SimpleTech SimpleDrive 250 GB 3.5" External Hard Drive - STI-USB235/250

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I purchased the SimpleTech external drive as a quick and easy backup device. First of all, it seems to do everything it says it would do, so for that, I'm pleased. Second, it is a USB 2.0 drive, but I've found it's REALLY slow on USB 1.1 ports. For example, a backup that normally take 1 hour on my computer (USB 2.0) takes 6-8 hours on my wife's computer (USB 1.1). Third, I've found the software has a few little glitches in it, such as directory trees that duplicate lines sometimes. It doesn't appear to affect the functionality, but I hope there's an update soon that corrects these items. Overall, it's a good unit for casual backups and a good price point.

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SimpleTech Good, but not Great

by Mark Mathias on 8/24/2005

I purchased the SimpleTech external drive as a quick and easy backup device. First of all, it seems to do everything it says it would do, so for that, I'm pleased. Second, it is a USB 2.0 drive, but I've found it's REALLY slow on USB 1.1 ports. For example, a backup that normally take 1 hour on my computer (USB 2.0) takes 6-8 hours on my wife's computer (USB 1.1). Third, I've found the software has a few little glitches in it, such as directory trees that duplicate lines sometimes. It doesn't appear to affect the functionality, but I hope there's an update soon that corrects these items. Overall, it's a good unit for casual backups and a good price point.

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So far, so good.

on 3/20/2007

It seems to be working well. I had hesitated between the SimpleTech and the Western Digital MyBook. I went with this one b/c it had the backup software (which would allow incremental backups) and a better warranty (although I hope to not have to use it!) I didn't reformat or anything - just plug and play. My internal hard drive had 23.25 GB on it. I did a full backup, which took 37 min to scan and gather information, and then 2:57 to transfer it all to the external drive. I also store all my mp3s for my Ipod on it, and it is kind of finnicky. You have to turn on the drive, then open itunes, then connect the ipod, then sync it, then disconnect the ipod, then close itunes, then (and only then) can you disconnect and shut down the drive. For some reason it locks up when the Ipod gets plugged in to the computer, and it won't let you write anything to the hard drive, or even disconnect it. However, by doing things in the specific order (that I found through trial and error and frustration) it seems to be working. I keep the drive off most of the time, and only turn it on when I need to access it to either get music or do a backup. One nice feature on the Western Digital is that it apparently turns on and off automatically with your computer - you don't need to mess with it.

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Product Overview

The SimpleDrive USB 2.0 External Hard Drive is the easiest way to add more lightning fast storage to any desktop or laptop computer.

With a USB 2.0 connection, setup is a snap and data transfer rates are fast and reliable. These Mass Storage Compliant External Hard Drives are 100% compatible with any system that has a USB port.

Engineered for performance and reliability, SimpleTech's high speed, high capacity drives are Ideal for any storage need, including digital music, movies and photographs. Every SimpleTech External Hard Drive comes with a FREE fully functioning copy of StorageSync Automatic Backup Software so full or incremental backups are fast and easy every time.

Specifications

Manufacturer Simpletech
Mfg Part# STI-USB235/250
SKU 10359644
UPC 705487111927
UPC 14 00705487111927
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Features
Host Interface USB 2.0
Buffer 8 MB
Spindle Speed (rpm) 7200
Product Type Hard Drive
Manufacturer Part Number STI-USB235/250
Manufacturer HGST, A Western Digital Company
Product Name SimpleTech SimpleDrive External Hard Drive
Product Line SimpleDrive
Brand Name SimpleTech
Package Contents SimpleDrive External Hard DriveUSB 2.0 CableAC Adapter with Power CordStorageSync Software CD (Windows Only)Quick Installation Guide
Compatibility PCMacPlug and PlayUSB 1.1
Drive Type External
Height 5.5"
Width 8.9"
Depth 1.4"
Drive Width 3.5"
Storage Capacity 250 GB
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Tech Specs
Buffer 8 MB
Rotational Speed 7200 rpm
Maximum External Data Transfer Rate 60 MBps
Product Type Hard Drive
Manufacturer Part Number STI-USB235/250
Manufacturer Website Address www.simpletech.com
Manufacturer SimpleTech
Product Name SimpleTech SimpleDrive External Hard Drive
Product Line SimpleDrive
Brand Name Fabrik
Package Contents SimpleDrive External Hard Drive USB 2.0 Cable AC Adapter with Power Cord StorageSync Software CD (Windows Only) Quick Installation Guide
Compatibility PC Mac Plug and Play USB 1.1
System Requirements Macintosh Available USB 1.1 port Mac OS v9.x or later; built for Mac OS X Windows Available USB 2.0 or 1.1 port Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP
Hot Swappable Yes
Form Factor External
Height 5.51"
Width 8.86"
Depth 1.35"
Compatible Drive Bay Width 3.5"
Software Included StorageSync Backup Software(Windows Only)
Storage Capacity 250 GB
Standard Warranty 3 Year Limited
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