I was not about to review this item but giving the difficulties some users may experiment. I think it worth spending time on it and give some tips.
The design of the Hard Disk Driver (HDD) is simplistic but feel reliable except for the base which I feel it's going to break at anytime. The disk is not USB powered but for me that's a bonus since I brought that disk to put my Wii games on it (hence 500 GB). Having a HDD USB powered would be troublesome for the Wii or even if you plug directly to a TV. I saying that cause the Wii or the TV will have deal with the data transfer from the disk and power it at the same time. Especially for big files as big as 4.30 GB each where the transfer rate can disturb the powering of the Device (could shut down if the transfer is too heavy) if too high (request more power).
The USB cable is short and that's very good if the device you want to plug into is not far and you want make sure you won't get any transfer error and a faster respond from your disk (noticed that when I try this cable with another HDD which was plug on my TV). Saying that I personally think this driver is more suited for a laptop than a Desktop.
I like the switch at the back cause that way better than unplugging the disk from the socket.
The HDD comes with a screw driver and instructions on how to change the driver (i.e. if you want to upgrade the disk from 500 GB to 2.2 TB).
Now let's talk about the issue with this disk and why I gave it 4 stars. The disk has been formatted in NTFS with a GPT partition. Which means that windows XP 32 bits or previous version of windows (not sure if it works on window 7 or Vista 32 bits) will detect the disk but you won't get access to it.
The only reason one wants to format a disk using GPT system is for Windows (64 bits version), Mac OS (64 bits version) or linux (64 bits version) to use and recognise a large HDD (above 2.2 TB) except that there is interest of doing so.
In that case what I suspect the manufacturer wanted to make it simpler for them to manufacture and configure then choose to format all the disks that way. OK I understand it since they are selling more 2 TB HDD than 500 GB nevertheless that's not good for this capacity and could be very troublesome for people who are not computer minded.
If you want to make this disk useable for Windows 32 Bits version (i.e. windows XP) and be more compatible with other devices I would recommend to change The GPT partition to Master Boot record, so here the steps to do it.
Method 1: To change a GUID partition table disk into a master boot record disk using the Windows interface
- Back up or move all volumes on the basic GUID partition table (GPT) disk you want to convert into a master boot record (MBR) disk.
- If the disk contains any partitions or volumes, right-click any volumes on the disk and then click Delete Volume.
- Running the clean command will delete all partitions or volumes on the disk.
- At the DISKPART prompt, type convert mbr.
- Right-click the GPT disk that you want to change into an MBR disk, and then click Convert to MBR disk.
============================================================================================= Method 2 (preferred method): To change a GUID partition table disk into a master boot record disk using command line
Back up or move all volumes on the basic GUID partition table (GPT) disk you want to convert into a master boot record (MBR) disk.
Open an elevated command prompt and type diskpart. If the disk does not contain any partitions or volumes, skip to step 6.
At the DISKPART prompt (right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator), type list disk. Make note of the disk number you want to delete.
At the DISKPART prompt, type select disk <disknumber>.
At the DISKPART prompt, type clean.
If it was not for the GPT partition issue I would I give it 5 stars but I guess 4 stars is not bad either.