(Shorter bars indicate cheaper cost)
As always, we perform a simple data transfer test and compare the Hitachi SimpleTough with four other external drives in a similar price range. The test results place the SimpleTough right in the middle at 28.6 megabytes per second to read and 22.3Mbps to write our 6GB mixed media file folder. The chart shows the faster and slower drives on the market, but the differences are so minor that you likely won't be able to tell unless you're transferring a 10GB or larger file.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Service and support
We have to applaud Hitachi for offering a generous three-year limited warranty with the SimpleTough drive series. We always urge vendors to raise the warranty period to at least three years since many people throw around these portable devices without regard for hardware. We hope the extended durability will save the drive from any physical failure, but you know never know, so we're happy It is providing an extra security blanket. A comprehensive list of FAQs, user guides, and drivers are all available on the Hitachi Technical Support Web site, and telephone support is available 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.