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Iomega Select Desktop Hard Drive 1 TB

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      02.10.2011 20:14
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      Good capacity for the price, large

      I use my laptop for photoshop, Logic Pro (music software) and a lot of other high usage programs, so for me the more hard rive space I have on the laptop itself the better, for performance that is. I got this external hard drive about 6 months ago for storing music, videos, pictures and general files. I use it with my macbook, and also have plugged it into PC's with no problem (formatted to FAT32)

      FUNCTIONALITY, Straight out of the box it is all very easy to use. No set up required just plug it in and start transferring files. There is an LED light display that shows when the hard drive is being used, so you know when not to disconnect.

      STORAGE, for me 1TB is ample space, I have a lot of music, and I mean a lot and I have not even filled half. On average you will fit 2500 movies or 250,000 mp3 files or a combination of those, it will however hold any type of data that you wish to store. It is a very large hard drive!

      BUILD, I think it feels very sturdy as a whole, the only downside I would point out is that it is quite large and clunky but for a desktop hard drive that is not too much of a problem, it is also made of plastic so is quite light. The USB cable supplied is a good length, I have mine quite close to my laptop, if you wanted a larger reach you can get a longer one for a few quid.

      IN SUMMARY, I have been very pleased with this product so far and have had no problems with it structurally or technically. It seems reliable, Highly recommended.

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      20.07.2011 12:48

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      Excellent product, recommended for people with large video files, or loads of media

      When I bought my laptop I thought that 500 GB was enough on it, boy was I wrong!

      The main reason I purchased this was because my laptop was starting to fill up, and windows kept warning me that I was running out of space, hardly surprising with the amount of pictures, videos, music, and programs I have on it.

      Anyway, I was looking through the Argos catalogue and I noticed it was on sale for £49.99 which was only £10 more than what the 500 GB was so I thought what the heck, go for the more space.

      I've never had an external hard drive before but I sure am glad that I choose Iomega because, the drive was cheap, and of high quality. The drive performs very well at both reading and writing files. It is light weight which means you can carry out around with you, but of course you will need a socket handy to plug it in.

      The only down side of this product is that the provided USB cable is quite small, which I was a bit shocked at.

      Windows easily recognises this device very quickly which is good if you unplug it while away out, or if you've got your laptop with you.

      I really like this product and would recommend it to anyone, I am happy with me decision to purchase this, and I intend on investing in another later on this year.

      Thanks for reading! I hope this has been of interest to you and has helped assist you in your decision.

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      10.03.2011 18:09

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      Easy to use and set up just annoying that it has two wires

      When I was looking in Staples for an extra hard drive I could hardly believe it! A 1TB hard drive for £50! That's surely a bargain! Well, you'll be glad to know, that yes! It is a bargain! It's a very easy to use device. You simply plug it in to the computer and it installs the driver software and soon enough you have a terrabyte of space waiting to be filled! This is great seeing as I could put some of the films and TV shows I had bought from iTunes on there as they tend to be something like 1GB per film and even higher in some cases like with Armageddon which is over 2 hours long!

      However one think that I didn't see is that this hard drive, of course, needs to be plugged in. Not useful when I only have a laptop and I have enough cables around as it is! It was probably my own fault for not checking, however, the pictures on the box are very misleading. There are no cables attached in the picture (as you can see above) and also on the picture of it on the desk by the computer the cables can't be seen as they go behind the desk itself. Not useful however you can't fault this thing on its ease of use and price. For a desktop PC it is perfect just not particularly useful for the laptop. Unless you have a desk of course!

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      24.01.2011 19:15
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      Great for storage

      This is the second Iomega 1TB hard drive which I have purchased. Once again a cheap way of increasing you storage space, with USB connection to MAC's or PC's with both systems recognising the hard drive in under 30 seconds.

      Unlike my other Iomega hard drive (Iomega Professional External Hard Drive 1TB) this hard drive does not have a power switch once it's plugged in its power on. This hard drive is very quiet and reliable. The outer casing is plastic but it's still very durable.

      The hard drive transfer speed is relatively quick like with my other Iomega I transferred my entire laptop hard drive over to it to back it up approx 117GB. This hard took around 4-5 hours about an hour longer then the Professional external hard drive.

      I have yet to encounter any problems with this hard drive and although it's a bit slower then my other one I prefer it as it looks a lot cooler and so far been highly reliable.

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      26.12.2010 17:40
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      Good for what it is

      When I was in my second year of university I realised I needed to clear some space on my laptop so that it would perform better. I decided to invest in a external hard drive and after shopping around I found this model and it has served me well ever since.

      The external hard drive has 1TB worth of space. It is a bulky size so is probably better to be kept at the house rather than to be used as something similar to a USB stick.

      It is compatible with both Mac and PC's however, but you need certain amounts of RAM available with both. The recommendation is approx 250mb for a PC and approx 120mb for a Mac. This will help the hard drive run at its full potential and make it easier to use speed wise.

      When you plug it into a standard PC OS (I haven't tested it on a Mac yet) you get the AutoPlay option which allows you to run the software to access the folder area. It's straight forward and you don't need to be a techie to understand how to work it. I usually access the files from the 'Computer' area.

