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I have used the Freecom mobile drive for three years now and I cannot fault it. Originally I purchased the hard drive to back up my university work but have since used it for all sorts of things. It works very well plugged into the PS3 to view videos or to play music.
The hard drive comes with software that allows you to sync files on your computer with the hard drive. So every time you change a file it will be automatically backed up onto the drive. Of course this is entirely optional. Basic installation is so easy, you literally just have to plug the drive into a usb port. One little niggle is that the usb cable provided is really small so its worth getting hold of another one.
The drive is very well built with an aluminum casing. I have dropped it a fair few times and it still functions perfectly. The storage isn't huge and you will soon fill it up if you have a lot of videos. For the price though you can't go wrong.
After a computer scare involving the potential loss of 8 years and 30GB of photo's, I concluded it was time to invest in a specialist means of backing up these important personal images. I was looking for something small, and in keeping with the decor of my home, and so invested in the Freecom 120GB portable hard drive.
The most striking thing about the unit is its looks; a small, blue, activity LED blends subtly with the black facing, and the rest of the body is enveloped in a brushed aluminium case. The unit feels sold, but at just 300g, is not unwieldy and very much portable. The transfer speeds are good, and I managed to transfer 30GB in around 30 minutes.
Whilst good, the Freecom 120GB is not perfect; it isn't the quietest in its class, and it felt particularly hot after being plugged in and used for 5-6 hours. Unplugging it isn't a difficulty, and hard drives are designed to withstand a certain degree of heat, but the heat issues could be indicative of poor ventilation and larger design issues.
That said, thus far I have had no problems with the Freecom, and it has acted exactly as it should. All in all, well worth purchasing.
If you have a computer or laptop a portable external hard drive is one of the things that should be at the top of your list for accessories. Brilliant for backing up important files on your computer such as word documents and Music or Movies. Great protection against viruses which seem to be all over the Internet now.
I have found the hard drive very useful to share files with my friends and family, and being smaller in length than a pen and weighing in at 300g its very portable.
It comes with a USB bus which plugs straight into the computers USB port, and optionally you can buy an AC adaptor to power it, however i dont see the real need for it.
With 120GB capacity you will have to use alot of files to fill the portable hard drive. I have over 50 movies on mine, as well as all of my music and photos and have only used 70Gb.
For around £45 you can buy this hard drive from a numerous of websites, however you can also get larger hard drives for slightly more.
Speed wise the hard drive transfers at 480Mbps and with a buffer size of 8MB the hard drive is more than capable for all tasks.