Reviews and Problems with Iomega 160 GB Cherry Red eGo USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive
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25 November 2012
Summary: I used one of these for almost two years, but I only used it to keep files on, so it was running for about two hours for a total of maybe five times. Then, one day, it just started beeping and that was the end of that. Just think about the fact that This thing ran for 10-15 hours in my ownership before it failed. It's hard drives like these that make me feel like I need a backup for my backup and a cloud-based solution would be much more reliable.
Summary: I have purchased a number of different hard drives in the past few years. We make short films and need external hard drives that can be passed from the Director of Photography to the Editor to the Color Correctionist, etc. etc. We make low-budget films and the cameras we currently use don't record on tapes or films. That means the footage has to be kept on hard drives. If anything goes wrong with the hard drive, you've lost your entire film.
Summary: I'm relatively new to the use of external hard drives, and I must say, my first one was a big let down. I purchased this ruby red Iomega eGo hard drive just over a month ago. Within two weeks, it failed on me. Allow me to describe the situation: I was editing a video on fcp, when I stepped away from my computer for a moment. When I came back, an error message was present, stating "the external device was removed improperly.
Summary: Addendum: failed after a year and a half of very light use. Dropped to 2 stars. **** It's small, seems sturdy, and is oddly pretty. It's very quiet. It's reasonably fast, but not a speed demon. I've had it in continuous use for a couple hours now (the first thing I do with any new disk is fill it to capacity, to see if there are going to be write errors), and it's barely warm to the touch. Things I don't like: 1. I wish the cord were a little longer. 2.
Summary: I bought one in 2008 for my daughter in college. When at home, I noticed no BUs for her computer. It came with no software but did supply a link to get some 3rd party software; EMC Retrospect Express. In Vista under Programs it lists "EMC Retrospect". I guess you're supposed to remember this is your BU software since BU is not in the title. Also, when running there is no indication of progress. I wouldn't pay a dime for EMC.
Summary: A gorgeous jewel case appearance, but with a major problem! This is my 3rd unit within 3 weeks, and in the case of all 3, after initial use (firewire 800) the metal top rises approx 1/16", exposing the innards. The aluminum strip that goes around 3/4 of the circumference does not hold top in place when drive warms up in use, nor does the sticky adhesive glue on the inside.
Summary: The drive itself is great. It's silent, light weight, takes almost no desk space, and the connection is one-wire simple. BUT---I bought this as an automatic back up device on the basis that it was specifically designed to work with my Mac. It was to replace an older Iomega drive that had broken. The software that "comes with it" is all really downloaded. The Iomega software will not work with anything older than OX 10.5.
Summary: I almost gave it three stars, because it does seem to work well with Time Machine, but as another user said, not continuously. You have to hook it up periodically or it gets too hot and the light stays on. My big problem with Iomega and the drive is twofold. One - the "included" QuickProtect software that you must download at their site is incompatible with Snow Leopard.