Storage & NASSony Announce HD-PG5 External Hard Disc Drive

Sony Announce HD-PG5 External Hard Disc Drive


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Today Sony have announced their very first external hard drive – the HD-PG5.


Here is what Sony have said:

First external hard drives from Sony offer reliable data storage and expanded home entertainment options


HD-PG5 series drives are compatible with BRAVIA® TV and other devices by Sony


·         500GB portable external hard drives with stylish design

  • High-speed transfers via USB3.0 with supplied Data Transfer Accelerator software
  • Record HDTV programmes from BRAVIA® via USB connection
  • Direct Copy from Handycam® camcorders (HD-PG5U)
  • Includes Password Protection Manager, Backup Manager and FAT32 Formatter software


The first ever range of external hard drives from Sony keep your precious data safe, while offering a range of exciting new home entertainment experiences.


With a generous capacity of 500GB, the new HD-PG5 series offers plenty of space to store and safeguard your videos, photos, documents, digital music and more.


The HD-PG5U connects via USB with compatible BRAVIA® models, allowing direct recording of HD television programmes from the TV’s tuner or connected cable/satellite service. The supplied USB adaptor cable also allows easy ‘PC-free’ transfers of video footage from compatible Handycam® camcorders with Direct Copy function, including the new DCR-SX21E and DCR-SR21.


PlayStation®3 users can connect the hard drive via USB and view stored AVCHD videos and photos via the ‘Filmy’ application – with no PC needed.


Available in a choice of black or white finishes and weighing a travel-friendly 180g, the stylish drives co-ordinate beautifully with your PC, BRAVIA® or PlayStation®3. The smoothly-contoured case is finished in a scratch-resistant paint layer that keeps your drive looking good for longer. The minimalist design is enhanced by a single blue LED that indicates drive activity.


Connection to your PC is via a single USB cable, with no separate power adaptor needed. Support for USB 3.0 SuperSpeed assures blazing data transfers up to 3x with compatible PCs. Even if you’re connected via USB 2.0, pre-loaded Data Transfer Accelerator software also doubles effective transfer rates to slash backup times when you’re in a hurry.


All HD-PG5 models are ready to use with a generous suite of security and

backup applications. Easy-to-use Password Protection Manager software uses powerful 256-bit security to safeguard your files against unauthorised access. Just key in your personal password to lock or unlock data when the HD-PG5UB is connected to any PC. Backup Manager software takes care of protecting your precious files with automated scheduled backups.


Supplied FAT32 Formatter software allows re-formatting of the drive from NTFS, to support Direct Copy function with Handycam® or playback with PlayStation®3.


The new HD-PG5 series of 500GB external hard drives by Sony is available from mid July 2011 in United Kingdom, France and Germany only.


Technical specifications: external hard disk drive (model HD-PG5 series)


Disk size 2.5 inch
Capacity 500GB
USB port USB 3.0/USB 2.0×1
Transfer Rate (Max) Max. 5Gbps (USB 3.0) / Max. 480Mbps (USB2.0)
Supported OS Windows 7(32bit/64bit), Windows Vista(32bit/64bit); Windows XP; Mac OS X 10.4 or later
(NB: Mac OS supports only USB2.0)
File System NTFS[model HD-PG5U: FAT32]
Package Dimension (Approx. W x H x D) 80x16x126mm
Package Weight (Approx.) 180g
PC Software (pre-loaded) Data Transfer Accelerator, Backup Manager, Password Protection Manager, FAT32 Formatter
Cable USB3.0 cable (60cm) Standard-A to Micro-B

[Model HD-PG5U only: supplied cable length 1m / includes supplied USB adaptor cable for Handycam®]

Andrew Edney
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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