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When I bought this Product
Around June 2011 I had been using a laptop hard drive inside a cheap caddy which decided to stop working so I thought I would look on the internet to see how much a proper external hard drive would be, I wanted an external hard drive as I had been having to access the laptop hard drive by plugging it directly into the computer which would mean switching the computer off and on again every time I wanted to access something on the hard drive.
I bought this external hard drive from Comet (at least my warranty has already expired) for £42.99 and have found it to be one of the best investments I have made for personal storage and backup.
My Experience / Features
After purchasing this hard drive I got it home and promptly opened the box and pulled out the contents, the box contained the hard drive, a USB cable to connect to the computer (the cable you would use for a printer) and the power lead, I think it also contained instructions but can't remember exactly what the box contained.
This unit is also small enough for me to store it on the keyboard tray next to my keyboard. This means that you could easily unplug it and connect it to another device such as a laptop.
The only thing I would recommend for this product is to get a spare USB cable to make it easier to plug into another device without having to reach around the back of the computer to unplug it and then plug it back in again.
Large storage space
This external hard drive comes in various sizes, mine is 500GB, although due to the way advertising works you don't get exactly 500GB you get more like 465GB which is still plenty of storage to store my music, videos, games and even backups from my PC.
Displays as a hard drive
The good thing about this hard drive is that it shows up as if it were an internal hard drive rather than a removable device which makes it a lot easier to access the files as I know it's always going to have the same drive letter (unless I re install Windows)
External Power Source
This hard drive also comes with a power lead to connect it to the mains which is easier than most external hard drives that require you to use up two usb ports with the 'y' cable that is normally supplied.
This also means that it only uses one USB port which means you can leave other ports free for other devices.
*Small enough to store on keyboard tray
*Includes Power supply
*Displays as proper Hard Drive
*Cable could be longer
I have owned this hard drive for nearly two years and have never had a problem with it, it has always been reliable and have found the storage space large enough to store all my files and still have loads of room left over, I will give this a 5 star rating as I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for an external backup solution.
The Iomega Desktop Hard Drive 500gb is by far one of the most useful pieces of electronic equipment i own, i am constantly in a state of buying and changing my laptops/computers, needing to transfer work between my computer and university, and just as a general back up of data. lets get the obvious uses for the hard drive out the way, i use it for backing up my music and video libraries which are quite extensive and i dont want them logging up my computer hard drive, but more importantly for me at uni i use it for backing up coursework and storing all my lecture notes for my courses over the 3 year.
this harddrive to me is a fail safe, a safety net so to speak and i would not remove this from my life.
the way the hard drive is then designed is also sleak, portable and relatively stylish, with a power source that is so useful running straight through the USB port whilst the hard drive is in use, which for me is a practical functionality.
the only slight issue i have had with my hard drive is the fact that it sometimes makes a noise if knocked, and so that are quite delicate pieces of equipment that cant be manhandled too much.
They always say that there are two types of people, those that backed their computer up and those that wished they backed their computer up. The topic of external hard drives is one that is incredibly dull but you would be really foolish not to have one. It seems that these days people virtually run their lives by their computers using them to keep important documents, family photos of holidays, whole librarys of music as well as videos, programs, games and calendars. It is highly surprising then that such a few amount of people back up their computers meaning the highly inevitable crash of their computer will have devastating consequences. I never used to back up my computer but after having it die on me a number of times I finally got the message and went out to buy an external hard drive.
The role of the external hard drive is very simple - to act as a separate hard drive from the primary one of your computer to allow you to back up files and/or put files on you want to keep but not clog up your computer. External hard drives come in a variety of shapes, sizes and abilities and the Iomega Desktop Hardrive 500GB is a relatively simple one in the bunch.
These days you can get hard drives in surplus of a terabyte or ones that are really small but obviously you have to pay for it. The Iomega hard drive is a relatively unflashy model that's rely easy to use.
Width 11.8 cm
Depth 19.8 cm
Height 2.9 cm
Weight 0.96 kg
Capacity 500 GB
Interface Type Hi-Speed USB
Buffer Size 8 MB
Interface Transfer Rate 480 Mbps
Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
~~~~~~Is It Any Good?~~~~~
Compared to alot of external hard drives it is a bit on the large side but given that it is explained in the title as being a "desktop" hard drive their is no need for it to be of a size similar to the sleeker travel models.
Its simple design and silver colour with a blue light to let you know when it is running is perfectly pleasing to the eye without being any fancier then it needs to be.
It has a stand allowing for you to sit the hard drive horizontally or vertically to maximise your desk space.
It's incredibly easy to use only requiring you to plug in the usb from the hard drive to your computer. No software is necessary just plug in and go.
The addition of having it plugged in at the mains allows for it to save electricity on your computer as well as run a cooling fan so it doesn't overheat.
It is relatively silent when it is running and only a slight hum can be heard as the disk spins round.
It is pretty durable due to its sturdy box like structure unlike some hard drives. Having dropped it a number of times and still had it work perfectly it seems more than reliable.
Annoyingly it comes with a European plug so an adapter is required if you are using the hard drive in the UK
It's relatively cheap at £49 on Amazon, Dixons, Curries and PC World.
