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SimpleTech by Hitachi Signature Mini 160 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive FS-U25/160BB (Blueberry)
List Price: $75.99

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Product Description

Introducing the Signature Mini family of bite-size drives, bursting with tasty ingredients. Supple and resilient to the touch, with a positive velvety grip.Just plug one in, and inside you'll find smart ways to protect and manage all your precious stuff. Includes both local and online backup for unbeatable, total protection. With Fabrik Local Backup software, you can set up automatic backups from your computer to your Signature Mini, while Fabrik Ultimate Backup provides secure, online storage that's safe from real world mishaps. It works in the background, for constant, near-real time protection without bogging down your computer.And who says the Signature Mini is just for storage? For all the photos, songs, and video in your life, Joggle helps you keep track of them wherever they're stored. Online or on any drive, you'll see all your stuff on a single screen and easily share it with friends and family everywhere.

Thanks to the deliciously sleek styling by famed Italian car designer Pininfarina, the SimpleTech Signature Mini 160 GB USB 2.0 Portable Drive isn't just another external hard drive. The recipient of the same magic design touch and attention to fine details that helped turn Ferrari and Maserati into icons of the automotive world, the Signature Mini will certainly turn heads as you make your way through the day with your work files, or your latest videos, photos and songs.

The SimpleTech? Signature MiniTM offers:
  • Slick, beautiful design by world-renown designer Pininfarina.
  • USB bus-power that requires no bulky AC adapter.
  • Fabrik Ultimate BackupTM for 2 GB of free secure online storage.
  • 3-year warranty.


The curvaceous Signature Mini was designed by Pininfarina of Ferrari fame. View larger.
Ferrari-Inspired Ultra-Portable Design
Get used to the staring, because when you take this drive out into the public, heads will turn. With its Ferrari-inspired lines, this delicious Blueberry-colored Signature Mini is as much a piece of fine art as a piece of robust hardware. Despite being a compact 3.1 x 4.9 x 0.8-inches (WxDxH), the drive won't be slipping out of your hands, thanks to its velvety texture that offers you a secure grip for your hands. And the drive's two rubber strips at the bottom will keep it from slipping across your desk.

With the included USB 2.0 "Y" cable, the Signature Mini gets its power from your computer, meaning there's no bulky AC adapter to carry around or forget. Just grab the drive and cable, plug it into a computer, and you'll be ready to go.

Powerful Local and Online Backup Options
SimpleTech includes two backup options that will keep your mind at ease about your important data. In fact, SimpleTech's Signature Mini Drives are the first drives in the world to offer both local and online backup capabilities. With the included Fabrik Local Backup software, you can set up automatic backups from your computer to your Signature Mini. But for the ultimate in protection, the Signature Mini also offers the Fabrik Ultimate Backup solution that uploads your files to a secure, online server that will protect your data from real-world mishaps and offer near-real time protection without bogging down your computer. (Although the Signature Mini is both Mac and PC compatible, at this time the Fabrik Ultimate Backup solution is only available for Windows-based computers.)



With just two ports, the Signature Mini is simple to use. In fact, you usually only need one cable as the drive can be powered by the USB bus.
Fabrik's Ultimate Backup allows you to store up to 2 GB for free on one of its 448-bit encrypted servers, and for just a few dollars a month, you get unlimited capacity to securely store all of your important files and media collections offsite. Acting just like the drive's local backup software, you simply set Fabrik Ultimate Backup once, and it automatically and regularly backs up your content behind the scenes. All backups, to the external drive or online service, are unobtrusive. Once your initial content has uploaded, the software performs incremental backups, so only the smallest amount of data that has been changed or modified in your files will be updated.



To keep your content private and confidential, all files are encrypted with 128-bit SSL encryption while in transit, with an option for a private encryption key. Fabrik's offsite 448-bit Blowfish encrypted servers are housed by a Fortune 500 company, ensuring file protection, security and peace of mind. So now, no matter what happens to your drive--a curious toddler, a spilled drink or natural disaster--your irreplaceable photos, music, videos and files are safe and secure both offsite and online.

Joggle Software for Easy Media Sharing
Also included is Joggle, a program that brings your photos, music, and videos together and displays it all in one easy-to-manage view. Joggle lets you view all your media files together on a single screen, and lets you access it securely from anywhere you're online. With Joggle, you can easily share your content with friends and family and embed sideshows and playlists into social Web sites including MySpace, Flickr, Facebook or personal blogs. You can even create an RSS feed for friends and family, all without making them register or login to sharing sites.

The Signature Mini is backed by a 3-year warranty and free, unlimited technical support.

What's in the Box
Signature Mini Blueberry 160 GB external hard drive, quick-install guide, and high-speed USB 2.0 "Y" cable.


