Fujitsu’s HandyDrive provides 500GB for £100, which makes it one of the best-value drives in this group. There are several other sizes available too, ranging from 160-400GB, so it’s a good choice if you’re looking for a basic, affordable backup device.
The drive is primarily designed for use with PCs – it’s formatted in the Windows ‘FAT’ format and the special ‘password’ security software supplied with the drive works with PCs only – but you can reformat it for the Mac in a matter of seconds. We were also pleased to see that Fujitsu provides clear instructions on how to reformat the drive in the manual, so Mac users shouldn’t have any trouble at all using the HandyDrive.
The drive has a USB 2.0 interface, which took about 95 seconds to complete our backup test. The FireWire drives in this group generally provided better performance, but they are more expensive, so the HandyDrive is still one of the better options if you want a lot of storage for your money.