Pros If it had held up it would have been a good portable drive . . .
Cons The USB cable attached permanately to the drive fails after a short time!!!
Summary Recall this product! It can cause huge problems for users.
Pros Small drive. Overall, felt rugged.
Cons The supplied USB cable is too short and permanently attached at one end to the drive, making it difficult to support the drive when it is attached to a USB port on a typical desktop computer. Cable power became intermittent after minimal use.
Summary The drive was to be used to interchange data between a laptop and desktop computer (in different locations). The drive worked OK for a few days. Then the drive power became intermittent. It turned out that the cable could not be straightened beyound a certain point or power to the drive would be lost. I was able to read the data stored on the drive by proping the drive in such a position so as to keep the cable curled close to the drive. Fortunately, COSTCO took the drive back. I will no linger buy a drive unless it uses a standard removable USB cable.
Pros it was suppose to be a rough and tough unit. it's built tough from the outside, but the weakest link is the cord inside.
Cons the unit has been used less than 6 times and then it stopped powering up.
Summary calling hitiachi is a waste. they will take it back under warranty, but you have a pay a third party to recover your data. they will give you a rebuilt unit in return. so instead of paying again for my data, i took it apart and i discovered that the internal cord restraint clamp was overtightened and pinched the wires causing a short. the design looks solid inside, but the quality control and aluminum cord restraint is an issue they should be aware of.the date of my review is 12/2/2010. i think the cnet date stamp is off.
i didn't even look on line for a fix, but now that i have, i see i'm not the only one with the same cord issues.
hitachi should repair or replace our units and reinstall the hard drive so we don't have to pay for our own data recovery. they claim if we open it, we bought it. i claim if they built a reliable product, we wouldn't have to open it to get our data recovered.
Updated on Dec 2, 2010
Pros Tough, reliable for me, feels safe keeping my data in it. Do not have to be bringing cables or worry that the port will be broke if have to pack it in a rush with the cable attached to it.
Cons Big compared to my Seagate Free-Agent but the reliability outweights the size.
Summary Had worked fine for me, not having to carry cables and the confidence that it will still be working if I drop it.
Pros Idea and concept is great, but that is about it.
Cons Cable is of very poor quality and stops working at the most inconvenient time. It is really a shame for Hitachi to put its famous brand on a something that would have been a great product had then spent the money on a decent cable
Summary They say that a boat gives you two happy moments: the day you buy one and the day you sell it. This one only gave me the first one. I certainly cannot sell it and I am not sure what would be the solution from them once I am able to reach their tech support. A real shame.