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For a few years I used this drive to back up my Toshiba Qosmio G32 running XP. It has worked well up to now but XP is soon to be unsupported. So I now have an Acer laptop with Win 7. BUT the Iomega drive has started to disconnect between data transfers. The reason I have found out is that the female mini-USB socket on the drive has gotten worn and loose so that the male plug on my USB cable simply falls out. This is a shoddy design fault - I suppose 'Made in China' might have something to do with it. BTW the same cable works OK with my DVD player. For the sake of a duff connection Iomega want me to buy another drive - no chance of that - there's been too many bad reviews of their drives. But this is probably an issue with loads of Iomega drives - so beware of min-USB (and micro-USB) connections. Incidentally I emailed Iomega Customer Support and they simply said the drive is duff and that there isn't anything else that can be done. Huh - I've just bought a new USB cable on eBay (dead cheap) and when held in place with a tooth-pick holds the connection long enough to get the files off the drive. Then the drive goes in the rubbish bin.
This is not so much a review as a cutionary tale!
I received this as a gift for Christmas 2011.
I had asked for an extrenal hard drive as I was totally running out of memory on my ancient laptop, but I'm not yet ready to part with it. I asked for Toshiba (as I have always found their hardware to be very reliable) and for something in silver or chrome.
However, John Lewis didn't have anything similar in stock, so I ended up with this Iomega model.
Aesthetically, I wasn't disappointed. It is a dark gun metal colour, rather than the silver I had hoped for, but it has a very nice soft satin finish, is a good size and nicely curved around the edges. There's an LED light at one end to indicate the disc is reading which is in a very cold pale blue. I think Iomega are jumping on the Apple bandwagon of making 'touchable' IT kit and it doesn't dissappoint in this regard.
The drive comes with a USB cable and power cord and doesn't require any installation - it is ready to use out of the box, just plug-and-go. Not sure why the description refers to it not requiring a power cord because it does, and it's a stretch to call it posket sized - its about the size of a small (cA5) hardback book and over an inch thick.
Anyway, I had connected my drive, backed-up everything on my harddrive, and was able to delete some old files I'd now 'archived' and freed up some space.
Fortunately, I've learnt through hard experience that there's a lot of truth in the adage "data you have less than 2 copies of is data you don't care about". I backed up files from the external harddrive on CDs, USB keys and my iPod.
Within less than ten months the drive was broken.
First signs of decay were slow running and the PC not being able to 'locate' the disc. I should have acted quickly then to transfer the data but didn't realise how serious this apparently mild irritation would become.
Then it developed the fatal 'click of death'. The drive heads had gone, and would cost about £200 to replace. It's a very common problem with hard drives of all sorts and is not at all specific to Iomega. Unfortunately Iomaga's warranty won't cover you for data recovery if their products fail, even within the guarantee period.
I had to decide whether this was worth the outlay or not.
I went to my backups and managed to reconstruct most of what was on the drive but some was still missing. Oddly, I managed to retrieve this from the broken drive by operating the drive from inside the freezer (google how to do this, it actually works!).
In total I lost only 6 files, luckily, and John Lewis gave me a full refund (of £79.99) as it was still under warranty.
But if it had broken just a few weeks later, and I hadn't made careful backups, I'd have spent £80 for a device that ultimately lost all my data, and I'd be feeling pretty annoyed.
Now I use a cloud drive which is free and not subject to hardware failure.
Being a PhD student, in the dying throes of writing up (I am dying (metaphorically), not the thesis, although it's been a close run thing...), I have developed a well-known condition, known to the medical community as 'data paranoia'.
I used to back up my thesis (when it, and I, were both young and fresh) to a tiny 2GB USB flash drive. I'd then occasionally back up to cds, and/or to my webmail account.
From this you will gather that I am no computer whizz. This review is for non-specialists, and so will not be commenting on things with lots of acronyms that I don't understand, apologies to tech-heads.
So, once the word-count hit 50 000, I started having bad dreams in which files corrupted, and precious, finely crafted (I can hear my supervisor snorting) paragraphs vanished into the ether. So, I requested an EHD (External Hard Drive) for Christmas.
My wonderful mum bought this one for me, after much discussion. We'd almost agreed that a 3.5" one would be fine (these are less portable, more bulky, and usually require their own power supply, but are cheaper per GB, for the non-specialist).
At the last minute, mum decided that the data paranoia might escalate to the point where I'd want to carry a copy of my thesis with me at all times, like a talisman (oh, how right she was...), so we decided on a 2.5" drive, which is the size of a very small paperback book, the old-fashioned kind that you can find in old-fashioned book shops.
This EHD plugs directly into the Hi-Speed USB port(s) on your computer/laptop. It has a connector which can plug into two USB ports - if you only have one, don't panic, as it can be powered by just the one port. The only difference I've noticed when doing it this way is that it takes fractionally longer to move things around.
There is no on/off switch on the EHD itself - if it's plugged into the USB ports it has power, therefore it's on, if not, it's off. There is a light which flashes to indicate work in progress (I presume, perhaps it is simply friendly?), and is continuously lit when not working, to indicate a connection to the power source.
Aforementioned mama (tech head, and all round fixit lady), formatted the drive for me, and partitioned it into three bits. I used one part to back up my whole system, OS, programs and data, one part to back up the whole of my data (including PhD), and the third to back up on a rolling basis.
How good is it?
Well, to date (fingers crossed, lucky charms firmly in place, evil eye averted) it has been perfect. To back up my whole thesis (well over 2GB of data now), takes about 55secs. Which is pretty fast. I find it 'starts up' (i.e. whirrs a bit and has the auto prompt option box appear on screen) very quickly, and seems to be absolutely no hassle at all. No noise, it's not running hot, it's very attractive and sturdy seeming, it's certainly portable - have just tested, and it in fact would fit in a jeans pocket... the things I do for you....
The only slight (and it is very slight) quibble I would have is that the connector into the EHD itself can come very slightly loose if not pushed in firmly.
I'd recommend this EHD to anyone needing to back up data. I can't give an opinion on using it fifty times a day over five years, but for daily backups, over six months, it's been very reliable so far. Touch wood.