Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 6
Rated 4 out of 5 by SteelersD3 Easy to use
My experience with this hard drive is on a Mac computer. I had no issues getting the drive to be recognized after plugging it into the USB drive. I was able to use the Time Machine program to back up my entire system along with all my personal files. For me the 500 GB storage was plenty and for 130 GB of data I backed up the transfer took around 2 hours, which I didn’t think was too bad. This drive uses both USB 2.0 (which mine was) and 3.0 so people running that should probably have even faster transfer speeds. The design of the drive itself is very sleek and minimal. I like the black almost wood like feel of it and only has two items of note: the connection port for the USB cable and a blue light displayed when it is in use. For anyone who has had a computer crash and lost data knows how priceless an external hard drive can be especially for something like photos. As I mentioned I used this on a Mac so I can’t comment on how it runs on another system, but I had no issues. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for an external hard drive in the 500 GB range and if you have USB 3.0 the transfer speeds will be even faster than what I experienced.
September 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brayden Great Product
I got this as a free gift from the sales rep. So for me it was already great, but I didnt expect it to be such a nice product. Its the perfect size, not too small and not too big, so this makes it durable and portable at the same time. I already have backed up all my music and it only took me about my five minutes. And I have around 1200 songs. I also decided to back up my pictures. The really cool think about these external Hard drives, is that you can store movies and pictures, and then plug it into your TV, and watch them on your TV! I havent tried playing my music from the TV yet, but i plan too. If you are looking for a quality external hard drive, I highly recommend this product over any others. Sony really puts there time into making sure there products are reliable, and at the same time having great preformance.
December 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by tampageek35 Works as advertised
Love the brushed aluminum casing. Works fast and was easy to format for OSX.
September 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by kimboo Good puruchase
Hard drive is quiet and stays cool during use. Sleek design and color match my vaio laptop. Good hardware to have, however, overpriced . . . paying for Sony name. I still like my harddrive.
August 22, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by UNSTRATIFIEDDISAPPOINTED A WAST OF MONEY!!!
after purchasing with a few weeks the device crashed and each time i connect it with my laptop a message appears asking me to format the external hard drive and i don't have a copy of the data stored on it!!!
March 18, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by PCV123 Piece of Junk
My 500GB Sony Portable External Hard Drive (which I have babied) has completely broken and refuses to be recognized. I have tried using a different cord, tried to use recovery systems (but it is not recognized on the computers) and still no computers are able to recognize the device. I do not know what happened but last night it stopped recognizing and now I am losing ALL of my photographs. I am very unhappy with this product and would not recommend it to anyone. I bought this in Peru at a Ripley (similar to Macys) while serving abroad here. Very unhappy with product performance.
August 23, 2013