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: if you are a MAC user, firewire is the best and most reliable connection over USB. this is a wonderful device to store and save all data. i use this as a back-up to all my school work and is a work-horse indeed. i can transfer data from my little 4 gig to this in just seconds.
Summary: This external hard drive is fine; good price, small size and works great, very easy to use as most are. I liked that it is only 40GB and priced to match that, not everyone needs 200GB of portable storage but it seems I can't find anything smaller than 160GB now-a-days and you end up paying for that much storage.
Summary: I purchased this product in order have a backup for some major accouting information and personal records. The storage capacity is the same as my desktop computer and was just what I needed. It is quick, efficient easy to use. As far as Im concerned it is just the perfect tool for me and the price was right!