Transcend StoreJet Hard Drive review: Transcend StoreJet Hard Drive

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
  • Setup and ease of use: 8.0
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The Good USB powered; tiny; includes carrying case; two-year warranty; great price.

The Bad Low throughput; crippled backup software; no Linux drivers; drains notebook battery quickly.

The Bottom Line Data hits the road with Transcend's inexpensive StoreJet USB hard drive, but it's hardly high performance.

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Transcend StoreJet

Transcend's StoreJet ultraportable hard drive lets you take 20GB to 40GB of your favorite files with you. Powered through its USB cable, the drive delivers reliable, if not speedy, file transfers. The best part is its low price: it's about as cheap as mobile storage gets these days.

The white-plastic case with chrome accents makes for an elegant device that will blend right in with an Apple PowerBook or Sharp Actius MP30 . At 4.2 ounces and measuring 0.6 by 2.8 by 3.7 inches, it is smaller than Apricorn's EZ Bus Mini drive and easily fits into a notebook pouch or a shirt pocket. The StoreJet comes with a 30-inch USB 2.0 cable, a padded case, and a mini CD that contains manuals, drivers, and programs for the drive.

Inside the StoreJet is a 1.8-inch Hitachi hard drive that spins at 4,200rpm and has a 2MB buffer. A blue LED shows that the unit is powered and blinks when data is flowing. Because it is powered through the USB cable, there's no power adapter to lug around. However, playing music from the StoreJet drained the battery on our IBM ThinkPad R50 28 minutes faster than doing the same task with the system's native drive, and 3 minutes sooner than with the EZ Mini.

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  • Release date 2 Sep 2004
  • Form Factor 2.5"
  • Hard Drive Type external hard drive
  • Interface Type Hi-Speed USB
  • Capacity 120 GB