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Features:
  • Portable, stylish 160 GB Hard Drive with USB 2.0 connection
  • Stylish design by Ferrari designer Pininfarina
  • Powered by USB bus; no AC adapter necessary
  • Backed by 3-year warranty and unlimited technical support
  • Measures 3.1 x 0.8 x 4.9 inches (WxHxD)

Customer Reviews:

  • Horrible piece of hardware
    This is just an awful product. It broke in less than a year and is not constructed well or made solid. Can't withstand anything whatsoever and just recently broke. Trust me, don't buy anything made by SimpleTech if you want to keep your data safe....more info
  • Broke in less than a year of minimal use
    Ive had this since August of 08. I've used it minimally, just for backups. Only a few hours of usage.

    Just broke, clicking sound, nothing more.

    May not be typical, maybe I got a bad one, but still slightly depressing.

    Now to see how good their warranty service is....more info
  • I don't trust it.
    When I first got this drive, I would have given it 4 stars. I really love the styling -- it is the best looking drive out there. And it worked fine for a year -- then it just died. This was not an occasional write error; unprovoked and without warning, it went belly up. Kaput. Dead as a door mouse. This-is-a-dead-parrot dead.

    It was gently treated. Mostly, it has been on a bookshelf in my office, under no physical or thermal stress of any kind. I praised its beauty, and entrusted it with my most important data. And this is what I get: the thankless rotating bit bucket betrayed me!

    O fickle platter: Never again, I say!...more info
  • Great Service, Great Item
    I have bought 4 of these so far, I use them for daily backups and they have not failed yet. Great price and fast service....more info
  • Uniquely shaped portable hard drive
    I needed a hard drive to store photos and my home videos in a portable hard drive. Various hard drives go 'on sale' week to week, and I took a chance on this particular drive.

    Construction

    This has a Matte Red Finish which is not prone to scratches, like the glossy appearing WD Passports that I also own. Its shape is odd but stable when set upon a surface. It has a Y-type USB connector which I find unusual, also. I only have to use one of the two USB connectors to plug into my Macbook Pro.

    It is slightly thicker than the Passport at the convex portion by about 3 millimeters but it is the same length and width so it maintains the compact size.

    Use

    It is a relatively quite drive and is no louder than my WD Passport. It runs quite warm to slightly hot.

    Overall

    Aside from the unusual shape and higher than average temperature, this hard drive is still a great value.

    Alternatively, a better value is the Hammer Morespace hard drive with customizable skins. It doesn't run as hot. It is more compact with rounded edges and is very dependable....more info
  • Didn't work for me
    This drive would not let my computer reboot when plugged in. When I plugged it in for the first time, with my Dell Windows XP PC turned on, it seemed to work. However, when I restarted the computer, the entire computer would not boot up. It got hung up before Windows even started. I could reboot with the drive unplugged and then plug it in, but that was very inconvenient.

    Simpletech's customer support was useless. They told me my computer had a BIOS problem and would not give me any further assistance. I returned the drive and bought a Seagate Freeagent, and it worked fine. So much for the BIOS problem!...more info
  • Not a happy camper
    I have had this hard drive connected to my computer and functioning (or so I thought) for about 5 months as my PC was getting old and less reliable. It finally bit the dust and much to my surprise when hooking up the hard drive to the new computer, NOTHING was on the Signature Mini.

    I still have yet to figure out what exactly happened, but I am not happy with this item at all. The software is not intuitive at all. For example, it told me to open an .exe file prior to restoring a back up - and that file is nowhere to be found. While I don't work in IT, I am a scientist/engineer and normally very tech oriented. Maybe I am missing something? (After two hours of messing around with this trying to recover my data...)
    ...more info
  • Strongly Recommended
    I really like this external hard drive. It provides plenty of space for my music collection and photos as well as other important data. It does have a very, very short USB cable which bothers me a little since I wanted to place the hard drive on top of my desk, but I quickly got used to it. Very small compact, size and nice overall. I am very happy with my purchase!
    ...more info
  • Great for backups and transfers
    I've been using it to back up my household's laptops for about six months now. No problems. Very reliable. Great design/form factor and I'm so glad to be rid of external hard drives that need external power. The included backup software wasn't to my liking and I use a different freeware app now....more info
  • SimpleTech 320
    Received the item on a Friday and immediately plugged it in to use it. It didn't work. The computer would'nt recognize the mini hard drive. So I tried a 2nd and 3rd computer. I then sent an email to SimpleTech support. They didn't answer so I wrote Amazon. They answered but couldn't do anything. On the following Tuesday I emailed SimpleTech again. They finally answered on Friday. Already a week gone by. They sent me an RMA number and gave me instructions on how and where to ship it. Got it in the mail on Saturday and received a new (refurbished?) hard drive on Thursday. Almost 2 weeks passed. Plugged this on in and it works but a waste of 2 weeks when I needed that drive. I wouldn't buy anything else thru this company just because they didn't answer right away.....more info
  • simpletechrocks
    I've used a few different brands of hard drives and I feel best about SimpleTech products. I have had 2 other brands of drives fail prematurely but have never had a SimpleTech drive fail and I own 5. I am an amuteur photographer who shoots around 20,000 images annually so having a reliable product for backing up my photos is important. ...more info
  • Nice and small
    This is a really nice hard drive. Its super small and lightweight so i can take it with me if i need to. I wish it was a little faster but overall i think its a great buy. I would definitely suggest getting this if you are looking for a small external hard drive. ...more info
  • Great portable drive
    I bid for this item on ebay and got the product within 4 days. I plugged it in my Western Digital HDMI player and it was recognized immediately. The great thing about this drive is it doesn't require an additional external power source. It is able to obtain power from the WD player without any trouble.

