Feeds
85%

Verbatim 500GB desktop external hard drive

In case of a crash, just locate this little black box

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Review The modern model of day-to-day computer use typically consists of a laptop operated in the office, at home and on the move - constantly increasing the need for reliable back-up drives.

Measuring 20 x 11.3 x 3.5cm and cased in a featureless matte black finish, the Verbatim 500GB external hard drive looks more like the black box from a commercial airliner when compared to some of the more extravagant external HDDs around, like the LaCie Golden Disk or the Iomega eGo hip-flask hard drive. Yet, this simple, understated, monochrome monolith retains a mysterious appeal.

Verbatim 500GB external hard drive

Verbatim's 500GB external HDD: caters for all your back-up needs

Weighing 890g, the drive feels like it has pretty solid build. It comes bundled with a USB 2.0 cable and an AC adaptor which thankfully is not a brick, more a... power pebble, with interchangeable plug points - in this instance, for the UK and for the rest of Europe.

Incidentally, Verbatim also has a version with a Firewire port as well as USB. This variation is also compatible with Mac OS X Leopard's Time Machine automatic back-up feature.

Verbatim 500GB external hard drive

Minimalist

When it's plugged in and powered up, the drive takes a few seconds for everything to sort itself out and then up pops the little icon on your desktop without any worries whatsoever.

To assess its performance, we used Register Hardware's standard drive test: we copied a 1GB folder containing 100 10MB files to the drive. We then duplicated the folder on the drive itself before copying it back to the host computer, in this case a 2GHz Core Duo-based MacBook. All the tests were conducted half a dozen times and the timings used to calculate an average.

Drive Test Results

Verbatim 500GB - Disk Test Results

Data transfer rates in MB/s
Longer bars are better

The Verbatim might not be able to take a beating like some of the other, more rugged external hard drive available. We didn't really want to drop this one on the floor and kick it around a bit... as we have done with others.

Verdict

For this price, this amount of storage is a bargain. For the serious, no-nonsense user who really isn't drawn to designer hard drives or gravitates towards gimmicks, this is perfect. And it's minimalist style will work against any backdrop: let's face it, black goes with everything. Performance is pretty respectable too.

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

85%

Verbatim 500GB desktop external hard drive

This little black box will record everything - handy in the event of a crash
Price: £70 / $137 (500GB), £110 / $215 (750GB), £150 / $293 (1TB) RRP

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
Soundbites: News in brief from the Wi-Fi audiophile files
DTS and Sonos sing out but not off the same hymnsheet
In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE
Rival electronic giant tries to iron out allegations
Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM
Reg staff not allowed to enter, god dammit
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.