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To be honest, I wasn't really looking for an external hard drive but when browsing in Tesco I saw this on the shelf for £48. I did some quick math and it worked out 4.8p per 1GB of data. That's pretty cheap. Add in the voucher I got to use and it's even less.
Hitachi are a well known manufacturer when it comes to quality hard drives and comes OEM in alot of computers. This is an external hard drive offering from Hitachi which features their reliable deskstar series hard drive.
Encased within an aluminium block you will find a 3.5" size hard drive (standard desktop PC) which is fixed to stand vertically. Though, it is stuck upright it takes up minimal desk space with a base footprint of 11cm X 6cm. The base houses a; USB 2.0 port (cable supplied), Power input (cable supplied), Kensington lock hole and LED lights. Another point to make is due to using a desktop hard drive this device requires a mains supply to use it.
The Hitachi drive has a built-in 'power save' mode. Basically, it won't work without the power on AND it's connected to a USB port. Not sure what the power-save feature is there.
Anyways, switch it on and plug it in and you will be greeted with flashing LED lights and the Hitachi splash screen popping up on your computer asking how you want to configure the hard drive. As standard it is in FAT32 mode. This means you can plug-n-play this into any computer, MAC or PC (and Linux) and you will be able to see the hard drive. You are given the option to reformat the drive in NTFS which will mean only computers with Windows can read it. The benefits are slightly faster data streaming.
So, for a majority of people, just leave it as it is. Once you exit the Hitachi splash screen that's you done. You will see the drive and can start dragging and dropping files into it.
It's quiet in use and has a very low hum when you are saving files. Though I have noticed when I transferred some photos (jpeg files) the hard drive started clicking quite loudly. The LED lights flash when you are using it, which is a nice visual indicator your hard disk is still active.
There is a years manufacturer warranty which I'm pretty sure you will never need. I have a 5 year old deskstar hard drive still going strong. So a quality piece of kit for a very reasonable price. Perfect for all your films, music and image collections.
I had been looking for a 1TB drive for quite a while. When I saw this brand at such a low price, I was stunned. I have to say that it is an absolute bargain.
The first thing I noticed was the style. It looks great on the shelf, with a small glowing blue line telling you that its working. Thank god for that blue light because the drive is utterly silent! Sometimes I have to check its still on, which is a huge change from the old drive that used to rattle the bookshelf!
It worked fine the first time I plugged it in, and it is impossibly easy to use. I just drag and drop files and music onto it and the process is instant. Its about the size of a small soft back novel, so travelling about with it is no problem. Its also aluminium, so its light weigh too.
The device switches itself off if you forget to, so its great for your economy. All in all, a great little gadget.
I had never used Hitachi in my life before but when I saw this External Hard drive for only around £65 from Amazon it was a price not to ignore. I had been looking for a decent priced 1 Terra-bite hard drive for a while and then I came across this one on Amazon and was astonished at the price as some 500GB's are around £50 so it really is good value for money.
This certain hard drive is a Turbo USB hard-drive which is faster than original USBs which is better so it doesn't take a while to load up your favourite, movies, songs, pictures or games.
This hard drive is very small and portable and is very lightweight as it is made of aluminium, so you can carry it about easier form place to place. When you plug your hard drive in a blue L.E.D goes on. If you keep it plugged in and you turn on your PC it will turn on with your PC so it is very good and is powered by the PC power.
When I bought this product I got a 3 Year Warranty free with it which I feel is really good and all that.
I have never thought good of Hitachi in the past to be honest but my opinions have definitely changed. We use drives at work for various backup tasks before wiping laptops and even daily server backups. The build quality is really good and it looks the part with the silver metal chassis. The solid base is a good feature to which the usb and mains socket attach in to and keeps it up-right. I have no problems with the drives being recognised on a number of systems. The drives are also silent and have a handy LED light to show readyness and activitiy. Because there have been no problems with the drives I have not had the need to contact the manufacturer for support or Return Material Authourisation requests so I can not rate their helpfulness & responsiveness. They are a good solid drive at an affordable price point giving the bigger names a run for their money!