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The 30GB Aegis Mini with USB didn't exactly blow us away with its write speed, averaging about 19 minutes to write our 10GB test folder of mixed file types. However, considering the device has a 1.8-inch, 4,200rpm drive and a mere 2MB of cache, this performance was quite impressive. And even better, the drive took less than 11 minutes to copy our test folder back in the read test. It also worked very quietly, generating almost no noise at all. According to Apricorn, the USB version has a maximum transfer rate of 480Mbps and the FireWire version has a maximum transfer rate of 400Mbps, so if you use the FireWire version, expect performance to be a little slower than what we saw in CNET Labs.
Similar to the Plextor Shock-Proof Portable Hard Drive, the Aegis Mini draws power from the USB or FireWire bus, making it very portable and convenient to use. It's housed in solidly constructed, yet very lightweight casing that's smaller than a deck of cards. With the included carrying case, it's the perfect companion for your ultraportable notebook.