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You my think that nowadays you may not need an external hard drive as technological advancements in computers and laptops means that most come with internal hard drives of 500 GB of memory or more, but what happens when your laptop falls on the floor and your hard work and treasured family photos are gone????? This is precisely why I bought this portable hard drive.
When I got it out of the box a realised the word "portable" really did do its job as this Iomega portable hard drive is very light to pick up and is very compact at only a few inches long. This a huge advantage as this product seems to keeping up with technology and advancement in size. The simple black design with the logo in the centre makes it smart and professional (this is a huge pro if you work in an office).
The quality of the USB cable and the speed in which it performs is very good as the cable is thick and the hi-speed feature makes the cable almost perfect.
However, the speed of taking moving files from the computer or to the computer is not the best I have ever seen when comparing to more expensive ones that some of my family members own. Still works rapidly and efficiently.
This product is not particularly long lasting as it gets quite hot when in use (slight down side, not a problem though) and the plastic it is made of feels slightly cheap.
This review is for an Iomega Portable Hard Drive 320. It is similar looking to this casing apart from the fact that it has a rounded end and looks a little more streamlined.
You will be able to see from the review so far that I am no computer geek. I like my pc products to be easy to use with no unfavourable jargon. I want them to be fit for purpose and hardwearing. Buying a piece of kit like this was quite painful for me. I knew I needed something to store lots of pictures on that would not fill up too quickly so I searched on Dooyoo to get some idea of what reviewers would recommend. This was very useful and resulted in me buying this product.
How to use it
The Iomega comes with a lead which attaches to the storage device - the other end having TWO usb cable ends on (a bit like a two headed beast). These usb ends plug into a laptop or pc that has two available, close usb holes (clearly a very technical term). It will not work if only one usb end is attached.
Once the Iomega is plugged in, there is usually a little jingly noise to announce the pc/laptop has aknowledged it. Sometimes a box comes up.
To save something on the Iomega, I click the 'Save As' button, go to 'Computer' and then select the 'Iomega Storage Device' that is shown. At first (being no pc whizz) I was slightly confused - but got the hang of it very quickly when I messaged the reviewer of the Iomega that I had read; he was very helpful.
Is it fast?
In my experience, the Iomega saves pictures, powerpoints and word files almost instantaneously. I have not saved any music -but my daughter has - and has expressed no difficultes. So, far, I have loads of stuff stored on it and there is still lots more space.
I have taken my Iomega along to job interviews that have required a presentation, plugged it into the interviewer's laptop and opened it up easily.
I find it extremely portable; I have no case for it so I stow it in a hiker's sock (a great look for an interview) and it has come to no harm. I have also dropped it on numerous occasions and it functions magnificently. It is actually marketed as being hardwearing and this was a major selling point for me (knowing I was likely to drop it/fling it/crush it).
It actually is pocket sized - I can slip it into my coat pocketbut I don't think it would be very easy to fit into a skinny pocket.
Would I recommend it?
I already have. There are now three Iomega portable hard drives in my household (daughter and partner) - all using them happily.
I am seriously glad I took the plunge and bought this bit of kit. It cost me about £43 from Comet.
Before I begin this review I would like to point out that I am not an overly 'techy' person. This is no bad thing because this portable hard-drive is so user friendly, you are unlikely to encounter any problems with it.
This device does everything it says on the box. It provides easy storage for all your computer files, including photos, movies and mp3's. With an impressive 250gb of space it is easily big enough to back up your computers hard drive.
I have been using mine for about 3 months and have no complaints what so ever. I have not experienced corruption of any files that I have stored on the device. Its sleek black design means that it is attractive as well as functional.
The portable hard-drive connects to your pc or laptop via an easy plug and play USB connection.
Transferring data onto the device can be a little slow, typically I found that it took about 8 minutes per GB when transferring MP3 files. It also tends to get quite warm if you leave it plugged in for a long time. Despite this I believe that this portable hard drive is fantastic value for money, and I would not hesitate to recommend it.
As PC and laptop specs continue to improve, most new computers will have a hard drive that dwarfs this device. However, if like me your laptop is 1-2 years old the Iomega Portable Hard-Drive can provide safe and much needed storage space for your files.