Reviews and Problems with Iomega Prestige Desktop 640GB
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Crashed after two years.
11 March 2013
Summary: I had one of these for two years before it crashed on me. I lost over 1500 photos and about 12 hours of video. I purchased two of these back then and needless to say; I've already copied the files I have on the other one that didn't crash onto a different brand of external HDD. It's crushing to lose something I can't replace.
Summary: I had this drive for less than a year and the red "drive failure" light went on. After some run around got a replacement (which is refurbished), only to find that it would never mount on my imac (the infamous "DOA" that so many reviews refer to). It really isn't that hard to find a hard drive that can last more than a year. I never realized what terrible quality this company produces until I, unfortunately, had experienced three of them (three of three now dead).
Summary: Had one that crashed after ~ 3 years. Before that, this hard drive would become disconnected and reconnected randomly although it was securely placed on a desk. It turns out that the power adaptor was frequently overloaded that caused the drive to shut down unexpectedly, eventually damaged the hard disk! In other words, the power supply is not robust enough to properly spin their hard disks.
Iomega's larger drives don't work with Mac OS 10.5 & USB
3 August 2010
Summary: Don't believe the company line that this disk comes already formatted or that it will work for a Macintosh running OS X. It doesn't work with OS 10.5. And when you go to Disk Utility to format it, you get an I/O error. I was finally able to format the first one of these I got, using a Mac with OS 10.4 and by changing the dip switches on the back of the drive (this, after spending quite a few hours on the phone with their technical support--who hadn't a clue as to why...
Summary: Nice product, love the fact I have redundancy for my data. Also realy like the Firewire (and/or USB) hub, got my FW800 card reader daisy chained and the data flies around. Struggled a bit to set it up but that is because I got the Mac same day and I'm new to Mac. Good product, shame about the user !
Summary: I got this to use as a Time Machine Backup for my iMac 27 running Snow Leopard 10.6.3. It's already pre-formatted for Mac. Works great and is really fast. I am using firewire 800 and it did a 33 GB backup really quick. I don't knowhow long it took. I left the room and it was finished when I got back. I checked the backup structure and yup, it got "everything". My wife and I are both photographers and we have 10's of thousands of photos that we use as reference.
Summary: When I was thinking of a high capacity storage solution, a friend suggested that I try out Iomega 34440. When I plugged it in to my Mac Pro and started transferring the files, I found the transfer rate reached up to 800Mbps which is pretty fast enuf for me. My Mac Pro has a FireWire 800 and I think this hard drive is an apt one for it. I also love the speed the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 delivers.