Clickfree Portable Backup Drive review: Clickfree Portable Backup Drive

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.4
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 9.0
  • Performance: 9.0
  • Service and support: 5.0
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The Good No-hassle automatic backup; record-breaking transfer speeds; inexpensive; includes dual-prong USB cable.

The Bad No FireWire; does not support Windows 98/ME; short one-year warranty.

The Bottom Line Small business and personal users with large amounts of data will appreciate the Clickfree's painless backup drive that practically automates all the work through the embedded software. People running older Windows operating systems are out of luck, but the lightning-fast transfer speeds and excellent performance scores secure the Clickfree a solid recommendation for up-to-date Windows and Mac users.

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Editors' note: We gave the Clickfree portable hard drive a one point boost in the "Features" rating to reflect cross compatibility with Macs and Windows OS. According to the company, our test unit was an early build, and all Clickfree Drives now support both operating systems.

The final rating of this review has been updated to reflect a discrepancy in calculation. None of the individual scores have changed.

You shouldn't have to settle for incrementally timed backups on your external hard drive. If you're using a portable solution to safeguard your crucial information, the Clickfree Portable Backup Drive makes it easy to keep a constant backup on hand. There's no setup (unless you count plugging it into your computer); the software built into the drive runs automatically and finds, organizes, and ultimately backs up all data on the host computer. We can't complain about the $180 price tag for our 320GB model, nor are we disappointed with its speedy performance. Despite a few small hiccups, we give Clickfree a high five for successfully smoothing out the wrinkles on a previously painful backup process.

Design and features
The Clickfree Portable Backup Drive is available in several capacities ranging from 120GB up to 500GB. Each uses the standard 2.5-inch hard disk spinning at 5,400 rotations per minute with 8MB of cache. We noticed the drive is much lighter than most of the other external drives that make their way into our lab. Our 0.38 pound Clickfree drive weighs a full 0.22 pound lighter than the hefty Iomega eGo Camo. The device is also small in stature at 4.52 inches tall, 2.9 inches wide, and 0.67 inche deep.

Drive type External USB Flash Hard Drive
Connector options USB 2.0
Available capacities 120GB, 160GB, 250GB, 320GB, 500GB,
Product dimensions (LWH) 4.52x0.67x2.9 inches
Capacity of test unit 320GB
OSes supported Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Software included None

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Where to Buy

Clickfree Portable Backup Drive (160GB)

Part Number: HD801

MSRP: $100.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Form Factor 2.5"
  • Hard Drive Type external hard drive
  • Interface Type Hi-Speed USB
  • Capacity 160 GB
  • Spindle Speed 5400 rpm
  • Buffer Size 8 MB