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Introducing the Signature Mini family of bite size drive, bursting with tasty ingredients. Supple and resilient to the touch, with a positive velvety grip. Just plug one in, and inside you will find smart ways to protect and manage all your precious stuff. Includes both local and online backup for unbeatable, total protection. With Fabrik Local Backup software, you can set up automatic backups from your computer to your Signature Mini. And who says the Signature Mini is just for storage? For all the photos, songs, and video in your life, Joggle helps you keep track of them wherever will stored. You will see all your stuff on a single screen and easily share it with friends and family everywhere.

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  • Valentin Y.
  • 6/27/2012 9:31:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsstay clear

Pros: Still alive.. If u could call it that

Cons: Slow slow slow downloading large files from the drive. Uploads are decent.

Freezes ALOT!

Other Thoughts: Waaay too much hassle, not worth the money at all

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/16/2009 5:11:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsWorked great for awhile...

Pros: Back when I bought this elsewhere (December 2008) it was the cheapest 500GB external drive available. It worked great out of the box. Speed has never been an issue, for my use (storage, video editing, occasional game played from the drive). The cable includes a Y-splitter so that you can use the power available from 2 USB ports instead of 1, but with my MacBook I've found that one USB port is sufficient (and thankfully so, wouldn't want one drive taking up my only USB ports!)

Cons: Within the past few weeks, the hard drive has become VERY finicky. I haven't yet been able to figure out if it's the cable problem, or the hard drive, or both, but on occasion when the cable gets nudged (not unplugged or unseated, just nudged) it will unmount and disconnect from my computer. Running Disk Utility verification on the drive yielded no problems. Also, it clicks occasionally, and beeps can be heard coming from the drive. Wish I knew what they meant. And besides that, the cable is too short. This seemed like a minor inconvenience at first, but now I really wish they had supplied a longer cable. I would have given 3 or 4 stars if there were fewer problems but right now they are all very annoying and as a college student it's difficult to go out and buy a replacement.

Other Thoughts: If you're a Mac user and you might want to partition later down the line, format the initial partition as GUID so you can make non-destructive changes with partitioning. I made the mistake of not doing this, and now I have 300some GB of data that can't be shuffled off anywhere if I want to make a partition (its partition is set up as Master Boot Record). By the way, if you were wondering, yes, I bought this drive from another unnamed retailer, but I feel that Newegg deserves the review. My next hard drive is definitely coming from Newegg.

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  • Jose I.
  • 5/26/2009 9:13:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsgreat drive

Pros: Small, quiet, fast, needs only one usb connection to work

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: It's a great drive. I do video editing on my laptop with the avi files stored on this drive. No lag. Works great.

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  • Tara T.
  • 4/11/2009 4:21:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsFailed after a few months

Pros: Cool design. Cheap.

Cons: Bought this drive for 100 bucks going against my own advice to never buy the cheapest component (it was the least expensive 500gb external HD at the time) and to buy brand name. I paid for it. This drive failed after a few months. It could not be reformatted. Fortunately, it gave signs of failing so I had time to copy important data to my computer.

Other Thoughts: Stick to well-known brand names like Maxtor, Samsung, etc.

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  • Kimberly K.
  • 2/26/2009 1:01:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Simple PNP can't go wrong with this one

Cons: none

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  • Ed S.
  • 1/29/2009 3:15:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsI own 2 of these

Pros: This series of drives, and this model in particular, has been rock solid stable for me. While not the fastest drive on the planet, it's sufficiently speedy for all but the most demanding of tasks. I routinely use 2 of these drives hooked up to my machine to access a large music library and even to multi-track record. I've yet to have a single hiccup in these drives and I tend to be quite tough on my gear as both an IT contractor and owner/operator of a mobile DJ company.

Cons: A 7200rpm drive would be preferred for speed, but given the price and overall effectiveness, 5400rpm is acceptable.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is just an excellent drive and one that I highly recommend.

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  • Lacey M.
  • 1/18/2009 11:22:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood drive

Pros: This a good drive. I have used it a lot. Survived a tour in Iraq. Runs on 110-220 volts. One touch back up.

Cons: Could be a little smaller but not bad.

Other Thoughts: Works great and I will another one when I fill this one.

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  • Mitchell W.
  • 10/9/2008 8:48:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice drive

Pros: Using HD Tach i measured an avg. read speed of 34.8 MB/s. It is not my fastest external drive, but I believe it is the biggest one on the market that does not require a power supply.

Cons: Price probably could be lower by now.

Other Thoughts: Mine contains a Hitachi HTS545050KTA300. This is the 12.5 mm laptop hard drive. It should be well known that this is NOT a 7200 RPM drive. Still decent speeds considering a 5400 RPM spindle speed through USB 2.0 with no external power.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/1/2008 4:31:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood External for Backups

Pros: I picked this up on sale from a best buy when they first came out. The price was uncanny at the time because it was on sale and it was already cheaper than most all other externals. Got it home and it worked right out of the box, formatted easily, and had a one-touch backup software program I never used. I've had it for about a year now and I'd have to say it's still holding up well.

Cons: I have to agree with the other user that access time for large files takes awhile. I did not run benchmark tests on it but I do know that for a 7200 RPM even at USB 2.0 it's not too quick. But it has been reliable for me and reliability is worth 4 stars to me. And believe me, it gets it's wear and tear because I use it every single day.

Other Thoughts: I've been using this mainly as a program backup and using it with my Xbox 360 to play files from instead of linking the Xbox 360 to the computer. This setup works very well for me. The drive is always recognized by my console and the 360 even keeps the bookmarking data for this hard drive. So if I cut a movie off I can come back to that same spot even if I unplug it to add more files.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/1/2008 8:05:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsnot what i thought it would be

Pros: Nice sleek pininfarina custom casing (though it's really just a fancy shell). Great design, form factor, and durability.
Enough space for even the hungriest limewire minion. And to have this much space on the go is a pretty good thing!

Okay, I say it's a fancy shell, but it really is pretty striking.

Cons: Drives access is ABSURDLY slow! Backed up 80gb of data off of my laptop sata drive. Took almost 4hrs! Ran sisoft sandra on it, got around 20mb/s, while vista's windows were telling me an abysmal 6mb/s!!! USB 2.0 just doesn't keep up with sata drives. As long as you use this for infrequent data access (like archiving and imaging) you won't see too much of a problem. Media loads pretty well, but again in situations of frequent access (like thumbnails loading from several hundreds of images in a single folder) you'll begin to see a noticeable lag.

Other Thoughts: I once took an old PATA HDD (seagate 7200rpm 250gb) and converted it to an external drive with an enclosure. Outperformed this drive by a SERIOUS magnitude. Of course, it needed power which was supplied by a cable running to an outlet. However, I still suggest people everywhere to recycle their old drives and save the hassle of dealing with slower USB-powered drives. They make good on the space but when you're running on a battery waiting that extra time for things to load isn't worth it.

Oh, and just so everyone knows I have an HP dv9535nr 17" Entertainment Notebook PC. Look up the specs, that way you'll know I'm not running cheap hardware on my end.

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