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SimpleTech by Hitachi [re]drive R500U 500 GB Turbo USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (Grey/Bamboo)

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  • Energy-efficient 500GB Turbo USB 2.0 external hard drive
  • Crafted from renewable bamboo and recycled aluminum; Energy Star AC Adapter
  • Turbo USB is up to 25 percent faster than USB 2.0
  • Includes award-winning Fabrik backup software
  • Measures 4.75 x 7.50 x 1.60-inches; 1 year warranty

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: SimpleTech
  • Model Number: R500U
  • Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: I Year
  • Hardware Platform: PC
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Product Description

Product Description

Introducing SimpleTech [re]drive, the energy-efficient, resource-conscious external hard drive made with renewable, naturally grown bamboo and recyclable aluminum, the most recycled metal on the planet. These durable materials come together to create a unique design that looks and stays cool, without noisy fans. Add to that a low-power hard drive and Energy Star power adapter, and youve got a storage and backup solution that keeps your grid demands to a minimum. With Turbo USB 2.0 on board (up to 25% faster than USB 2.0) and award-winning backup software included, [re]drive is also a speedy, reliable drive thats plug n play simple ¿ perfect for giving you more room to store and protect your precious files from lifes little disasters. [re]think storage with [re]drive.

[re]think storage with [re]drive. SimpleTech's resource-conscious R500U 500GB Turbo USB 2.0 External Hard Drive takes to the next level with a host of energy-efficient and high-performance features. Featuring an elegant case made from naturally grown bamboo and recycled aluminum, the [re]drive offers a fast, reliable, and green way to save and transport your files, music, and photos.

The SimpleTech® [re]driveTM:
  • Is made of naturally grown bamboo and recycled aluminum.
  • Uses Turbo USB for speeds up to 25% faster than USB 2.0.
  • Fabrik Ultimate BackupTM for 2 GB of free secure online storage.
  • Is backed by a 1-year warranty.

The [re]drive case is made of naturally grown bamboo and recycled aluminum. View larger. View back.
Elegant Design
Side panels crafted from renewable, naturally grown bamboo and a durable case made of recycled aluminum come together in a unique, stylish design that helps keep the [re]drive cool without the use of a fan. This saves energy and ensures that the drive will be a quiet, unobtrusive addition to your work station.

Other energy-saving features include a low-power hard drive, an auto-sensing power feature that turns the drive on and off with your computer, and an Energy Star certified AC power adapter. And not to be outdone, the drive's packaging is even designed to reduce waste. All this to make the [re]drive a conscientious storage choice for anyone concerned about the environment.

Fast, Reliable Storage with Turbo USB 2.0
The [re]drive is a good choice for your storage needs; it's also a smart choice.

Featuring the Turbo USB 2.0 interface that moves data up to 25% faster than a USB 2.0 connection and 500 GB of storage, the [re]drive provides a speedy, reliable way to store and protect your data. (The Turbo USB 2.0 is compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1.)

Measuring just 4.75 x 7.50 x 1.60 inches (HxWxD), the [re]drive can be easily integrated into your home office or workstation, and it's compact enough for travel. Since it can operate standing vertically or sitting horizontally, it's the ideal choice for tight work spaces.

Award-Winning Local and Online Backup Options
SimpleTech includes two backup options that will keep your mind at ease regarding important data. With the included Fabrik Local Backup software, you can set up automatic backups from your computer to your [re]drive.

For ultimate protection, the [re]drive offers the award-winning Fabrik Ultimate Backup solution, so you can upload your files to a secure, online server and protect your data from real-world mishaps. This provides near-real-time protection without bogging down your computer. (Although the [re]drive is both Mac and PC compatible, at this time the Fabrik Ultimate Backup solution is only available for Windows-based computers.)

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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.

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 will then perform incremental backups, so only the 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 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.

