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Freecom 500GB External Hard Drive USB-2 (Silver)

by Freecom
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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  • Fast, low noise external USB 2.0 Hard Drive
  • Winner of the iF Product Design Award 2007 for outstanding design!
  • Stylish aluminium design, including LED hard drive capacity indicator
  • No cooling fan = no noise!
  • The easiest way to add extra storage capacity to your computer
  • Hot swappable, no need to turn off your computer
  • No device ID's or terminations to worry about
  • High quality, sleek design, only 20 x 11,5 x 4 cm
  • Two years manufacturers warranty, free helpdesk support
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Technical Details
Item Weight748 g
Product Dimensions25 x 21.8 x 8.9 cm
Item model number28604
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDRAM
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 44,580 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2 Kg
Date First Available3 Feb 2007


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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little drive 22 April 2008
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Firstly it is nice looking but quite heavy drive, but heavy means good quality, right.

I paid extra for the silver over the plastic as you never know what is going to happen to plastic. Plugged in and my PC found the drive immediately. Clicked on the new drive letter and found that the drive was in FAT which can become a problem as FAT drives have a limit of 4Gb per file, meaning a whole movie will not fit in one file. So I changed it to NTFS. This was easy to do. In `My computer' right click on the Freecom drive and select `format'. This will open a little window, make sure you tick the little `quick format' box (or it could take up to an hour, as it is looking for bad sectors in a brand new drive) press OK and a few seconds later your drive is now NTFS. You need to do this before you have started transferring files otherwise the formatting will clear everything.

So, why only 465gigs? This is to do with the way in which the hard drive manufacturers measure free space. They use 1000 bytes = 1KB whereas Microsoft use 1024bytes = 1KB hence the difference. If you right click the drive and select properties, the capacity will show as the correct amount (500,000,000,000+ bytes). Your PC internal drive works in the same way.

It is nice and quiet and turns off when your PC is off (but the blue 500GB light remains on, so power of sorts is still going through it).

This is my second Freecom drive and both are better than the first one I bought (Envisage). If you do get problems, which I haven't, it has a UK phone number unlike the Western Digital.

Very fast, very cool and very very quiet, superb buy.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good buy 24 Aug 2007
Overall I am very pleased with this product. It is near silent when running, quick to transfer data and relatively light. Also, as mentioned below, the battery pack is very small making it easy to transport (compared to other drives anyway). Mine did arrive with some scratches on the front which was annoying and there is no capacity indicator on the front (some sites list this as a feature).
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freecom External hard-drive 500gb. 28 April 2008
No problem with this from consideration to implementation!

I notice it's now (a month later) just 78 - I bought at 82 - such is the pace of technological advancement!

However, that is by-the-way! The real issue is that this piece of hardware delivers! I have no qualms whatsoever in recommending this equipment.

The fact that I took some 6.5 hours to reformat to NTFS was probably down to my not knowing about "fast-format" - but I'm not sure? Can't remember what I clicked on, to be honest!

Anyway, having done that, it has subsequently done everything I have asked of it quietly and efficiently!

I have Windows Vista Home Premium and the inbuilt software does all that is necessary to keep an updated record of all the files I want to preserve. (I chose the Windows default list)

I considered downloading SyncToy for instance**, and also the software on the disk which came with Freecom - but eventually decided that the stuff I had available already was capable of saving all the files I need - and doing so by adding/deleting only that which is new each time.

So, it's nice and easy, the alloy case disperses heat satisfactorily (I switch it on only to suit the programmable time of updating) it never seems to get hot, it's almost inaudible to me and I can't think of any downside to this at all!

**Nov 2011...I did subsequently download SyncToy, back in June - and it is SO much quicker! I now use only that for all my saving of relevant files. The Windows one works OK but.......
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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Value and extremely well made 26 July 2007
The drive case is extremely well made and looks good with the brushed alluminium case.

It is extremely quiet having no fan and with the large memory cache on board file transfer is extremely fast when used on a USB 2 port.

It uses the case to dissipate heat generated and can get warm with a lot of usage , though it doesn't get overly hot.

Plug it into the USB port , plug in the power adapter , turn on the power switch on the back and the drive is recognised and configured for use, takes about an hour to format to NTFS from FAT32.

Well worth considering if you are looking for extra external storage , somewhere to put backups and/or to carry large amounts of files between PCs.
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110 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Hard Drive 28 Jun 2007
The response time is great, fast transfer times.

For an estimation, I transferred around 5.5gb to the hard drive (formatted to NTFS using "Quick Format") in aroung 5-6 minutes. Make sure you format this drive to NTFS as soon as you get it.

The enclosure is sturdy aluminium, and feels VERY well made. It is very cool to touch, and with moderate usage, gets mildly warm. It is super quiet. Barely audible even when listening to music.

This is a lot better than a WD Mybook, which is plastic covered and offers a less effective passive cooling. Aluminium acts as an excellent heat dissipater.

The real bonus is portability. The power brick is extremely small. Plus, included is a UK plug and a worldwide plug, so it can be used anywhere.

When I run out of space on this drive, the only drive I will be looking at are going to be Freecom. One purchase I won't regret.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Highly recommended.
Published 7 days ago by Sree
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreliabe product from Freecom
Failed in service after a 2 years of operation ,lost a lot of stored data and a lot of money because of its high purchase price and unreliability.. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sutherland
5.0 out of 5 stars so simple to use
plug and go .......... perfect for those times when you need to do a total HD clean up ... the metal cover is a major godsend
Published 10 months ago by JONATHAN STRAWBRIDGE
5.0 out of 5 stars A top class accessory
It's hard to say why I give 5 stars for this piece of hardware. It simply sits there un-noticed and does everything it's supposed to, i.e. a daily backup of photos etc.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. A. J. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good back up
I use this to back up in Imac, and it always starts up quick and the back up is fast and reliable.

Would recommend this high quality, well built product, although the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by D Birdi
1.0 out of 5 stars no stamina
Bought this because of the price and good reviews that it got at the time. Worked fine till after the warranty expired. Now there seems to be no way to get it recognised. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2011 by tims
5.0 out of 5 stars Still going strong
I bought this item back in 2008 and its still going strong. I was delighted with the back-up software that came with the hard drive as I was not expecting it. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2011 by Astro
1.0 out of 5 stars Fine for 2 years and then drive not recognised on any PC
Had this drive for just over 2 years and have been very happy with it. However only two weeks after the warranty expired the drive is not recognised on any of my PC's and is... Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2010 by Mega Mouth
1.0 out of 5 stars zero stars - do NOT buy Freecom!
I've owned this drive for two years with few problems. Sometimes my mac wouldn't recognize or mount it and the blue light wasn't lighting up anymore. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2010 by stuart mcara
1.0 out of 5 stars 2 major breakdowns
Bought this 18 months ago

After 12 months it broke down completely. Freecom repaired it but all the data was lost. Read more
Published on 28 July 2010 by panda100
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