Thursday, March 11, 2010

Toshiba Portable Hard Drive (HDDR640E04XR) review

I got my hands on this 2.5" 640GB USB 2.0 external hard drive and thought i'd write a quick review on it. 

Here are the main points:
  • USB powered
  • Internal shock sensor
  • Backup software (with optional 256-Bit AES encryption)
  • Size 3.19" x 0.65" x 5" (81.026mm x 16.5mm x 127mm)
  • Weight 6oz (170g)
The case is glossy plastic with a mini-usb port on the side, a white activity led on the top and two rubber strips on the bottom that serve as feet.

It's compatible with PC and Mac and comes with backup software for both, though complete system backup is supported only on Windows. The software is on the drive itself, there are no CDs. It's simple and easy to use. Here's how it looks on Windows:

You can backup files and folders as well as your entire system. You do the latter either directly to the hard drive or to a CD/DVD. If you do it to the hard drive it makes it bootable which is quite convenient. Booting from the drive offers you a simple recovery window where you can select what restore point you want to use.

The actual size of the disk is 596GB and it comes pre-formated with FAT32. You can convert it to NTFS without loosing the backup software via a wizard that runs the first time you plug the drive in.

Finally, the moment of truth - CrystalDiskMark:

Overall it's a nice little disk to carry around, if it only were a bit faster.

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