I bought around two years ago and it has done nothing but serve me well. In all that time I have never had any problems with it and it's still as fast and reliable as ever.
I've always used this to back up all my important data that I could never recover, so it doesn't get constant use from me. However there have been times where I've had it running for several weeks and that never seems to harm it.
The power saving it uses always works as well. In short, if it's plugged in to the mains but not to the USB, it's not on. Plugged into the mains and USB, and it's on. Yes a switch to turn it on and off isn't much effort, but this is slightly more convenient and always works.
It does require being plugged into the mains, so I wouldn't call it portable. However that does make it more reliable and so it's great for backing up important data. As is standard these days, it is also very, very quiet.
If you want an external hard drive that will always work, even after years, then get this.
We bought the Buffalo Drivestation Hard Drive from argos a while ago now, we're solely laptop users and wanted somewhere to store all the important stuff where we could both get at it easily. We were also prompted by the huge amount of photographs we had of our son that we would be heartbroken to lose. He was born 15 weeks early weighing just 1lb 15oz so initially all we could really do was take photographs of him as we couldn't hold or touch him, these precious first moments needed somewhere safe to be stored and even though we had them in online storage we wanted something for at home. So off we popped to our local argos and picked up this fab harddrive for just shy of £60, they were running a promotion at the time and we also got a free 2gig buffalo memory stick which was a bonus for my hubby as he is a secondary school teacher and goes through them like sweeties. The harddrive has allowed us to quickly and easily back up our photo's, music, documents and video's. It loads quickly and has never let us down.
The harddrive itself has quite a sleek modern look to it and can either be stood on it's end or laid down flat. We stack it under our router so it's always at hand when we need it. It comes complete with it's adapter and usb lead, which is a little short but does the job. So to the technical stuff:
Buffalo Drivestation 500GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive - HD-CE500U2
Buffalo Drivestation 500GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive - HD-CE500U2
PRLog (Press Release) - Jan 07, 2009 -
Buffalo drivestation 500gb hd-ce500u2's power saving utility constantly monitors data access to the external hard drive and automatically reduces power consumption when the unit is idle and the TurboUSB software increases data transfer speeds via USB.
Buffalo Drivestation 500GB Hard Drive HD-CE500U2 Specification:
* Product Type: External- Hard Drive
* Capacity: 500 GB
* Data Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps
* Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
* Interface: Hi-Speed USB
* Average Seek Time: 11 ms
* Dimensions (WXDXH): 4.5 cm x 15.6 cm x 17.5 cm
* Weight: 1 kg
All in all I think this item is fantastic value for money and I'm sure you won't be at all disappointed.
Having a lot of data on your computer system is both a success and a hindrance to your working flexibility. What I mean to say is, you are in definite need of backing up that data, and on some platforms this doesn't come cheap or easy. with the 'Buffalo Drivestation 500 GB' external hard-drive there's finally a simple, reliable way to back up your data. Now I'm not saying that this is by any means the only way, or even the best way to store data, but it is the most cost-effective way I've discovered in recent times.
Isn't it astonishing how quickly technology advances? Several months (not years, months) ago it was incredibly expensive to purchase a state-of-the-art USB compatible hard-drive with anything more than 250 GB. Now, we're onto 500 GB and beyond into the terabyte era of data storage! - it's wonderful.
With this compact system you get a 500 GB Hi-speed (7,200 rpm) 2.0 USB hard-drive which to me looks strangely like a miniature Xbox 360 without the lights. At 7,200 rpm then this system could be regarded as average - i.e. it will still take you several minutes to transfer anything larger than a gigabyte of data and this can get very tiring when we're talking up to 500 gigabytes of information. Sorry... 'data' - Information is data which has been given context and meaning in relation to presentation.
So what are the benefits to Buffalo over other alternatives?
The size of the system is one thing. At roughly 15 centimeters in height, and weighing barely anything, this hard-drive is extremely portable in every sense of the word. Similarly, the HIP plastic this device is made from (besides keeping the price of production down) creates a diverse, durable and overall sensible shell capable of resisting a moderate fall or clash from any clumbsy user.
I have also found that the product is very unlikely to over-heat or damage its self technically in any way. I've had this in operation for many hours at a time in hot stuffy rooms and it hasn't failed me once. It really does seem like the quality of the product as a whole helps it to survive in any reasonable situation.
And the disadvantages?
The main disadvantage I have found with this product is the fact it has a seperate power cable. Depsite most alternatives managing to power the device from the USB port of the computer in which data is transfered, Buffalo failed to come up with a system which mimicks this. Why? Well maybe they felt the whole power of the USB port should be used to transfer data, and transfer data alone. But the simple fact is, having a seperate power cable massively limits the portability factor of the product, and also the variety of locations you can connect this to a PC!
