. I tried plugging it into Vista, XP, another Win7 and a Mac OS X. I tried using all of the disk utilities I had. No luck. I spent hours between email and worthless phone support before literally taking matters into my own hands.

I bought a Black Widow external "toaster" drive, popped the Insight case open and removed the WD Scorpio Blue drive. Data recovered to a new disk, and this drive now works fine in the toaster.

I'll never buy another Verbatim product after that poor support. I wish you better success if you buy one of these.
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