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    1. SanDisk SDCZ4-512-A10 512 MB Cruzer
    $74.09 $62.00 list($299.99)
    2. SanDisk SDCZ2-1024-A10 1 GB Cruzer
    $25.33 $21.49 list($99.99)
    3. SanDisk SDCZ2-256-A10 256 MB Cruzer
    $34.99 $31.85 list($149.99)
    4. SanDisk 512 MB Cruzer Mini USB
    $169.99 list($229.99)
    5. Western Digital Internal EIDE
    $190.94 list($249.99)
    6. Seagate Technology 200 GB USB
    $209.94 $209.93 list($269.99)
    7. LaCie 250GB d2 External Hard Drive
    $188.18 list($189.99)
    8. SimpleTech SimpleDrive 250 GB
    $25.48 $23.55 list($99.99)
    9. SanDisk SDCZ4-256-A10 256 MB Cruzer
    $151.04 list($169.99)
    10. Western Digital 60GB Passport
    $950.94 list($999.99)
    11. Buffalo HD-H1.OTGL/R5 TeraStation
    $51.08 $49.85 list($199.99)
    12. Sandisk 512 MB Cruzer Titanium
    $364.79 list($429.00)
    13. LaCie 500 GB FireWire Big Disk
    $172.89 list($199.00)
    14. LaCie 250GB Firewire Desktop Hard
    $249.84 list($299.99)
    15. Maxtor E01G300 OneTouch II 300
    $305.89 $289.80 list($349.99)
    16. Seagate 400 GB External USB 2.0/FireWire
    $156.74 list($199.99)
    17. Pexagon MD4GBBP Microdrive, 4GB,
    $163.39 list($189.99)
    18. LaCie 160GB d2 External Hard Drive
    $155.79 list($179.99)
    19. LaCie d2 DVD±RW with LightScribe 16x
    $149.41
    20. SimpleTech 160GB USB 2.0EXTERNAL

    1. SanDisk SDCZ4-512-A10 512 MB Cruzer Micro
    by SanDisk
    list price: $169.99
    our price: $34.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001FV364
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: SanDisk
    Sales Rank: 19
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The SanDisk Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive Quickly stores your documents, pictures, presentations, music and video clips easily then quickly transfers them to another computer with a USB port. This USB 2.0 Hi-speed flash drive is roughly half the size of SanDisk's Cruzer Mini, and music lovers of all ages will appreciate that Cruzer Micro can be expanded to deliver MP3 player functionality with the Cruzer Micro MP3 Companion (sold separately). Device is backwards compatible with USB 1.1. System requirements: Windows 98 or higher; Mac OS 9.1 or higher. ... Read more

    Features

    • 512 MB Memory Capacity
    • Compatible with Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP and Mac OS 9.1, OS X 10 and above
    • High Speed USB 2.0
    • Stylish, clear overmold casing with brilliant blue LED
    • 2 Year warranty

    Reviews (55)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works great, but not what I expected in looks.
    Bottom line, the 512 Cruzer Micro is a great usb drive to own, it'sextremely slim, light, and portable. Everything you could ask for.

    However, the only issue I had was that the Cruzer was upgraded, and what I had ordered here from Amazon was different when I received my package. The LED at the end of the drive that lights up is Green instead of Blue, I was a little bit shocked and dissapointed even though it's purely an aesthetic feature. The clear outer casing is rubber and can be swapped for either the Blue or Red cases that also come with the drive.

    Overall I'm definately happy with the performance of the Cruzer Micro, though I still want other people to know that this product has been updated from SanDisk, with minor changes to the look.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Impressive survivability
    Ok, I got this about a year ago when it was handy to take things to and from work.It worked great for me.The only thing that I didn't like about it was that the cap came off very easily and soon was lost . . . and it also came with another type of holder that too was easily lost.The stap that you can use to keep it around your neck broke pretty easily.I ended up finding the slide in case that came with it, but then I found it broken in my pocket not too long afterwards.It was kinda annoying being given a product that had so many breakable parts.I was just glad the drive itself wasn't so easy to break, but then I wasn't going to take chances given how crappy the rest of its packaging had been.

    Then I lost it.Yeah it's small and i'm clumsy.But I found it again when the ganitor gave it to the department office claiming "They found it in their vacuum cleaner."GREAT!$50 down the drain.But wait...it worked!Well that's impressive.

    Then I lost it again.Yeah it's small and i'm clumsy and absent minded.I left it this time in a pocket... and it found its way into the laundry.Washer + Cheer with color guard in a load of white + hot water = dead drive.Wait... it still worked?Wow.

    I did this one more time and it went through the dryer.Ok, so i'm the clumsiest and most forgettful soul, but it still worked after that too!I was tempted to microwave it and run it with my dishes in the wash just to see how well it would hold up then too, but i didn't.Industrial vacuum cleaner, washer, dryer . . . still winking away with its little blue light.I was very impressed that it still worked.Now if the rest of the packaging could be as durable.

    It was 512, perfect size for me to take Microsoft office files back and forth and even keep a small program installed on it.It is small, thumb drive and no larger than any other USB plug.I bought a Banzai 512 to replace this during one of the times that I lost it.The Banzai requires a USB extension to operate as it is too big and takes up about 3 USB slots just because of its awkward shape.This is a great little device that i've had for a while now (3 months w/o losing it again) and I use it the most.

    I also won $5 on a bet that it wouldn't work after being vacuumed up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent device, though different from the one pictured
    I had purchased this model in the 256 MB size and wanted the small capacity in a 512 MB model. What I got was apparently a newly designed, slimmer model than the previous cruzer micro. The rubber is gone, making the device extra slim, the thickness of a USB connector and as long as two quarters placed side by side. It's small enough to fit in one's wallet, and very nice. If you liked the rubber grip of the old model, this one still comes with 3 rubber "skins" of different colors to customize your micro. The blue light is now green.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Slight variations from description
    Just got my Cruzer today and was thrilled to find it came with two extra sleeves--a red one and a blue one, but wasn't too thrilled to discover a green LED instead of the blue one I ordered.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best 512MB you can find
    The Micro continues to be my favorite flash drive, design and functionally; I have Micros of several sizes from 128MB to 1GB and I intend to get more as the capacity increases.

    This device transfers data to and from devices that support USB Flash drives (computers etc.) very quickly and efficiently, and requires absolutely no drivers in plug-and-play operating systems like Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Mac OS X.Use it as storage for your MP3 player, keep your important documents backed up on it, or even work right the drive--with performance like this, the possibilities are endless.The Micro also supposedly comes with built-in security for each unit, but I've never used it.

    The slim 'Micro' physical design also deserves a standing ovation.The actual unit is very short and isn't much wider than a USB port, so it fits anywhere.The cap is pretty smug and when you take it off to use the drive, it fits conveniently on the reverse end.If you loose the cap, it comes with extras, or you can buy them separately. ... Read more


    2. SanDisk SDCZ2-1024-A10 1 GB Cruzer Mini
    by SanDisk
    list price: $299.99
    our price: $74.09
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001FV3C8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: SanDisk
    Sales Rank: 33
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The SanDisk Cruzer Mini is the fastest and easiest way to move your data. Cruzer Mini is Hi-speed USB 2.0 certified for fast data transfer (also compatible with USB 1.1). Store all your data, pictures, music and more on this pocket-sized device and then easily transfer files between your laptop and desktop.

    Advanced Features:
    • Small size and easy to use
    • No drivers required
    • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 certified for fast data transfer (compatible with USB 1.1)
    • Store all your data, pictures, music and more
    • Two extra color caps and a neckstrap included
    • Thin design does not obstruct the dual-stacked USB ports found on most computers
    Win 98SE driver available online at www.sandisk.com

    ... Read more

    Features

    • Backward compatible with USB 1.1
    • USB 2.0 enabled
    • Small size
    • Requires no drivers
    • Stylish Design

    Reviews (16)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ideal solution
    I was forever burning CD's and DVD's for file transfer between home and work when I finally got my hands on one of these.It is perfect for my needs.I maintain an email archive (my pst file) and all of my important documents on it.Hard disks die, optical media gets scratched, and I've yet to have one of these fail.It can take a beating as well, I keep it secured to my beltloop and one day drove all the way to work in the rain (45min on the interstate) only to find out that it had fallen from my pocket and had been outside the car beating against the side the whole way.I let it dry and it was fine; still works to this day.If you need to move large or multiple files about, this is a must have.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Storage made easy and portable
    It hardly gets any easier to store your BIG files than with SanDisk's 1 GB Cruzer Mini. We used to own only a 256 MB unit which did the job for the most part, but ran short of space when confronted with massive Photoshop and Illustrator files (which my wife typically needs to transport). Along came this 1 GB option and since then life has never been the same. No more sending ourselves large attachments over GMail. No more burning CDs left and right to transport big documents. This portable USB drive will change your life like it changed ours and without costing you too much!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Lasted about a week
    Using this device to transfer large graphics files between my home PC and various MACs at school, even with the most delicate handling and care, it managed to fry itself in a week. The SanDisk Cruzer Mini was the fourth of five flash/jump/thumb drives I've used since January 2005.

    Some annoying issues - the SanDisk Cruzer Mini always hung up the MAC if the MAC was left idle for more than a few minutes, and I would have to reboot. When first installing the device on my home PC, I also had to reboot before the SanDisk started working but that was not such a big deal. However plug and play would have been preferable.

    I would recommend the Lexar JumpDrive Sport over all the similar products I have tried, mainly because it performed smoothly with both the MAC and PC and never required a re-boot, even though the Lexar only held out for a month.

    Hopefully the technology will be perfected someday soon.It's a great idea whose time has obviously not yet come.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sand Disk Knows Memory
    This is my third product I got from Sand Disk. These people know their products, and always compatitive pricing with other memory products. The 1 Gig is fantastic. I was using a 512 MB and then I had two of them at the same time, when this product came in. I gave away my two 512 to my Mom, and Wife. This 1 Gig is fast. I used it alot, and comparing it with the old 512 I had; and it is fast. It works much better though with the USB 2.0 port, and it tells you when you hook it up to a regular USB port it gives you an advice about it will be faster and you will get the momory's full potential if it was a USB 2.0. So far Sand Disk has me hooked on their memory products. I have a SD 512 mb, an Ultra SD 512 for my ipaq (mobile phone), and now this. Never had any trouble with any of'em.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast and affordable USB Flash Drive
    Some people claimed that Sandisk Cruzer is not fast, that's not true. I measured the speed by either Winbench 99 2.0 or the measurement by copy and paste large files. It turns out the read and write speed is up to 16MB/sec and 10MB/sec respectively. It may not comparable to those 120X products, but I am sure Sandisk Cruzer has the best performance/cost ratio. ... Read more


    3. SanDisk SDCZ2-256-A10 256 MB Cruzer Mini USB 2.0 Flash Drive
    by SanDisk
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $25.33
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000AZ67Z
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: SanDisk
    Sales Rank: 100
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Take your documents, pictures, presentations and music with you easily with the SanDisk Cruzer Mini USB Flash Drive. This ultra-small, ultra-thin USB 2.0 Hi-speed flash drive is no larger than a pack of gum, and is the fastest and easiest way to transfer data between home, the office or any other place you need to go. Features CruzerLock advanced file security that encrypts your individual files and keeping them safe; plug-and-play plugs into any USB 2.0 port and is backwards compatible with USB 1.1; 2 additional color caps and a removable neck strap. System requirements: Windows 98 or higher; Mac OS 9.1 or higher. ... Read more

    Features

    • Backward compatible with USB 1.1
    • USB 2.0 enabled
    • Small size
    • Requires no drivers
    • Stylish Design

    Reviews (130)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Reliable, travels well, decent speed, small
    This Cruzer Mini has mostly replaced my previous 64 meg 1.0 thumb drive. Utilizing some of the extra USB 2.0 bandwidth, the Cruzer is significantly faster than my older drive, and it comes with a nice neck strap (though I haven't used it).

