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Freecom 30971 500GB ToughDrive USB 2.0 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive

by Freecom
98 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
  • 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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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 8 x 1.9 cm ; 200 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
  • Item model number: 30971
  • ASIN: B001JJCTNM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 11 Dec. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,544 in Computers (See Top 100 in Computers)

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Product Description

Product Description

Designed for:

Data storage;use all your data, like business information, digital photos, videos, MP3s and withstand bouncing around in handbags, cars etc.

File sharing;share all your important data between computers and networks

Backup;protect all your data against calamity, human errors and viruses

Archiving;archive all your data and lock up drive for extra data security

Installations;copy all your software on multiple PCs

Manufacturer's Description

Designed for:

Data storage;use all your data, like business information, digital photos, videos, MP3s and withstand bouncing around in handbags, cars etc.

File sharing;share all your important data between computers and networks

Backup;protect all your data against calamity, human errors and viruses

Archiving;archive all your data and lock up drive for extra data security

Installations;copy all your software on multiple PCs



Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Cactus on 25 April 2008
Size: 320GB
Super drive! The drive is really well made and looks the part. The integrated cable is such a good idea and practical, why carry loads of wire around in your laptop bag! Better still you can fold the integrated cable away and just slip the drive in your pocket.

After reading loads of reviews on Freecom products it's clear to see that most reviews rave about the products and more importantly they have a helpful UK support team.

I have showed this drive to friend already who will be buying one; if you're in the market this drive really is a winner.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By esjay on 3 Aug. 2008
Size: 320GB Verified Purchase
I chose this drive for capacity (I want full back-ups of two laptops) and durability (it will travel regularly.) It works fine on both a Dell and a Sony laptop, with or without the short extension usb cable provided. I can't vouch for transfer speed as I tend to go and make coffee while it does its stuff, but it's very quiet and gets only slightly warm after prolonged use. I haven't dropped it yet, but feel reasonably confident of its survival were I to do so. The soft silicon covering and general appearance are a matter of personal taste, but I like it because I don't think it will show scratches and scrapes.

In conclusion, I don't regret having paid extra for ruggedness and high capacity even though it's now cheaper than when I bought it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By nicjaytee on 7 Aug. 2008
Size: 320GB Verified Purchase
This hard drive has a lot going for it: it's small, slim and easy to carry, it looks great, it's extremely well designed (rubberised coating, built in retractable USB connector etc.), and it'll still work if you drop it... well that's what they claim and although you're not likely to want to test this feature out there's nothing in these reviews that suggests otherwise - certainly, having dropped a previous Freecom 80 gigabyte portable drive onto concrete and (after sticking the casing back together) been amazed that it still worked, I can believe it. All-in-all the best back-up drive I've owned to date.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on 10 Oct. 2009
Size: 500GB Verified Purchase
The drive has an amazing capacity for a portable drive, and looks attractive, with a plastic skin soft to the touch and which would not slip easily out of the hand. The backup software is the easiest to use I have come across. The USB connection stows away in the case and is long enough to connect to a desktop with a short extension or to a USB bus if fitted. A good product that does what the advertisment says, although I have to say I haven't put it to the ultimate test by dropping it on the floor, and don't intend to.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Jobes on 10 Dec. 2008
Size: 320GB
My company uses several of these to run ppt presentations with embedded video. They have been on the road and used daily now for six months have have never missed a beat. We tried memory sticks before this, but with patches of unreliability. These drives have been dropped, thrown around the boot of a car and generally abused, but have never faltered once. They have been instantly recognised on EVERY system we have connected to - even very old PCs. Would highly recommend them for travelling data requirements.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Jones on 2 July 2008
Size: 320GB Verified Purchase
I am no computer expert but needed a small,simple, portable external hard drive to back up my photos, videos & docs. This was so easy to use,(Vista) & no set up required. The supplied NTI shadow software works a treat. It even looks cool!
Thanks also to Amazon for delivery within 24 hours.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ac Ellis on 6 Jun. 2008
Size: 320GB Verified Purchase
I bought this drive as a reasonably priced option for sending large AVI video files between the UK and the USA. It can handle knocks where other hard drives can not I read and it is light enough to keep the postage down.

When i do a video shoot i usually create 4 - 6 half hour video samples on 2 cameras so you are looking at 8 - 12 files at about 8 or 9 gig a piece. Now you might think that will be fine on this drive except that it is formatted in Fat format so does not recognise files above 4 gig. The freecom support phone line is dead and you can wait several days from what i can see for any response from the forum.

So if you buy this drive and you get this problem, remember this review and format your drive in NTSC (if your operating system allows you to view this format) because getting freecom to advise you will be like extracting teeth!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Haslam on 3 April 2008
Size: 320GB
Its a good drive, and as you'd expect (hopefully), you don't get 320Gb, you get 298Gb.

It feels nice and secure, and does have a good response time, however, it doesn't have as quick a transfer speed as my older WD Passport. The passport managed a copy speed of around 30mb/s, whereas this usually only manages 22-25mb/s.

Anyway, huge amounts of space, and tiny!.

Great drive, loads of space, (not particularly quick though.).
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