A portable hard drive shouldn't be hard to use, yet I have used quite a few that were so annoying that I just gave them away despite their high cost. This little sucker, the HP 1TB poratble USB Hard Drive, is no where near hard to use, and isn't that hard on your wallet for a terabyte of storage...or 1024 gigs for those who aren't familiar with the term. It's cost (currently) is almost the exact same as a non-brand name or lesser-known brand name...which is a big deal to me when it comes to electronics. I am a huge fan of HP and this product is just another reason why.
Recommend this product?
With the evolution of portable hard-drives, their ease of use has improved. The most valuable improvement, in my opinion, is their ability to power themself via the USB cable versus an extra power supply. Almost all TB and smaller portable hard drives use this technology now days, so this unit having it isn't a huge pro over other products. What is a huge pro, is it's ability to use the future ready USB 3.0 while still being able to use the norm of today's USB 2.0. I cannot comment on the transfer rate of the 3.0 because my Dell Studio laptop is about a year old and only has 2.0...but if the transfer rates I receive using 2.0 are as great as they have been, 3.0 must be like lightning!
An even better pro, you don't have to install some resources-hogging software to get this thing to work. Truly plug & play if you simply want to drag & drop to store items. Yes, a driver is installed, but that is something you can't avoid...even your mouse & keyboard will do this when you first use them. If you do want to take advantage of the wonderful back-up software, it isn't a resource-hog and runs quietly in the background doing it's job when needed. It periodically checks the specified folders/files you want it to check and will update that item on the hard drive if it senses changes. This is a wonderful little piece of software in my opinion, but others may not like the automatic updating of files. To avoid this, simply don't keep it plugged in all the time. Even though I use a laptop all of the time, I do keep it plugged in constantly. It is so small that it doesn't take up much space at all (slightly larger than a smartphone/PDA), and can fit nicely in ones pocket, purse, briefcase, or laptop bag. I put a small square of velcro on the bottom of the hard drive and on the top of my laptop so it always stay attached. I wrapped the USB cable in a way so that it doesn't hang loose. In short, it is always with me, doesn't take up any additional table space, and looks kinda nifty! I can remove it easily if I chose to do so, but why would I? I can even slide my laptop into my laptop sleeve and carrying case with no problems since it is so small and thin.
Lastly, I like that this little thing turns itself off when I shutdown my computer or close the lid (it then hibernates/sleeps)...and turns itself back on when the computer is turned on or resumes use. In short, this HP portable hard drive is an awesome investment with some great features and pros over some of the other competition. My only gripe about it is the glossy finish on it that shows every fingerprint. :-)