Summary: I bought the 1TB version over 3 years ago and it still works. I had Windows XP at the time and now I use it with Windows 7 64-bit. So I'm not sure why the other reviewer had a problem, maybe it's because they were updating their OS while mine is pre-installed? Anyways, this external is well built and has lasted me so long and hopefully more so into the future.
Summary: This is the only brand of external hard drive that has not caused me trouble when using it with my Mac. This is the second unit I've purchased for school to store video files. It's perfect to use with iMovie. The software recognizes the drive (as long as you don't confuse the SimpleDrive by attaching it to a Windows computer) and i can store all the raw video. I can even bring home the drive and edit from home. It's a perfect match for me.
Summary: I bought this to use as an external edit device to hold video footage and photos. I was absolutely stunned that the drive did not come with a firewire port; this mini usb is slower than molasses in January! A simple save, which should take all of a minute, turns into a 5 minute process every time. As anyone who has ever edited knows, you should save often. I spend most of my time waiting for the information to get from the computer to the drive.
Summary: The greatest selling point of this drive - is that it turns ON and OFF WITH your computer! There's no power switch on it, and you don't have to plug/unplug it every time you want to use it like other external drives. It's so cool - just plug it all in and forget it! It turns on when your PC is on, and turns off when you power down your computer. No need to give it another thought. I'm not a speed demon - I use external drives for backup storage only.
Hitachi SimpleDriveII 2TB Turbo USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
Craig C. Benepe "fabricman", Amazon
11 July 2010
Summary: I have owned this external hard drive for about a year. It has performed well and reliably with my MacBook Pro, meeting my expectations. My only complaint is the lack of an on/off switch. You have to disconnect the USB cable or power cord to shut down the drive. For that reason alone, I prefer the Iomega Prestige 2TB hard drive which has performed equally as well as the Hitachi unit for roughly the same period but with less hassle.
Summary: I bought the 2TB Hitachi SimpleDrive at Fry's since it was inexpensive and needed extra storage for my WDTV usb media player. 1) The 2TB version is NOT QUIET. I was able to hear the drive clicking from my leaving room to the dinning room. People complain about the 2T Seagate LP noise level. Well, I currently own 6x of the Seagates, and they are way more silent that this banshee.
Wish I hadn't bought it - poor design features not laptop friendly, not so mac friendly either
Amazon Customer "babybrownbooks", Amazon
18 April 2010
Summary: I'm a mac/windows user. Have both systems, however bought this to work as a backup for my mac. It's cute enough and a good value, however the online backup (free redundant backup) which is partially why I bought it, is for windows only. The drive, however, is mac/pc, so they should state this on the outside of the packaging, not just on the website that you go to after you've already shelled out your cash.
Summary: I bought this drive on sale and thought I was getting a good deal to use it with a MAC (Snow Leopard). I consistently get eject failures for this drive when the MAC goes to sleep. Apple Care suggested many things but all NG. Hitachi email support advises that since the drive is probably asleep the data is probably OK ( to me this is akin to stopping the car with the parking brake and I take all of the risk, thanks Hitachi support).