Iomega Prestige 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive 34169
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- Easy-to-use: USB 2.0 interface available with no external power supply required
- Compact: Ultra portable, fits easily into a shirt or pocket
- Secure - Iomega Protection Suite software
- 3 year warranty with product registration
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The pocket-sized USB powered Iomega Portable Hard Drive requires no external power supply - just plug it in and go. And with the Drop Shock feature, the Iomega Portable Hard Drive is rugged and flexible enough to safely store large amounts of data in tough travel environments. Included free with your Iomega hard drive purchase, choose either EMC Retrospect Express or Retrospect Express HD (PC or Mac) for easy file backup software via download). Also included is free MozyHome Online Backup 2GB online capacity). Available in 500 GB capacity.
Fast, elegant, and ultra-portable, the Iomega 34169 USB 2.0 500GB Prestige Portable Hard Drive is an ideal storage solution for mobile professionals, busy students, and anyone else who needs documents and media files to be available at a moment's notice. For your peace of mind, this drive is designed to be both rugged and flexible so your files stay safe faced with the rough realities of travel.
The stylish drive protects against shocks and drops. View larger.
USB 2.0 offers fast and universal connectivity. View larger.
Featuring 500GB of storage, this sleek drive can provide you with space for up to 2,000,000 photos, 9,250 hours of music, or 750 hours of video. This Iomega hard drive comes preformatted and offers a transfer rate of 480 Mbits/s for fast updates, wherever you are. And all this comes in a sturdy, aluminum package with curving lines and a dark, brushed silver finish for a sophisticated, contemporary look.
Small enough to fit in a shirt pocket on your way to meetings, it measures an incredibly compact .75 by 3.5 by 5.25 inches (L x W x H) and weighs just .48 pounds for extreme mobility. And because the data you travel with is important to you, this drive also features built-in Drop Shock technology that helps prevent data loss if the drive is dropped or jostled during transport.
Plug-and-Play Ease and Energy-Star Efficiency
With fast, USB 2.0 connectivity, this drive exhibits truly easy plug-and-play setup. And no external power supply is required, which means one less awkward cable cluttering up your laptop bag. The drive's power adapter is Energy Star rated for efficiency to help you save money and protect the environment.
Dependable Software for Easy Backups
Additionally, this hard drive comes with your choice of EMC's Retrospect Express Edition or Retrospect Express HD software. These software systems provide easy-to-use backup for everything on your system from important documents to home videos, allowing you to protecting files securely on your external hard drive in case there's ever a mishap on your primary computer. You also have access to free MozyHome Online Backup with a 2GB online capacity, so you can remotely guard your most important files.
This Iomega hard drive is backed by a one-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Iomega Portable Hard Drive, Connection Cable, Quick Install Guide, HTML User Manual and Help Files, Backup software license included, and software via download.
Top customer reviews
This Iomega drive is an excellent and affordable choice that is well constructed for on-the-go computing. The brushed aluminum case is attractive but also strong enough to prevent getting crushed or cracked in a bag. Speeds are reasonable although USB 2.0 is beginning to feel slightly limited now that that 3.0 interfaces and devices are making their way to market.
I do have two minor gripes: The first is there is no love for Mac users included on the drive. It's formatted for NTFS and there's no Mac software to install. It's easy enough to get working by loading disk utility and formatting it for the Mac, but it will look a little bare until you do go through the Mac formatting process.
The second is the confusing cable configuration. The drive comes with a dual USB interface, which will prompt many unsuspecting users to give up two USB ports. In my limited testing on two Macs the second USB connection is not needed and the drive will work fine occupying just one port. I suppose Iomega included this functionality for those with extremely old or underpowered hardware, but it will nevertheless prompt many to occupy the additional port unnecessarily.
Still, these issues are definitely not dealbreakers. The cost and build quality of this product makes it my new choice for an inexpensive external hard drive.
The only reason I rated this hard drive at 4/5 stars is because I thought it was smaller than it is. The impression is provided that this is a really small USB drive however there are smaller drives available in the same price range. Don't get me wrong the drive will fit in your pocket without issue and I am very satisfied with how it has worked to date.
side note: ALWAYS keep another copy of your work somewhere else, whether its on this drive, your computer, or another drive. There is no such thing as a 100% fail-safe hard drive, they will ALL break eventually. And when the drive breaks, you loose everything on it.
Great drive, buy it.
I do want to stress I NEVER used the software included with the hard drive. I merely plug in the product and drag and drop the folders I wish to backup to the designated folders I created on the drive. I used it with several different PCs and had no compatibility issues.
I'd definitely recommend this product if you can get it for the price I paid ($59.99 in 2010 - so I'd expect for you to be able to get it cheaper this many years later).
Most computers don't need the specialized double-plug cable that ships with this disk drive. So you can substitute any normal mini-USB cable that you have on hand. The official USB specification only requires your computer to supply a small amount of power through each USB port. So manufacturers of disk drives and DVD drives use these specialized cables to draw power from two USB ports. But in fact, most computers supply more power than the specification requires. In most cases, the special cable is unnecessary. Personally, I never use these special cables.
I like the looks of this drive, except for the plastic end piece. To me, it looks significantly worse than the main aluminum housing, which I like.
The drive is silent and cool running. I am using it for backing up my notebook computer and I am getting good results so far.
Maybe I just take better care of my possessions, or pay closer attention to what I'm doing when connecting/disconnecting, traveling, handling, etc., but in the 2.5 years I've been transporting this HD back & forth from work, every work day, I've never experienced any of the problems others have reported. It has been rock solid & error free.