The Hitachi 1TB 3.5″ External Hard Drive features a nice, elegant, curvy design. Its black smooth textured body makes it a nice addition to the computer desk. The hard drive can be laid flat on the surface or upright position with the provided stand. The expected retail price range is between $69 to $80. It often comes on sale within these prices.
Apart from the looks, the hard drive is easy to setup and functions very well. However, there is an audible clicking sound when the drive first starts to process data or wakes up from idol mode. The clicking sound becomes faint few seconds after that.
Consumers who bought the hard drive have complained about setup issues and fragility of the device. However, during our testing, the drive had no issues with the setup with Windows Vista and Windows 7. Consumers who had difficulty setting up the drive might have faulty USB ports or hardware/software issues in their systems. In addition, the drive can be properly secured in place by keeping it flat on the surface rather than in an upright position. This way, the drive will not fall down by accidental push or shake.
The Hitachi 1 TB external hard drive is compatible with the following operating systems: Windows 7 / Vista / XP / Macintosh. It connects to laptops or desktops using the USB port. The package comes with an USB cable, power adapter and quick install guide.
Conclusion: This external hard drive is an affordable choice for backing up data. It can also be used as a PVR with TV receivers.