    Perhaps because I carry the Cruzer in my pocket, or maybe due to poor design, the cap quickly developed a small crack down its side. This means it doesn't have that nice snap feeling when you replace the cap or take it off. I suspect SanDisk is aware of the flaw, as they ship the Cruzer with 2 additional caps in the box. Even with this problem, I have never had a situation where the cap has accidentally fallen off, so all is well so far.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice little gadgets ...
    I bought mine from Amazon on 06 June 2005.It was delivered a few days later. Drive worked for a total of about 15 minutes before failing. Several WinXP computers would detect it as an "ADIR ROM". SanDisk support was by website only but to their credit they provided me with a prepaid FEDEX shipping label (by an email link to FEDEX). Again, after a few days the replacement arrived in fine working order.

    I've used these little wizards from four manufacturers for at least 3yrs now with increasing capacity each time I get a new one (I pass the smaller ones to my nieces and newphews) and I never leave home without one dangling about my neck.

    The short of it is that I would not hesitate to buy one from any of the "major" manufacturers. If you hate being limited by the small capacity of floppies or the relative bulkiness of a CD-RW then you need to go out and get yours today.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent.
    Needs a driver to work on older operating systems (windows 98).The little lanyard it comes with looks pretty flimsy, but it holds up really well, even with my keys and stuff on it.It comes with a couple different caps and you should keep all of them in a safe place because you will lose one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and very simple to use
    A great item to have! Very simple to use, just plug in and get started. It even has a password protect program that comes with it in case you lose it - that way, no one else can access your files.

    I put my business work on it and carry it with me. Then if I need something, I just go to a Kinko's or a library and I can easily get what I need. And for the price it's a no brainer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Flash Drive Around
    This is a great flash drive!! I owned two other flash drives from other companies that died rather quickly. This one I've had over a year and a half, and it's still working strong. I accidentally left it in my pocket one day and it went through the washer and dryer, and it STILL WORKED (NO DATA LOSS) which is why I am writing this review! No problems, works great. ... Read more


    4. SanDisk 512 MB Cruzer Mini USB Flash Drive (SDCZ2-512-A10)
    by SanDisk
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $34.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001FV37S
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: SanDisk
    Sales Rank: 50
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Take your documents, pictures, presentations and music with you easily with the SanDisk Cruzer Mini USB Flash Drive. This ultra-small, ultra-thin USB 2.0 Hi-speed flash drive is no larger than a pack of gum, and is the fastest and easiest way to transfer data between home, the office or any other place you need to go. Features CruzerLock advanced file security that encrypts your individual files and keeping them safe; plug-and-play plugs into any USB 2.0 port and is backwards compatible with USB 1.1; 2 additional color caps and a removable neck strap. System requirements: Windows 98 or higher; Mac OS 9.1 or higher. ... Read more

    Features

    • PC and Macintosh compatible, no drivers required for most systems (Windows 98SE driver available online)
    • Thin design does not obstruct dual-stacked USB ports found on most computers; includes 2 extra color caps and a neckstrap
    • High-speed, compact, USB flash drive for storing or transferring data, pictures, music, etc.
    • High, 512 MB storage capacity; USB 2.0-certified for fast data transfer (compatible with USB 1.1)
    • Small size and easy to use--just .79 x 2.6 x .48 inches (W x H x D)

    Reviews (23)

    1-0 out of 5 stars impossible to open
    The package for this drive is virtually impossible to open. The drive is encased in what seems to be a solid block of plastic--good for surviving a nuclear attack or a time capsule perhaps. If you buy this, you better plan on a trip to your local hardware store, because ordinary scissors or knives will definitely not open this package.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good to the Last -- Oops!
    I've had nothing but good experiences with my Cruzer 512k, which I bought about a year ago.Absolutely the best thing in the world for quickly transferring files amoung computers.I've been plugging and unplugging the thing like crazy without ever bothering to "uninstall" it.Never had a problem.

    I managed to kill the thing today.I had it plugged into a computer that sits under my desk.I had the comes-with lanyard attached.Said lanyard caught on my shoe as I got up from the desk.The lanyard broke free AFTER the Cruzer got bent at a crazy angle.

    That should have been the end of the story, except I was able to recover all the files on the drive.I managed to bend the thing back in just such a way that it came back to life long enough to let me download all the files.

    At this point it is trash.Rest in peace old Paint.Just a week ago I bought the larger 1Gig Cruzer, so now that unit takes over.Without the lanyard.

    Ed Bianchi

    5-0 out of 5 stars SanDisk 512 MB Cruzer Mini USB Flash Drive
    This is a great product.I don't know what I did without it.With the addition of RoboForm (available @ http://www.roboform.com/?affid=n3uea) I can store all of my passwords, music, reports for work, etc.All that is required is an available USB port.YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED BY THIS PRODUCT!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good drive but remember the green light
    SanDisk has made a pretty good drive. We bought 25 of them for our IT dept and only had 2 failures: The first just stopped working but we suspect he unplugged it one too many times without allowing the computer to turn it off first so it got fried.The second, the small, plastic part that attaches it to the neck strap broke and the drive fell and..well..got crushed (don't ask). Otherwise it works great. Like a previous reviewer said, don't pull it out unless the GREEN LIGHT is off, don't pull on the strap too hard, and take care of it. One note though: it is like any other floppy disk prone to worms, viruses, etc. Always be wary when plugging it into someone elses system.

    Nice thing though, the first one that got fried, SanDisk replaced it free of charge. That was very nice of them. No hassle, no questions tech support and RMA. That's important.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I dunno how reliable is reliable?
    well, I am a computer geek, yet I am also clumsy, hence needed something *reliable*. I have been using sandisk 128Mb USB drive for more than a year now and it is the most reliable piece of storage I have EVER seen. I even forgot it in my pants in the washer and then DRYER. It still works like a charm (but a bit cleaner :)). ... Read more


    5. Western Digital Internal EIDE 300 GB Hard Drive
    by Western Digital
    list price: $229.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007WWGYO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Western Digital
    Sales Rank: 4955
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Caviar 300GB, 7200RPM, Internal EIDE Hard Drive ... Read more

    Features

    • Data Lifeguard Tools software makes hard drive installation, management, and diagnostics simple and worry-free
    • Cool drive operating temperatures help increase long-term drive reliability
    • 7200 RPM, 8 MB cache
    • Data LifeGuard automatically detects, isolates and repairs problem areas that may develop over the extended use of the hard drive
    • WD minimizes WD Caviar noise to levels virtually below the threshold of human hearing

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Large capacity with good reasonable price
    I bougth this last week and it is absolutely great product to work with. Comes with everything you need to Install and is very quiet and response time is pretty good. ... Read more


    6. Seagate Technology 200 GB USB 2.0 and FireWire External Drive (ST3200823AR)
    by Seagate Hard Drives
    list price: $249.99
    our price: $190.94
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002ER5B6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Seagate Hard Drives
    Sales Rank: 507
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Highly advanced, yet easy to use, Seagate's external drives feature pushbutton backup, a convenient on/off switchand stunning good looks. It runs much cooler than other external drives, because it is designed to dissipate heat.

    You can connect and disconnect your drive without turning off your computer. You can even stack your drive, thanks to the unique interlocking design.

    The Seagate 200GB external drive is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Me, and 2000, as well as with Linux and Mac OS.

    Pushbutton backup

    Award-winning BounceBack Express™ software from CMS backs up faster and easier than any other method. Your first backup backs up your entire drive. Thereafter, only new changes are backed up.

    On/off switch

    No more concerns that your hard drive hasn’t been shut down safely.

    Looks cool, stays cool

    Designed to dissipate heat from your hard drive. Runs much cooler than other external hard drives.

    Hot-swappable

    Connect and disconnect without turning off your computer.

    Stackable

    Unique interlocking design lets you expand your Seagate storage securely.

    ... Read more

    Features

    • Connectivity with USB 2.0 and Firewire IEEE 1394
    • 7200 RPM
    • Dimensions: 7.2" Depth x 6.5" Width x 2.25" Height
    • Average seek time: 8.5 milliseconds
    • Compatible with PC and Macintosh computers

    Reviews (11)

    1-0 out of 5 stars warranty nightmare :(
    I had initially given a strong review. I wish I could take it back. nothing but trouble and these guys are really nasty with wrranty. dead so early and a refurb?

    4-0 out of 5 stars Solid performance, poor software included
    I got this drive primarily as a backup drive as I'm a video editor, and my storage needs just keep expanding. (this drive puts me up to 752GB of storage)

    Also, though not really surprising, while this drive has good reviews thus far (and I can't guess into the future as to how long this drive will last), the 300GB and 400GB models have been torn apart in terms of reliability. I'll just say this, as the drive storage increases, as of now, it seems as if we've hit a bit of a wall in terms of reliably storing all that data successfully on these drives. Hitachi's new vertical storage technology that they're working on now may fix that, but for now, I don't trust drives over 200GB, and again, the reviews fo the 300GB and 400GB models prove that. 200GB and under though should be fine, and this is my third external drive now, and I've never had a problem, PC or Mac. (at work, a 1TB LaCie drive did die though, reaffirming the current over 200GB problem)

    The drive itself is quite stylish, though the casing feels both sturdy, and cheap at the same time. Standing vertically the sides feel nice and secure, and the feet slide in and lock, and I don't think the drive is going to end up falling over, but the top bit of the plastic case feels a bit cheap. It doesn't take much space at all vertically though, and looks nice. They can also be stacked horizontally according to the box. I've tried this with two Western Digital external drives, and it seemed as if heat might be a problem, but the Seagate drive runs noticably cooler, so horizontal stacking would probably work fine.

    It comes with two firewire ports, a USB port, the appropriate cabling and external power supply, and an on-off switch plus access lights on the front.

    The front also has a button which is supposed to launch a one-touch backup software. Sadly, the software seems to suck, and is very sluggish. In its defense, I do have 300,000+ files I wanted to backup, but it took forever just for it to count the files. (plus it installed very slowly) In short, I didn't trust the backup software, uninstalled it, and just used Microsoft Backup for now.

