Summary: I've purchased two of these 500 gigs drives almost 2 years ago. Kept the first one, which is still running flawlessly even though it spent the past 6 months being carried in a backpack with no case or any other protection. The second one was a gift for my brother and it showed some physical issues after 5-6 months of use (no software would repair it, and the clanky noise is there).
Summary: I bought this disk mainly to keep my pc backup. The good price tag, and cool look definitely helped. I like the product, and there are no major issues yet. However, it seems that the data transfer rate is not as good as I had hoped, and it takes very long to make backups.
Summary: The drive comes with a thick paper quick start guide in about 20 languages which just says to refer to the users manual on the drive!! On a Mac you can read the drive but not copy any data to it as it is formatted for Windows7 only, unlike a USB memory stick which instantly works on both systems. There are no instructions on how to make it work on the Mac so over to Google and there is the answer. It only takes a minute or so once you know what to do.
Summary: This drive works well, is a small size, and good capacity for the money. The drawback is that my transfer speed is a little lower than normal for USB 2, about 10 mbs per second rather than the 15 I get from some other external (3.5") drives. Nice and portable though, so makes up for the speed.
Summary: Arrived today and looks nice and sturdy, but when i started to transfer my media files the estimated time for 200gb was 70hrs (download these files off the net faster) so I started to do it one folder at a time and the first folder of just over 30gb has been transferring now for 4hrs and still has 11hrs remaining. If you're wanting to back up lots of files then get something a little faster.
Mac compatibility but at the expense of PC compatability
R. Day "Tricky", Amazon
22 December 2009
Summary: I had trouble copying files to this drive on my Mac formatted as it came from the box (FAT32) which repeated formats in both my Mac and PC would not solve. Eventually formatting the drive as MacOS Journaled solved the problem but the drive is not be readable under Windows. Not the biggest headache for me but something to bear in mind. On the looks front the drive looks great, is *very* shiny although it marks up with fingerprints easily.
Zu schwer. Zu stromhungrig. Ein wenig zu laut. Im dunkeln zu hell.
John Nash "TheRok", Amazon
4 July 2010
Summary: Bin enttäuscht. Ich kenne das eigentlich nur so, dass man 2.5"-HDDs, die mit max. 5400U./Min. laufen, gar nicht hört. Punkt. Da sie an den TV-Receiver angeschlossen werden sollte, fand ich sie zu laut. Es geht zwar, wenn der TV-Ton läuft, aber bei leisen Passagen hört man's RAUSCHEN: ich will nix hören. Ich will den Film sehen. Mein persönliches K.O.-Kriterium: Die Platte stellt sich bei Nichtgebrauch (also wenn man nicht aufnimmt) nicht in den Standby.