Verbatim 500 GB USB 1.1 or 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive 96570 (Black)
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Item #: Q06723. The Verbatim 3.5'' external hard drive instantly adds high-performace storage in an attractive design for your PC or Mac. The Verbatim 3.5'' hard drive stores thousands of digital photos, videos, MP3 songs and other electronic files. Powered by a 7200 RPM hard drive, the desktop hard drive races through the most demanding audio/video applications, allowing you to work more and wait less. The 3.5'' hard drive delivers outstanding quality, performance and reliability for both professional and home use. Product Description: Verbatim SmartDisk External Hard Drive - hard drive - 500 GB - Hi-Speed USB
Type: Hard drive - external
Dimensions (WxDxH): 4.4 in x 7.9 in x 1.6 in
Weight: 1.9 lbs
Capacity: 500 GB
Interface Type: Hi-Speed USB
Data Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps
Spindle Speed: 7200 rpm
OS Required: Apple MacOS 9.x, Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista / 2000 / XP
Power Source: Included AC adapter
Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty
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Formats to 1.81TB NTFS although it comes pre-formatted with FAT32. USB 2.0 transfer rates are typical 30MB/s. Comes with Nero BackItUp 4 Essentials software although I did not need it.
USB cable is very short, about 24-inches in length. AC adapter is small and power cable is thin and long, about 60-inches in length.
Update 8/11/2011: I have purchased 3 of these total. All of them have Samsung hard drives internally. They all still work without a problem. Eventually they won't be using Samsung drives anymore as Samsung sold their hard drive division to Seagate. So I will probably buy a few more just to have the Samsung drives before they switch out to a different brand for the OEM.
Still highly recommend!
1 tb is plenty of room for all my DVDs and VCR tapes, photos, music and software backup.
1) this drive does not show automatically in Windows when Windows starts up. I have to turn off and back on this verbatim drive, before windows recognizes it.
2) When installing a game from the verbatim drive to C: (c:\games\gamename), ive several times encountered that after a reboot of windows, the folder is gone!!! (as in "deleted"!) Now, this is not everytime, but the fact that i cant find out when this is happening, makes me all the more afraid to use this drive.
These problems were both experienced on Vista and win7 release candidate.
The drive is enclosed in a nice aluminum box with a polished black plastic front panel. The case does have a small fan that is inaudible in operation. There is only the one green LED pilot lamp and no "disk activity indicator". I like to know when my drives are working so I deducted (1) star for the lack of any kind of a activity indicator. There is one USB 2.0 port and the drive comes with a short (24 inch) USB cable. There is a rear panel on-off push-button switch which is flush with the back panel so is hard to spot if it's dark. A small "wall-wart" power supply is provided.
The drive is very quiet with only a little disk "head-seek" rattle when transferring large files.
The drive is rated at "up-to" 480 Mb/sec. transfer rates. I was able to achieve a write transfer rate of about 91 to 97 Mb/sec reading from my iMac's internal 230GB drive which was probably the limiting factor. As a fast, basic USB 1TB external drive, this seems to be a pretty good deal. It comes with everything you need, but nothing you don't need and has a 3-year warrantee.
Works for me!