WORKS RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX - SADLY MINE IS DEAD AFTER A YEAR.
1 May 2011
Summary: Great portable hard drive with ample space. Used it simultaneously on both my MAC AND PC with no problems on a very regular basis. The only gripe I had with this and with most of my externals is when I try to remove hardware from the PC, it takes a few tries before it shuts off and gives me the error that it is still running even when I have no files open. This does not seem to happen when its plugged into a MAC.
Summary: Ran the backup software provided on this device and never got my laptop going again. Running a Dell M90 precision. This Dell is big powerhouse... a bug free, consistent, reliable workhorse with fully updated XP loaded as the OS. What a terrible fight. Not even safe mode would load up, no system restore possibility. Finally hacked my way into safe mode after two days of research and pulled all the data off.
Summary: I weighed the decision quite heavily: portable HD vs. desktop; Toshiba vs. WD; etc. Not sure I made the right choice. The unit is affordable, and I was on a budget - so the <$100 price tag (including shipping) was a major pull. The sleekness / compactness was also nice to eye right out the box; however, the casing is plastic and appears flimsier than I would have hoped. I transport it sometimes and am always worried about it cracking in two.