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Iomega Prestige USB 2.0, 500GB Portable Compact Hard Drive

by Iomega
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Iomega Prestige Portable 2.5 inch Compact Hard Disk Drive
  • 500GB Capacity
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Compact Super-compact drive easily fits in a pocket, laptop bag, or backpack; One of the smallest portable hard drives in the marketplace
  • Easy-to-use USB 2.0 interface available with no external power supply required
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Iomega Prestige Portable Hard Drive - Superspeed USB3.0 - 500GB Iomega Prestige Portable Hard Drive - Superspeed USB3.0 - 500GB 2.6 out of 5 stars (18)
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Technical Details
Item Weight340 g
Product Dimensions5.4 x 17.8 x 13 cm
Item model number34808
RAM Size8000 MB
Hard Drive Size500 GB
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 41,044 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight408 g
Date First Available1 Jan 2010

Product Description

At just over 4 inches long, the super-compact, lightweight Iomega Prestige Portable Hard drive, Compact Edition, is perfect to carry in your pocket, back-pack or laptop bag
It requires no external power supply - just plug it and go
With the Drop Shock feature, the Prestige Portable Hard Drive is rugged enough to safely store data for travel environments
It also includes Iomega Protection Suite software with Trend Micro Internet Security (1 year subscription), Iomega QuikProtect, EMC Retrospect Express Backup software, and MozyHome Online Backup service to protect your data and your computer (software available via download)

 Product Description Iomega Prestige Portable Hard Drive Compact Edition - hard drive - 500 GB - Hi-Speed USB 
 Type Hard drive - external 
 Dimensions (WxDxH) 8 cm x 11 cm x 1.6 cm 

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous bit of kit 29 May 2010
I've only had the 500GB Iomega portable Hard drive for a month, so I obviously cannot comment on its expected, lifetime. I got it "up and running" fairly quickly - only one problem. I thought it came pre-formatted - but it wasn't formatted. My computer couldn't even "see" the unformatted drive. I thought I had a dud - until I did a bit of research and found out how to force the computer to see it. It then had to be formatted - takes a long time to format 500GB! But everything else then "ticks all the boxes". It's powered off the USB connection - so I'm saved all the agro of lugging around and plugging in a power supply. The lead has two USB plugs at "the computer end" in case one USB outlet can't supply enough power, but I find that one plug is sufficient. I store videos on it - it's far smaller, more convenient (and cheaper) than the approx 100 DVDs I would otherwise need - and I just select the one I want off the directory. I lug it round in my rucksack (with my lap top) so it isn't always treated very gently - seems to take it. And its soooo small!! My laptop will play videos directly off the Iomega over the USB link; I don't have to copy the file back onto the computer's disc (This may depend on the speed of the the computer and an individual's USB link - and I haven't tried HD).

Other than my start-up and formatting experience (hence only 4 stars) its excellent.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great drive 1 Mar 2010
By Ubulord
Had to buy this one after buying a WD Passport Essential SE and finding out that the "WD Smartware" ruins that drive by making it incompatible with several programs / environments. This drive suffers from none of those problems. Everything works fine and the extra software is downloadeable. You only install it / use it if you want. That's the way it should be, not like the WD which forces you into having unremovable software on your pc. This drive also worked fine with my Sony PS3, after formatting it into FAT32. It accepted a 500GB FAT32 formatting, unlike the WD Passport which (after crashing several partitioning programs) ended up accepting only a 200 GB FAT32 partition (God knows why).
The special "double USB" connector for getting extra power in the case of low current USB's sounds like a good idea, although up to now it has worked fine with only one USB connected.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeds my expectations 7 Jan 2011
My main PC is an elderly laptop, still running XP Home SP3, left in a fixed set-up at home with an external monitor & keyboard. Fortunately, when I got it I got quite a high hardware spec and it still runs all the apps I need. However the original 80GB HDD fitted was getting full, and a couple of years ago I added a 250GB Maxtor USB drive to it. Recently the Maxtor was also reaching practical limits of storage so I invested in this Iomega 500GB USB HDD.