    Again, I can't see into the future and say this drive will hold my data forever reliably. But for now, it works, and I've never had a problem with a Seagate drive, or a drive over 200GB. The warranty is only a year though on Seagate externals, as opposed to five year for the internals, which does suck.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Silent, cool and great
    I recently bought the Seagate 200 GB hard drive as a backup for my (constantly crashing) Dell laptop.I've had it about one month now and I love it.

    I immediately loaded it up with photos, documents, programs and music and haven't had any problems.It is also virtually silent, so you don't have to worry about any whirring noises distracting you from your work.

    After reading reviews of other brands, I am also very impressed with how cool it stays.Because it is my primary hard drive now, I leave it running whenever I am using the computer to work or listen to music (more or less ALL the time) and it never feels warm.

    Compared to external hard drives that I've seen, this one is also fairly light in comparison and slim enough that it scoots right in among the other items on your computer desk without much rearranging.

    I would highly recommend this item.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Zero star for the backup software!
    The drive is okay, even though the transformer makes low noise when plug into the power outlet. I had it exchanged, but the second one has the same problem. But the Bounceback backup software that comes with it is a piece of junk! It does not have a restore function. This means you would have to manually copy and paste to restore your files.

    5-0 out of 5 stars SEAGATE, THE BEST OF THE BEST
    Well, Seagate is known in the industry as the best.And now that I finally have one, I can say that I agree.It is quite, fast, reliable, it is everything you want in a hard drive.Believe me, I will spend the extra money for a seagate anyday of the week, b/c it is worth it. ... Read more


    7. LaCie 250GB d2 External Hard Drive Extreme with USB2.0 and FireWire 400/800 Interfaces (Model 300770)
    by Lacie
    list price: $269.99
    our price: $209.94
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00064FXTI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Lacie
    Sales Rank: 423
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Next-Generation Speed
    Equipped with the fastest-ever FireWire standard, this drive is capable of reaching transfer speeds of up to 61MB/s for FireWire 800 users, up to 400MBits/s for FireWire 400 users, and up to 480Mbits/s for USB 2.0 users. This drive’s triple interface, 7200 rpm speed and 8MB buffer make it the fastest-possible storage solution for digital content creators.

    Versatile Design
    Made of a metal alloy that dissipates heat and prolongs drive performance, the LaCie d2 Hard Drive features a slender, stylish case that offers versatile desktop and rackmount configuration options. A space-saving drive stand allows for upright desktop use, while an optional rack-mounting kit enables configuration in standard 19-inch racks. This drive also features a fan-free design for quiet operation.

    Universal Ease Of Use
    With plug and play convenience, LaCie d2 Hard Drives are hot-pluggable for file transfer and data sharing. With the appropriate cable, LaCie’s new hard drives can be connected to any computer equipped with FireWire 800 (9-pin), FireWire 400 (6-pin), iLink (4-pin), USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 ports, making it the most universal drive ever.

    Unlimited Uses
    Ideal for a variety of applications, a 250GB LaCie d2 Hard Drive can store 50,000 MP3 songs and more than 16 hours of digital video from DV camcorders. Chained and striped in a FireWire 800 RAID 0 configuration, LaCie d2 Hard Drives can reach unprecedented sustained transfer rates of up to 100MB/s, making them ideal for working with professional video in high-end workstation and small-server environments.

    Features

    • FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 interface for universal connectivity
    • Storage capacity up to 250GB
    • Sturdy, aluminum design
    • Stable drive stand for upright use
    • Fan-free design for quiet operation
    • Kensington® lock compatible
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Mac and PC compatible
    • FireWire 800, FireWire 400, i.Link, USB 1.1, and USB 2.0 connectivity
    • Up to 800 Mbps per bus and up to 61 MB/s per drive burst
    • Second-generation FireWire 800 chipset (up to 50 percent faster for small blocks)
    • Stackable, upright, rack-mount or daisy-chain configurations

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't live withou it - a great addition
    Now that I'm fully immersed in the Macintosh digital iLife, I've started scanning old photo negatives in TIFF format. Great quality, except that now each photo is 57mb - ten times what my Canon 10D digital camera outputs! The solution for storing all these images - the Lacie 250 GB external drive. It's worked flawlessly between three Macs for over a year, and am buying another one today.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Do they Test these things?
    I'm on my way to returning the second of these drives. The first LaCie 250gig d2... wasted five billable hours and a trip to the AppleStore-it had already wasted 3-4 hours of my client.The replacement drive has worked fine for two months. So I bought another one yesterday. Instead of going to work with it, I first tried to back up my Apple G4 internal HD. It failed twice bringing down the whole system both times.
    I ran Norton Utilities several times but it could not complete a check. The Apple OS 10.3.6 utility said it was OK but it wasn't. I couldn't erase the disk-who wants to drop off a harddrive with files still on it at a computer store?
    My opinion: Reliable when they work but probably not properly tested at the factory.
    LaCie at this point owes me 10 billable hours. I've had a lot of LaCie products over the years but haven't had or even heard of this level of failure for harddrives in ten years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars No problems so far
    I ordered this drive with trepidation because of occasional bad reviews.So I just wanted to mention that I have had no problems.Also, it is far superior to my previous drives (both from Micronet, both had to make trips back to the factory). Feels more solid, makes fewer strange noises, works better (wakes up, goes to sleep, mounts, dismounts when it's supposed to,etc.).Seems fast, doesn't require new drivers at least for me.(I'm using it with Mac OS 10.2.8.)The triple interface will come in handy.

    I made one call to tech support so far -- right after I installed it, it wouldn't dismount.The tech guy was very helpful.Since then, no glitches or problems.I've been using the drive for a month or so.If things stay this way, I will buy another.

    1-0 out of 5 stars OK when it works
    I own two of these drives, having purchased the second when the first one failed.This seemed to be a very nice drive.Nice appearance and very fast, especially when using the firewire 800 connection.However, a hard drive is something that can't be nice just when it works, which is the case with this drive.Now that I own two of these with no real solutions to get them to work all the time I am on the verge of trashing both of them.The amount of time I have spent trying to determine what is wrong with these drives is totally unaccceptable.The LaCie tech support people are all very nice, but I still have 2 LaCie drives that do not work.The problems started shortly after purchase of each.Even though the older of the two drives has had the same problems unresolved now for over a year, I was told by LaCie tech support last week that they will have to charge me to repair that drive.That simply adds insult to injury.I have four other external hard drives from different manufacturers and have had no problems with any of them.Having had a major problem with both LaCie drives seems to indicate an intrinsic problem with these drives.There is also the problem of firmware updates.They had an update for the drives to be used with Windows XP service pack 2, yet did not send out any notice to customers even though they have customers name and email addresses.I only found the update by accident when checking the LaCie site.This is another catch-22:YOu need the firmware update for the drives to work with service pack 2 but the update must be done on a computer without the service pack installed.I tried to do the update as the LaCie tech recommended, but it failed on both hard drives.Essentially I have two large drives that are only recognized by Windows occassionally.If you don't mind a hard drive that only works a little bit of the time, then this is a good drive and will look nice.But if you happen to need a reliable hard drive that you can depend on, then stay away from these LaCie drives at all costs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Industrial strength
    LaCie's d2 Hard Disk Extreme series is available in 160 GB (= 149 GB), 200 GB (= 186 GB), and 250 GB (= 233 GB) capacities. The series use sturdy aluminum enclosure with USB 2.0, FireWire 400, and FireWire 800 interfaces (plus an extra FireWire 800 interface to daisy chain another FireWire 800 device). It uses 3.5" Parallel ATA hard disks so you can replace the hard disk later on if you wish. The enclosure houses Oxford 912 bridge chip, which is faster than Oxford 922 bridge chip that most enclosures use. My enclosure came with a Western Digital's WD25000JB hard disk, with 233 GB capacity, 8.9 ms access time, and 8 MB cache, rotating at 7200 rpm.

    Pros:
    - Very fast. 61 MB/sec read and write performance when used with FireWire 800 connection; 40 MB/sec with FireWire 400; 34 MB/sec with USB 2.0.
    - Includes all the common interfaces and cables: FireWire 400 (includes both 6-to-6 pin and 6-to-4 pin cables), FireWire 800, and USB 2.0 (backward compatible with USB 1.1).
    - Fan-free design for quiet operation (only the hard disk noise).
    - Industrial-strength aluminum chassis.
    - Can be used both horizontally and vertically (comes with a vertical stand) and is stackable.
    - RAID 0 compliant. Add another drive (ideally identical) for even faster performance.

    Cons:
    - Does not use nor support Serial ATA (then again, nobody offers SATA-to-FireWire/USB enclosure at the moment, only SATA-to-SATA).
    - Only 1-year warranty.
    - More expensive than single- or dual-interface enclosures.
    - Somewhat bulky external power adapter.
    - Replacing the hard disk is undocumented and is not supported (it is easy enough to replace, however).
    - No frills (e.g., one touch backup button, multifunction memory card slots).
    - No extra USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 interfaces (only FireWire 800).

    The enclosure is very heavy, with sturdy aluminum built. While its design is not going to win any beauty contest, it is innocuous looking enough and blends in pretty well. A blue power button serves as an activity indicator.

    Having another drive for backup is important (although RAID 1 or RAID5 configuration is recommended for more reliable backup) and the drive is significantly faster than built-in 2.5" 4200 rpm hard disks on each notebook. It is great for storing DV video files and other large files.

    The drive is initially formatted for Macintosh, so Windows users will need to use the Disk Management (or included CD-ROM software) to format it into NTFS. At 233 GB capacity, it will take awhile to format. ... Read more


    8. SimpleTech SimpleDrive 250 GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive ( STI-USB235/250 )
    by SIMPLE TECHNOLOGY INC.
    list price: $189.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001DYUJ8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: SIMPLE TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Sales Rank: 638
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The SimpleTech SimpleDrive Deluxe external USB2.0 hard drive is the easiest way to add more storage to any computer. ... Read more

    Features

    • Includes StorageSync Automatic Backup Software
    • Portable external 7200 RPM hard drive with 250 GB capacity
    • Hot swappable; plug-and-play
    • USB 2.0 provides up to 480 Mb/sec data transfer rate; compatible with USB 1.1
    • Stands vertically or sits horizontally

    Reviews (9)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Like An Internal Hard Drive...On the Outside
    I've always been mildly amused at the pace and scope of storage in personal computers. Back in the dark days of college, when I had a Mac (and this is not meant as a slight to Mac users!), I think my hard drive tipped the scales at a muscular 500MB, or .5GBs in today's accepted measurement. And man, did that 500 do the trick - research papers don't take up too much digital room.

    I moved on years later to a Dell PC with a whopping 27GB hard drive. 27GB! "How will I ever fill that up!?" I wondered naively. Mere months later, I discovered how MP3s and .avi files and all their storage-y ilk take up lots of space in no time, and went out and got my non-space having self a shiny new 80GB internal hard drive to get some storage breathing room. Installing it was far from perfect (it didn't dock correctly, plus there were some recognition issues) and was far more effort than it should have been. To this day, the poor thing hangs at a 45 degree angle inside the computer tower, precariously balanced between the motherboard and the first hard drive.

