Had for many years without any issues whats ever. Great addition for me to store my files and photography photos.
Kim M., Amazon
26 January 2015
Summary: If you loose the power cord as one such reviewer had a complaint about,this product will power up if you run it through the firewire to your pc and or with the mac firewire 400 to 800 adapter. You don't need the power cord. I own one myself and it has been highly durable and reliable. Its fast and easily transportable.
Limited space...slow speed...rugged...long-lasting life.
Andre L. Bell "SEO Consultant", Amazon
11 November 2014
Summary: I've used this drive for backups of critical files and as a temporary drive for creating ISOs prior to making bootable USB recovery tools (ex: SARDU etc) when doing remote tech work. Sometimes creating ISOs to a separate drive is more reliable than doing so on same drive as the source files reside. I've used this drive in both Win XP and Win7 environments. Faster under Win7 than XP even on same physical machine for some reason.
Summary: Worst support on this device ever. Don't buy it. When I moved I lost one box of my office supplies which contained the external power cord for this device. SmartDisk.com is not around to find the specs on the device which happens to contain downloaded photos that I cannot access anywhere else. It won't work with a FireWire -> USB adapter. Don't buy it.
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.