Hitachi SimpleDrive III: how do two terabytes and USB 2.0 combine?

    Hitachi (more precisely, its Hitachi GST division, which was formed after the purchase of the IBM hard drive business) for a very long time did not want to produce external drives under its brand. When WD and Seagate were in full swing at them, Hitachi was terribly afraid to offend partners. Like, how is it that they are buying our disks for their outsiders, and we will compete with them? Suddenly they will not buy?

    However, in 2009, there was no time for sentiment, and Hitachi bought one old partner, SimpleTech, and still went to the market, which at that time was divided “a little more than completely.” Better late than never, on the other hand. Last year, sales started in North America, and at the beginning of 2010, they somehow stirred in Russia. So much so that one old friend, knowing my love for hard drives of exotic varieties, found and gave me a terabyte of Hitachi SimpleDrive III for my birthday.

    Hitachi SimpleDrive III

    Pleased with the volume, I looked at the technical specifications of the gift and grimaced internally. No, what’s up: two terabytes are proposed to be pumped over the USB 2.0 interface! But where does it fit? By that time, I had been sitting on WD My Book with FireWire 400/800 support for a couple of years and was eager to switch to eSATA. Moreover, the terabyte volume of the old disk was not enough and I was going to go shopping soon. And then such a trick! Well, you won’t go buy a new hard drive instead of the existing one just because the speed is too small?

    In general, the disk lay in the box for a rather long time, and I planned to pick it out, remove the hard drive and use it in the special slide that I even bought. The usual plastic nonsense with a propeller (350 rubles for everything), where you insert the HDD, push it in tightly, restart the computer, and here you have two terabytes for backup and anything else. But I was confused by binding the drive to one single computer, while I need to backup at least three regularly. Well, this reboot so that the system sees the disk ... Annoying, I can not help myself.

    Hitachi SimpleDrive III

    As a result, once connected Hitachi SimpleDrive, two connected and ... got involved. Well, yes, slowly it turns out, 32 megabytes per second for reading and 30 for writing. But it turned out that even such a hurry like me, backup time does not soar at all. He spanks there, and let himself spank as much as necessary. But without problems, it connects to all computers with a single cable, while with the old WD it was necessary to plug the USB cord instead of FireWire for laptops. And all because on one laptop FireWire was with a different connector, smaller (too lazy to spend money on it), but on the other two it was not at all. Now, happiness. The screw turns on only when you plug the USB into the computer, and turns off immediately when you pull it out. The cable is long, reach everywhere. Once a week I played a butterfly with a long proboscis, and then until the next weekend you live almost calmly.

    The only thing annoying me in SimpleDrive is the buzzing, the infection. In theory, there are no propellers there, and the only source of sound is the hard drive itself. If there was any Hitachi CinemaStar with a spindle speed of 5400 rpm (analogue of WD GreenPower and almost analogue of Seagate Barracuda LP), everything would be almost perfectly quiet. But no! These ghouls shoved their freshest DeskStar 7K2000 HDS722020ALA330 into the case with a USB interface (!)! And this, by the way, is 7200 rpm, a 32-megabyte buffer and FIVE PLATES! It is clear that it vibrates slightly, s. The problem can be cured if you put the disk on something soft, but then the air access to the case is blocked: all the main holes are located below. For beauty, I guess. And although the case is aluminum, making such a powerful screw work in the stuffiness is dangerous. Well, in general, it’s a shame that the potential of the top-end Hitachi internal drive with a SATA interface remains unrealized ...

    Hitachi SimpleDrive III

    I do not exclude the possibility that one day I will buy an external box with eSATA and USB support at the same time, ruthlessly open the SimpleDrive case with a screwdriver and move the hard drive to a new fast house. Such boxes already appear at 1000-1200 rubles and there is hope that the price will slide down a little more. Plus, I don’t want to put a clumsy Chinese horror on the table - the current look is quite decent.

    In the meantime, I continue to back up leisurely, but quite conveniently. If you are limited in budget, or in your city with a choice of complete seams (as in my native Saratov), ​​you can take a larger volume, and the interface is simpler. Let the boxes come and go - the main thing is that the data remains :)

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