|HGST Touro S 1TB 7200RPM High-Performance Portable Drive, Platinum (0S03694) Review|
Bought this as a backup for my Macbook Pro. Wanted small form factor, reliability, and also wanted it to be fast! This Touro S 1TB drive satisfies all my needs.
In the box you get manual, warranty card, HDD and USB cable. Very simple to plug in USB cord and other end into your computer. Be sure to plug into USB3 port on computer to get the fastest speeds (also works in USB/USB2 ports).
After a few seconds, the computer should recognize the drive and you can now copy files to/from the device. Comes formatted NFTS for windows so if on mac will need to format drive to work properly.
You can also install the included software onto your computer, if you want, to allow you to connect to the “Free” 3GB of Cloud Storage available for purchasing the device. This is a nice option, though if you need more you can only purchase up to 250 GB for $59 a month. There are much less expensive services out there for this amount of space, so you may or may not want to look around for a different cloud storage option. Software comes with mac and windows versions.
In terms of speed, this isn’t quite as quick as you might expect if you have other USB3 hard drives, but is very fast compared to most 2.5″ form factor because of the 7200rpm HDD inside. And because this is powered by USB, it’s very easy to travel with – you just need the cable and the drive and you’re ready to travel. No power adapter needed.
I used Magic Disk Speed test on my Macbook Pro Retina 13″ with 10.9.4 Maverick installed. I got 138MB/s write and 141.5MB/s read (see customer photos for full specs).
In the end, this is a good drive. I am going to purchase another for my Xbox One, just like others here have reported. It works well there, and it works well on my Mac.