Better to buy if you have a 3.0 usb compatible PC with you. You can always use an external PCI adapter card to upgrade your system from 2.0 to 3.0, but it’s not the same as the original thing. With the 3.0 usb compatibility the data transfer rate is awesome 70 mbps writing speed !! It is backward compatible with 2.0 version too..but there again the transfer speed is a little slow. Installing it is easy-squeasy, like it’s advertised- simply plug and play. Unlike other hard drives this one has a protective rubber guard..so if you are the kind who keeps dropping off your stuff, rest assured, this one actually works even after being dropped from the table. So far it’s been a heck of a device. Let’s see..
I got this drive, and it was great. It was faster than I expected in 3.0, amazingly fast! Decently small size, it totally delivers.
Now for the best part. The laptop I bought that this was to go with, died, it has been thru RMA after RMA. Which means the drive sat in my back pack. I had left the usb cable plugged into it, like a moron. When the laptop came back, I pulled the drive out, and it didn't work! I had broken the usb connector inside the case! I have some work stuff on this drive and could not send it out with that stuff still on there, and this drive is NOT made to be taken apart. So I pried the case open and removed the drive, doing some damage to the case in the process. I managed to get my data off the drive.
I then figured I would try to contact iomega to just get a replacement for the usb controller board. I contacted them thru their online live chat function. I told them that I broke it, then I took it apart voiding the warranty. This is the exact quote from the customer service rep.
"iomega: We would be able to do this as a one time replacement. You are correct this does void the warranty but because you were honest about it we will replace the drive for you."
I was simply amazed. I told them I broke it, and that I voided the warranty, and they are still going to replace it!!
From now on, I am always going to try to get the iomega version of anything that I need if its something they manufacture. That customer service is worth the dollar here or there extra their product may cost (even tho this drive was one of the cheaper options there was)
The eGo Portable Hard Drive offers a stylish look that is fast, sleek, and rugged. Now with a fast USB 3.0 interface, you can save your media in a fraction of the time – up to 10 times faster than with USB 2.0. All Iomega USB 3.0 drives are backward compatible to USB 2.0 using the same USB cable. So enjoy fast speeds now if you have a USB 3.0 computer or use USB 2.0 and be confident you can upgrade later! You’ll need a PC with a USB 3.0 port for the best performance. 256-bit hardware encryption built-in for data security (PC only) and Iomega Protection Suite software is included at no additional cost(via download) with antivirus and backup software. Plus, the Iomega Drop GuardTM Xtreme helps protect the drive from drops up to 7 feet! Available 500GB capacity in Midnight Blue or Ruby Red with matching band, the eGo is protected by a 3-year limited warranty when you register your product!