      One downside to this hard drive is that you not only have to connect the hard drive to the laptop or PC using a USB lead but it also has to be plugged into a mains socket meaning if you're on a laptop that's not plugged in this isn't going to be very helpful. The cables are all included in the box however and when I use mine I mostly use it when I have the laptop on the kitchen table so I've mainly kept is as a way to backup my files rather than use it as a portable device.

      With this in mind if you're looking for something to carry your documents in then it's probably not for you unless you're happy to spend additonal money on a portable hard drive or USB stick. It is good if you've got a lot of media files or photographs which you don't want on your main computer. For documents I'd recommend the USB stick option and the external hard drive as a back up.

      The price for this hard drive is quite reasonable however. For 1TB (1000 GB) I paid only around £60 and it's available from the likes of Amazon and a number of PC stores (Currys etc).

      So, to sum up - perfect for large files, bad if you're on the move or wanting something light and portable.

      3/5 Dooyoo stars!

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        12.07.2010 17:48
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        Highly recommended!

        My first external hard drive was the 250gb Iomega model which I was extremely happy with. A few months ago my house was burgled and my hard drive, along with about 200gb worth of movies and photos was stolen. After the insurance money came through I set about replacing my stolen stuff and was amazed to find that for around the same price I paid a year ago for a 250gb hard drive, I could now have a mighty 1tb model!

        The Iomega Select Desktop 1tb model is a bit big and clunky looking, but for the price I am definitely not complaining. It is a plug and play device which is fantastic if, like me, you are not very techy. Apart from formatting it, you don't need to do anything to the Iomega Select Desktop before its ready to go.

        It is very easy to drag and drop files from your desktop to the hard drive and the USB connectivity is nice and fast. There is absolutely no danger for me of running out of space as the 1tb disk size dwarfs my laptops 160gb memory.

        I have had this external hard drive for about 3 months and have had no problems with it what so ever. It is reliable and affordably priced which makes it a real winner in my book!

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          14.06.2010 17:41
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          Good hard drive, but can be temperamental

          I am a proud owner of a few Iomega external hard drives and they have served me well, but when I saw the Iomega 1TB I was a bit hesitant to buy it.
          I had a 500 Gigabyte Iomega hard drive bought for me back in 2007 and I have put a lot of information ranging from Pictures, music and home movies, and believe me when I say I have hardly any room left on there.
          Owning different size (whether it be size in memory or size in physical appearance) Iomega Hard drives I think I can say I know a bit about them and how they operate.

          The one thing I am sure you have noticed is that this particular hard drive is the size of a brick, which I would agree with you, but once you get to about 750 Gigabytes and the 1TB (which is 1000 Gigabytes) and higher, from personnel experience I believe they need there own fan to keep the motor cool so what would be required is it's own power source that you can plug in, if you buy the smaller models of 750 Gigabytes Or the 1 TB they start to slow down and crash because the only power source it has is through the usb cable that is only connected to your computer.
          What people have to remember is that once you get to about 500Gigobytes and up it requires a program (it is a pre installed programme onto hard drive) to help it run and manage the files and then to that effect.
          So to round it all off the bigger the memory gets the more it becomes like a computer and is prone to crashes.


          Spec information

          This unit is a smart deep black hard drive with the Iomega logo in the middle on the top, the cooling fan is located towards the back of the unit with the black grids on the side, directly on the back there is only two hook-ups at the back, 1 is the AC connection, 2 the connection from hard drive to computer.
          Length 20.64cm, Width 11.11cm, Thickness 3.81cm.
          Included in the box is Desktop Hard Drive, USB 1.1/2.0 cable, UK Power supply, Quick Start Guide.

          Here's a bit of technical stuff

          PC requirements
          Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional; XP Home/XP Professional, Windows Vista
          256mb RAM or higher

          Mac requirements
          Requires Mac OS X 10.3-1.05
          128mb RAM or higher




          Final thoughts

          I like this hard drive and would recommend it to anyone, its a nice quick and simple plug it in and its good to go, I also think that if the hard drive is like a brick I treat it a little bit more delicately so I don't damage the motor and fan inside. A few of my usb powered hard drives have crashed on me due to the fact that they are so small that you throw them around more and treat them rougher than the bigger ones because you think that they must of made the smaller ones with tougher materiel, but they haven't.




          You can get this from Amazon for £60 and that's not a bad little price.

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          22.01.2010 19:17
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          Looks nasty but does the job for less money than most.

          I was wary of buying an Iomega product after hearing stories of total drive failures from friends, but I took the plunge anyway. I needed an external drive and this was cheap, sturdy and apparently reliable (after research online told me so).

          To be honest, it looks pretty brick-like. It is heavy, black and chunky. Not the nicest thing to place on your desk next to a suave, sleek MacBook (even if mine is black, too). Anyway, I know that looks aren't everything (why do you think I have no profile picture?) so I have hidden it behind some books.

          As to set up, it is ready to go out of the box with a Windows PC using NTFS, but it needs to be formatted on a Mac. The method is simple (even easier if you are going to use Time Machine, as it does this for you the first time you use it). So, with either OS (sorry, I don't use any other operating systems) setup is a cakewalk.

          Operation is fast, quiet and, again, simple. It's just a hard drive, after all. 7200rpm is almost silent. It is not powered by the USB 2.0, but by a power cable to a normal plug socket. I don't know if that is standard.

          I think it is well worth the money: £64.00 for one terabyte of memory. So far I have had no trouble with it at all. (although I still back-up my really precious files to dvd, just in case)

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