Hitachi XL3000 Desk External Hard Drive Review
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Hitachi XL3000 Desk External Hard Drive Review

The Hitachi XL Desk series of external hard drives are agile and ready to go the distance, with the dependable speed of USB 2.0. When you need pure storage muscle, choose a drive that's ready to back up whatever you care about, wherever you need to be.

The Hitachi XL3000 Desk external hard drive is a drive with a massive capacity and a great price to match. The drive is only $209.99 and can hold up to 3 TB of data, which is a more than reasonable price for such a large capacity. Besides the large storage size of the drive, the external drive looks very sleek and modern, and integrates well with the looks of desktop computers and towers with a shiny black finish. One downside of the drive is the fact that the Hitachi logo lights up very brightly when plugged in, and flashes continuously, a very annoying and somewhat distracting feature that makes it hard to use the drive in a dark or dimly lit room.

This drive is not made to be portable, and as such does require an electrical outlet to plug into in order to work properly. As such, this external drive should really only be used for desktop computers, as it can be a hassle to work with if you own a laptop. However, the device only measures 7.3 x 5.3 x 2 inches, which is reasonably small – small enough for travelling, though the drive itself is not ideal. The drive comes with a local backup application that allows you to backup files and recovers them in the event of data loss, virus, or hardware failure.

The drive itself works via a USB 2.0 connection, and does not have the capability to use any other connection types. This means that while the transfer speed will be fast, it will not be as fast as it could be, though the drive will work with every type of computer. It is even backwards compatible with USB 1.1 ports, so if you have an older computer that you want to move files to or from, this is a great drive. The transfer speed of 480 MB/second with a USB 2.0 port, and a speed of 12 MB/second with USB 1.1 ports, and the external drive has two USB ports to connect to computers with. The Hitachi XL3000 can work with Windows XP, Vista, or 7, or Macintosh OS X 10.3 or later. Linux is compatible but not officially supported by the drive, so issues could occur when using the drive with Linux based PCs. However, when using the drive with a Macintosh or Linux computer, it is necessary to reformat the drive before you can actually transfer any files to the drive.

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