Hitachi Touro portable drive review: More sex appeal than capacity

CNET editor Dong Ngo gives his take on Hitachi's Touro portable drive.

The Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro external hard drive looks very much like an extra-large iPhone 4.
The Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro external hard drive looks very much like an extra-large iPhone 4. Dong Ngo/CNET

Capping at just 750GB, the Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro portable hard drive is rather disappointing in terms of storage space when compared with the 1.5TB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable. But what it lacks in capacity, it more than makes up in sexiness. The eye-catching portable drive looks very much like an iPhone 4 with black top and bottom and aluminum at the edges.

As an external hard drive, the Touro features USB 3.0 and is backward-compatible with USB 2.0. On the inside, it's based on a 2.5-inch internal hard drive that spins at 7,200rpm (as opposed to the 5,400rpm of most drives) and offered very good performance in CNET Labs' testing.

The Touro Hitachi comes with bundled backup software called Hitachi Backup that works with both Macs and PCs. The software facilitates backing up both to the drive and to Hitachi's online backup service. Purchasing the drives gets you 3GB for free.

At its street price of around $95 for the 750GB version (or $75 for the 500GB version), the drive will make a very good companion for those who travel with a laptop, especially one that's USB 3.0-ready. For more information check out the full review of the Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro portable hard drive.

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.


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