The [re]drive comes with unlimited free technical support and is backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box
[re]drive Turbo USB 2.0 external hard drive, USB 2.0 cable, and Energy-Star AC adapter.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.5 x 4.8 x 1.6 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number R500U
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,905 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at July 7, 2004

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Customer Reviews

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By C. Dixon on October 3, 2008
I needed an external drive and wanted to minimize power consumption. The drive needed to be ready on demand but, when not in use, spin down to save power. This drive does not spin down ever. As long as the computer is on this drive is spinning. In addition, the drive would just vanish from the drive list for no apparent reason. I tried with both Vista and XP and it did the same thing. Their tech support never replied to several email requests.
I liked the packaging, very green, and was even prepared to pay a little more for it. However, it didn't work properly. I returned it and got a MyBook essential edition instead. It spins down when not in use and never vanishes from the drive list.
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I just got this drive so I could backup all my music and pictures and so far I love it! I researched this drive and was quite happy to see all the steps the company took to reduce waste and power consumption. Its not quite as attractive as it looks in the photos, mainly because the metal is powder coated rather than a satin like coat but its a handsome devil nevertheless.
The package is completely barebones, finally! I am happy to report that the only thing in there I couldn't recycle was two little pieces of plastic that line the inside of the egg carton corner protectors. The startup guide is printed on the inside of the box and the software and manuals are all located on the drive itself, but it really is a plug and play device. It comes with this turbo USB software and it seems to make the transfers a bit faster. Overall I'm very happy with this purchase and would recommend it to anyone!!
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Before purchasing this product, I read the reviews and they were guite favorable. When I received the first drive, the Vista Home Premium system would not recognize it. I called SimpleTech support and they were able to step me through a process so that it was recognized. After I powered off my computer that day and then powered it on the next day, nothing I did could get the drive to be recognized. I called SimpleTech suppport again and was told that I could either return it to them or the store ( where I purchased it. I decided to return it to SimpleTech (I should have returned it to Amazon). A week later, I checked with SimpleTech support again to see what the status was of receiving my replacement drive. They were out of stock and did not know when they would receive additional drives. I contacted Amazon at that point and they were good enough to send me a replacement at no expense to me. When I finally received a replacement from SimpleTech a couple of weeks later, I forwarded that to Amazon with a prepaid shipping label. When my second drive also failed after almost a month, I contacted Amazon first this time and requested a refund. They readily agreed and again provided a prepaid shipping label. I am very satisfied with Amazon service, but I would not recommend the SimpleTech drive.
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First off - I bought this product to work with my Mac and TimeCapsule...
Well this "energy efficient" drive never spun down...It was always running (and I might add that its fan is quite noisy).
Second, when my Mac went to sleep, the drive would not spin down. Then when my Mac woke up, I would get an error message saying that the drive was not properly shut off and I could have lost all my data...I contacted tech support about this and they said that if I walk away from my computer I should always eject the drive...ANNOYING!
Third, after 3 weeks of use the drive has totally failed. It no longer shows up on my hard drive and is DEAD! Again, I contacted tech support and was advised that I could pay and mail it to them and wait for a replacement or return it to the store...
Lastly, SimpleTech's tech support sucks. They are slow to respond and do not fully stand behind their products. I was advised to just return the product to the store - If I still could.
I plan to return it and go with Apple's Time Capsule...Apple has great tech support and stands behind their products...No more Simple Tech for me!
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Note that only SEAGATE has their own "white room" to make repairs and
data recovery.

The Hitachi "simpletech" 1TB drive I bought was working OK, then simply
STOPPED abruptly. It won't even spin.

Unfortunately it was used for data backup, and 300GB+ has now gone missing.

I will NEVER EVER consider anything made by Hitachi, because of their
lack of support for something they manufacture themselves. OF COURSE they
have a disclaimer, but they do not bother to tell you on the packaging
that they are INCAPABLE of repairing their own hard drives.

If I could've rated the items I did at LESS than one star, I certainly would
rate the Hitachi hard drive products at less than 0 because of their poor
reliability and support.

I made the mistake of not doing due diligence, and noticing how many others
have posted about similar experiences online.

Use Hitachi at great risk to your data!
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I found the ReDrive on a clearance rack at Best Buy for $39, and made an impulse buy. After I got home, I read some of the reviews where people were concerned about the quality of the drive. When I hooked the drive to a Mac and ran Disk Utility, it identified the drive inside as a Western Digital Caviar WD5000AAVS SATA 300 drive. The drive was formatted as NTFS, and in a matter of a few minutes I had reformatted it for Macintosh and started a backup of my Mac's internal hard drive. The only con is that there is no power switch, like most external drives have. I only want the drive to power up when I want to do a backup, and it would be nice to be able to turn it off when I am not backing up. I would have given it 5 stars if it had a switch, but overall I am very happy with the drive, and I was pleasantly surprised to find name-brand media inside.
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