I recently purchased this drive for use as photographic image back-up storage, as well as a data back-up for my start-up drive. I removed the supplied "BounceBack Express" backup software since I already have the excellent "SuperDuper" application running on my Mac. The Verbatim 1 TB drive I received (Jan. 2009) actually contains a WDC WD-10EA 7200 rpm drive. I was able to easily partition it into 700GB and 232 GB partitions. The drive is enclosed in a nice aluminum box with a polished black plastic front panel. The case does have a small fan that is inaudible in operation. There is only the one green LED pilot lamp and no "disk activity indicator". I like to know when my drives are working so I deducted (1) star for the lack of any kind of a activity indicator. There is one USB 2.0 port and the drive comes with a short (24 inch) USB cable. There is a rear panel on-off push-button switch which is flush with the back panel so is hard to spot if it's dark. A small "wall-wart" power supply is provided. The drive is very quiet with only a little disk "head-seek" rattle when transferring large files. The drive is rated at "up-to" 480 Mb/sec. transfer rates. I was able to achieve a write transfer rate of about 91 to 97 Mb/sec reading from my iMac's internal 230GB drive which was probably the limiting factor. As a fast, basic USB 1TB external drive, this seems to be a pretty good deal. It comes with everything you need.
If you told me five years ago that I would own a one terabyte external hard drive by 2010, I'd have called you a liar. Yet here I am, obnoxiously declaring my ownership of a Verbatim one terabyte hard disk drive. And what a loyal companion it has been. If the capacity is not enough for you, then I envy the activity present in your life. I don't think I'll run out of space on mine for the next three years and I am constantly adding extra gigabytes of data to it. I think for the vast majority of people, it's safe to say that by purchasing this device, you quench any hard disk space issues you might have for the foreseeable future at a price that can't be beaten.
The design is very sleek and appealing and the metallic casing is a nice touch. Also the box the product arrives in is packaged in such a way to instil that big purchase feel that makes consumer whoredom so much fun. Conversely the bright green light on the front is an unwelcome addition - drawing the eye in a manner that might give those worst afflicted a migraine. A flip switch on the back would be a better indicator of whether the disk is on or not and eliminate the need for blu-tack application. The product is also extremely quiet and apart from the most serene times at night will operate largely unnoticed by the ear.
Do however be extremely careful with the handling of the drive as they can break easily. Mine did. But the after sale service at Verbatim was the best I've ever had and within a week I had a replacement. Another minor quibble is that it does require the usage of a household plug, as opposed to being solely USB powered. Both the aforementioned issues are further complicated by the fact that the wires provided are quite short, leading to more possibility of a yanking effect occurring. Even for the relatively cheap price, the fact that an out of warranty drop might render the disk drive inoperable and irreplaceable might put off some from purchasing such a large external hard drive just yet. It is a lot of money to risk losing in an instant.
Overall a fantastic hard drive at a fantastic price but handle with care!
Verbatim 1TB External hard drive
This hard drive is very useful for storing all types of media. I use mine with my laptop for extra memory. It is rather bulky not something you can carry in your pocket that's for sure.
You will realise with this hard drive along with many others that it does state you get 1TB of memory which in theory is 1000GB, however when i first connected this hard drive to my computer I noticed you only actually get around 830GB which is still a very lot but that's still a loss of a massive 170GB.
The good thing about this hard drive is the USB 2.0 connection which has a very high transfer rate. I've noticed it takes about 30 seconds to transfer 1GB from my laptop to the drive which is pretty good considering it is external.
It runs very smoothly i have yet to see it crash or slow down and the running noise is hardly noticeable.
One of the main features of it being a USB connection is it does work with Playstation 3 giving you much needed memory to store your games and movies.
You can also watch the movies, images and listen to songs directly from the media stored on the drive what you previously copied over from a computer.
I have not tested it with an XBOX as I do not have one to test but I am assuming it should work as the XBOX input is also USB.
I hope this has helped you decide if this drive is the right one for you.
The prices range between £60-£80 for this model I purchased mine using Ebay for £67.
You may be able to find these in a general computer store on the high street but they can easily be found in online stores such as Amazon, Ebay, Ebuyer.
Overall i give this drive a respectable 8/10