Summary: "Failed" may be too harsh of a word when talking about a hard drive, but the lifespan is disappointing. I bought this in 2009 and as of this week, the drive is readable only. I can't add, edit or delete anything from it or to it and it's not able to be repaired. I have big old clunky Lacie drives I bought back in 2006 that are still going strong. This Iomega drive is lightly used.
Good External Hard Drive, 2 years old going strong
Lindsey Di Napoli, Amazon
27 June 2012
Summary: I bought this item in February of 2010. The first 1.5 years I used it sparingly (once every month or two to backup work files and personal photos and files). I finally finished my home office and it's been plugged into my laptop for the last 6 months with no problems. This item was a great buy, and has been a trooper. Haven't experienced any problems with it. I do want to stress I NEVER used the software included with the hard drive.
Summary: I bought mine (500GB) on October 21, 2009. The first thing I did was delete all the preloaded software, so I can't comment on that, and then I partitioned the drive, used TrueCrypt to encrypt one of the partitions, and then started transferring files. Maybe I just take better care of my possessions, or pay closer attention to what I'm doing when connecting/disconnecting, traveling, handling, etc.
Summary: I was a little skeptical about installing it on a Mac, but it worked out fine. I actually bought two and I use them every day. No problems--great product. I'm even thinking about buying one for my wife.