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The drive comes with a quick start guide and a Y-shaped USB cable. The latter has two connectors on one end to ensure that the hard drive receives enough power in case the main connector cannot provide it. You will find that an electronic user manual and software is already installed on the hard drive initially. The software allows performing automatic data backup and synchronization while ensuring two-tier data protection with the DriveLock and Encryption features. The System RollBack feature allows restoring the system to a certain state in the past.

The average retail price of the drive is $170 US.

Testbed and Methods

The following testing utilities were used to explore the operating properties of the external hard drive:

  • WinBench 99 2.0
  • FC-Test 1.0

Testbed configuration:

  • Albatron PX865PE Pro II mainboard
  • Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz CPU
  • IBM DTLA-307015 hard disk drive, 15GB
  • Radeon 7000 32MB graphics card
  • 256MB DDR SDRAM
  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2

The external drive was connected to a mainboard’s USB 2.0 port during the test. Its results are compared with those of an analogous product Seagate USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive that had been tested in our labs earlier. Seagate’s external drive is based on a 100GB ST9100823A HDD with a spindle rotation speed of 5400rpm and with 8 megabytes of cache memory.

 
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