    Back in the present, my current Dell came with 240GB, a robust-sounding storage number. "Surely," I thought, "I will never fill that much space," About 25GB away from filling the whole thing up and perceiving my computer slowing down just to comprehend all the data, I needed an answer. And, through amazon.com, I was directed to the Simpletech 250GB external hard drive, and I have nothing (well, mostly nothing) but nice things to say about it.

    Another reviewer here appeared to have a bad experience with his 250GB, and I feel for them - no one can ever expect technology to work flawlessly across the endless configurations out there in ComputaLand. But, if you have a system with USB 2.0 and Windows XP, I can't imagine an easier or more pleasant hard-drive experience than I had with this product.

    The drive itself is not small or large, resembling a Steven King hardcover in size (but not in content - out in bookstores now! King's latest masterwork, "Hard Drive of Sorrow"! Only 800 pages!). Handy mounts are included for those wishing to place the drive on its side, a la Playstation 2, so space should not be an issue, even on a crowded desk. It can also do nicely as a paperweight in a pinch. The readout on the face of the drive is simple and functional. The HAL-like red LED lets you know it's on - the green LED let's you know it's doing stuff. Simple...tech. Yep, pretty cut and dry on the outside. Wire-wise, the drive comes with its external power source and USB cable, so it's ready out of the box to plug in.

    And here's the beauty of it, at least for XP users - the drive is truly plug and play. Although the package came with two CDs of drivers and whatnot (including a tiny, rectangular CD with some kind of "data sync" software I haven't used), Windows recognized the drive immediately, no questions asked. No drivers to install, no installation wizards, no nothing. Boom - ready to go and store huge amounts of data.

    I'm no tech expert, so I don't know if the stated transfer rate of 480 MBS is high or low as industry standards for external drives go, but for the casual user, I saw no problems with the drive's speed. It took me perhaps 20 minutes to move close to 60GB of info, but I didn't sit there the whole time watching the progress bar. It seems quick enough, unless time is of the essence.

    The final positive is the on/off switch in the rear. As another reviewer astutely noted, by turning the thing off you're pretty much ensuring the safety of the info stored on the drive, though to be 100% safe, I think you'd need to disconnect the USB entirely. It's a nice feature to have, regardless.

    The couple of negatives for the drive are minor to me, but might be important to others. The green LED is slightly recessed and a little harder to see in the face of the drive, but it's visible. The drive also tends to make a high-pitched, but soft, whining noise when idling for a while. Those not disposed to soft, high-pitched whining noises should be aware of this, but I found it easily solved by some music or...the off button. Brilliant use of existing options, I say.

    So, even though I'm unable to comment on Simpletech's customer service or the long-time life of the drive, it does what it says it will do - store lots and lots of data in a timely manner and allow you to retrieve it. And, at the price, you simply can't go wrong. Pun intended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars work justfine
    Saw mixed review before I bought the hard driver. Since the price is so good, I gave it a try. It worked just fine and worked for every computer I have at home (Window XP home and professional edition). It requires no installation of any software. Just need to plug in and turn it on.

    It is quite and on/off to switch off when I don't use it. It is a USB2 external hard river; not a rocket science. I think the current technology is mature enough to make it work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works great right out of box, backup software ...
    ... is also easy to use.

    This Ext.HD looks great and the on/ off switch is nice to have. Although I've had it running continually for 1 month with no problems. I do a lot of video capture and editing and have had no problem with transfer speed.

    I read the review where the person had difficulty with drive assignment. While the Disk management will say the drive is healthy, new drives often need to be initialized in order to work properly. (Use help to get specific instructions it's really easy) Once initialization is complete the drive will function as if it were an internal drive.

    I like this drive so much I'm purchasing a second one. I've tried both enclosing an internal HD and several manufacturers of Ext HD, this one by far was the easiest to set up. All of them have the same performance. If you have trouble look to initialization or formatting to resolve your problem. Help will assist you identifying if you need to do either.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Macs can't boot from USB-only drives
    Mac users, be careful: Macs running OS X cannot boot from external USB drives. Only Firewire external drives are bootable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Copied 125 gb to my new drive.
    I love the fact that this drive has an on/off button. I paid more money for my Maxtor that didn't. I copied my movie collection to this drive with no problems. Also, this is a great price. ... Read more


    9. SanDisk SDCZ4-256-A10 256 MB Cruzer Micro
    by SanDisk
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $25.48
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001F21IS
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: SanDisk
    Sales Rank: 141
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The SanDisk Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive Quickly stores your documents, pictures, presentations, music and video clips easily then quickly transfers them to another computer with a USB port. This USB 2.0 Hi-speed flash drive is roughly half the size of SanDisk's Cruzer Mini, and music lovers of all ages will appreciate that Cruzer Micro can be expanded to deliver MP3 player functionality with the Cruzer Micro MP3 Companion (sold separately). Device is backwards compatible with USB 1.1. System requirements: Windows 98 or higher; Mac OS 9.1 or higher. ... Read more

    Features

    • Includes Windows software for data encryption, back-up, and synchronization
    • Compatible with Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP and Mac OS 9.1, OS X 10 and above
    • 256 MB flash memory drive
    • Connects via ultra-fast USB 2.0 (backward compatible with USB 1.1)
    • Change the color of your Cruzer with new covers and caps

    Reviews (42)

    4-0 out of 5 stars small, does what it says.
    it's tiny, cheap, and works as expected so far.Dosn't feel too fragile and the included rubber covers seem to be designed well, just make sure you push the cover on firmly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Micro is the best on the market
    The Micro continues to be my favorite flash drive, design and functionally; I have Micros of several sizes from 128MB to 1GB and I intend to get more as the capacity increases.

    This device transfers data to and from devices that support USB Flash drives (computers etc.) very quickly and efficiently, and requires absolutely no drivers in plug-and-play operating systems like Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Mac OS X.Use it as storage for your MP3 player, keep your important documents backed up on it, or even work right the drive--with performance like this, the possibilities are endless.The Micro also supposedly comes with built-in security for each unit, but I've never used it.

    The slim 'Micro' physical design also deserves a standing ovation.The actual unit is very short and isn't much wider than a USB port, so it fits anywhere.The cap is pretty smug and when you take it off to use the drive, it fits conveniently on the reverse end.If you loose the cap, it comes with extras, or you can buy them separately.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Model revision
    I am only giving three stars to the cruzer micro simply because i don't care for their revisions to the model. Outside of the revisions this is still a very sturdy and reliable drive. the first complaint is that there is no longer a blue LED light which was one of there "special features" and for me a selling point. it's back to crummy green. The second is that the body is no longer coated with a sturdy transparent plastic but now with a removable translucent one. The only advantage to the revision is now the protective cap actually stays on the unit for more than half an hour. I owned one of the original models and would gladly put up with no cap to have the original better looking drive. If you would like to see pictures of what this drive really looks like you need to go to the sandisk site.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Photo NOT accurate???
    I bought this specifically to put it on my key chain.When I got it, I checked to make sure I got the right model number, and then opened the package.The reason I looked is that it came with 2 colored plastic covers, and a shoe-lace like thing for your neck.The model number matched exactly though.

    But I should have looked at the picture too...the one I got does NOT match what is pictured here!!The piece at the top where you would put into your keychain is different!!The opening is rotated 90 degrees, and does NOT fit well on a keychain.Go to sandisk.com to see a picture of the "new" design (I will also try to add it here, above.)

    The drive works fine, but as another reviewer noted, what good is this thing if you dont have it with you all the time?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy and portable
    I bought this product in spite of several reviews I saw that claimed it stopped working after a month or two. I've had this small device for three months and it works as well as ever.

    Because of its small size, it can fit in between the other USB devices plugged into my computer. The cap, although slightly loose, stays on in pockets. It also comes with a larger cap to prevent scratches and damage, but it seems to be nearly indestructable anyway. I've dropped it several times, but it still functions perfectly.

    It comes with some encryption software pre-installed, but it's easily removed if you don't want it. Transfers are high-speed, and (with WinXP, anyway) you can configure it so you don't have to click the "safely remove hardware" icon before removing.

    Overall, this thing is great! Lots of space for a great price. 5 out of 5. ... Read more


    10. Western Digital 60GB Passport 2.5" External Hard Drive
    by Western Digital
    list price: $169.99
    our price: $151.04
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00092CK9I
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Western Digital
    Sales Rank: 431
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    Product Description

    WD PASSPORT EXT 60GB HD 5400RPM 2.5LP 2MB 1YR ... Read more

    Features

    • USB bus powered means no separate power supply needed for most systems
    • Cool-running hard drive and specially designed case make this a cool, safe place for your data
    • Easy to use--simply plug and go
    • Maximum protection from data loss with rugged, protective case and high shock tolerance
    • Small and light with elegant, energy-absorbing, soft-touch case

    11. Buffalo HD-H1.OTGL/R5 TeraStation Terabyte Network Attached Storage 1.0 TB
    by BUFFALO
    list price: $999.99
    our price: $950.94
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007MHF1I
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: BUFFALO
    Sales Rank: 3315
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Buffalo 1.6TB TeraStation NAS Storage Center Buffalo’s TeraStation Series of Terabyte Network Attached Storage offers powerful storage, server and multimedia solutions for both the SMB and consumer markets. Combining advanced fault tolerant data solutions, robust file security and Gigabit Ethernet networking, TeraStation allows users to deploy a simple, cost-effective data or media server to their office or home network in literally minutes without cutting corners on features or expandability.By offering a total of four USB 2.0 ports, the device can accommodate additional external USB hard drives for expanded networked storage or as backup targets. Additionally, a USB printer that can be attached and shared over the network via TeraStation’s built-in Print Server.Compatibility with Buffalo’s LinkTheater Wireless HD Media Player allows wired or wireless streaming of your multimedia files to your television in almost any audio, video or graphic format. With its sleek, aesthetic design and ultra-silent operation, the TeraStation will get envious looks whether it is located in a busy office environment or on the entertainment system in your living room without adding any distracting fan noise or taking up much space. ... Read more

    Features

    • Domain support to allow import of your current Groups and Users
    • Four operating modes for configuring internal drives
    • Robust user and group level permissions for securing network data shares
    • Gigabit Ethernet with Jumbo Frame support ensures speedy delivery
    • UPS compatibility allows for automatic or manual shutdowns when power is interrupted

    Reviews (2)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Some kinks, but not bad overall....
    The previous reviewer is right - this isn't a blazing fast device. On a 100mbit network, using raid 1, I got roughly 5-7MB/s. That's pretty slow but I probably couldn't expect much more from a 100mbit network anyway. I don't have a gig network to try this on.

