Summary: I've had my Firelite for over 3 years now. I got it back when I got my Macbook Pro on sale for $75 and it is an awesome purchase! It has dents and scrapes and bulges but still works like new. I need to upgrade a larger size external hard drive with firewire, but I'll be hanging onto this as an additional backup option. The speed was never a problem. I think the longest its taken was an hour to transfer around 50gb of files.
Summary: We have TWO of these for a few years! It is used every day. Connected to computer 24/7. NO PROBLEM, not even one issue. Great quality, great performance. We are buying another product from this mfg company.
Summary: I've had this exact model for over a year and droped it from 4ft off the ground on to a hard wood floor. I thought for sure it would'nt work. I plugged it in my PC and not only did it work, but all my data was still intact!!!
Summary: I bought this external drive in late 2005 or early 2006, and have used it on two XP laptops, leaving it plugged in the majority of the time, and it still works fine. My oldest laptop occasionally won't recognize it, but I tend to think that's a problem with it being an old and worn out windows machine, and not the harddrive. From what I've read about other, cheaper external harddrives, I think I got a great deal and a winner.
Summary: I have had the FLBUSB80-C model for 2 years. It worked fine with my desk top PC, several laptops and my Epson P3000. Then, recently I plugged it into the USB port and got the message that the unit isn't recognized. It had been sitting undisturbed on my desk since its last use. I tried it on another desktop unit and on 2 laptop units where I had used it successfully in the past. Same message. I hear the disk spin up when I hold it to my ear.
Summary: This is a great portable hard drive. I love that it has powered ports, so you can carry it with you when you move from computer to computer and not have to worry about carrying a power cord. I use this every day as my flash drive. I got a great deal on my 60GB, and because of this I have never purchased a large flash drive. This is because I am an advertising student and I have to frequently carry around large documents, images and even movies.