Product Type: Toshiba External Hard Drive
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Sleek and stylish hard drive by Toshiba
Toshiba StorE Steel 320 GB
Member Name: Mun7aha
Toshiba StorE Steel 320 GB
Advantages: nice case, portable, reliable,easy to use
Disadvantages: the usb cable is short, attracts fingerprints
After buying this about 9 months ago, I have to say I'm very happy with my purchase. The Toshiba StorE Steel 320 GB at the time of purchase was around £50, which was about the price of all hard drives in this range.
In the box comes the hard drive itself, instruction manual, leather case, twin usb cable. The manual includes warranty and some information about the hard drive, setting it up etc. The leather case is surprisingly good quality and would usually be priced at £20 in the shops. It's a nice addition as it keeps the hard drive clean and less likely to scratch. The usb cable splits into two, one end goes into the hard drive and the other end has two usb 2.0 connectors. One is for accessing the information inside and the other for powering the hard drive. I don't always need to have both inserted as it does work with one alone. However for me it's slightly short and I have to place the drive right next to my laptop or pc whenever using. It's not too much of a problem but I would recommend buying a longer one.
Onto the hard drive itself, it has performed well since I bought it. Upon opening the package, I discovered a stunning looking drive which sets itelf apart from the competition. It feels light without losing any strength and solidity. However the shiny surface is actually a drawback. If you don't always use the case provided, the metal attracts a lot of fingerprints making it look messy at times. This is easy to clean with a cloth but eventually gets tiresome.
Once inserting it to your computer it pops up with an option page- either to use the Toshiba software or simply treat it as a normal hard drive. I have never used the software so cannot comment on it. However to date I have had no problems storing pictures, music and work as I drag and drop it directly into the hard drive. I have heard lot of portable hard drives break easily but this one has done it's job since I got it. The 320gb of space is large enough and I am satisfied so far.
Overall, this pocket-sized drive has served me well and is a great addition to your storage collection.
Summary: Does exactly what its meant and looks fantastic
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