    The previous reviewer said you can only FTP to one dir. He's right in that it only lets you set up one directory, but I've noticed that if you login as admin via ftp you get both arrays (assuming you are running raid 1) listed - array1 and array2, and you can go into either one. This is important for reasons I will describe later.

    Setup is trivial and takes five or ten minutes. The system comes with this "Easy Backup" software which makes simple backups (zip files) of directories you tell it to zip up on a periodic basis. There are few problems with the software - (1) it "detects" your Terastation - meaning that if you have any sort of software or hardware firewall it probably won't "detect" anything. I had to disable all my security for it to detect the terastation. No, it's not smart enough to let you punch in an IP. (2) The zips it saves on the Terastation are named in a meaningless way (987x9a.zip) - meaning that if you ever had to restore anything without EasyBackup you'd have a tough time finding the right zip. (3) It backs up everything every time it runs - there's no incremental backup. So if you have a 10GB directory to backup every day, in 10 days you'll have 100GBs of zip files that are nearly identical. (4) Speaking of which, it doesnt have any logical maximum to zip file sizes. If you give it a 10GB directory, it'll make a 10GB zip. Ever try and open a 10GB zip? It doesn't go so well. Overall, EasyBackup is an OK tool (it is, after all, free) but it isn't a particularly great one.

    The rest of my complaints have to do with Mac support. I bought the device to backup my PCs (array1) and my Mac (array2). My Mac has most of my videos, audio files, etc. I leaned towards the buffalo because it specifically supported both PCs and Macs either via Appletalk or SMB shares. Problem is, the Appletalk really doesn't work too well... When copying large files over Appletalk, it will error out "Disk is Full" (it's not). Try and copy the same file from a Unix shell with cp (rather than drag and drop via finder), and you get the same error. This brings us to the second set of problems. "Long" file names, or file names with certain characters in them - ', &, etc. The buffalo doesn't like these either, and if you have thousands of audio files that may contain either long file names or odd characters, it becomes nearly impossible to go through each one looking for ones that might cause problems. Ok, so I can't copy big (>2GB) files and I can't copy files with special characters. At least not via Appletalk or mounting it as a samba share on my mac.

    Remember how you can access any directory if you ftp as admin? Well, this is a good thing because, for some reason, all of the above problems with the mac support dissapear if you copy the files via FTP. I copied a few 5GB files with no problems and plenty of long file names with odd characters. For you technical folk - oddly enough, if you use the shell based smbclient command to copy files the problems also dissapear.

    Conclusion?

    The software it comes with is mediocre. You'll want better backup software. The speed is OK - not fast - not slow. If you are using this as a backup device, whether your backup runs from 1am to 4am or 1am to 2am doesn't really matter to you does it? It's fast enough to play video off of, or listen to music off of. Mac support is there but has a few kinks.

    If you are looking for a high speed dedicated disk system to serve up videos and audio to your whole house - this is probably not the best device. In that case, build yourself a PC with a 1TB of disk space - it'll be faster and more flexible. If you are looking for a no-hassle (set it and forget it) backup device and don't care too much about how fast your backups are, the buffalo terastation is a good choice.




    2-0 out of 5 stars RAID 5 Operating Mode is SLOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW!!!
    I was excited when I was finally able to pick up the 1.0gb Terastation at Fry's 3/14. Got it home and followed the start-up manual for setting up a RAID 5 array (700gb total capacity -- not the 750gb volume as advertised).

    Immediately I noticed very slow writes when copying files to the Terasation (63 seconds to copy an 80mb file; 2:24 minutes to copy a 140gb file). I had the unit plugged into a Netgear 5-port gigabit switch and was copying files from a gigabit equipped workstation; therefore, I know the slow copy issue is not network related.

    I called Buffalo Tech Support; they could provide no useful answers and escaled the problem to a senior support specialist, then said I would receive a call from him within 48 hours. I then investigated the problem on my own by reformatting the unit into Spanning mode (1tb config). The copy times were significantly better (15 seconds to copy an 80mb file) and what I would normally expect across a gigabit backbone. Next I tried RAID 1 (mirroring mode) and copy times were only slightly slower than Spanning mode; again as expected due to writing across two drives. But when I switched back to RAID 5 again I had very slow write times.

    Another call to tech support revealed that RAID 5 mode is software-based, not hardware based which obviously is the problem. However, there is no mention of this in Buffalo's literature about the Terastation. Again they could not supply any solutions to the problem. Incidentally, I never received any call backs from their senior support person. So they then told me that someone from the engineering staff would call me the next business day. I'm still waiting.

    I could only recommend this product if you want to use in Spanning mode, but then of course you need a way to back-up 900mb worth of data. RAID 1 only mirrors 2 individual drives so you only get two 230gb volumes, even though there are four separate 250gb drives in the unit. It would be more logical to RAID two drives together into a 500mb volume then mirror that to another 500mb volume but the set-up doesn't allow you do this.

    This could have been a good product but it's half-baked and tech support is useless. I'd wait on buying until they work the bugs out.
    ... Read more


    12. Sandisk 512 MB Cruzer Titanium (SDCZ3-512-A10)
    by SanDisk
    list price: $199.99
    our price: $51.08
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001FV3AK
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: SanDisk
    Sales Rank: 214
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Cruzer™ Titanium is an exceptionally stylish, extremely rugged and incredibly fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed flash drive, designed to withstand harsh working environments and operating conditions, and physically protect the valuable data of business and power users. Cruzer Titanium is virtually indestructible*, featuring a titanium-coated metal casing for unprecedented durability. The SanDisk Cruzer Titanium is one of the fastest USB flash drives on the market with a write speed rating of 13 megabytes (MB) per second and a read speed of 15MB per second.

    Advanced Features:
    • Extremely Rugged - Crush-resistant to 2,000 lbs.
    • Nearly 3 times faster than other USB flash drives
    • Store all your data, pictures, music and more
    • 15MB/sec read and 13MB/sec write speeds
    • Store all your data, pictures, music and more
    • Titanium-coated metal casing is hardened to provide extra protection against inevitable rough handling
    • Comes bundled with the CruzerLock™ software, CruzerSync™, Cruzer PocketCache™
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Compatible with Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP and Mac OS 9.1, OS X 10 and above
    • 512 MB flash memory drive
    • Connects via ultra-fast USB 2.0 (backward compatible with USB 1.1)
    • Liquidmetal space-age metal casing that is crush-resistant over 2,000 pounds
    • Includes Windows software for data encryption, back-up, and synchronization

    Reviews (41)

    5-0 out of 5 stars da best
    As a gadget lover, I've had many usb drives (u name it) and so far
    this one is the best of them all.. very rugged and reliable; the cap-less design ALONE is reason enough to buy it over the rest, BELIEVE me, I don't have to worry again about loosing those stupid caps.. the design is very simple yet elegant. If you have a Mac PowerBook, it looks like a Mac drive..hehNow regarding speed, it is blazing fasst and the indigo blue led is very very cool.

    Buy it, I can assure you this is the best drive out there. Sandisk is coming out with a 1 and 2 Gigs versions soon.

    BTW, you don't need that software. its worthless.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well Worth the Money
    After a lot of research I was stuck between Cruzer Titanium and Apacer Handy Steno HT203. My main preference was performance and design. Both of these flash drives are great in terms of no issues of losing caps. Titanium was a bit expensive but finally I got a very good deal at staples and bought it out for $40. Some users expreienced some issues that I didn't, mainly 1)It worked for me in all USB ports for my computer (I have front ones too), 2) As per arstechnica.com this drive is not bootable, but I was able to make it bootable and was able to boot. I used the known HP utiltiy; you do need a version of DOS so do make a DOS diskette handy, 3) Although the included software for synch and backup was trial initially, Sandisk has made it free and full functional in the new version for Cruzer titanium drives and believe me all three included utilities are worth the money. Moreover the software can also sych files and folders other than outlook in new version. The included keychain was a bit difficult to stuck in and I did scratch the drive a bit while doing that. Performance wise the drive ran three times faster on my machine compared to my friend's 1GB Apacer Handy Steno HT203. I cannot comment on the reliability of the drive as its too early for me, but you do get 5 years of warranty. Overall I am happy.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Believe the bad reviews
    You should believe the bad reviews on this product.I took a chance because I loved the design.Bad mistake.

    I needed the piece of junk at a customer site and it let me down after less than six months of owning it and light use.It just stopped working.There was no possibility of recovery.It never went near a magnetic field -- I was very careful.

    SanDisk can count on me never buying their products again!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great little USB drive
    So far this is a great little drive.It's much smaller then some other USB drives that I've seen, and the capacity is great at 512 meg.I've had it since December 2004 so I'm on month 4, we'll see if it quits working as others have said, but so far I love it.

    The only minor complaint that I have, ok actually 2 very minor things.

    1.The ring that attaches to the end of the unit where you clip on the strap was EXTREMELY annoying to get on the device. In fact if you look at the pictures the one where it shows the ring, you can tell that that user also had to stretch the ring out quite a bit to get it in place.I had to use several tools to wedge it into the small space and spin it around to get it into place.

    2.The slide mechanism seems to be a little difficult to use.Although this seems to have loosened up a bit through use, when I first got it I had to use two hands to extend the USB connector.But I do really love the ability to retract the connector.

    So long as it doesn't die on me, I do reccommend this drive.

    4-0 out of 5 stars high price per Mb, but nice
    I've been using the cruzer USB key drive for a few months now and it has served me well so far.It's sort of crazy that people are complaining about attaching the key ring; this only takes about 30sec if you have any competence with tools (i.e. a pair of needle nose pliers).

    One odd thing is that it gets pretty warm if you leave the drive pluggedin too long (a few hours).I'm not sure if this is because of the blue led on top, or due to the actual memory circuits.There doesn't seem to be any functional consequences to the heat build-up, but it probably doesn't do good things for the longevity of the drive.

    Bottom line:It looks cool and works well. ... Read more


    13. LaCie 500 GB FireWire Big Disk Extreme External Hard Drive (300871)
    by Lacie
    list price: $429.00
    our price: $364.79
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001PFO5U
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Lacie
    Sales Rank: 1583
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    LaCie (LAC300871) 500GB Fire Wire Big Disk ... Read more

    Features

    • Large storage capacity
    • Transfer rates of up to 50 percent faster than first-generation FireWire 800 drives
    • Maximum data throughput using FireWire 800
    • Ideal for video editing, video RAID and 2D/3D imaging

    Reviews (13)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy Installation, Fast, Flexible for the Future
    On a Mac, with OS-X, the installation was a breeze - just plug it in!The drive is fast with Firewire 400, and in the future I can use the drive with Firewire 800 (when I catch up to the latest technology).

    I daisy chained the LaCie drive to my Maxtor by simply connecting the cables.It worked as I expected, the very first time I used it.Moving my files was faster than I expected, and completed without a hitch.

    LaCie includes all the cables you could possibly need, along with drivers (for you Windoze people), electronic manuals and a nice utility to backup or synchonize files (in native format, so no special software is needed to use them in the future) from any one drive to any other drive.

