Summary: I now own 3 Toshiba external hard drives and am a huge fan. They are extremely efficient and convenient. Also you can format them and use them for the PS3 which I found to be truly ingenius. Even my kids who are below age 7 are able to use these hard drives. They come with backup software to use with your computer but I actually do not use this and have it turned off thought I'm sure it is useful to have.
Summary: I've been using this hdd for almost a year and almost once a day, I have it full with my backuped movies and use a media streamer to read them directly from this hdd to my TV and it has worked perfectly, no delays, no noise and no heat, I recommend to buy the " Case Logic Compact Portable Hard Drive Case (Black) " along with this one UPDATE: Feb 25 2013 Still running like new, now I'm using it directly connected to my HDTV full of .mkv files and access it every single...
Summary: I thought that this hard drive would automatically back up all my data so that I would not have to think about doing it again. Wrong! When you set the program on the hard drive to back up your data at pre-set given intervials (1 hr., 1 week, or 1 month)the hard drive starts all over again to back up all the data, it does not check what was alredy backed up - it just starts backing up again; it takes too much time to do this.
Summary: I've had this drive for about 6 months and it worked great, no problems at all. Two weeks ago I had it connected to my laptop and was using it, put everything to sleep, woke up in the morning and the drive had completely crashed. Couldn't be recognized by any computer. 4 years of information completely gone. Then to make matters worse, Toshiba has ridiculous rules about warranty procedures that its almost just not even worth bothering.
Summary: I purchased 2 of these to use as backup media. One failed after app. 6 months. I figured that this wasn't a problem because it comes with a "3 year warranty." I contacted Toshiba 4 times attempting to get an RMA for the drive; once by email, once by fax and twice by phone. I finally received the proper form to request an RMA and it was completely ignored after I submitted it.
Summary: It really is a pretty good hard drive, I've had it for weeks now and haven't ran into one problem. It's working great for my mac OS. I use it daily to pull and insert data. One of the best hard drives out there for your money.
Summary: Just got the unit in and immediately discovered a problem. When I plugged the unit into my mac-mini, the icon for my external Seagate HD disappeared from my desktop. Disk Utility couldn't even find the Seagate to mount it. Since I didn't buy the Toshiba unit for backup (it was to copy MPEG and AVI files so as to be able to watch them using NBOX on a downstairs TV - that didn't work either but that's not Toshiba's fault) but instead needed to copy files from my Seagate to...
Summary: This device is a great size and weight, but am still not sure it's working right because the it came with minimal documentation and am not a techie by a long shot. How even to access it seems strangely unclear, unlike the C-drive on my computer.