Reviews Hands On Review of the Hitachi 2TB SimpleDrive

Hands On Review of the Hitachi 2TB SimpleDrive


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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
UPC: 705487182125

What’s In The Box?



SimpleDrive USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
USB 2.0 Cable
AC Adapter
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.

Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.



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