Transcend StoreJet 25 Mobile Anti-Shock 500 GB USB 2.5 Portable Hard Drive TS500GSJ25M
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- Transcend StoreJet 25 Mobile 500 GB USB 2.0 2.5-inch External Hard Drive General Features:
- 500 GB capacity 2.5-inch SATA hard drive
- High-speed USB 2.0 interface (USB 1.1 backwards compatible) High transfer rate of up to 480 Mbps
- One Touch Auto-Backup button LED indicates power on and data access. Easy Plug and Play installation
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Rather than run off at the mouth about all sorts of nonsense, I will simply address what I consider to be selling points or potential hang-ups for someone who is doing some research and comparison shopping like I was before I decided on this one.
Fit and finish are excellent - It feels very well put together and extremely solid. Based on the weight and tactile feel of the HDD it feels like it will live up the advertised MIL-STD-810F (drop test). This standard is one of the reasons I chose this drive as I do a lot of moving around and don't tend to be gentle with equipment. It's obviously no Toughbook, but it's held up fine so far and for what it is and the price I feel it will be rugged enough for me.
Compact size - I am used to a desktop external HDD, so going from that to any portable drive is going to be a big difference. It is larger than some of the more compact portable HDDs, such as the Seagate and Western Digital portables, but not excessively so. For me it is worth the slight trade off in size for the drop protection and the price.
Ease of use - Plug and play, no problems at all. The included Y USB is a thoughtful touch, but I have had no problems thus far using it with a standard USB with several different computers and USB ports.
Software - The only negative reviews of this drive cite the included software as the reason for the negative review. I have not used the software so I cannot comment on it, but what can you really expect? I purchased a portable Hard Drive, not backup software; if the data you are backing up is that important you should probably be purchasing actual back-up software.
Bottom line, this is a great drive for the money, end of story.
I have been using this External HDD for around a year or so with zero issues thus far. I have been carrying it with me almost daily and used it on a variety of computers with good results. Still no need for the "Y" USB cable, though the thought is nice. I finally purchased a netbook to replace my aging laptop and have been carrying this HDD around in my computer bag for the last couple of months. Not a horribly abusive environment, to be sure, but the HDD has handled it well. The torture test will come later this summer when I deploy to Afghanistan and will be spending 6+ months living out of a tent. I'll update again once I get back.
Copy/pasted from a post in the comments, here is my post-deployment update for ease of access:
I am back, thanks for asking! I was deployed to Helmand province from Sept 2010 to April 2011. I used this HDD almost daily with no problems. Pervasive dust and dirt, cold and damp in the winter. Still very happy with its performance, though to be 100% honest I did keep it in a pelican case when I wasn't using it. The 320 GB capacity of mine is getting dated and I did purchase another desktop external while there, but I'm sure a new higher capacity Transcend would perform just as well. Let me know if you have any other questions!
UPDATE III (3/12/13):
This will most likely be my final update for this review. The drive continues to hold up well to regular use, though the capacity is definitely well below today's standards (mine is the 320GB version). I do have one more interesting thing to note: I let my curiousity get the better of me a few weeks ago and decided to take a look inside and see how this drive is put together. I was pleasently surprised to discover that it utilizes a standard 2.5" drive - all of the anti-shock characteristics come from the case around it. This is one of the reasons that this external is so big, but also means that any standard 2.5" HDD will fit and gain you the anti-shock properties that are the selling point for this item. When I eventually find myself with the need for more portable storage I plan to purchase a "naked" standard HDD, stick it in this case, and have the best of both worlds.
I use it on 2 of my laptops, 3 different desktops, family's computers while visiting. I move it all over the house, travel with it, and right now have it sitting on the end table next to my recliner so I can use it to plug into my laptop when I find something online I want to save, or am doing work that I want to save externally.
I originally bought this to take with me while shooting photographs on location. I thought with all the travel and moving around, there were bound to be some bumps, bangs, and drops. Yeah, well, no problem with this Transcend StoreJet. It has been handy for storing photographs on and then transporting to another computer to work with them-perfect for that for me. I'd buy another one in a heart beat if I needed one.
The manufacturers of electronic devices and the technical writers of user guides and/or manuals take it for granted that users will automatically have as much technical knowledge about its use as they do! This false assumption makes it extremely frustrating for a buyer who pays for a device and then doesn't know how to use it. I'm afraid that if I do something wrong I'll wipe out my files.
When the manual says "drop and drag files to transfer data", is that referring to COPYING (for backup only) or actually MOVING files from my computer to the external hard drive? Why isn't this made clear for non-techie users? And, naturally, there's no customer service phone number so I can ask a knowledgeable (hopefully) person!
- Y cable included; didn't need the extra power on any of my usb ports
- rubber exterior is easy to hold onto
- drive suddenly failed after only 1 year of average use
This external HDD worked good for about 1 year and then suddenly failed.
I never treated this drive poorly; my other external HDDs do not claim to be durable or anti-shock like this drive, but they are still working fine after years of use.
I filed an RMA request ([...]) and shipped it off for around $10.
After around 1 week Transcend shipped me a brand new StoreJet 25M2 still in its retail packaging.
If I was rating Transcend's RMA service, I would give them 4 stars.
They would have to refund the cost of shipping to get 5 stars. :)
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