- Brand Name: Hitachi
- Model Number: ST/320GB
- Hard Disk Size: 320 GB
- Hardware Platform: PC
- Hard Disk Description: Portable
Hitachi SimpleTOUGH 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive ST/320GB (Carbon Fiber)
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- Storage Capacity: 320 GB
From the Manufacturer
Tough enough for just about anything a typical day throws your way, with a cool topside LED for the nightlife, the SimpleTOUGH(TM) Portable Hard Drive is backed by a 3-year warranty for ultimate Hitachi quality and reliability.
| Shock and Water-Resistant body for inadvertent bumps and splashes |
Rubberized, ergonomic sides for Grip-on-the-Go
2GB FREE Online Backup Service - Hitachi Local and Ultimate Backup(TM) online service for maximum protection
Joggle(TM) Digital Content Manager for easy tracking, sharing and publishing of photos, music and videos
Storage Capacities: 500GB, 320GB and 250GB
Weight 0.59 lbs (267 grams)
"The Hitachi SimpleTOUGH is by far the most indestructible external hard drive we've tested... With a built-in USB cable, two-tiered data security package, and an impressive three-year warranty, we have no issue recommending this external hard drive to shoppers looking for space and security."
CNET - 09/30/2009
Grrrrrr! Just wait till you get your hands on one yourself.
A world-renowned R&D heritage. A reputation for quality and reliability. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies develops an innovative range of advanced hard disk drives used to store, preserve and manage the world’s most valued data. In fact, you’ll find Hitachi hard drive technology inside more and more leading-edge electronics devices from companies worldwide who put their trust in our heritage and reputation.
Top Customer Reviews
I picked up one of these a couple of weeks ago. The concept of a good ruggedized portable USB hard drive for the consumer market is LONG overdue. The 500GB SimpleTough worked fine the first few times I used it, plugging the fold out USB ribbon cable into a laptop or desktop...everything seemed ok and it worked like a champ...and was faster than any other external USB drive of its size that I've ever used. Now all of a sudden I start getting "Device Not Recognized", no matter what laptop or desktop, USB port, or even USB hub (powered) that I plugged it into, and regardless of OS (using XP or Vista). After several iterations of patiently unplugging it, letting it spin down for a minute, then plugging it back in...still not recognized. So during my last attempt I was going to give up, box it back up and return it...I started to reach to unplug the drive and lifted it up off of my desk a little bit...and suddenly...it WORKED and my system recognized it. So I tried the theory, I unplugged it again, let it sit, plugged it back in while it was sitting flat...didn't work...then as soon as I elevated it to about a 45 degree angle off my desk it was recognized and worked again. Diagnosis...bad USB ribbon cable, and bad workmanship. I have treated this drive with kid gloves and it never got any kind of abuse, period. The drive may be ruggedized, but clearly the ribbon cable is a serious Achilles heel. I can't say all of these drives are bad since it was just this one, but if you buy one of these KEEP YOUR RECEIPT AND ORIGINAL PACKAGING...it may end up like mine did. I am probably going to get a replacement, if I do...I'll update this review good or bad based on what happens.Read more ›
I was able to look past the price issue, and I was sold on the idea of having a super-durable memory storage device to backup all of my computer data. Bad move. The setup process is irritating and the customer service stinks.
In following the on-screen instructions for the device, that initiate when you plug it into your PC, I first formatted the drive. Except, when you format the device, you lose all of the data on it - including the getting started program you're supposed to follow post-format, that shows you how to set the device up, and automatically starts backing up your files. There's no CD, or online link to get these files back.
You could argue that I should have anticipated this, and copied the files to my PC before formatting - but nowhere in the instructions does it tell you to follow those steps, and nowhere does it tell you where you can re-acquire them if accidentally lost.
To make matters worse, I have sent three e-mails to their customer service department in the last month. Not a single response. The website has no backup instructions of file downloads either.
Now I'm thinking back on why I bought the stupid thing and realizing there's a huge flaw in my logic - when the hell am I going to need a waterproof, shock resistant external hard drive? Am I going to take this mountain biking?? No. Am I going to bring it on a boat? Doubtful. Am I going to need to carry this with me in a high-speed car chase, in which I'm being pursued by spies who are looking to steal the valuable information I have stored on the device?Read more ›
Cannot recognize the USB device in 95% of times. Thanks God, I was able to grab all my files at lucky day when it suddenly became working.
Now awaiting Amazon to get back to me with exchange option.
I would advice to anyone who are shopping for portable HDD to buy something else.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought by my office and used for about 6 weeks, very lightly. Wont mount, and customer service is useless.Published 23 months ago by DC Reader
POS, failed and now I'm the bad guy for buying it for my girlfriends PC. Wish I had seen these reviews before my purchase.Published on July 19, 2014 by Jim S
This is a tough little external hard drive. It takes a beating and keeps on ticking. Even right down to the cable, they designed this tough enough to withstand rugged and dirty... Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by Erik Holdenn
I love this hard drive, but for some reason, when I got it, it said it was already formatted to FAT32, which is what ps3 reads, then I went to put movies, and pictures on it, and... Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by adam_b530
I have both an iMac, which it works for, and a Windows XP machine, which it doesn't read on. Overall, good.Published on December 31, 2012 by aron lowe
Like others reviews here, I was completely satisfied with the performance of my Hitachi simpletough 320G external hard drive. Read morePublished on May 19, 2012 by talljim
I wish I'd seen this reviews before buying one. This is the most well-named product ever: Buy it and you'll feel like a simpleton--tough luck. Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by T. Hensley
I've used the Simple Tough Hitachi for about 1 year. it works great as long as you don't move it or move the cable. As soon as you bend the cable it breaks. Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by Tiffany Faber
Plug n` play simple for instant USB drive access ,Drop and spill resistant
Works as advertised and even faster than advertised time! Great product for the money!