    I look forward to many years of use with this drive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Seem to be better with Macs.
    I have been using this drive for three months now.I plugged it into my Mac G5 and it has been flawless.No driver or software was needed.It just started working, and has never stopped.I routinely transfer large files (> 30 gigs.) with out a hitch.Fire Wire 800 is super fast and the drive is nearly silent.I'm not sure what more I could ask from a hard drive.In a word, it has been perfect.Sorry, to hear the all the problems from Windows useres.It almost sounds as if this drive was engineered with Macs in mind.

    5-0 out of 5 stars No problems on a Mac
    I've been using the 500 GB drive for the last 6 months to back up files and swap files between 3 different Mac's: a 1.25 Ghz 15 inch G4 powerbook, a dual 1Ghz G4, and a dual 2Ghz G5. Using OX 10.3 on all machines.I've had no problems at all. I use the firewire 800 interface.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I cant get LaCie to tell me
    Where to send the drive for repair under warranty... I could not see any address or number to call in their site, nor in the warranty papers attached to the drive...And a return number is needed...
    My warranty espires soon, and there is a risk of losing it if I cant ship it on time..
    Can any one help me please?
    Thanks
    yuval@mivzak.com

    1-0 out of 5 stars A programmer's perspective...
    It's alarming to see a Lacie rep posted a 5 star review of their own product here. I was going to refrain from adding my own negative experience, but this is infuriating.

    I purchased the Lacie 500GB drive approximately 1 month before SP2 came out. Upon SP2's release, the drive repeatedly failed. Lacie's customer service works like this: (A) you send them a detailed technical note, explaining all you've done to test the drive, all the evidence supporting what the problems are, etc., and (B) they reply exactly 72 hours later with dumbed down form question and suggestions. (A) you reply 5 minutes later with accurate, constructive responses. Guess what? (B) they reply 72 hours later, again, with more bad questions and form suggestions. All said, I spent over 1 week with them, with no progress made.

    Personally, I'm a software developer and I am sensitive to the difficulty of programming for hardware that might have a changing context [like an upgraded OS]. However, there's no technical reason why Lacie couldn't quickly have rolled out a firmware update that worked in SP2. Their failure to design a device that could be updated using a standard USB (U=universal!) interface suggests a lack of foresight.When this happened, they should've volunteered to pay shipping both ways and fix the devices.

    As for the rep's expectation that purchasers of the drive should monitor press releases, that's crazy. I read all kinds of tech publications - online and off - and I caught no wind of the issue.

    I can accept the fact that one day the drive didn't work. I can't accept that their website didn't offer a quick solution.

    Ultimately I switched to Maxtor and will never switch back. ... Read more


    14. LaCie 250GB Firewire Desktop Hard Drive ( 300703U ) P3 design by FA Porsche
    by Lacie
    list price: $199.00
    our price: $172.89
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000117D9O
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Lacie
    Sales Rank: 1153
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    LACIE 250GB FWIRE HD 7200RPM PORCHSE DESIGN ... Read more

    Features

    • Save photos, MP3s, videos
    • Stackable to save desk space
    • Fast FireWire connection
    • Back up valuable information

    Reviews (11)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great drive
    This drive has been excellent for recording many gigabytes of real-time HDTV video. The thing to remember is that you must first have a very high quality and short cable (don't skimp and be cheap; be prepared to pay premium price). Also, choose Firewire over USB. Finally, make sure you format the drive to NTFS. (The default FAT32 format can be problematic for very large data storage. This also means if you don't have Windows 2000 or XP, then you should expect problems if you're storing large files. For best performance with high capacity drives, you need Windows XP.) If you do all this, the drive should give you a very reliable and trouble-free performance.

    1-0 out of 5 stars never buy a Lacie hard drive again!
    i spent 200 bulks to buy this hard drive and it stores tons of my important data. but suddently, it frozen up and refuse to transfering data. i am so upset and so mad about this. so my advice is never buy a lacie's hard drive.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Bad Bad
    I got two of these. One is totally dead. The other is almost dead. Some folders can't be read now. I lost many important data. Lacie, I will never use it any more.

    5-0 out of 5 stars No Problems After More Than a Year !
    I bought this hard drive on August 30, 2003.I haven't had a problem since, and I've been using it practically everyday.

    I use an Apple iBook, using Firewire, to transfer my information to and from the drive.In my opinion, much of the issues that have been written here are in regards to users who chose the USB 2.0 version, rather than the Firewire version.The data transfer rate for Firewire is much more reliable than USB 2.0.

    I have found the LaCie drive to be simple, well-designed, sleek and reliable.The drive makes minimal noise compared to other brands I have used.The only times that I found it hot, were normally because I had placed something that has disruppted the fan from circulating enough air.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking to store large amounts of data in a minimal amount of space.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lacie 250 GB external Hard Drive
    I got a 200 GB external about a year ago and it still works like its brand new. Because of this i ordered another one instead of looking for a different brand. I know many people that have gone with other brands that have worked fine but when you go and try to move them to a different office and they get bumped once your in trying to get the thing fixed. I have droped my LaCie a few times and it hits the ground hard but i dont worry about it because it always works after i do that. I strongly recommend this to anyone wanting an external hard drive.Oh and the transphering rate is one of the bests. I work with a lot of video stuff and i never get a loss in quality when i transpher stuff to it. ... Read more


    15. Maxtor E01G300 OneTouch II 300 GB External Hard Drive
    by Maxtor
    list price: $299.99
    our price: $249.84
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000621S4Y
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Maxtor
    Sales Rank: 1918
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    OneTouch II 300GB, 7200RPM, External USB 2.0 & FireWire Hard Drive ... Read more

    Features

    • Easy-to-use software lets you setup automatic backups, manage your power settings, and password protect your files with Maxtor DriveLock
    • Default installation backs up every local drive automatically
    • 7200 RPM
    • 16 MB Cache
    • Average Seek Time - 9 milliseconds

    Reviews (13)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not compatible with Windows MCE and Bad Tech Support
    I find it interesting that a drive heavily marketed to store multimedia files including videos, pictures, and music ISN'T compatible - according to Maxtor technical support - with Windows Media Center Edition (I'm running 2005 on a Toshiba Qosmio F15). In my month-long research, I found nothing that suggested it wasn't compatible. I figured I'd found the best value of available drive to handle my regular backups and my growing media collection. Guess I was wrong.

    Here's my story: I received the drive today. Followed the instructions to setup, and then waited until Windows MCE found the drive. Went to format with NTFS, per the Maxtor instructions. After about one minute, I receive an error message stating that "Windows was unable to complete the format" followed by my computer locking up. Did I mention that there was a loud clunking noise about every 15 seconds from the drive? I turned off the drive, rebooted OS. Now, every 5 seconds the drive makes the same clunking noise, and I still cannot format the drive; that's if my OS doesn't lock up in the process. I called Maxtor tech support and explained the problem. First of all, I hate most tech support people (Not all, some are very good!) for the same reason that was confirmed by the person with whom I spoke. No personality. No sense of concern for the fact I just spent lots of $$ on their product, expecting for the - gee, simple wish - that it'd work. After explaining my situation (for which I think the guy could've cared less - I hope Maxtor is reading this...) the guy said, "Well, Maxtor doesn't support Windows MCE with this drive." To which I replied, "But you market it as useful for backing up multimedia, with which I use MCE to do!" His response was something like, we don't support it. That could be your problem. Perhaps you should test it on another computer. Hmm, great idea, if I had another computer handy, but I don't. What floored me was that he could offer no explanation for the clunking sound, other than basically it was my problem. Also, I remarked that it doesn't make sense that Maxtor folks can't take time out of their day to test it on MCE.

    Lesson learned: I'm returning this drive and shopping other manufactures. See ya, Maxtor. If your stuff is broken, doesn't work on an OS that IS all about multimedia (to which you market it as being useful), and your tech support people are as friendly as IRS agents, then my business goes elsewhere.

    Why the two stars? Well, at least it looks cool and shiny. And it has potential as a doorstop.

    If for some reason I am able to set it up on another computer, I'll revise my post to be fair, but I still can't use it on my computer, which I don't know, kinda defeats the whole purpose.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME...(what is wrong with these other reviewers???)
    * This brand has never failed me.I bought my first 40GB 4 years ago.It has operated every day since then with no problems.

    * I have bought two 300 GB drives of this model in the last 3 months.Again, no problems AT ALL!

    * I have one 300 on a PC and another on a Mac.Again, no issues.

    * The reviewer commenting about "But Not Really an External "Hard Drive" must be smoking crack.That is a bit harsh, but I have no idea what his problem is.This drive stores and accesses any file you put on it.

    * Back in the day, I had a Buslink.It died and took my precious data with it.I am done with that brand forever.So, I can understand how one bad experience can shape other reviewers' opinions. I must say, however, I have five Maxtor externals and they've all been bulletproof so far.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Highly suspect quality control and a warranty to match
    My first drive died under warranty (phew) so Maxtor replaced it. The second drive died out of warranty. Then the replacement drive went not long after. See a pattern?

    I've never seen drives die so quickly. I've had externals last for several years (and I sold them before they ever died).

    I'm not likely to buy Maxtor again. Of course, I told them this and I could practially hear the shrugged shoulders over the phone. They probably think, "Hey, our drives are everywhere like Costco. We'll keep selling drives to new customers no matter how many old customers we loose."

    4-0 out of 5 stars Software doesn't work with Mac OS X Tiger
    Just a bit of warning since I didn't know this until I received my OneTouch today. The software that comes with the hard drive doesn't work with Tiger. I imagine there will be an upgrade at some point but as for now, the button on the front is useless since it doesn't do anything without the software.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Bad hardware
    For the price you pay, you would think Maxtor would put some quality hardware into this 300gb external bad boy. But just two months after buying it for $250, the harddrive no longer would show up under "My Computer" (regardless of whether I used the firewire or USB cables). After speaking with their tech support (of which I didnt have to wait very long, so kudos on that) I was told the harddrive was suffering from a bad power supply w/in the casing (not the cable).

    To make matters worse, Maxtor will not help you retrieve the data at all. Their responsibility is only to replace the hardware (which they are doing since its obviously still under warranty). But now I have to pay an upwards of $200 to get all my backed up data transferred to the new harddrive! (If you do it yourself, it voids the warranty).

    Like most people, these large external harddrives are used as backups - it would only make sense that the hardware not be faulty. Now, I'm in the midst of getting my backup data backed up. Yeesh!

    Other than that, the harddrive worked great. Fan is not so noisy (but I havent compared it to other harddrives in its class). And the outer casing is rock solid. Cant tell you much about their backup software since I didnt bother installing it, but its not necessary to use the harddrive. ... Read more


    16. Seagate 400 GB External USB 2.0/FireWire Hard Drive with Backup
    by Seagate Hard Drives
    list price: $349.99
    our price: $305.89
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0006FS2FY
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Seagate Hard Drives
    Sales Rank: 3366
    Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Live large, store small.