It seems that Buffalo believe that this product is soley for mounting on a computer desk in one solid location where there is the constant pressence of a plug socket. Fair enough, it all depends on which market you're aiming for - but there in honesty there are way more flexible designs out there with the same capabilities at similar prices - buy them instead.
this hard drive is EPIC! buffalo have created an amazing hard drive for the money and space. lets start on the aesthetics, it looks decent with a curvatious top and bottom, there is a light down the middle of the drive which looks really good at night. The drive is also good because it makes almost no noise, theres a noise as the drive boots up but apart from that its completely silent. There is no on/off button the drive is very clever it witches off itself and vice versa. the reliability of this drive is the best i have experienced. i bought this drive five months ago and it hasnt crashed on me yet (touch wood) but its more reliable than western digital or seagate which tent to fail after 3 months, also this works with PS3. I have a few problems leaving the drive on for a lengthy amount of time can lead to the drive not auto switching off, the drive need a electricity plug to work and the wire is a little too short to get to where my extention lead is.
If you want reliable, fast data storage, look no further my friend. For the price of around 50 pound this thing will sort out all your data storage miseries. I got mine from curries a couple months back. My family needed one due to the lack of space we each have on our computers. I can tell you now I'm very impressed with the way it has performed, even after being dropped accidently several times, this baby just keeps on kicking.
At this price, I would argue its one of the best value for money externals around. Its not too big, but not too small that it will fit in your pocket like a hdd passport. So if you need this for mobility I'd suggest you get something else. However, you get much more gb's per pounds you spend on this than you do on the smaller ones, so in my view, get this put carry in your bag with your laptop or something.
The storage on this thing is insane, 500gb is all I certainly will ever need to keep things on the go, and my household has 4 laptops and a netbook running. It's reliable too, not once has it ever failed to start.
This baby is completely noise free. It's running right next to me now and the laptop is louder than that is.
Get this and it will sort out all your storage problems guarenteed, and at a price of 50 quid I think is a bargain. However, if you want storage on the go, go look at the hdd passports, as this is more for home and office use.
I just bought one of these from Argos for around 53.79 quid and it is a great product. If you buy this from Argos you get a free 2 gb flash pen that will probably come handy some day. The reasons for why i think this product is very good is because it does exactly what it says AND it uses 75 percent less power than standard drivers which is really good if you pay high electric bills. The design of this product is nice and stylish, looks nice, neat and doesnt take up too much space. Another handy thing about this is that as soon as you plug it in it turns on, so there's no pressing any switches at the back. The only problems i have with this is that my computer takes a really long time to detect the drive (usually 7-8 minutes) and i have a usb 2 port aswell.
I recently cashed in my Amazon vouchers for this, though at £70 it's not cheap and can be found much cheaper without looking very hard.
Initially I was going to get the 1TB version, but some of the reviews put me off because they said the technology for them just isn't good enough at the moment. It might be worth risking to some as it's only £10 more, but I decided 500GB was enough for me.
What's an external hard drive? Basically it's like a giant USB stick - just an extra box you can use to store your videos, games, pictures, documents etc. if you run out of space on your regular computer. Because I wanted to back up all my important files, I needed something reliable that wouldn't suddenly stop working or corrupt my files.
It arrived promptly, and whilst it looks a bit cheaper and much more fragile than in the picture, it certainly does its job well. I simply slotted the 3 pin adaptor onto the plug (it comes with interchangeable 3 and 2 pin parts) and plugged it in. I then connected the USB cable to it and my laptop and I was ready to go.
It installed on its own in a few seconds, and I was ready to transfer my files. I didn't have tons of stuff to transfer, but I did find that it was pretty quick, doing about 20GB in half an hour. To put into perspective, it takes a lot longer for my laptop to transfer that amount between its own drives, though admittedly it is 4 yrs old now.
It was a simple drag and drop to transfer files to my hard drive. It claims to use 75% less energy than other hard drives - no idea if it's true, but good if it is.
I've backed up all my files again onto DVDs just in case, but now I've deleted all of them off my laptop, it's been given a good spring clean and is now running much faster with no low disk space prompts.
The hard drive is almost silent, even when transferring files which is another bonus.
So far it's been great, and I think that as long as you remove it safely by ejecting it and don't try to transfer any corrupt files over to it, it'll be fine. It's worth remembering that with hard drives, the amount stated isn't the amount you get. So you can't actually use 500GB, but more like somewhere between 430-470GB usually.
My only gripe is that the USB cable and the mains cable are both very short, which would be a problem if you're planning to use it on a computer desk or with a computer with awkward USB ports I think.
I bought one of these last Sunday from CDiscount for £45 and it was delivered on Friday.
My Dad had received one for his birthday and has used it to store music and photo's on. After learning this and realising that my home PC was running a little slow I decided to buy one to transfer all my downloaded music and photo's onto to try and organise and clear up my PC a little.
This external hard drive is so easy to use. You basically just plug it in and start using it! It comes with an electrical plug so you have to have enough sockets coupled with everything else you have to plug in for a computer. You then connect the hard drive to you PC via a USB cable. Then you are up and running.
The unit itself isn't overly big, so will not take up a massive load of space on your desk. It isn't load either. I personally can't hear anything omitting from the hard drive over the usual whir of my PC.
The size in term of memory is great as well. When I was looking at hard drives I started to see 1TB drives and thought will that be enough. Well ih have saved the best part of 550-600 albums onto this drive and out of 465 GB (it may state 500 but it isn't) I have used 68GB. Loads left for my photo's and future photo's and any more music I accumulate. You can also store movies and date to the hard drive, but I would imagine movies take up a bigger chunk so you may be better getting a bigger sized hard drive for this.
Overall a great buy at £45.