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I have had this Freecom external hard drive for sometime and it is very easy to use. It simply works by plug and play via USB and is detected by the computer almost immediately.
The drive itself is encased in a cool silver metal exterior and looks smart and stylish. The drive is fairly quite compared to some other external drives available on the market but there is still a slight noise produced when it is turned on. It is powered by an adaptor cable and not by the usb which can be annoying as you need a spare plug outlet nearby to operate it and if you are carrying it around, it is slightly bulky and heavy already, having additional wires to carry around does not help.
Performance wise it cannot be faulted. It is fast and has a large capacity of data. Personally I use it to back up data from my PC from time to time but have tested it and it transfers all sorts sizes of videos, games and music data fairly quickly and easily just by dragging and dropping. Its also very suitable just for using as a second hard drive as it can easily be stored near your PC and the fact that it isn't very portable won't make a difference to you.
I have had my 500GB Freecom External Hard Drive for quite a while now, and it has been a solidly good experience.
The drive came as a drive, and wasn't trying to be anything else. No fancy software, no buttons, just a USB cable, and a power cable. Plugged it in and it showed up as a blank hard drive, which was perfect. As I was only using it on Windows XP and above, I formatted it to NTFS, as it came as FAT32. I did this because I knew I would be using some of the drive for backup, so needed to get past the 4gb file size limit of FAT32.
The drive has an aluminium casing and feels very solid. There are no fans, as the casing is used as a heatsink for the drive, so can get a little warm after extended use. The hard drive inside the casing is actually a Samsung drive. As well as the drive itself being reliable however, I found that Freecom had excellent customer service.
About 3 months after I got the drive, it started having trouble spinning up, and would take a few tries. Once the power supply was warm, it was fine. Eventually, the power supply gave up, and I emailed Freecom explaining the problem. Without question, they took my address and a replacement power supply was delivered the next day free of charge, which I was very happy about.
Freecom understands that consumers appreciate easy to install, ready to use, well priced products. Freecom products offer flexibility, connectivity and value that are unmatched by other manufacturers.
External 3.5" hard disk - 7200rpm - minimum 8MB cache;
Freecom Personal Media Suite (Windows/Multilingual);
Secure and Compress - password protection;
AutoRun - synchronization;
Freecom backup software (Windows/Multilingual).