I am a graphic designer so natuarally I produce a lot of work. I currently use a iMac G5 with 250gb hard disk space but it is hardly enough as I have a habit of saving everything. I also wanted a external hard drive for backing up files incase the worst should happen.
I, like yourself, read the reviews from others for this item and read ones for other hard drives. I reviewed many other hard drives some with more space i.e. 500GB and some with less, the prices varied but their reviews were less than convincing. If I am correct, the Western Digital 320GB still retains its 5 star rating. This is telling you something!
When received, I connected the cables and pluged into my iMac and immediately, the device appeared on my desktop- easy easy easy.
Although the Western states 320GB it is in actual fact about 300GB, because of pre-loaded software but obviously this is the same with all of them.
If you also have a laptop like myself, you could connect both computers to the Western Hard drive at the same time so sharing the hard drive, you will need a peripheral switch (available from PC World at 24.99) and a couple of USB cables (available from tescos at 2.47each). This means if you want a file from the other computer, you go into the hard drive and drag it out. So less messing around.
Although connected to the computer(s) it doesnt make noise, only when you upload or download from it and then slight noise. It is slim and can go anywhere, looks quite good too.
I will buy another one of these when I need one, how can you improve on perfection? You cant!