    I loaded tons of movies that I ripped (each 1 GB) on this drive using my laptop. The transfer is about 1 minute per 1 GB. While it is not a speed demon, it gets the job done.

    When I play movies from this drive using my WD player, I did not see any lag at all. Despite its 5400 rpm speed, it works great for media files. Now I can rip all my movies, load it on this drive and can easily access the movies in a minute. What a great way to entertain my kids....more info
  • plays well with Linux
    This excellent and beautiful drive also performs well with recent versions of Linux (specifically Ubuntu); looks like a giant flash drive. Of course the OS must support the drive's ntfs file system. I thought some of you might like to know because in Amazon's etc. blurbs the usual CYA remarks about 'only' recent Windows & Mac unfortunately appear. On a larger computer one USB connection suffices but on my EEE notebook I need to use both USB connections to get enough power. This is then a very useful feature not available for other external drives. -- D. McLeod...more info
  • Black Cherry 320 review.
    I have had no problems with the SimpleTech Signature Mini FS-U25/320H 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black Cherry). My only complaint is that, even though it is advertised as Mac compatible, the backup managing software on the drive is not. I had to reformat the drive to work with my iMac and in doing so I lost the software which was for Windows only anyway. I know I can get Time Machine(I have an older Mac that doesn't have it) or some other backup software, but it would have been nice if this drive was ready to go.

    On the plus side it is small and fits nicely on my desk and it has a nice look....more info
  • SimpleTech Portable Hard Drive

    Does everything I want it to do. As far as I can see it is a very good product....more info
  • Perfect
    I was very nervous that transferring my files would take a long time. In fact, the transfer was instantaneous. The HD is only slightly larger than a digital camera (very small). I also love the fact that it does not require a separate power cord. It's powered through my computer via the USB cable that came with it. It's also very quiet and works well with Mac Leopard's Time Machine. I am duly impressed....more info
  • Not Bad - Works As Advertised, and It's Sleek Looking Too
    I just bought this product and it was easy to use straight out of the box, although there were no user manuals included with the drive. As a second hard drive, there is no lag time when opening and reading graphics-heavy PDF files; this is usually a major problem with external hard drives, so I have to give this Blueberry an A+.

    I can't offer any reviews about the backup software that was included with the drive - I won't need it or use it.

    My one complaint is that for this price, the manufacturer should have included a power supply inside the package. Without a power supply, the drive powers up through your computer's USB port, and the USB cable is included as part of the basic package.

    The included USB cable is inadequate and short and the design is unique to the drive, so good luck finding a replacement cable with a longer cord.

    What else can I say? So far, the product works exactly as advertised, and I am extremely satisfied with my purchase of the Blueberry 160GB external hard drive....more info
  • Excellent Hard Drive
    The Pros - The FS-U25/500E is a rock solid stable for me. I routinely use 3 of these hard drives hooked up to my machine to access a large music library and even to multi-track record. I've yet to have a single hiccup in these drives and I tend to be quite tough on my gear as an owner of a DJ company.

    The Cons - A 7200rpm drive would be preferred for speed, but given the price and overall effectiveness, 5400rpm is more than acceptable.

    Overall this is an excellent drive and one that I highly recommend to everyone. ...more info
  • DO NOT BUY THIS PIECE OF JUNK!
    It looks great in the box but it's no better than a paperweight.

    It comes with a stupid power cable which requires that you plug it in to two USB ports at once - impossible on my MacBook Pro as there's only one USB port on each side.

    Their 'free technical support' line is hopeless - they put you on hold for ever, the staff are rude and never follow up on their promises. Three times they've told me that they'll send me a replacement cable to solve my problems - three times it hasn't shown up and they have 'no record' of my call.

    Avoid and save yourself the hassle....more info
  • Great product!
    This hard drive is portable, sleek, and works very well. Something I really like about it is that it doesn't come with a power cord - instead, the cord has 2 USB ports that plug into the computer, so the unit draws its power from the computer. A great drive, but if you don't have 2 free USB ports, this one may not be for you....more info
  • My Blueberry Drive
    I purchased this after having 2 WD externals fail on me within a year of purchase. The look caught my eye and I haven't been sorry. It works well and fulfills what I need - the compact shape is great for carrying - have plugged it into Vista and XP run computers with no problem.

    Looking to get another as a back-up.
    ...more info