It comes under a 2 year warranty if bought in the UK which is an added bonus.
Overall for the price it's incredibly worthwhile. It is in no way top of the market but then does an external hard drive need to be? Unless you need a small hard drive for travelling or one with an obscene amount of storage space, the Iomega Desktop Hard Drive 500GB is a perfect buy for someone wanting to back up their computer but not spend a small fortune.
I don't think anyone can argue that computers are the future and a lot of work today is done a lot easier online whether it is for big Multi money making companies or just selling on EBay it can all be done online, when you fall into this world your day to day becomes more reliant on the computer and as a result your computer hard drive is slowly filling up more and more until your computer is moving so slow that you can make a cup of tea while its loading a DVD.
your looking for somewhere to dump some of your Folders, a place where you can put stuff away and come back to it later at your own leisure, or maybe you just want to back it up and store it away, things like photo's, home video's and music just incase something unexpected happens.
With an external hard drive it allows you to transfer materials and information from your computer freeing up some computer memory so it can run faster.
Storing away some of your older stuff and making room for the new.
So now if anything happens to your computer like a crash you have backed it up so its safe.
I have had the 500gb Iomega for 3 years now and it holds all my valuable stuff, it looks like a brick, it feels like a brick but it runs like a dream.
This sleek black design makes it look smart and somewhat elegant its hard outer casing feels sturdy enough to protect the content of the delicat parts on the inside, it has a blue light that lets you know its on and if you put your hand on the top of it you can feel the motor spinning so you can always feel that if there's a problem then you should be able to feel it. but still a bit on the balky side.
It comes with an external power unit and a cable to connect your hard drive to your computer. The external power unit has 2 jobs, 1 to power the motor and 2 to power a cooling fan to stop the hard drive from over heating.
there is one thing that might scare you the first time you hear it and that will be when the unit is turned on, the motor starts up and sometimes it sounds like a plane starting up but i wouldn't worry about that.
You can pick this up from Amazon for £62
I know there are 500 gb that come smaller and more travel size but there is something to be said for the old school bricks.
In fact I have a travel size 500 gb hard drive (Western Digital) but after 6 months it crashed on me when the motor just stopped spinning, but with the travel size it uses the computers power to power it up with only a usb, but even though it is more convenient and easier to use, after 6 months it stopped working (western Digital sent me a new one for free but that's not the point).
I have had my Iomega for 3 years everything is good.
This Hard drive may not be state of the art, or even look cool but it does it's job on saving your precious memories that you hold dear
The bigger the memory gets the more it is going to require an internal cooling fan, so I don't understand how you can get a 1 terabyte travel size external hard drive and expect it to be powered by your computer with no cooling fan and just a usb.
friends of mine have 750 gb and they are crashing a lot.
I know I have spoken quite a lot but you cant say much about the mechanics of it because its all in Dooyoo's specs of this product, I figured a more personal aproach would be better
Now than I cant imagine that talking about hard drives is too interesting so i will try not to waffle. The basic information is in dooyoo's description so i shall leave that out.
Well i needed a hard drive to bring my department into the 21's century and get rid of the old VHS' that were all blurry and not too pleasant to watch. So i chose This Iomega hard drive due to the price and specs of this particular one. It was just everything that we needed, on paper.
When we received the hard drive I was quite impressed. The casing is a sleek black colour with a nice blue light. And you must admit, we all like a shiny blue light!
Also the casing is made of metal and is very strong. This is great as it doesn't get the best care from the pupils and sometimes the teachers at my work and has been dropped a few times and it has not affected its performance at all. However the casing is prone to a few white marks which can make it look tacky but a quick wipe with a sleeve can quickly sort it out.
However the quality of the adaptor leaves something to be desired. It feels very cheap and not as well built as the hard drive.
however we don't by our hard drives on the quality of their adaptors as long as they work. Well i have had the hard drive for about 7 months now but the adaptor failed within 5 rendering the hard drive useless. Luckily Iomega put a 2 year warranty on this device so I received a replacement for free and so far so good on this 1.
I big problem I had is that it costs 20 Euros so about 16 quid to ring the customer services. RIP OFF! i jus refuse to pay that just to talk to someone. so I had to use the online chat, which luckily is free. But at the end of the day I like to talk to a real person, thats why the telephone was kindly invented. But yet with a price tag like that to do it i am forced to read some text that some guy from Africa or Asia is typing.
Also it took me a 2nd attempt at talking to them because the first guy didn't bother to send me my new adaptor! FRUSTRATING.
Well I don't know what else I can really say about it without repeating dooyoo's description. Overall i would say that the hard drive itself is great but the customer service is ridiculous. I don't know if the adaptor was a pupils fault or not so cant pass judgment on that. I'm happy with the device at least
Short and snappy review :D
Simple, cost effective storage - Iomegas 500 GB - 3.5 Hard Drive is the affordable way to save your precious memories. Not only is this drive economical but it is very easy-to-use and preformatted for simple set up - just plug and play. This package includes: Iomega 500 GB 3.5" USB 2.0 Hard Drive, USB Cable, EU Power Supply, Quick Installation Guide.