/> ED I T O R S C H O I C E IN N O V A T IO N A W A R D
X

CNET editors pick the products and services we write about. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission.

Hitachi External Hard Drive review: Hitachi External Hard Drive

We finally got our hands on one of the new single-disk 1-terabyte hard drives--the Hitachi External Hard Drive (also referred to as the "Easy Hard Drive" on Hitachi's site). Hitachi packaged its Deskstar 7K1000 1-terabyte, 3.5-inch hard drive into a small and simple external USB storage device. It has one-touch backup capability, and the whole package performs quite well. It was the fastest drive we've recently tested over a USB connection, and at $400 for the 1-terabyte version, the price versus performance is well-justified. This drive is a good buy.

7.3

Hitachi External Hard Drive

The Good

Fast performance; low price; includes backup software.

The Bad

Support hours could be extended.

The Bottom Line

The Hitachi Easy Hard Drive packs a lot of capacity and fast performance into an easy-to-use external drive. We recommend it.

In CNET Labs' tests, the Hitachi External Hard Drive performed quite admirably. Over a USB connection, it wrote a 10GB mixed data folder in 9 minutes, 20 seconds, and read back that same folder to the test bed's drive in 8 minutes, 2 seconds--not bad for an external USB hard drive. Of the external drives tested over USB, it was the fastest. The LaCie d2 Quadra was faster in our tests, but we tested that drive over a FireWire 800 connection.

External hard drive read/write tests
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
Read  
Write  
LaCie d2 Quadra (FW800)*
06:41 
06:07 
Hitachi External Drive (USB)
08:02 
09:20 
LaCie Brick (USB)
08:06 
21:48 
Note: * Drive name (tested connection)

7.3

Hitachi External Hard Drive

Score Breakdown

Setup 8Features 7Performance 7Support 7