Pros Eco-Friendly, Reasonably quick, 500GB is a good size for the average consumer
Cons If you just disconnect the drive without safely removing it or shutting of a computer, the next time you plug it in, the computer will not recognize the device. However to fix this, disconnect the power to the device and then plug it back in again
Summary There are a lot of negative reviews for this product. I feel that it needs something more positive. I have had this device for 2 years now and I use it everyday. It never overheats regardless of being on and running for several hours and it always works (minus the problem listed in the cons section of this review). I have used it for all sorts of operations; storing backups of files, movies, music, I have even ran several games off of it without any problem. This device has worked great for me and I would recommend it to others.
"USB Port Hog"on by MillenniumHawk
Pros Small, thin, and compact
Cons My PC didn't recognise the drive when it got plugged in. Read the user manual and recommended that I plug in BOTH of the USP connectors to the PC. What? is this a joke? One device needs to take up 2 USB ports on a PC?
Summary Went to their website and under the FAQ, it said the same thing that the manual said, which was to plug in both USB connectors. Even if this method worked, why does a portable drive requrie 2 USB ports? The drive comes with the pin for AC Adaptor, but the AC Adaptor is not supplied with the drive, nor does it say what kind of AC Adaptor is required. Making more work for the users! In the end, I had to send it back to Simple Tech. Returning is also not easy. They make you work yet again! I had to get Return Merchandise Authorization. This is a crock! I don't mind going green, but that doesn't mean that I should settle for a product that requires more power source and the competitors' and deal with rude customer support jerks! Don't waste your money and don't get duped with going green. I don't like the product and I recommend others not to buy any products from Simple Tech that require the usage of 2 USB ports.
Pros It just works. I see comments about multiple USB requirements and the drive disconnecting or not re-connecting. Not sure if these people are using Windows ME or what but, I be some of the issues are operator error. Mine works great - noth
Cons The white power light on the front is too bright.
Summary I see comments about multiple USB requirements and the drive disconnecting or not re-connecting. Not sure if these people are using Windows ME or what but, I be some of the issues are operator error. Mine works great - nothing else to say except, I wish I could get a couple more but don't think they make 'em - or better yet - wish I could get one that's 2TB.
Pros Stores stuff like you'd expect, plenty of space for my needs. (500GB)
Cons Would cause my PC to stall during a reboot. I was able to trouble-shoot by unplugging the USB from the PC during reboot, and plugging it back in when I saw my desktop.
Summary With all the bad reviews here, I feel weird giving a 3. For the price, this hard drive was reasonable. It is quick, stores all of my documents and more, and takes up a fairly small footprint. (I used this to replace a failed Maxtor III - which WAS crap.)
My only gripe is having to unplug it from the PC when I rebooted. I haven't had to do it EVERY time, but when I notice the reboot not completing, it's most likely the (RE)drive.
Pros Customer support has sent me another drive every time this one has failed.
Cons Every drive I've gotten from SimpleTech has failed miserably.
Summary Who wrote the cnet review? someone from SimpleTech? I can not believe that the drive tested passed for anything more than a week. The latest drive I was sent to replace the failed drive (and this is the fourth in the series to replace the original drive which had a screw loose). The latest failed in a record 24 days. I lost all my data, and let it sit for a couple of months, as I was (am) weary of the routine of sending crap drive back, waiting months, getting *new, refurb, whatever* crap drive to replace it. I re-formatted the drive and now, here it sits gargling along - loudest thing I've ever had on my desk. I've got to power it down after a days use as the gargling turns to gasping, etc. When I power up the drive in the morning it sounds as if a small child is choking to death until it warms up a bit and I'm left with the damned thing chugging away. Bottom line - SimpleTech has a 100% failure rate with me. I've gone through four drives (I'll be working on my fifth when/if I get the fortitude to repeat. Do Not Buy from this company. Cnet has lost much credibility in my view for their glowing review - read all the customer reviews.