5GB USB2 Hard Disc for less than £30 

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We all like a bargain especially at this time of year and this one sounded so good I checked the price twice and they even offer free delivery.

The unit is thin rather like a cigarette case used to be, it is made of aluminium, gold coloured with blue ends. The dimensions are 13.5x8x1cm and it weights less than 200grams.


For users of Windows ME or XP no drivers are required - for those with Windows 98 there is a CD provided – attach the USB 2 unit – works with USB 1.1 fine – and wait, on the first attachment this can be up to about a minute while Windows puts up several messages finally telling you that you have a Fujitsu drive. When attached after the first time you have an almost immediate extra drive in My Computer.


There is one small LED mounted at the rear top of the unit it flashes amber when being read or written and is solid green when inactive. The rear has two inputs one for the supplied mini USB lead and the other for power and here another USB lead is supplied with a DC input on the end, I never needed this but I assume there are situations if run from a hub where power may be at a premium.


The whole unit appears well protected, however I would not advise dropping it that often, for further protection a black slightly padded case is provided.


The drive is notionally called 5GB and as with all storage devices that is slightly misleading. It comes pre formatted so once plugged in you can right click in My Computer and it tells you under properties that you have a 4.67GB drive that is 5,015,797,700 byte drive hence it being called 5GB. I am told it will even work with recent MACS.


Should you have USB 2 then transfer to and from the unit will be very fast, great for those large photographs music or power point files. Under USB 1.1 the transfer is quite a bit slower but still rapid.


Not long ago 5GB was a massive internal hard disc now 20 times that is normal. However I would not think of this as a total backup solution but as safe storage for the things that matter.


Windows can be reinstalled, so can programs, data however is the most important commodity and this can be database files, photos, music, or any other format even that novel you have been writing for the last three years. 5GB can store huge amounts of photos, if you are a belt and braces person keep the USB2 drive away from the PC and then even fire or theft cannot affect you.


This to me is a bargain snap one up today from look for hard drives on the home page and it’s the second item. Shown as £29.87 but £29.99 elsewhere either price is a bargain especially as it is post and packing free.



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