Hitachi have an external 2TB USB 2.0 Drive called the SimpleDrive – I’ve been using it for a few months now and so figured it was time to post the hands on review.
Here is how Hitachi describe the SimpleDrive:
SimpleDrive by Hitachi delivers simply better USB 2.0 external storage. We like to keep things simple – just like this drive. It’s not only great to look at but it’s really simple to use. Plug it in, power it on, and you’re ready to go.
The compact size of this new feature packed drive saves both space and power. The unique aluminum design is not only elegant, but it keeps your drive cool and performing at its best. And it automatically powers on and off with your computer. With Hitachi Backup software, included with your drive, you can schedule automatic backups from your computer to your SimpleDrive keeping your files safe from real world mishaps.
SimpleDrive is made by Hitachi and uses the same reliable Hitachi hard drives you have come to trust.
The drive comes in 3 different sizes, a 500GB, a 1TB and a 2TB. For this review we are looking at the 2TB drive.
Interface: USB 2.0 (Mini-B 4-pin socket)
Form Factor: 3.5 inch External Hard Disk Drive
Dimensions: 6.50″ (H) x 4.75″ (L) x 2.44″ (W)
Weight: 2.2lbs (1.0kg)
Power: 12VDC, 1.5A external power adapter
Windows System Requirements: Available USB 2.0/1.1 port — Windows XP/Vista/7
Macintosh System Requirements: Available USB 2.0/1.1 port — Built for Mac OS X, 10.3 or newer
Warranty: 3 Years
What’s In The Box?
SimpleDrive USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
USB 2.0 Cable
Quick install guide
Hitachi Backup Software
What is a nice touch is that the AC Adaptor comes with different plug connectors that slot into the main plug.
Using the Drive
When the drive is connected and is operational, there is a blue light that appears at the base of the drive.
Connecting the drive to both a Windows machine and an Apple Mac was simple and they both could be used as the drive comes pre-formatted at FAT32.