I feel some of the negative comments expressed are totally missleading and unfounded.
This is a beautifully made, well designed, fast portable hard drive that has worked on every computer I've plugged it into...and thats at least a dozen or more laptops and several desktop PC's to date.
If you don't want the encryption software then format the drive simple as! most professional users would see the FREE software as a bonus but if you want direct/simple use of the space then format the HDD from new.
As for the cable..THIS IS A USB 3.0 device so has a USB 3.0 port and so needs a USB 3.0 cable...not rocket science.
Small portable (laptop HDD drive portables) have always been relatively slow but USB 3.0 changes all of that! However, you will need a USB 3.0 port and they are not widespread at the moment although by buying one of these you are future proofing.
My experience is this USB 3.0 device still runs considerably faster even when connected to a USB 2.0 port wayhay!
This is a well built and attractive hard drive, the rubber protector does detract from it's good looks although I'm sure it works. Personally I bought a semi hard case so the HDD and cable could be stored neatly away.
A colleague of mine has asked me to order him the exact same unit, he doesn't want anything else as he likes mine so much.
Really don't be put off by what others have said, this is a top quality product that works very well and I suspect the negative comments have been more about user error and connecting to older hardware than any real issues with this device.