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this is an old product- you can no longer buy this product but I wrote this review because like the girl in the last review I also have had bad experiences with freecom products.
when mine broke I checked it out online and it seemed to be a common occurrence with this drive.
On the plus side the drive was great when it worked, it looks incredible and it feels nicely put together, not like the plastic crap you buy these days- freecom make the sexiest drives on the market still.
I'm not sure what happened to mine but it just wouldn't power up one day, must have been a problem with the usb connection because I pulled the case apart and the drive still worked when I put it in another case.
like all 3.5" drives you need to connect this to the mains to power it- this is a major pain and is the reason why I only use 2.5" drives now (I use seagate drives)
Having only USB 2 means it's a slow drive compared to the usb 3 drives on the market now, or even the firewire/e-sata drives that you could buy when this product was out. USB 2 is really slow to do any major file transfers on.
I don't know why i'm writing this review, it's not likely you'll go to ebay to search for this outdated hard drive- but the freecom drive cases are virtually unchanged from their older counterparts, so if you buy a newer freecom drive be aware that one day it might just pack up.
I've not had much luck with freecom- i've had 3 of their drives and 2 have eventually failed on me.
I'm a sucker for good design though and no one makes hard drives as pretty as freecom. Unfortunately they can't get their quality to match their looks.
The build quality of the unit is fantastic, and it looks great too. The drive I have is the reverse colour scheme with black metal and a white front- the black metal doesn't scratch easily and after a year of use still looked great, where as my plastic drives looked awful after just one week of use.
Being a usb 2 device it's quite slow compared to e-sata or firewire, but until recently they have been expensive niche products and now there's USB 3 which is fast and affordable, but seeing as this drive is a few years old it can be forgiven for not competing with the latest products.
Eventually my drive stopped being recognised by a computer, it was behaving erratically and would connect and disconnect, and when it did work it would opperate at a ridiculously slow speed. It was out of warrantee so I didn't send it back to freecom. After removing a strateigically placed piece of tape my warrantee was screwed anyway, and after removing 4 screws I was into the enclosure and I found the drive itself to work when I put it straight in my computer. After finding a replacement enclosure the drive continued to work fine (drive itself is a 400gb samsung).
I think to have 2 products out of 3 go bad is a sign of quality control issues, so if you're buying freecom drives make sure you're handy with a screwdriver in case you need to pull your drive out and put it in a new enclosure.
it's a shame because I love their products
I bought this hard drive many years ago when I needed some extra space on my PC.
I'm an avid listener of music, watcher of movies and collector of ebooks, audiobooks and all kinds of media that focus on my various interests and hobbies so need plenty of space to house my obsessions.
Having already used the 1TB on my main drive, I needed a little extra and an external plug and play is so quick and easy so I had a look around. After comparing prices and manufacturers I settled on this one. The brand of hard drive is fairly important too by the way.
There are many sub-sectors within technology such as headphones where... many companies are all as good as each other and splitting the difference is really just obsessive nitpicking. But with hard drives, some are very reliable and create drives that rarely, hardly ever break or stall and then there's a few infamous ones who are quite the opposite. And when it comes to data, that's a big deal.
You simply can't afford to risk losing your important personal or work information on a whim, or to save a few pennies. That being said, Freecom are always fair with price in my opinion anyway.
All in all, this hard drive is very reliable and speedy, transfers between drives is very quick and it's not very noisy. There's a slight, but very very light 'buzz' or... 'hum' as it's running but it's not at all annoying or noticeable as you're getting on with things. You can barely here it.
This hard drive is also nice and basic, and sleek. And sits on top of your PC or desk quite nicely.
I'd definitely recommend this stern, reliable hard drive to anybody.
Having quite an old laptop that only has a small hard drive I thought I should invest in an external hard drive to store all the tv programmes and films that I download. I bought a Freecom 160gb hard drive but soon filled that up so I bought this 400gb one.
Its extremely useful to have and super easy to use. You connect it to your computer via USB and plug it in to a power source. The usb cable is very short and so you have to have the hard drive very near your computer to use it which is rather annoying, but you could buy a longer one if you wanted to.
When transferring files to and from the hard drive it is quite noisy and if you leave it on for a while it gets very hot so I tend to transfer what I need and then turn it off straight away. Its also rather bulky and heavy if you were travelling with it.
Its a good buy if you want to store extra files, I have hundreds of movies and tv shows on there. Works fine and was good value for money. Only problem is now its full and I need a bigger one!
I am a web developer and have several very large software packages installed on my laptop which take up a lot of memory when being used simultaneously. My machine was running very slowly. I bought a I portable external drive as it was small and light so I could carry it with me (very important as my laptop goes everywhere with me). I thought it would take ages to fill. I was wrong!
I download lots of films and music etc which took up most of my memory but lets face it I don't need them with me 24/7. so I had a look on the web and found the freecom website. I saw this 400GB drive for £74 and thought it would be perfect.
I would describe it as cheap and chearful. It's big, it's not that pretty and it's heavy. The fact that it has to be plugged in annoyed me at first as i was used to my portable one. However as it just sits on my desk none of that really matters. I have nearly 200 films and 100s of music files stored on it and i still have 100GB free space. I did need to buy a new USB cable for it though as the one it comes with is not very long at all (if you need to do the same buy one from a small independant computer hardware store as PC world charge a fortune for them and they only cost 12p to make)
I agree with one of the other reviews that the software is a bit big and clunky but it was very quick and easy to set up. I really can't see the point of paying more for storage like this as lets face it you are paying for the brand name as the technology is pretty much the same. I know several people who have freecom drives and none of them have ever had any problems with them.
One other thing i feel is important to mention is the freecom customer services. after about 8 months the power lead frayed/ started to come away from the plug. I emailed the support team on their website and received a reply the next day. I gave them my address and 4 days later i had a free new replacement power lead. They didnt ask when i had bought it or argue in anyway. They could not have been more helpful, which makes a nice change!
If you are looking for a cheap reliable external drive then you can't go far wrong with this one, though for the price difference i would be tempted to go for the 500GB one instead, but maybe i'm just greedy! One thing i would mention is that you must remember to turn it off as it gets very hot.