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Iomega eGo 500GB FW400/FW800/USB2.0 Portable Hard Drive Mac Edition - Red

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Technical Details
BrandIomega
Item Weight227 g
Product Dimensions8.9 x 14.3 x 1.6 cm
Item model number34629
Hard Drive Size500 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB002EC9JSG
Best Sellers Rank 51,787 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight522 g
Date First Available21 July 2009
  
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Great aluminum design and multiple connections too! With one FireWire® 800 port, one FireWire 400 port, and one USB 2.0 port, the Iomega® eGoTM Portable Hard Drive offers triple interface versatility for Mac® users and a stylish design. These drives are fo

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kim Hatton on 22 Aug 2010
I have already reviewed the silver cased version of this Hard Drive,Iomega eGo 500GB FW400/FW800/USB2.0 Portable Hard Drive Mac Edition - Silver which is humming along nicely after 13 months. It is fast and ultra portable and the same can be said, of course, of this model. Amazon give's a year's warranty and Iomega gives 3 years. I now have 5 Iomegas (one of which is on 24/7 for Time Machine) and each is over three year's old. I've had other brands die on me after mere months and there are some that I won't touch - as one reviewer here vows never ever to use Iomega again.

Actually their hard drive is still under warranty from Amazon - or whichever retailer he purchased it from so I can't understand their complaint. As for Iomega Europe, a dummy run using their online email service received a response within 36 hours. To further emails asking about their returns policy I was given instructions, should I ever need them, and further reassurance that if my HD 'died' within 3 years it would be replaced. I personally recommend this HD and trust Amazon's year's warranty [if purchased from Amazon rather than a third party seller]and Iomega's 3 year warranty. UPDATE:_
*Well, this hd has been in constant use now for well over 18 months with no problems so I'm glad I stayed loyal to Iomega.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MacUser on 11 Mar 2011
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Iomega eGo 500GB FW400/FW800/USB2.0 Portable Hard Drive Mac Edition - Red
As a Mac user I needed an external HDD formatted to suit the Mac. This drive meets those requirements exactly, all as stated and arrived on time.

The 3 different cables (usb, FW400, FW800) came with it too. I've used only the Firewire 800 connection so far, but the data transfer was fast and efficient. The drive was instantly recognised by the Mac and I was asked if I wanted to run Time Machine to back up the data. Took a couple of hours to complete the first backup of nearly 40GB but subsequent backups are quickly completed. I don't leave the drive connected and store it remotely for security. Only had this drive for a month, and hopefully it should last some time.

This drive was partnered with the Caselogic Small Hard Drive Case - Black, which I purchased - unfortunately the case is a little too small as the drive will not sit down inside the case but rests on the zippered rim. The case closes and does enclose the drive (and at least two of the supplied cables) but I feel the sizing and partnering as described are misleading. I shall keep the case and use it to hold the drive whilst stored, but for travelling and with the risk of the odd knock etc I'll look at another slightly larger case.

Only 4 stars as the Case partnering and size description let this combination down.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hawfinch TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Jun 2010
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This "Mac Edition" Iomega eGo is a quiet, sleek-looking drive that works well with a Mac over a FireWire connection. It warms up a little in use but does not get worryingly hot, and seems very fast. It draws power from the FW400 port on my MacBook, using the supplied cable.

The eGo also comes with FW800 and USB cables for the other two ports on the drive. The USB cable has two connectors at the computer end. This is because one USB port is not sufficient to power the drive (I tried it and it didn't work). If you need to use the eGo with USB, you'll need two free adjacent ports on your Mac, or on a powered hub. There's no external power supply with the drive and no socket for connecting one.

The Mac Edition comes pre-formatted for Mac use, so you can just plug it in and get to work straight away. But do think about partitioning it first. My MacBook has a 120Gb internal drive, so I made three partitions on the Iomega, including one for a bootable clone of my internal drive, and one for Time Machine.

There's a sticker on the box saying it has "Drop Guard" protection up to 1.3m. I'm glad to say I haven't had to verify this yet.

Update (August 2011): The drive is still working well after over a year of continuous use. I'll add that it can be a bit fussy about which FireWire ports you connect it to. I'm currently using it with an old PowerBook, which doesn't seem to have enough power in either of its FW ports (FW400 or FW800) to operate the drive. The eGo does work fine, though, if I connect it to the FW output port of a MyBook external drive that's connected to the PowerBook.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Geo on 12 July 2010
I do not usually have time to write reviews but I am so annoyed by not only this drive but by Iomega hard drives in general, I felt compelled to write this review.
The drive looks beautiful and flashy and is very fast when used with the Firewire cable. As long as it works, life is beautiful! However, like 2 other Iomega drives I had in the past (out of a total of 5) it malfunctioned very quickly - within less than 90 days specifically. My 2 other Iomega drives lasted longer than this one, 1 year and 18 months respectively. However, for £100+ machines this is simply not good enough.
In this case specifically, I tried to connect my eGo 500GB drive today and it was not recognised by either my Mac or my PC, via any cable - Firewire or USB 2. It emitted a bleeping noise for about one minute and then stopped. After I checked customer reviews on the Apple store I realised that this is a very common problem (one of my other drives also exhibited this problem a few months after it's warranty ended but naively I thought I was just my bad luck)...
So I tried to contact the Iomega customer service, and realised that, for all practical reasons, there was none! My item is still IN WARRANTY but to talk to someone on the phone I have to pay 20 + VAT. Per incident. This means that if your drive malfunctions twice during warranty you will have to pay 40+VAT just to speak to someone! This is not customer service, this is a racket: first they sell you a poor quality product, then they charge you to talk to them when it fails...
As I did not want to give more of my hard earned money to Iomega, I decided to go for their chat-style customer support. Guess what? It doesn't exist either.
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