Thu, 27 Nov 2008 Portable Hard Drive review
- Manufacturer: Verbatim
- Pros: Slim design, high capacity, USB 2.0 and FireWire 400, pre-formatted for Macs
- Cons: High power requirements means it works better with FireWire than USB ports, average performance
- Price: £149.99
- Star rating:
As you’d expect, all the drives on test draw their power supply from your computer’s USB or FireWire port. Some laptop computers may not supply enough power through a single USB port, so most of the drives include a second USB cable in case you need to draw extra power from another USB port. Only Verbatim’s Portable Hard Drive FireWire/USB actually needed to use the second cable when attached to the USB ports on our MacBook.
Fortunately, it also has a FireWire 400 port that worked perfectly well, so that’s obviously the best option for Mac users (unless, of course, you have a MacBook Air with its solitary USB port, or one of the new MacBooks).