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SimpleTech SimpleDrive Portable 320GB USB 2.0 2.5" External Hard Drive (designed by Pininfarina) SP-U25/320

  • SP-U25/320
  • USB 2.0
  • 2.5"
  • 1 year limited

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SimpleTech declared war on boring external drive enclosures and enlisted legendary design house Pininfarina to their cause. The result is the SimpleDrive Portable, a 320GB, 5400RPM hard drive enclosed in a case that looks as stylish as an Italian sports car. But it isn't all show and no go; that high spindle speed combined with the USB 2.0 interface transfers data extremely quickly.

You can use the drive as a plug and play storage device since your computer will recognize it as a drive and give it a letter just like your internal hard drive. Or you can use it as a backup device with the included StorageSync automatic backup software.

  • newegg Slim, Compact and Stylish The slim SimpleTech SimpleDrive Portable (Model SP-U25/320), designed by Pininfarina, features an ultra-low profile and eye-catching stylishness, just like a Ferrari sports car parking on your desktop.
  • newegg 320GB Storage Capacity An excessive 320 GB storage capacity is provided so you can store your movies, music and applications for easy sharing with your friends.
  • newegg StorageSync Auromatic Backup Software The bundled SimpleTech StorageSync utility provides an easy, yet powerful solution for file organization and protection, perfect for use at home and in the office. With the easy-to-use software, quickly back up the entire system or selected files onto the SimpleDrive external hard drive at a single keystroke!

Learn more about the SimpleTech SP-U25/320

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Anonymous
  • 11/30/2008 12:11:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDissapointing Overall

Pros: Fast, small, very portable.

Cons: Failed after 2 weeks, was taken care of very well. Power hungry - needs 2 USB ports, which means on Macbook Pros or any laptops without 2 nearby ports a hub is needed.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/24/2008 5:23:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSleek Design and Fast...

Pros: The hard drive is fast for a portable USB hard drive. It looks nice. It's nice that it has separate lights for power and activity. (The power is blue, activity is red.) the USB cable has two male connectors. The extra one is for extra power for legacy systems to power it up. It's quiet as well.

Cons: The form factor is not great for stacking USB drives on top of it. The paint will scratch, but is a little better than regular plastic. The unit tends to get pretty hot during heavy use. Keep it ventilated or cooled with an external fan.

Other Thoughts: The unit does not come with a power adapter. It would be nice if it had eSATA interface and a power cord for faster uploads/downloads since it has a 5400rpm 8mb cache hard drive inside.

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  • Katharine S.
  • 7/15/2008 10:15:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Light, but the feels durable. Extremely quiet drive (nearly inaudible). Drive is surprising fast for USB2.

Cons: Very power hungry, I haven't been able to use it on any systems with just the single connecter. I've taken to carrying a powered usb hub just to supply enough juice for this thing. Given the electrical demands, I'm a little annoyed they didn't include a power adapter. The plastic case gets kind of warm after long use.

Other Thoughts: The drive inside is a Western Digital. I personally am not a fan of WD drives and probably would have avoided this had I known.

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  • Christopher P.
  • 6/29/2008 7:57:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIraq tested

Pros: Holds up well to the heat and dust in Iraq. Great for Music and movies. Price is very good. Will buy more.

Cons: Are not stackable. On some computers you must plug in both USB's to power the hard drive.

Other Thoughts: Cant wait for the 500gb to come out.

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  • Drew A.
  • 5/20/2008 7:50:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsDual USB Connections Save the Day

Pros: Has dual USB connections. Th first is for data and power, the second is for only power if you have a non-powered USB BUS. Normally you will only need the first. This was great when an older computer I was fixing had no power to the USB. I was able to run data to the older desktop through the first USB plug and get power from my laptop to run the drive through the second plug. A lifesaver when trying to get files to and from the computer.

Cons: The design is pretty, but when you have more than one (I have a 250GB and a 320GB) they don't really stack well.

Other Thoughts: Great drive. Far outperforms other drives of the same form factor I have used. Dual USB connections is a must for me.

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  • Charles B.
  • 5/2/2008 10:07:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent buy!

Pros: Very compact, good looking, simple design. The hard drive itself is very quiet and runs cool. I swapped the drive out of this external into my mbp, and put the drive from my mbp into the drives enclosure. Now I am sporting 320 internal storage with an additional external drive.

Cons: I wish you didnt have to plug it into two USB ports to power it. Once I swapped the drives out it no longer needed the power form the additional port, and ran off one.

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  • Jay H.
  • 4/23/2008 2:50:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent!

Pros: Great capacity. Speed is good (would need eSATA to get any better). The looks of this external drive really stand out compared to other, more generic looking drives. It has a connector for an external power supply, but the drive works fine without it.

Cons: None worth mentioning.

Other Thoughts: It would be great if it had an eSATA connection in addition to the USB port. This is a non-issue for almost all laptop users, but it could be nice when connecting to your desktop to copy files to it.

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  • Tommy M.
  • 3/13/2008 9:27:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsCool!

Pros: It works great. No problems at all.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Well... I found a 1TB, Same size, but black.

For less then a 100$ more!

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