    Pushbutton backup or storage-only model, the choice is yours. Both models offer state-of-the-art features and work-of-art design. They’re exceptionally durable, perfectly portable and delightfully stackable.

    • Choose the pushbutton backup solution and safegard your data. You’ll never have to worry about losing your important files again. And you have the versatility of connecting via USB 2.0 or FireWire.
    • Looking for an economical storage-only solution? Get high-capacity, lower-cost storage with the USB 2.0 drive. You’ll save money as well as your data.
    • Beautifully engineered, inside and out.
    • Sleek and elegant structure actually dissipates heat, so they run much cooler than any other external drives.
    • Hot-swappable, so you can connect and disconnect without turning off your computer, with an on/off switch for the utmost in ease and convenience.
    • They work with your PC and Mac.
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Stackable external 7,200-rpm hard drive with a 400 GB capacity and an 8 MB cache
    • Offers a choice of USB 2.0 and FireWire (IEEE 1394a) interfaces (both cables provided)
    • Built-in self-monitoring technology continuously checks the drive for data safety and drive performance
    • Hot-swappable, so you can connect and disconnect without turning off your computer
    • Includes award-winning BounceBack Express software; backup your files with a schedule and/or at the touch of a button

    Reviews (28)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible, bad drive
    So, I'm in the same boat with everybody else here.The drive likes to "sleep" on me.The technical support folks said that this is a "feature" of the drive, and that it will shut itself down after X period of time.The sleep feature is apparently a one-way ticket, as it cannot be awakened with anything other than rebooting the stupid thing.It's really annoying when you're trying to use iTunes and use it as your MP3 drive or anything like that.

    Their support are not very helpful on this, and I'll probably NEVER buy another Seagate drive again.It's unfortunate for them, since I work at a large company and have definite purchase decision making capabilities.

    I'd RUN from them and buy something else that works.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This drive, and it's internal equivalent are unreliable
    I purchased 2 of the external 400G drives, and 2 of the internal drives when they first became available. I wish that I had waited for the reviews. All 4 have given me nothing but troubles. All of the drives experience the same problem. After copying large amounts of data to or from the drives, they spin down with a loud click. When the internal drives do this, my pc locks up, and I must reboot. When the external drives do it, they can be power cycled and return for several more Gigs of copy before repeating the problem. At first, the problem was intermittent, but now it's regular enough that I plan to call Seagate tomorrow to get replacements. My recommendation is to stay clear of these drives. I wish that I had. Maybe the Hitachi 400 Gig drives will be better.

    1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS DRIVE
    Pay attention to all the negative reviews. I wish I had read them before I bought this drive. It is a piece of junk. Don't waste your time on it. Do not buy it at any price - even free. This drive will work every once in a while. Do you want a drive that sometimes works?

    1-0 out of 5 stars 3 drives in all. Delayed write failed
    I'm not going to bash any one here.Originally the warranty department was a bit difficult to deal with but after I was put in touch with a specific person regarding my issues...well I cannot say I've had better service.

    I'm working with
    Windows 2000 Professional
    AMD XP 1700 Processor
    768mb of Memory
    740gb of internal hard drive space
    ECS K7s5a mother board

    I tried all the suggestions regarding disabling anti virus software or any other software that would be running in the background, disconnecting any other USB 2 devices and still had the problem.

    I also know of one other individual that has encountered the error who was running Windows XP.

    Seagate has provided a solution but the issue with the drive was never resolved.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Guess I lucked out
    Reading the reviews now, I guess I lucked out -- or something is fixed. I've had the 200G model for quite awhile (trouble free), so when I quickly needed to add some more HD space, I ordered the 400G here without even bothering to notice its rating. As I mainly use it as a cache for avi's and dvd images prior to burning, I certainly should be subject to the problems outlined here, but never so much as a beep has occured under 24/7 usage for more then 2 months.In fact after seeing the messages here right now, I just went back to check the system log (XP/SP2) to verify -- no problems have ever showed.
    The irony is that I'm here because I was going to buy another one ... and am now in a quandary, lol ... Read more


    17. Pexagon MD4GBBP Microdrive, 4GB, Hitachi, Blister
    by Pexagon
    list price: $199.99
    our price: $156.74
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0006ZSVY6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Pexagon
    Sales Rank: 1527
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    MicroDrive 3K4 4GB, 3600RPM, External CompactFlash Hard Drive ... Read more

    Features

    • Break traditional capacity barriers for handheld electronic devices
    • Carry a whole continent of maps or 1,000 songs in your pocket
    • Deliver high performance, low power consumption, and reliability in a compact physical package
    • Enable cost-effective storage solutions for products with revolutionary features and functions
    • Utilize an industry-standard interface and form factor to accelerate new product design and innovation

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
    I bought this with a few concerns. But I am so impressed. A Hitachi 4GB microdrive.It's just great.It works brilliantly in my Canon EOS 20D. I can get almost 1,000 picts at high JPG resolution.I've not had a single problem with it.Well worth the money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars works fantastic in Canon 20D, no fragility problems....
    so, i bought the 2GB Hitachi Microdrive for my girlfriend when i got her a brand new Canon 20D.... fantastic camera, and you would think that she would have no problems with 2GB worth of room (500+ pictures).... i was wrong.... several shoots later of waterfowl along the coast she kept filling the 2GB card due to the continuous shoot mode of the 20D (5 pics/second for 5 seconds)... she then had to 'borrow' my 1/2 GB compact flash card from my Canon 410... so i looked up what the 4GB microdrive was going for and was very pleased to see this drive listed... was hesitant at first in terms of the Pexagon label, but found out that they are just a US distributor for Hitachi.... so i took the plunge and am very glad of it....reformatted the card with the camera just to make sure it was all set and it has worked flawlessly ever since....she has yet to fill it on a single shoot!!! (although she has come close a couple of times)... and thus far we have never had an issue with either microdrive, especially in terms of reliability... i know some folks are concerned about shock ratings and the like, but as long as you take care of the card as well as you take care of your camera i don't see from an engineering perspective why there would be any issues....great buy!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The real thing
    This is a genuine Hitachi microdrive in original packaging. The word 'Pexagon' nowhere to be seen. Excellent value.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's really a Microdrive!
    If you're looking for a Microdrive, you can't beat the price of this particular distribution. The units I recieved were exactly the same model number as the unit supplied with the JVC Everio camcorder I recently purchased. I feared that the low price implied that the performace specs would differ but they don't.

    If you own a digital SLR or any digital camera that takes CF Type II cards, these drives are great! My Nikon D100 will store 1200+ hi-res 5 Megapixel JPEG compressed images using a 4GB drive. I now own three of the 4GB drives and one 1GB drive. I think 3.5 hours of video or 3,900 images should get me through most vacations without running out of space. The last trip I took to Cambodia I was forced to either delete photos or burn CDs. That's not an issue with these drives. Supposedly 6GB & 8GB versions will be released later in 2005. When those become available shooting in RAW will be practical and the lossy JPEG format will be a thing of the past. ... Read more


    18. LaCie 160GB d2 External Hard Drive Extreme with USB2.0 and FireWire 400/800 Interfaces (Model 300768)
    by Lacie
    list price: $189.99
    our price: $163.39
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00064FXSY
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Lacie
    Sales Rank: 1292
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Next-Generation Speed
    Equipped with the fastest-ever FireWire standard, this drive is capable of reaching transfer speeds of up to 61MB/s for FireWire 800 users, up to 400MBits/s for FireWire 400 users, and up to 480Mbits/s for USB 2.0 users. This drive’s triple interface, 7200 rpm speed and 8MB buffer make it the fastest-possible storage solution for digital content creators.

    Versatile Design
    Made of a metal alloy that dissipates heat and prolongs drive performance, the LaCie d2 Hard Drive features a slender, stylish case that offers versatile desktop and rackmount configuration options. A space-saving drive stand allows for upright desktop use, while an optional rack-mounting kit enables configuration in standard 19-inch racks. This drive also features a fan-free design for quiet operation.

    Universal Ease Of Use
    With plug and play convenience, LaCie d2 Hard Drives are hot-pluggable for file transfer and data sharing. With the appropriate cable, LaCie’s new hard drives can be connected to any computer equipped with FireWire 800 (9-pin), FireWire 400 (6-pin), iLink (4-pin), USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 ports, making it the most universal drive ever.

    Unlimited Uses
    Chained and striped in a FireWire 800 RAID 0 configuration, LaCie d2 Hard Drives can reach unprecedented sustained transfer rates of up to 100MB/s, making them ideal for working with professional video in high-end workstation and small-server environments.

    Features

    • FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 interface for universal connectivity
    • Storage capacity up to 250GB
    • Sturdy, aluminum design
    • Stable drive stand for upright use
    • Fan-free design for quiet operation
    • Kensington® lock compatible
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Mac and PC compatible
    • FireWire 800, FireWire 400, i.Link, USB 1.1, and USB 2.0 connectivity
    • Up to 800 Mbps per bus and up to 61 MB/s per drive burst
    • Second-generation FireWire 800 chipset (up to 50 percent faster for small blocks)
    • Stackable, upright, rack-mount or daisy-chain configurations

    Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works fine under Mac OS 10.4.1 and Linux but not in Windows
    I had hoped to be able to use this drive under all three operating systems.Unfortunately (and I blame Microsoft for this)
    you can use it EITHER with FAT32/NTFS partitions OR with HFS+ and Unix partitions, but not both. (Windows looks for a FAT sector at the beginning, whereas OS 10 put in a Mac sector.)

    I connect to the Mac with Firewire 400, and to the Linux box with USB 2.0.

    I can boot my Powerbook from the Lacie Drive (after backing up the system withSiverKeeper.
    Fedora Core 3 (kernel 2.6.11) automounts all the partitions and I was able to convert the BSD Unix partition to ext3, and create a
    FAT32 partition (with parted) on the remaining free space.
    Linux allowed me to back up the NTFS and FAT partitions from
    the Windows disk to that partition (but windows still does not see it). I am not sure I can restore the NTFS files.

    So if you want to use it on Windows you have to format it as FAT32 for the Mac also, which is sort of silly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wish this had been around sooner
    Stylish looking case aside, this hard drive does what I needs it to - and a bit more.The fact that it automatically powers on when I turn on my computer is a plus, so it's tucked out of sight.Quiet and pretty darn responsive (it only lags when I don't access it every five or so minutes - darn power saving feature)

    Works well with Mac OS 9 & 10.3 - but then external hard drives from LaCie/APS Tech have never given me much of any problem (this is my fifth external hard drive in 10 years - my storage needs keep on outgrowing these hard drives before they wear out!) I probably should have gotten the 250 GB version, but this seemed to be the best bang for the buck.

    The multiple ports are useful too, since I was migrating from an ancient beige Mac with a USB card in it to a newer G4.Just saved all the important information over to it, then plugged it into the new Mac's firewire port.Simple as that.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sturdy, fast, quiet
    I work at a university.Our IT group supplied us with a server (an Apple Xserve) but no means to back it up.I do not have physical access to the server and must back it up over the network.The included Silverkeeper backup software could not handle backing up a large amount of data (~40 GB) over the network, so I got a copy of BounceBack Express from CMSProducts and it works great.

