Product Type: Iomega External Hard Drive
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Avoid if you value your data
Iomega Prestige Portable Hard Drive 500 GB
Member Name: Klima
Iomega Prestige Portable Hard Drive 500 GB
Advantages: It looks good and would make a novel paperweight.
Disadvantages: Erm, doesn't last long, limited warranty support, not a secure way to store data.
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.
Summary: Don't invest in a hard drive for backups or extra storage - get a virtual onlineCloud drive instead.
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