Summary: User friendly and easy to maneuver. Seems to be a great deal financially for the amount of storage it offers. Not sure about the life span or reliability of this product but you take your chances on any external storage device.
Summary: I own a few Smartdisk HD's. I bought this drive expecting it to have a firwire port like all firewire HD's. It doesn't. Other than that it is a great HD with only a USB 2 port and a great deal that is hard to beat.
Good external HDD, but the price is high, and the power adapter is needed for laptops
Peter Coptor "Peter", Amazon
12 May 2007
Summary: I've got the drive for about 10 days but at the first day I realized that I have to spend more $$ on the power adapter since my laptop only has 1 4-pin 1394 port. You don't need the power adapter if you have 6-pin 1394 port. They put this info in a very small fine print in a middle of their description. So, be warned. Also, no software for sync or back-up, unlike other WD passport external hard drives or Seagate drives. BTW, the disk inside is Fujitsu.
Summary: I got this HD as a hand-me-down from my husband and I have never had problems with it. It's a bit bulky compared to today's portables, and the casing shows some significant scratching. But as far as compatability and portability, it's travelled around the world with him and has been used to transfer information between many computers. It was used with a Dell for several years, and now I use it with my MacBook. No complaints here.
Summary: If you buy a fine extern hard drive disk for backups, and this is the most frequent way to use a extern hard disk, you expect the hardware were accompanied with friendly software. Well this is not the case of the Fire Lite 2.0 USBFLB40. The version of "BounceBack Express" software is a cheep one that is very difficult to use.
Summary: I've had the FireLite just over a month now and so far it's been great...The FireLite is super small (less than 1/2" thick, ~5" long, and ~3" wide), making it great for travelling. Setup of the device was simple--just plug and play. ...My only issue was that my Dell Inspiron laptop's USB port didn't provide sufficient power for the device, and I had to purchase the external power cable ($30 from FireLite website).
Summary: I bought this external drive when my music collection grew to 10GB and my iPod was only half full... but the puny 20GB hard drive on my laptop was pretty much maxed out. I love the fact that the drive can draw power from my USB port... the only bad thing is that since my PC has USB 1.1, rather than 2.0, data transfer is very slow. Then again, it could be that I was transferring more than 7GB of data...
Summary: Its small form factor makes this USB-powered 2.5 inch hard drive an excellent travel companion. If your laptop provides (sufficiently) powered USB ports, you will not need an optional separate power supply for the drive. While the drive comes packaged with a power chord that would be fed from a PS/2 port, this would not help users such as me who don't have a PS/2 port on their laptop; luckily mine provides enough power on the USB port to operate the drive.