"just plain works"4.0 starson by y0Lorenzo
Pros: cheap, pretty quiet
Cons: stupid light flashes all night...
Summary: its pretty difficult finding reputable 500gb internal drives let alone a usb drive. to be honest i didnt really feel like putting one in my computer anyway although im sure im capable... i think...
i got this for $139 at CC. was this or the Seagate. the Seagate was 159. I don't want to use any backup software, so I dont know if im missing anything, but this thing works right out of the box.
I plugged it in so I could move stuff off my FULL 160GB internal to do my yearly reformat.
Its quieter than my internal drive which i LOVE. One thing i HATE about it though is when its connected the lime green light flashes all freaking night long, i dont really wanna ELECTRICAL TAPE the sucker but i just might have to.
I changed the Volume Label to "BLACKBOX," that was pretty neat.
I had to do some research to figure out how to change the filesystem from FAT32 to NTFS without reformatting... worked.
Other than no flashing status lights... only think I would ask for would be a Gigabit LAN port and FTP server and Print Server and UPnP media server... but then I would need to pay like $200 more... and I'll pass.