The design of this drive is absolutely stunning! You never thought an external HD would be something you could show off to your friends! The white light in the front is well designed, it gives off a uniform amount of light through the little slit, and it flashes when the disk is reading/writing. Previously have had many external hard drives, this one, is however the second best build quality. The best quality drive i had was also a lacie, but a lacie stark, which instead of having just the top, and front made of aluminium and the rest plastic, it was a solid aluminium housing. But this drive still beats the hitachi, toshiba and samsung story station by far. Partly, i bought this for its speed, my 1TB lacie had become not big enough for full backups, and i chose speed over the build quality (i cant really say this because if you see this drive without seeing the stark, you would go 'wow ninja build quality' USB 3.0 is about 6X faster than 2.0, if u have a fast HD (eg ssd) mine is in striped array so could take full advantage of speed. Quickly backed up the drive and have the protection storage thing at 1GB, this is a small partition in the drive which you can put files on, that are then password protected. Very nice drive, no problems so far! Highly recommend. I have not opened it up yet so i don't know what manufacture of HD it is, but i know it is 7200RPM and it is probably Seagate.