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Freecom 31973 1TB Hard Drive XS USB 2.0 3.5 Inch External Hard Drive Black

3.7 out of 5 stars 171 customer reviews

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  • World’s smallest 3.5”external hard drive!
  • Quiet drive thanks to fan-less design
  • Rubberized enclosure, reducing vibration and providing optimal grip
  • Turbo USB 2.0 driver for faster data transfer speeds (Windows only)
  • The easiest way to add extra storage capacity to your computer

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 16 x 8 cm ; 1.3 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Item model number: 31973
  • ASIN: B002611YOM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 30 April 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,414 in Computers (See Top 100 in Computers)

Product Description

Product Description


The Freecom Hard Drive XS - world's smallest 3
5" external hard drive - is the ideal hard drive for cost-conscious users who do not want to compromise on quality and performance
Store your videos, photos, music, documents and other data on this extremely quiet hard drive and have your data always ready at hand
Thanks to its compact measurements the drive does not take up much space on your desk
The rubber enclosure provides the drive with optimal grip and reduces vibration

 

Box Contains

1 x Hard Drive XS 1TB USB2.0 (Fat-32 pre-formatted (Win/Mac)
Power Adapter
USB connection cable
Quick Install Guide
Manual preloaded onto drive
Free unlimited helpdesk support
One year manufacturers warranty


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 Product Description Freecom Hard Drive XS - hard drive - 1 TB - Hi-Speed USB 
 Type Hard drive - external 
 Form Factor 3.5" 
 Dimensions (WxDxH) 18.2 cm x 11.4 cm x 3.1 cm 

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Customer Reviews

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Size: 1TB Verified Purchase
After much research into external hard drives, I decided to go for this one, and I'm very pleased I did. Freecom may not be the best known name on the market, but I have experience of their products. A couple of years ago, I bought an external lightscribe CD/DVD rewriter from them, and it's excellent.
My first impressions of this drive were a little odd - I'm not into rubber or anything!! - but you just want to touch this. Lol. Unlike most hardware, it's soft, warm, and looks great. I plugged it in, booted my pc up, and there it was. I re-formatted it to NTFS and decided to partition it in one sector of 200Gb for backing up my system, and the other 800Gb for all my media files. All done in 3 hours. I read a review here where someone said it took 12 hours to re-format??? Weird. I can't imagine why - he must have a very slow pc, or did something wrong.
I was a little worried about it being fanless, but I've had it running for several hours now and it's not even warm, (apart from it's natural rubbery warmth)!!! Oh, and it's TOTALLY silent. Amazing! Data transfer rate is fast - better than I expected from USB.
The supplied software wasn't any use to me, so I got rid of it. However, I did go onto Freecom's website and downloaded their pc backup software. Very user friendly and very efficient.
One word of caution - and a real criticism - the USB cable is only 23 inches long!! That is SO TIGHT of Freecom when you are paying good money for what is a high quality product. Cheap sods!!! The drive looks cool enough to have it on your desktop, but I have to have it hidden away sitting on top of my tower under the desk. Not at all impressed with that. Oh yes, and despite what all the descriptions say, there is NO light on this drive to tell you it's on or working!!
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Size: 1TB Verified Purchase
I had a couple of requirements: quiet, spin down when not in use, spin down when my laptop goes to sleep. This drive along with my other freecom drive meet the requirements. I was worried this one would not be fanless and so not be as quiet because it's not in an aluminum enclosure, but it is fanless and it is utterly silent.

This drive is so quiet and it's hard to even tell when it is on unless it's doing some I/O.

I have Apple computers and I use the drive for Time Machine backups. I also had the drive (briefly) hooked up to an Apple Airport Extreme Base Station and was doing Time Machine backups over the network for a while. It worked fine in both circumstances. Awesome drive. I am thinking of getting another one but I don't quite need it yet...
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Size: 1TB
I got the 1TB drive to back up all my files and have to say it is excellent. This is the third drive I have bought from Freecom (one for work and the other for everyday use) and I have never been disappointed on any occasion. I have went for reliability and after checking all the reviews on this product felt that this was the perfect choice for me. I highly recommend this drive to anyone, you won't regret it.
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Size: 1TB Verified Purchase
I brought this product to serve primarily two purposes:

1. Back up my ever increasing volume of photographs.
2. Back up my official data (mails / documents / etc).

The device is quite heavy for its size and is very silent (as advertized). Its Plug n Play works just fine and once connected, it can be used like any other USB flash drive.

I have faced only two "inconviniences" with this product. The first is that it is not as portable as I expected it to be. It comes with its own power unit and I have already mentioned that it is quite heavy. So carrying it to different places is a challenge. The second is that it came formatted in FAT32. WinXP and all other new OS that I am aware of uses NTFS. FAT32 is not a problem in itself unless you want to move files greater than 2GB (unfortunately my mail archives are much bigger). I had archived almost 50% of my stuff before I hit upon this limitation. So I had to un-archive, format to NTFS and and then Re-Archive all my data.

Final Verdict: Good buy for the price
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Size: 1TB
Superb drive. Practically silent in operation and pretty fast. Windows XP and Ubuntu64 pick it up straight away without the need to reboot. Even the boot option menu offered by my motherboard includes the drive complete with the 'FREECOM HDD' volume label.

Although the drive comes preformatted to FAT32 (best option for flexibility), I ended up using NTFS. I should add that although the description states the presence of a Power/Activity LED, I haven't seen one - yet. I just need to find out where it is. Even if there isn't one, the drive is still excellent.
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Size: 1TB
Been using this hard drive for just over 1 month. Opened the box, plugged it into the back of my desktop via the USB cable, switched it on and started backing up my files using Norton Ghost. No problems so far with the hard drive (can't say the same for Norton Ghost sadly).
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Size: 1TB
This little drive is robust and un-obtrusive. It operates almost silently.

I have no hesitation recommending this drive and will probably buy another soon.

If you'r on a PC reformat to NTFC format so that it will handle large files.

If you want to share files between PC and MAC leave it formatted as FAT32.
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