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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice little USB powered backup drive, 21 Nov 2009
This review is from: Toshiba HDDR320E04EL_CS 320GB USB Portable External Hard Drive (McAfee Internet Security, Password Protection, Encryption, Blue) (Personal Computers)
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I'm a fanatical backer upper and this 320Gb Toshiba looked ideal for holding multiple data backups - I like having a series of older backups just in case and all our music, photos etc now take up 60Gb and growing. With this drive I'll be able to keep 4 or so generations of data backups. I also synchronise our desktop and laptop data and emails across the local network and mirror the system partitions to another external drive - and backup photos etc online.

The Toshiba drive looks good, is pretty small and gets its power through the single USB plug - no separate power block or 2nd USB plug. I plugged it in and Windows 7 quickly sorted out the drivers. On the disk is a 458 page pdf manual but luckily only the first 20 are in English. The main thing to remember is to safely remove the drive in Windows (so it parks its read/write heads away from the data area). Strangely the manual says the drive is only for Windows XP or Vista. Well it's fine with Windows 7, although I didn't try installing the supplied backup software - NTI Backup Now EZ. That will do a complete system (mirror) backup and create a bootable CD but I use Paragon software and another external drive for that. For data backups I much prefer just copying all our data folders across. The drive comes formatted as FAT32 so it should work with Macs too if you forget the NTI software. There was also some McAfee trial software which I swiftly deleted. I also got rid of a couple of autorun files that kept trying to install the NTI package.

In use the drive is virtually silent and runs very cool. Writing to it from Windows 7 achieved nearly 1Gb per minute, which is fine. Safely remove worked well with Windows 7 as well as Vista (which refuses to release a little Trekstor drive but is fine with the Toshiba). The drive still spins after the "Safe to remove" message but I guess its heads fall safely when it's unplugged. So as long as your USB ports supply enough power (ie the computer isn't too old) this is an excellent and well priced little backup drive, especially if you want to use the backup software included.
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