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Freecom 29409 250GB Toughdrive 2.5 Inch USB 2.0 Hard Drive

by Freecom
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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  • Durable, soft silicon cover, ideal for mobile computing
  • Internal anti-shock mechanism insulating the hard drive from shock
  • Can withstand falling from 2 metres on a flat surface
  • Intergrated USB cable, no extra connection cables needed!
  • USB-bus powered, no power adapter needed*
  • Winner of the RedDot`best of the best`design award 2007
  • The easiest way to add extra storage capacity to your computer
  • Fast installation without rebooting
  • High quality, slim line design, only 140 x80 x19mm
  • Fanless design thus no noise
  • USB 2.0
  • All the Freecom devices meet the highest industry standards
  • 2 years manufacturers warranty and unlimited helpdesk support
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Technical Details
Item Weight181 g
Product Dimensions14 x 8 x 1.9 cm
Item model number29409
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDRAM
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 39,934 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight381 g
Date First Available29 Jun 2007


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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars small and fast 17 Jan 2008
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works well connected to a battery powered laptop (even with the provided extension lead). it is so nice to have 250GB in such a small package.
data transfers
- to toughdrive: I got up to 10 MB/s with big files, 5MB files go at ~8MB/s
- from toughdrive: well above 10MB/s and even up to 19MB/s for larger files.

the drive is silent, and the internal USB cable is just enough to plug it to most desktops.
it has a Hitachi drive inside.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survived the Desert 12 July 2008
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I've had a 250 Gb Toughdrive for 3 months now (bought from Amazon). It's been with me everywhere; including a 3 week trip in May to a hot and dusty warzone (no prizes for guessing who I work for). It's worked faultlessly throughout, despite the extreme temperatures, sand and more than just a few knocks. I did reformat it as soon as I got it to NTFS so that I could store DVD image files on it (they are over 4 Gb so won't work on FAT 32).

Data security wise, I use a combination of Truecrypt ([...]) and NTI Shadow to ensure my personal data was continuously backed up from my laptop to an encrypted volume on the toughdrive. Again this all worked faultlessly.

I particularly like the fixed short USB lead and that you can confidently chuck the drive into your backpack without surrounding it in neoprene or bubble wrap. This all means there's only one thing to remember (nothing worse than having the drive with the data you need, but you've forgotten to pack the cable).

In summary the toughdrive has proven itself as an amazingly rugged bit of kit for the price, and deserves the 5 stars. I would pay more for guaranteed water-resistance (the toughdrive does not claim to be water-resistant although some reviews suggest it might be), but perhaps that's asking a bit too much.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning piece of kit 25 Sep 2008
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I purchased this drive approximately 6 months ago as I needed a rugged and shock proof drive to store a large amount of data.

On arrival the drive was much smaller than expected and the integrated USB connector is exceptional. The use of a magnet to hold the connector in place when not in use is an example of the attention to detail and thought behind this product - it wont break like a clip would, neither will the drive. I have kept this drive in my pocket and gone about my daily business numerous times and have not really noticed it's there the size is so small.

Everything about this drive is impressive. It operates nearly silently (by which I mean you need to be in a quiet room with no other sound and place your ear close to it to hear anything) and with no discernable heat output.

The device connected to my 3 year old laptop within 30 seconds and was transfering between my upgraded SolidState internal harddisk at blistering speeds. It works only a little slower on my 2nd computer with a traditional hard drive but still manages to copy 14gb of photos in 9 minutes.

I have dropped this drive 4 times from a height worth mentioning, including one time whilst running. There was no impact on performance or function at all and the drive really does stand up to the claims of a high G-shock tolerance.

I have spilt water on the drive and the external rubber casing simply wiped dry. The drive has also been carried with me daily in the hot and dusty conditions of Afghanistan and has survived all thrown at it. I have even opened the drive to use it as a caddy for other damaged drives in order to repair them and after putting the device back together have had no problems at all; impressive given that two of the drops came after I had done this.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah it's tough alright 6 Feb 2008
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Large enough for back ups, an integral usb lead so you don't have to rummage to find one, superb. It's quick, easy to use,great for transfering files. Oh, and the day after I started to use it my 3 year old droppped it down the stairs, thought it would fly I suppose, IT STILL WORKS! Use it to beat off muggers and you'll be charged with using an offensive weapon, BUT IT WILL STILL WORK!
Excellent kit.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little hard drive 10 Mar 2008
By JonnyB
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Very compact (I think this may be to only one with a built in usb), fast for a bus powered hd and really very very very quiet.

I have had a few HD's over the years and this is by far the best solution if you need it to be ultra portable (shock restistant) and very quiet. I use it with my laptop to put all my movies and photos on so I will always have them with me.

I also rate the company after one of there cd burners broke (my fault) they sent a courier round with a new one and took the old one in no time at all....very impressed and would buy any of there products with confidence.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A killer product 1 Mar 2008
After years of fiddling around with unreliable external drives, power cords, failing drives ... The Freecom 250 Toughdrive is definitely a tool that does not turn in your hand. It is more than that though - I think it is the best external hard drive product I have used, hands down.

Why? - five simple reasons:

* it powers off your PC - no messy power cables and adapters
* 250GB is big enough for most things you would want to do
* it is a great size - fits in the coat pocket
* it is tough and reliable
* you can run music and movies off it directly

This is not my be all and end all storage, but it is the one I carry with me everywhere. These five features above really make the difference between running your storage and file management smoothly and it being a nightmare you will never get right.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product. Wors faultlessly
Published 8 days ago by andrew s.
4.0 out of 5 stars 250GB Toughdrive 2.5 Inch USB 2.0 Hard Drive
Still in use today after many years of good (tough) service. Bulky by today's standards but it's well protected. Great.
Published 5 months ago by M. Livingstone
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rambo of portable hard drives
This machine oozes hardness. I can't decide whether its rubberised case is body armour or a marital aid for geeks who are in to data transport. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mudhopper
4.0 out of 5 stars ideal for traveling
This really is a tough and sturdy drive. The USB lead is a bit small, but does the job.
My version didn't come with password software, which I think is unforgiveable.
Published 11 months ago by Fair view
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough enough :)
This is a great portable drive and the USB connection makes it very portable because you aren't thinking about carrying more cables and an adaptor and a plug around with you as... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Little Miss Travel
2.0 out of 5 stars Ex hard Drive
It was a godsend. Or so I thought. I have replaced this drive because the first one stopped working and I lost all my files. Read more
Published 15 months ago by sheilab
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough
Tough robust small compact reliable perfect for travelling and taking on location, excellent well thought out piece of kit. 1st class
Published 17 months ago by R.I.M.BERRY
3.0 out of 5 stars God help you if the connector breaks
The integrated connector has started to break from being dangled from a pc.

To get one replaced you'll need to send it to Germany, and pay 35 not including the... Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2011 by S. Toomey
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says!
My old ToughDrive lasted for 3 years - which given the amount of abuse (dropping / heat / cold / overuse) that external drives get with me is a miracle. Well impressed with it.
Published on 19 Oct 2011 by Graham D
1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty - waste of time & money and EXTREMELY frustrating.
Set this up with no password protection. Easy, simple and so happy to know my files were all safe. WRONG. Next time I used it, it requested a password. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2011 by S. J. Barnes
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