Summary: I have used this drive for about 4 weeks now and it is a cool little drive...I have the 500gb. The USB power is excellent and its portability are fantastic. My only gripe about this drive comes in the form of reliability. Although this is a large point the reason I gave that 4 stars is because it has not actually stopped working or quit at all. It just sometimes pauses or makes clicking noises while it's trying to write and it seems like it "may.
Nice External drive, works great. Not crazy about the backup sofware
8 March 2010
Summary: This external drive is nicely styled and shaped. Generally around the same dimensions of other portable external drives available. It doesn't come with any cover or carrying case, so you will need to purchase that separately. Comes with connection USB cable that also powers it and preinstalled software called Backup Now EZ, version 1.27 specifically for Toshiba drive.
I could not get customer service to email or call me
Trish Y., Amazon
9 January 2010
Summary: I had an issue with backing up "files and folders" and needed tech support. I went to the web site and it is a joke. I went around in circles trying to get information to help me. I emailed them and expected at least a verification email that they had received my request. Nothing, nada. It's been a whole week still no reply. I called their phone number which by the way is not toll free. I was put on hold for 8 minutes or so.
Summary: I installed this using the built-in software which comes on the drive. After trying it for several days, I decided to stop using the software and using either Windows 7 built-in backup tool or Microsoft Sync Toy 2.0 (for XP machines). But the drive itself is slick and fast. Definitely recommended.
Summary: My only concern is with the way the unit stores the data. I had hoped for more of a click and drag type interface. I use my for music as well as for backup and there is no way I can find, to move songs individually.
Summary: I used this on an XP laptop for back up. Its a no-hassle, portable, plug in device, very compact, no noise. It feels very solid and sturdy. I'm not such a big fan of the included software as both the automatic full back up and limited file back up convert to an image file. So obviously you can't access any individual files in that format. I have no problem with a manual drag and drop of files I may want to re-access, but it would be nice to automate the process.
Summary: I've only just received this, listed as "Toshiba USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive" in the 500GB size. It has a very cool design, the case is similar to my 5G 30GB iPod - a smooth, flat front/top with a rounded back. It has a nice discreet blue activity light in one corner of the top (i.e. front) surface that is on for power and blinks for activity.
Summary: For the price, it's a good little drive and it's worth the money. But the sole reason I bought this drive was to store sensitive data, and it was advertised as being a password-protected encrypted drive. It is not. I thought it had encryption software built in, which would ask for a password to access data stored on the drive. This is not so. Anyone can access any information on this drive using any computer. It is not secure whatsoever.