    These LaCie drives are fast, quiet, and durable.The multitude of ports (USB 2.0, FW400 & FW800) ensures that they'll be able to connect to virtually any type of computer.Out of the box they were ready to be used with our Macs - this means that you'll have to reformat it if you're using Windows.

    The package includes the drive, a power adapter, a USB cable, a FW400 cable and a FW800 cable.Something interesting about FireWire is that you can daisy-chain it.I have the first drive connected to my eMac via FW400.The second drive is connected via FW800 (since there's only one FW400 port on each drive) to the back of the first drive.It works great.Transfers between the two drives are very fast. I get sustained transfer rates of at least 30 MB/second when connected to my eMac via FW400...can't ask for much better than that.I've also had no issues burning DVDs at 8x speed.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment...
    This hard drive completely and totally died 14 months after purchase.Since it was 2 months past warranty, I'm totally out of luck.
    LaCie Tech Support was incredibly unhelpful; the most astonishing comment was that I "should find a gearhead" to look at it.(Hmmm...seems to me that's why one calls tech support, isn't it?)Friends in England have reported the same sort of cavalier attitude from LaCie Tech Support in the UK, so obviously this is the way LaCie does business.
    Is it worth taking in somewhere to get it fixed and paying at least half the price of a new one?No.I'll just try another manufacturer's drive.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Badly designed product, incorrect user's manual
    All I wanted was a backup drive for my laptop.Apparently, that's really difficult.This overly complicated drive required me to figure out how to read up on how to partition it and then never even gave me the option.Once I plugged it in, the Wizard comes up, I followed the directions, and then it went a head and partitioned itself... to a format called DFSB (or something), which is not what the manual said it should be (should be NSFB or something equally obvious.)So I promptly contacted Amazon returns.In this day and age, design this bad should make LaCie go out of business. ... Read more


    19. LaCie d2 DVD±RW with LightScribe 16x
    by Lacie
    list price: $179.99
    our price: $155.79
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    Asin: B0007LXRC0
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Lacie
    Sales Rank: 3915
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Combining four DVD formats in one device, this all-in-one rewritable drive provides Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and FireWire ports for easy connection to any PC or Mac, making it the most versatile drive available. Sporting LaCie’s original aluminum d2 Design, it can be integrated into standard 19 computer and audio equipment racks or stand alone on a desktop. This powerful drive features innovative LightScribe labeling technology, which burns custom, silkscreen-quality, precise images directly onto your discs using the very same laser that burns data. ... Read more

    Features

    • Bundled with Easy CD & DVD Creator 6.2, Easy Media Creator 7, DVDMax Player, Toast Lite 6.0 and 5.2.2
    • Records to Double Layer DVD+R, DVD±R/RW, and CD-R/RW
    • Masters up to 8.5 GB DVD-Videos from your desktop
    • Provides Hi-Speed USB and FireWire for both PCs and Macs
    • Features LightScribe for direct disc custom labeling

    Reviews (4)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Feeling kind of iffy, but I guess I'll keep it
    I just finished burning a CD-ROM to follow up on a job interview I had yesterday.I used the Verbatim CD-R that came with the drive.I burned the label first (maybe that was my mistake?) and then popped the CD into my Mac to do a simple drag, drop and burn.The Mac wouldn't recognize it, so I popped it back into the LaCie.I still got a disc unrecognized error, but I pressed on.I burned the disc and then got an error.Unfortunately, I didn't make note of it.Afterwards, I tried to verify the disc and got an error.I've gotten errors before, so I didn't think anything of it.Popped the CD into my Mac and it got stuck!It spun around and around, making weird noises and took me forever to eject it.Then I put it in the LaCie and it got stuck in there, too!Now I'm stuck with an unusable CD I was supposed to mail today.I'm hesitant to buy more media because I don't want to waste the money, but I have to send this disc.I just dashed off an 'e' to LaCie.Hopefully they will have something helpful to say this time.I sent a note last week about disc artifacts and audio sync problems on my DVDs and the brilliant tech told me to use the discs recommended by LaCie.Well, duh!How stupid do they think I am?Still waiting on a response to my response to that.Tech support is slow and their stupid list of FAQs on their site is useless as I don't think it gets updated.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Something for both platforms
    There is no denying Lacie makes a great set of products - nice brushed alumanum casing, drives that sense when the computer turns on and off - and its compatible with both Mac and PC.I happen to use both.

    Burning CDs is a cinch (I have yet to do a DVD) and the Lightscribe program gives you a good basic set of tools to create labels for your CD.People with greater needs for graphic and type control will probably want to import their CD labels into the Lightscribe program rather than rely on the basic presets and type controls controls that went out of style ten years ago.So far though, I'm satisfied - and the lightscribe program is only version 1.0 so there's going to be an upgrade sooner or later.

    The reason that this didn't get 5 stars is because the software came on a DVD.Here I am with two computers, both of them with a CD-ROM drive, and they couldn't fit 123 MB of programs on one CD.By e-mail they suggested I put the disk in the drive, and it would be automatically recognised.Wrong.Luckily, I have access to a DVD drive on another computer, and I burned a CD-ROM image of the offending DVD.Loaded the software in that way and got the thing working.

    It's a shame that software and hardware vendors assume everyone has the latest and greatest gadgets humming at their desks.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lightscribe or Double Layer DVD, but not both
    If you want to burn a double layer DVD with a Lightscribe label you're going to have to wait until they make the media for it. Right now, as far as I can discover, you can either get Lightscribe-able CDs or 4.7 GB DVDs from Verbatim, but they don't make double layer DVDs that are also Lightscribe-able. So don't be disappointed, like I am, when you discover you can't use both really cool features on the same disc.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Over all a great product
    I bought this drive a few weeks ago and have been pleased with it in general. my one complaint is that it isn't compatable with some brands of media. it refuses to write to maxell or philips media but once i tried office depot brand discs, i havn't had any problems. i haven't tried the lightscribe feature but expect no problems. the tech suport were also very helpful and quick to respond when i had the issue with the different media not working ... Read more


    20. SimpleTech 160GB USB 2.0EXTERNAL HD 3.5( STI-USB235/160 )
    by SIMPLE TECHNOLOGY INC.

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001DYTY4
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: SIMPLE TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Sales Rank: 1463
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The SimpleDrive External USB 2.0 Hard Drive is the easiest way to add more lightning fast storage to any desktop or laptop computer.With a USB 2.0 connection, setup is a snap and data transfer rates are fast and reliable. These Mass Storage Compliant External Hard Drives are 100% compatible with any system that has a USB port. Engineered for performance and reliability, SimpleTech's high speed, high capacity drives are Ideal for any storage need, including digital music, movies and photographs. Every SimpleTech External Hard Drive comes with a FREE fully functioning copy of StorageSync Automatic Backup Software so full or incremental backups are fast and easy every time. ... Read more

    Features

    • Includes StorageSync Automatic Backup Software
    • Portable external 7200 RPM hard drive with 160 GB capacity
    • Hot swappable; plug-and-play
    • USB 2.0 provides up to 480 Mb/sec data transfer rate; compatible with USB 1.1
    • Stands vertically or sits horizontally

    Reviews (4)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Drive does its job although a few drawbacks
    After purchasing drive for mainly storing my ridiculously large music library, I no major disappointments. Files transferred perfectly from my internal harddrive with no incompatibility or reliabily issues. One complaint i do have with this Simpletech drive is that the packaging and the website advertises this drive as being 160GB but after formating it don't expect to any more than about 149GB. I'm not sure if this misrepresentation is normal among harddrives since this purchasing one. And also the green LED light on the front that SHOULD indicate whether the drive is being accessed (reading/writing), is actually just a faint white light. This light is barely visible with the lights in the room on. This makes it hard to tell whether it is safe to remove the drive or not. Over all i am pretty satisfied with the product. Would i invest in another Simple Tech product? Well, probably not

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Drive
    The drive is the better than I could imagine. It is quick, quiet, and well priced. The drive doesn't make a sound and isn't huge and bulky. It is much quieter than Western Digital drives that I have used and recommend it to anyone looking for an external drive. The drive didn't require me loading any driver software, it was just plug and play. I haven't even messed with the software that came with the drive, so I don't know how great that is. The 160 GB drive gave me 150 GB of usable space, not too bad. Overall, this is an excellent drive!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Drive is great but the backup software is crapy and locks up
    I ordered two of these hard drives. Drives are functioning well but the backup software (Storage Sync) is not reliable at all. It took me 3 tries (15 Hours each time to backup 13 GB of data). First two times software stopped responding with no error, so I had to kill the application using Windows Task Manager. Third time it went fine, but I cannot restore any files as restore utility is keep locking on me. I have wasted all my time and gained nothing. SimpleTech support person asked me to try again with no compression (another 20 hours down the drain). He also suggested Windows backup utility. Microsoft Windows backup utility is much faster compared to the StorageSnyc and did the job in lesser time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great drive that is easy to use and very fast...
    I received the drive a couple days ago. I am very impressed with the ease of use, quality of the construction, and its speed. Here is my full review of the product. Hope this helps =)

    Just feeling the drive makes one believe that it is durable. The outside of the drive is aluminum, very sturdy. Included with the drive is a power adapter, feet, instructions (although pretty simple, basically plug it in), a USB 2.0 cable, a software backup CD, and a driver CD. The feet can be mounted in all sorts of ways. They slide over the drive and latch into the divots. Mounting both ways are very secure and the drive will not fall over.

    Installation was a snap. Plug the USB cable in and you have a 160GB hard drive at your disposal. Windows 98 users will have to use the driver CD to install this drive. The drive does not turn on once power is applied. A power switch in the back must be flipped on. This gives the user control of whether the drive is in use or not.

    StorageSync is a useful backup utility that is included with the SimpleDrive. This utility makes backing up and syncing a remote drive with a computer easy.

    The backup menu is like many other backup programs. Select the drives or folders you wish to backup. Select full or incremental backup. Then backup the drive. The target media drive is the drive you choose to backup to. And the great thing about it is it is included with the drive.

    Listed on the retail box are the external hard drive's features. They can also be accessed on SimpleTech's web site at www.simpletech.com.

    USB 2.0 and 1.1 compliant
    One external "B" 4-pin USB (High Speed USB) receptacle
    Serial bus data transfer rates of up to 480 Mb/sec
    SimpleTech 7200 RPM HDD Technology
    USB 2.0 Provides up to 480 Mb/sec Data Transfer Rate
    Connect Up to 127 USB 2.0 Devices with USB Hubs
    Plug n' Play, One-Step Installation
    Stores All File Types, Data, and Software
    Automatic Backups with StorageSync
    Hot Swappable
    Compact design: 5.51" (H) x 8.86" (L) x 1.35" (D)
    Stands vertically or sits horizontally
    Unlimited Toll Free Technical Support
    1 Year Warranty ... Read more


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