Wow, what a change in a couple of years! Drive for drive the Iomega must be about half the length, height and width of the Maxtor - in other words about 1/8th the volume and probably less than 1/10th the weight. For double the capacity. And that's not even counting the Maxtor power supply! So my initial reactions out of the box for the Iomega were very favourable. OK, the Maxtor was a metal case which is where a lot of the weight probably came from. The Iomega is a metallised plastic to look like dark-grey brushed aluminium, but in my usage it doesn't get any physical stress or knocks anyway. Small point in the Iomega's favour: the drive active LED on the Maxtor was an annoying intensity and shade of blue; I find the smaller blue-white indicator on the Iomega much less distracting by comparison.

It says 500GB and no, you don't get 500GB, you get 465GB or thereabouts. So what? I don't think we'll ever get disk manufacturers to accept this issue. Yes, they are right by all the scientific and engineering and SI definitions of what the Giga- prefix means: 10^9. And yet, by any Windows-based measure Giga- is used to mean 2^30. And there's a difference of nearly 7.5% between the two values. Annoying though it may be, we just have to accept it I suspect.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top notch 12 July 2010
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Really like this drive. I have lots(!) of HDDs both mobile and external. This is my favourite one. 500Gb is perfect size for me, used for back up of media/music/photos. Good mix of price versus Gb. Lovely sexy metal body gives solid feel to this drive. I have a WD passport that feels delicate compared to this one. Only drawback is that the usb cable supplied HAS to be used. I have tried several other mini usb cables and the drive just hiccups and doesn't connect. That aside its a winner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice piece of kit 1 Aug 2010
By Macosan
This is the first portable drive I have purchased for my own use.
The drive is well made and of sturdy metal construction, tested to withstand reasonably severe drops and very small and compact. Very pocketable.
Powered by a single USB2 conection on the drive with two pick up connectors on the cable for connection to lower powered older computers. Only one is required to power the drive from my laptop. I recon the second one would never be needed on the vast majority of systems.
The drive plugs in and works straight from the box showing as Iomega Drive in "My Computer". Cable connections feel firm and solid. Just drag and drop files into it or install and use the supplied Retrospect Backup.
Retrospect however is probably the most difficult backup software to use (In my Opinion) especially for new users. It may be good and powerfull but is far from user friendly. Memeo or Genie would be much better software to include in the box for this type of item.
The body of the unit has no feet fitted. This is easily rectified by sticking rubber cupboard door beffers on the underside. Most user's may not require this feature but, for me, the buffers I have fitted stop the unit slipping off the arm of the chair when I am using it with my laptop in the lounge and sliding around scratching the desktop when using it at work.
In all though for speed, price, build quality, small size,high capacity and ease of use I have given the unit itself a score of five. Deduct what you will from this if easy to use included backup software and rubber feet are high prority items for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars caddie problem
Having read all the reviews here, I wonder if any of people who reviewed this drive years ago are still having a trouble free drive. Read more
Published 18 months ago by watchspring
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID if you value your files
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Published on 15 Nov 2011 by IanDT
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect compact storage
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Published on 1 Sep 2011 by H. Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars Good little device
This is the second one of these I've bought. They are easy to connect and use and very portable. I travel a lot and it fits well into my pocket/hand luggage. Read more
Published on 30 July 2011 by sophdent
1.0 out of 5 stars A bad compant
A bad product from a 'Micky Mouse' company. Great until it goes wrong (which isn't long) and then your on your own. Iomega refuse to exchange my faulty drive or answer my emails.
Published on 28 July 2011 by Tristan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value solution for today's storage requirements
Yet another compact bulk USB2 storage solution from the iOmega development team.
Priced just right giving great value for money that works
Published on 26 July 2011 by Mr. R. J. Allison
1.0 out of 5 stars Iomega Support is useless
These drives look good. That is the good news. The bad news is that they fail for absolutely no reason. I've had drives fail before but not like this. Read more
Published on 9 July 2011 by DLD
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money
Good value Portable Compact 500GB Hard Drive. Use it for "backing up" my computer. Does what it says on the box!

Published on 17 Jun 2011 by Coeduchaf
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